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Robert Lowe is a retired Improvisation elder and lifetime dreamer. He was the founder, and chief executive of Improvisation Incorporated, an educational consulting firm. In his thirty-eight-year exploration of Improvisation, Lowe has been a dancer, a player, a teacher, a director, and a mentor in the uses of Improvisation for purposes beyond performance. His book, "Improvisation, Inc. Revised 2017: An Applied Improvisation Handbook" is a pioneering work in the development of the global movement exploring, and practicing methods of using Improvisational Theatre practices, theories, and philosophies in all human endeavors outside the theatre. Robert has been a management consultant, a public speaker, a corporate vice president, a national sales representative, a program analyst, a project director, a welfare supervisor in the San Quentin district of Northern California, a customer service manager in South Central Los Angeles, a U.S. Navy officer, a legal services paralegal and community educator, and a legal secretary. He has been a Boy Scout executive, a corporate debt collector, a carpenter, an electrician, a political and community activist, an advocate for handicapped accessibility, an actor, a dancer, a meditator, a poet, an historian, and a philosopher. Robert has been a teacher with the Department of Communication at Georgia State University specializing in "Human "Communication," "Public Speaking," "Business and Professional Communication," "Voice and Articulation," "Acting I," and "Special Studies in Improvisation." Lowe holds the rank of Nidan, and the status of Fuku Shidoin (teacher) in Aikido, with over twenty-two years on the mat, including more than seven years specializing in teaching children. His articles have been published in "Aikido Today Magazine" and "The Journal of Asian Martial Arts." Robert grew up in a neighborhood which had one of the highest juvenile crime rates in America between 1950 and 1970. There were youth gangs in the schools before it was the fashion, and motorcycle gangs on the streets where he learned to walk in awareness and hope. He worked in poverty communities in South Central Los Angeles before and during the "first" Watts Riots of 1965. Through an era of revolution and evolution, he has seen the world come abruptly against itself only to find the deep need of some real personal, internal, and creative human work in human cooperation. Robert spent 10 years in Marin County, California, in an extraordinary community of communes, social services, and politics during the time of radical change between 1970 and 1980, just before discovering Improvisational Dance in San Diego. His second book, "Happy Vernday Birthcox: Revolution, Evolution, and an Uncommon Commune - 1970," a true story, was published in 2015 and tells of the extraordinary people, and times that prepared him for a life engaged in Improvisation, and various searches for understanding. He is the father of a fine boy who is now 29, and the delight of his father's life. Robert spends some time each day playing some music, writing, reading voraciously, delighting in the beauty and abundance of this life, and in grateful thanks to God for all that is. George Henry has been the official photographer for Coe College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, for half a century. As an exquisite photographer he was honored with the book "Coe College: A Sesquicentennial Look Through 50 Years of George Henry Photography," His book "Row Away from the Rocks" shares the story, with his photography, of a 40 year career as a whitewater boatman. https: //www.clir.org/hiddencollections/registry/hc.0874 Patricia is an Emerita of Stanford University where she taught for three decades in the Drama Department. She founded the 'Stanford Improvisers' in 1991, She has spent a happy lifetime leading classes, seminars and workshops that teach the ease of the creative process, and the magic of improvising. She currently teaches for Stanford's Continuing Studies. Her book, "IMPROV WISDOM: Don't Prepare, Just Show Up," been published in nine languages, and is available as both an audio, and an e-book. Patricia designs workshops and keynote presentations for organizations worldwide. Her current passion is 'plein air' watercolor painting. http: //www.improvwisdom.com/Bio.html

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