HPS

Faculty

We handpick people who are masters not only artistically,
but are also master teachers and coaches.

They’re top-notch passionate thinkers and doers,excited to teach and coach non-actors.

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Performance Faculty

D’Arcy Webb

Voice & Speech

D’Arcy Webb, a.k.a. the Speech Diva, is a member of the voice and speech faculty of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where she recently received the President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching.

In the course of her career as an actress, she has played a large number of roles, ranging from soigné society dames to deranged housewives and toothless old crones, all with passion, humanity and panache. She has narrated A Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra with the Pittsburgh Symphony, and has voiced motivational and training videos as well as commercials for clients like Best Western Hotels, Fila and Gore. The creator of the whimsical online web series “Tuesday Morning Two-Minute Tune-ups for your Tongue,” D’Arcy specializes in speech production and accent reduction, and offers private coaching to actors and professional speakers.

D'Arcy Webb

Mike Ganino

Improvisation

Mike Ganino helps leaders and organizations hit their mark in their communications and strategies so they can build the kind of ensembles—ahem, company cultures & teams that drive results. He leads workshops and private sessions on presentation skills, public speaking, and communication.

Mike’s a Heroic Public Speaking alumnus and keynote speaker who uses his experience in the hospitality industry and as an improv actor to help brands communicate with intention. He trained and performed the art of making things up (AKA improv) at Second City Chicago, Improv Olympics, Upright Citizens Brigade, and Neo-Futurists. He was worked with category leading brands like Uber, ChowNow, US Foods, PeopleMatter, and Yum! Brands. His Grandma thinks he’s pretty great too.

Scott Miller

Voice, Performance

In over 30 years as an artist, Scott Miller has acted in, written for and produced film and theatre. He is a co-founding member of the studio Miller Voice Method and the founder of its methodology; there, he trains and mentors teachers in developing a new integrative model of Voice and Presence. mVm has been received in corporations, theatres and workshops around the world from New York to Helsinki both in collaborative and one on one scenarios.

As a full time Associate Arts Professor in the Graduate Acting Department of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and acting Head of Voice and Speech, he directs courses in Voice and the Art of Integration. He also serves as Chair of Tisch’s Committee on Faculty Welfare and Governance. Additionally, he heads the Integration/Voice Pedagogy at the Michael Chekhov Acting Studio in NYC.

Now more in an advisory role, Scott is owner of Treefa World Inc. Treefa World produces and develops content for film internationally across an array of arenas including narrative, educational and experimental.

Scott Miller

RON TITE

Humor, Performance

Named one of the “Top 10 Creative Canadians” by Marketing Magazine, Ron has been an award winning advertising writer and Creative Director for some of the world’s most respected brands including Air France, Evian, Fidelity, Hershey, Johnson & Johnson, Kraft, Intel, Microsoft, Volvo, and many others.

His advertising work has been recognized by The London International Advertising Awards, The New York Festivals of Advertising, The Crystals, The Extras, The Canadian Marketing Association, The Advertising & Design Club of Canada, and The Marketing Awards, to name just a few.

He is founder and CEO of The Tite Group, Executive Producer & Host of the Canadian Comedy Award-winning show Monkey Toast, and Publisher of the award winning and best selling humour book, “This is That Travel Guide to Canada” with CBC Radio’s hit show, “This is That”.

He has written for a number of other television series, penned a children’s book, and wrote, performed, and produced the play, The Canadian Baby Bonus. In demand as a speaker on innovation, branding, content marketing, and his own take on modern business, “The Expression Economy”, Ron has spoken to leading organizations all over the world.

Ron’s own book, Everyone’s An Artist (Or At Least They Should Be), was published by HarperCollins in 2016.

Fay Simpson

Movement

Fay Simpson has been the Artistic Director and co-founder of Impact Theatre since its creation in 1990. Informed by her work in the rehearsal room, the teaching studio and onstage over the last 20 years, she has developed a unique physical training method for the actor called The Lucid Body.

Fay has taught at The Yale School of Drama, the New School’s Eugene Lang, Michael Howard Studios, The Studio/NY, Marymount Manhattan College, and at the Actor’s Center. She runs private classes and workshops at her own studio The Lucid Body House in midtown Manhattan, as well as in Berlin and London.

She coaches for film and TV as well as stage (Lupita Nyong’o in 12 Years A Slave and in the Broadway play Eclipsed; Annaleigh Ashford in Sylvia with Matthew Broderick currently on Broadway; Amanda Warren The Leftovers on HBO in 2014.)

Fay wrote The Lucid Body; A Guide for the Physical Actor, published in 2008 by Allworth Press. She oversees a cadre of experts who now teach the Lucid Body in Texas, New York, London, Berlin and Moscow.

Writing Faculty

AJ HARPER

AJ Harper is a developmental editor and publishing strategist. She has helped hundreds of authors—from newbies to New York Times bestselling authors with millions of books sold—write and publish game-changing books, develop significant and loyal followings, and build their brand.

