Brad Fortier is the creator of Spontaneous Village and is the training and development coordinator for the Oregon Health Authority’s Office of Equity & Inclusion. He was the co-founder of Happy Improv Fun Time and HIFT Consulting. Brad was the coordinator for Portland Community College’s Illumination Project From 2014-2016, and the education director for the Brody Theater from 2005-2012.
He has a masters degree in the interdisciplinary study of the anthropology of improvised theater (a unique M.A. he earned at Portland State University). Brad’s talents as a facilitator, presenter, and educator have kept him busy doing his favorite activity – having fun with and making an impact on groups of people through interactive play. Brad got his start as 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 the globe.
As an anthropologist, Brad continues 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, and how the brain is affected by improvisation in Portland.
Brad wrote a chapter for the first Applied Improv textbook on his work developing a community building curriculum for refugee contexts, published in April of 2018 by Bloomsbury publishing in London. Through HIFT Consulting, He has worked with a diverse array of clients such as: Logitech, Nike, University of Oregon, Oregon Humanities, CareOregon, Jackson County Connect. Education, Refugees, and Public Health are the contexts where Brad has been making the most impact. Brad has 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 also lends his expertise to the realm of healthcare as chair of the board of directors for Oregon Health Science University’s clinic, Family Medicine at Richmond. It is here that Brad is beginning to explore potential mental health and wellness benefits of applying improvised theater tools.
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