Brad Fortier was a member of Portland’s Brody Theater from 1996 to 2012. He was the education director for the Brody from 2004-2011 and is still very busy developing curriculum and giving workshops around Portland, Oregon, and across the globe. His talents as a facilitator, presenter and instructor have kept him busy doing his favorite activity – having fun with and making an impact on groups of people through interactive play. He’s excited about his newest venture, Happy Improv Fun Time.
As an anthropologist, Brad bounces between doing archaeological contract work for WillametteCRA and continuing his research on improvised theater and its social, psychological, and neurological benefits for people. He gave a talk at the 2010 Applied Improvisation Network’s Conference in Amsterdam on his research. Brad has also done some creative consulting work with Logitech and for the Portland chapter of the IxDA. He has also authored two books focused on the anthropology of improvisation: Long-Form Improvisation: Collaboration, Comedy, and Communion & A Culture of Play: Essays on the Origins, Applications, and Effects of Improvised Theater.
His performance career has taken him across the globe, as well. Brad has performed improvised shows on stages in the US, Canada, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Austria, and Slovenia. Brad currently produces and performs in the popular Improv at Portland Center Stage. For Brad’s talent in action, as well as some of his interviews and talks, check Video.
Brad has directed several shows for the Brody Theater: The Bards-an improvised musical, Generic Hospital – an improvised soap opera, Starhole 3060, and Super Secret Spy Team. He also directed “SexyNurd” in Portland’s 2010 ‘Fertile Ground’ Festival of new works.