what you brought to our faculty retreat was timely and
effective. THANK YOU. Your energy and focus really made it
work. I especially liked how you did not burden the process
with a lot of explanation, etc., and just let the experience
be the teacher and guide.
Richard L. Brandt-Kreutz, MA, MSW
Providence St. Peter Family Medicine Residency
I have had the good fortune to learn improv from Daniel over
the last couple years. He has been an inspiration to me and
Improv has been a form of therapy. Rarely do I have the chance
to take risks and laugh at my self with such mirth!
Daniel is a generous teacher and collaborator. He is
astonishingly creative, talented and patient. A class with
Daniel is exciting, challenging and a the same time a long
cool drink of water and a warm hug.
Annie Cubberly, Executive Director
Child Care Action Council
"I used the improv skills and games Daniel and Kari taught
me many times during my career as a customer service manager.
The Yes-And rule helped me stay positive in meetings and truly
listen to what others were saying. Improv games make
interesting ice-breakers. One of my best memories is getting a
couple of auditors and my own staff to play Ah-So-Ka after our
lunch break, prior to resuming a particularly tedious and
worrisome audit. There was a lot of laughter and it set a
great tone for the afternoon."
YesAnd Conspiracy? Adjectives that come to mind are skewed,
uncomfortable, intriguing, and suspicious hilarity. Daniel
comes prepared, pockets filled with all of it. Be prepared to
take the leap, but be assured that the jump is only out of the
first floor window. No one gets hurt. Everyone has a great
time and will be talking about the experience for days. I
know. I’ve taken the leap many times and can seriously say
I’ve been changed for the better, I’d say). Daniel is a great
teacher, instigator, provides in-flight entertainment, and a
Mary Carlson April 7, 2014
Both of us have studied improv with Daniel for years. We both
found his teaching promotes collaboration, inclusion, mutual
respect, and fun. If you have the opportunity to play with
Daniel you are guaranteed positive and productive experience.
We have played with Kari doing improv for years. She brings to the practice, warmth, spontaneity and great facilitative skills. Kari is welcoming and warm. She will teach you about the power of saying, "yes".
Lynne Stockwell and Evan Ferber.
As a mental health therapist who is also a chronic
perfectionist and workaholic, I signed up for improv class
thinking I would have some fun and to get away from being in
my work-brain. To my surprise, I found that and so much
more... First, I have learned to be in the moment and respond
to what is in front of me - this has helped me not only enjoy
life more, but has made me a better therapist as well. Second,
I ended up finding a love of play, being silly, learning to
use my physical space and to get out of my overthinking head
more often. Finally, I have found a new group of friends who I
get to do this with on a regular basis. And making friends as
a grown-up is hard work! Daniel was the core of this for me.
He is an knowledgeable and enthusiastic teacher and coach, who
is infinitely patient and fun to do scenes with to boot! It
took me a long time (several years) to get to a point where I
was willing to perform improv and Daniel stayed the course
with me. I really owe him a debt of gratitude for all of the
wonderful things he has taught me. I highly encourage everyone
to try improv - there are so many other lessons to learn!!
Once was not enough! I enjoyed my first set of
improvisational classes under the direction of Daniel
Knutson-Bradac so much that when the opportunity to sign up
for more came, I eagerly did so. Mr. Knutson-Bradac has a
genuine sense of belief in the power of improvisation. With
his years of experience in the field, his imparting of
techniques and games to us the participants, I found myself
led to the place of joy and discovery that improv has to
offer. Affirmation and empowerment of a "yes and...."
perspective opened possibilities I hadn't thought of before
Daniel, Thank you so much! Your class is so much fun. For
me, the impact goes way beyond our class time. I find myself
watching for ways to bring a more playful, spontaneous, open
self to other parts of my day. You are a great teacher.
Katy Lehman, M.Ed., ASC, LMHC, RYT
Daniel Knutson-Bradac is an improvisation teacher and performer. He has studied improvisation with Keith Johnstone, David Razowsky, Pam Victor, Matt Smith and others and has studied acting at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in Hollywood, California. He is a member of the Collaborators Improvisation Theatre Group and has taught improvisation in Olympia for the last 12 years. He's also a member of the Applied Improvisation Network and attended international conferences in Banff, San Francisco, Montreal, Austin and Portland.