For ten years, AJ wrote exclusively for personal and professional development authors. As executive editor for collaborative books, AJ worked with thought leaders and bestselling authors, among them Lisa Nichols, Les Brown, Barbara De Angelis, Mark Victor Hansen, Dr. George Fraser, DC Cordova, Barbara Marx Hubbard, T. Harv Eker, Brendan Burchard, Marcia Wieder, Lisa Sasevich, Hyrum W. Smith, Fabienne Fredrickson, Dr. Jean Shinoda Bolan, and Adam Markel.

AJ is the writing partner for business author, Mike Michalowicz, author of several books, including The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur, The Pumpkin Plan, Profit First and Surge. For several years, AJ served as publishing strategist and managing editor for eWomen Publishing Network, a division of eWomen Network, the largest women’s business network in North America. In 2015, AJ retired from ghostwriting so that she could give her full attention to mentoring authors. She accepts a limited number of book development projects each year.

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KRISTINA PAIDER

Kristina Paider – “KP” – is a screenwriter and strategist who leverages newsroom, boardroom and Hollywood writers room experience to create irresistible stories.

She has written fiction and non-fiction dialogue for a wide range of characters, including world-class negotiators, FBI agents, CEOs, the U.S. President, a neuroscientist and a shaman. As a Hollywood story analyst and screenwriter, KP has worked with more than 350 writers.

In addition to her artistic background, KP’s executive track record includes achieving multi-billion dollar revenue targets for several consecutive years. As a global marketing executive, she worked in luxury hotel real estate and tech, along with A-list media, clients and colleagues in 28 countries. She started her career as a journalist.

KP is the founder of The Hollywood Approach, a platform that leverages the art and neuroscience of story to help people expedite results in their business and life.

As a kid, KP got in trouble for singing at the dinner table, so now she sings through all meals, and sometimes conference calls, too. She is a dark chocolate enthusiast and is a regular guest pastry chef at the #1 ranked restaurant on the Dominican Republic’s North Coast.

Brenda Barbosa

Brenda Barbosa uses the timeless art of storytelling to help business owners find and craft unforgettable business stories that turn lookers into buyers and buyers into loyal fans
– in less time and with less hassle.

As an award-winning writer and journalist with a career spanning nearly two decades, Brenda knows a thing or two about weaving words together in ways that are interesting, informative, relevant and real.

Known as the Storytelling Slickster™ in some parts, Brenda will do almost anything for a good story. She's interviewed drug dealers in cemeteries and jumped out of an airplane to document an 80-year-old's lifelong dream of skydiving – all that despite a crippling fear of heights and dead people.

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Business of Speaking Faculty

NEEN JAMES

Contextual Modeling

Neen James is often described by event planners as the ‘energizer powerhouse’ for their events.

She is a sales and leadership expert focused in the areas of performance and productivity. A little Aussie with a lot of sass; Neen is obsessed with helping people increase sales, strengthen leadership and deliver exceptional customer service.

Neen's fun, high energy, unique Aussie-ness makes her a sought after keynote speaker that meeting planners adore.

Audiences love her practical strategies they can apply at work and home. Neen is a Certified Speaking Professional—a valuable accreditation earned by less than 10% of speakers worldwide.

With a strong corporate background in development and managing large teams throughout several industries, Neen is the perfect fit for organizations who want implementable strategies to increase profitability; increase productivity and accelerate team engagement.

She also provides one-on-one leadership coaching and mentoring on a variety of business topics and her clients will tell you they love working with her 90-day accountability plans.
Clients including Comcast, Cisco, Virgin, Pfizer, FBI, Johnson & Johnson, and BMW describe Neen as fun, real, energetic and wicked smart.

Neen often appears in the media sharing her expertise and is a published author of eight books, including Folding TimeTM and Secrets of Super-Productivity and her latest book Attention! was released in 2016.

Neen James

Joey Coleman

Sales, Contracts, Visuals

When organizations like Hyatt Hotels, NASA, Deloitte, the World Bank, and Zappos need to boost their customers' experience, they call on Joey Coleman for assistance.

For over a decade, Joey has helped organizations retain their best customers and turn them into raving fans via his entertaining and actionable keynotes, workshops, and consulting projects. His First 100 Days methodology helps fuel successful customer experience endeavors at companies and organizations around the world.

As a recognized expert in customer experience design and an award-winning speaker at national and international conferences, Joey specializes in creating unique, attention-grabbing customer experiences. He works with companies ranging from small VC-funded start-ups, to large Fortune 500s, with hundreds of mid-size businesses in between.

Joey developed his narrative skills as a criminal defense trial attorney, advised and counseled Fortune 500 companies as a business consultant, honed his communications and messaging skills at the White House, and did things for the U.S. Secret Service and the CIA that he can't talk about publicly.

His design and artwork has been displayed in museums, featured in juried shows, and graced publications in the U.S. and abroad. When not traveling the world (45 countries and counting) for keynote presentations, client workshops, and quality beach time, Joey enjoys watching magnificent sunsets from his mountain-top home in Colorado with his wife and two young sons.



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