PrincipalCompany: Fortier Creative Consulting
Role: Session Presenter
2020 Conference Session:
Journey Beyond the Comfort Zone: Designing and Facilitating Transformative Learning Experiences for Leaders
2021 Conference Session: Dismantling White Supremacy Culture Anchored Within – The White JEDI Practitioners Daily Dilemma (S5-D)
Brad Fortier, MA, is an anthropologist, author, educator, and entertainer and has been teaching and training adults in a variety of settings for more than 20 years. He combines applied anthropology and applied improvisation in his writing, research, and training work — both of which utilize collaborative approaches to solving human problems in the field and in organizations.
He has been working in the inclusion, diversity, equity, and access space since creating Spontaneous Village, a trauma-informed game and play-based community-building intervention for refugees, in 2014 in San Antonio, Texas, and in 2016 in Berlin, Germany. He had an advisory role with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) in 2016 for incorporating interactive and experiential training methods in their work.
Brad is the author of “Long-Form Improvisation: Collaboration, Comedy, Communion”; “A Culture of Play: Essays on the Origins, Effects, and Applications of Improvised Theatre”; and a chapter in “Applied Improvisation: Leading, Collaborating and Creating Beyond the Theatre” published by Bloomsbury London in 2018. His thinking, scholarship, and field research on applying improvisation is widely regarded as foundational for this emerging field of training.
Brad is a training and development specialist for the State of Oregon focused on Equity and Inclusion work. He is an educational strategist designing their equity-diversity-inclusion training plan for staff, as well as coaching executives on “inclusive leadership.” Prior to that, he was the coordinator for Portland Community College’s Illumination Project, where he sat on the planning committee and delivered training for the first ever “Whiteness History Month.” This event explored the history, development, and impacts of “Whiteness” (the social and cultural implications of having white skin) on our world and our lives.
Brad has also spoken, taught, directed, and performed across the United States, Canada, and the European Union about both improvised theater and applying improvisation to solve human problems offstage. Brad is excited to be working with Riikka Salonen and Rhodes Perry, who have both been influences on his own development and work.