Founded in 1987 by actor/director/writer/teacher Geoff Safron, Brainstormers! is a company of professional actor-educators, technicians, and media artists. Our specialty is combining learning and laughter in equal measure, empowering young people to express their creativity both on the page and on the stage. Our core product is a series of high-energy Creative Writing shows, harnessing the fun and excitement of Improv Comedy to change kids' attitudes about writing. Our belief is that a young person who discovers the joy of expressing their ideas using the written word will grow up to be a successful communicator in whatever field they choose. In the last 30 years, we conservatively estimate that our Takeoff Show and our Skywriter Show have motivated over 3.5 million kids to write their own stories.
We review thousands of students' stories for performance every year, and have long recognized how heavily the subjects of Self Esteem and Bullying weigh upon their minds. Easily 40% of those stories have degree of emotional tribulation in their plots...as simple as difficulty making friends in the early grades, to complex interpersonal dilemmas involving cliques and cyber-bullying in the older ones. We've adapted selected stories from our archives to present as upbeat, non-preachy PBIS programs entitled The Be Your Own Hero Show and The Bully-Buster Show to reassure kids that nearly everybody experiences these problems and give them practical tools and mantras for getting through the school day.
We also offer an individualized, mentorship-based classroom writing residency, Brainstormers! Writer's Camp, and a PD staff workshop exploring the use of Improv Drama in the classroom, Unique Techniques. We are also completely open to creating brand-new custom programs that serve the specific needs of your school, camp, library, or public event...call us and we'll "brainstorm" together!
Brainstormers! has been nominated three times for a Governor's Award in Arts and Education, and named "Most-Reccomended Assembly Program" by the Michigan Principals Association (MEMSPA) for 25 years in a row.
Headquartered in the Detroit area, we regularly tour the states of Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucjy, western Pennsylvania, and southern Wisconsin. But even if your school or organization is outside of that area, we're not opposed to traveling further if a critical mass of appearances are scheduled. Call us to raise the scores and change the lives of your young audiences!
Geoff Safron, Executive Director
John Wray, Artistic Director
Kendall Kotcher, Asst. Artistic Director
Stella Willfinger, Program Coordinator