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.
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.
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.
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.