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Michael D. Nye has been teaching innovative improvisational exercises to performers and businesses for over twenty years, including eight years as a motivational teacher of creativity through the Los Angeles Public Library. Michael has combined his business background as a salesman, retail manager, and buyer for a chain of gift shops, with his creative background as an actor and teacher of improvisational technique, to create powerful workshops of exercises and games designed to increase mental acuity and verbal fluency, strengthen memory, and fire up one’s imagination.

Michael executive-produced and hosted the feature anthology film Grave Images starring Sally Kirkland, wrote and directed the feature film Night Tour, and directed the pilot Comedy On A Roll for NBC.

As a professional speaker, Michael has spoken at motivational seminars and conducted creativity workshops in the Los Angeles area, as well as in Northern California and Texas.

Michael is the author of the book Dynamic Acting, an account of his breakthrough method of realistic acting. He is a founding member of the Film Artists Network, and has served on the faculties of The Academy of Converging Arts and The Conscious Living Foundation.

As an actor, Michael has been in major films and television shows, including High School High, Torchwood, Eagleheart, and in recurring roles on HBO’s Carnivale and Big Love. He has also appeared on House, M.D., Heroes, and most recently in the feature films, Priest and the upcoming, Little Boy.




Robert Leh studied improvisational theatre at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. After years of performing in dinner theatres, bus-and-truck theatre companies, and summer stock, he became artist-in-residence at Nashville Children’s Theatre, where he taught acting, improvisation, and stage combat.

Robert then served as Business Manager/Director for dozens of commemorative celebrations throughout the mid-west and south for the John B. Rogers Producing Co. In this capacity, he wrote, cast, and directed historical dramas based on the history of the areas. He also oversaw the business aspects of the celebrations.

After coming to Los Angeles, Robert landed roles in the films Rocky I & II, Raid on Entebbe, and The Toolbox Murders and has appeared on television in recurring roles on The Young and the Restless and General Hospital, as well as roles in episodic television.

For five years, he was writer/performer in the popular improvisational sketch comedy group, The Ultimate Crutch, and regularly played The Comedy Store, The Improv, and The Ice House, among other major comedy houses. Robert was also head writer and marketing director for The Dreamers Guild, a company which created interactive games for both CD-ROM and on-line. 

Michael and Robert continue to personally conduct seminars, as well as teach other trainers in their unique creativity-enhancing and public speaking techniques.

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