Spontaneous Mind, an educational non-profit, uses improv to improve communication which can be an invaluable resource for individuals, teams, and organizations alike. Improv is a form of theater that involves creating scenes and stories on the spot without a script or predetermined plot. It requires quick thinking, creativity, and the ability to adapt to unexpected situations - all skills that are valuable in personal and professional contexts.
One of the most significant benefits of improv is its ability to improve communication. When people engage in improv exercises, they learn to listen actively to others, to respond thoughtfully, and to work collaboratively. These skills are critical in any setting where communication is essential, such as in the workplace or in personal relationships.
For teams and organizations, an improv-based training program can help to improve collaboration, creativity, and problem-solving skills. Improv exercises can encourage team members to be more open-minded and to embrace new ideas, leading to more innovative solutions and a more positive team dynamic.
Individuals can also benefit from improv training. Improv can help to boost confidence and reduce anxiety, as participants learn to trust their instincts and take risks in a supportive environment. Improv can also be an effective tool for personal growth, helping individuals to become more adaptable and flexible in their thinking and behavior.
Spontaneous Mind uses improv to improve communication can be an important resource for underserved communities. Improv-based programs can help to bridge the gap between different cultural groups and provide a safe space for individuals to express themselves and connect with others.
We believe that by using improv to improve communication we can have a significant impact on individuals, teams, and communities. By fostering creativity, collaboration, and communication skills, these programs can help people to reach their full potential and to build stronger, more meaningful relationships.
Jaime Rich is an accomplished teacher, professional speaker, and performer with over three decades of experience. She began her career in fitness, health, and wellness and had her own speaking business. She continued along the path of prevention and worked in the non-profit realm concentrating on underage substance use prevention. Jaime was awarded the Contra Costa County People Who Make A Difference Award and the California Alcohol Policy Networks Alcohol Hero Award for her work in this field.
In addition, to her successful career in prevention, Jaime is an improv performer, producer, creative director, and teacher. She has been involved in improv for a decade. She is co-founder and executive director of the newly formed nonprofit, Spontaneous Mind. She is Chief Education Officer and co-producer for Funny Bone Productions. She is a performer and creative director for ACT II Improv.
Jaime holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Boston University and a Master of Sciences degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology from Northeastern University in Boston. In her non-profit work, she facilitated two local County funded coalitions to reduce underage substance use and led the training team at the non-profit for which she was working. She led the “Tribes” group facilitation and group development training that was mandated for all employees of the non-profit and which was also open to the public.
She now spreads the philosophy and principles of improv through her teaching. She teaches to all levels and all ages and believes that improv can extend beyond the stage to improve communication, collaboration and innovation for all types of partners and teams. She has amassed a following of students who follow her from class to class.
Jaime is an enthusiastic and engaging speaker and enjoys bringing laughter and joy to her audiences and students. She believes that improv principles extend past the stage and can produce positive attitude and life outlook shifts in those that engage in this art.
Randy Wight is an accomplished professional speaker, trainer, and performer with over 3 decades of experience. He began his career in stand-up comedy with North Bay Stand-up Comics and earned a regional finalist finish in Showtime’s “Funniest Person in America Contest™”. Randy is also a published author and a sales and marketing professional who has spoken to organizations like the National Security Agency, Major League Baseball’s Toronto Blue Jays, and the British Olympic Team.
In addition to his successful career in sales and marketing, Randy is an improv performer, producer, and creative director. He has been involved in the improv scene for over a decade, having co-founded Ready or Not Improv and served as the General Manager of Act II improv. Randy is currently the Chief Jesting Officer and Producer at Funny Bone Productions, where he produces ongoing improv and comedy shows and classes at the Campbell Theater in Martinez.
Randy is a Bachelor of Science graduate of Cal State East Bay and has over 20 years of experience in food and beverage markets. He is a proven brand builder who has successfully led leadership teams and products through change management, branding creation & iteration, and team buy-in both for business and culture shifts. Holding executive positions in Business Development, Product Development, Sales, and Marketing, Randy has recruited, hired, and trained Key Account, Channel, and International Sales Managers.
As an improv performer, Randy appreciates the collaborative environment and enjoys all aspects of his craft, from stand-up comedy to voice over and corporate training. He has extensive training in both long and short-form improv and has experience as an instructor, offering online workshops and in-person classes for adults, youth, and seniors.
Randy's production experience includes producing workshops and shows for Funny Bone Productions and Ready or Not Improv, including multiple shows at the Lesher Theater, Alhambra High School PAB, Pittsburg Community Theater, and the Martinez Campbell Theater.
With his diverse background and experience, Randy Wight is a versatile and engaging speaker, performer, and brand builder who is committed to driving revenue, building teams, and managing change.