President, Koppett + Company
The author of “Training to Imagine: Practical Improvisational Theatre Techniques to Enhance Creativity, Teamwork, Leadership, and Learning”, published by Stylus Publishing Inc. Kat holds a B.F.A. in Drama from New York University and an M.A. in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University.She specializes in applying improvisational theatre techniques to the organizational stage to improve individual and group performance. Her clients include JPMorganChase, Apple, GE, Havas Health, Kaiser-Permanente, NYSID and Eli Lilly.
A member of the National Speakers’ Association and the Consulting Alliance, Kat has presented for the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD), the North American Simulation and Gaming Association (NASAGA), Influent, International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI), the Rotary Club and the Young Presidents’ Organization.
TheaterWeek Magazine named Kat one of the year’s “Unsung Heroes” for her creation of the improvisational theater format, Spontaneous Broadway, which is now performed regularly around the world. She has been seen in television ads for Pillsbury, Quaker Oats, and Dr Pepper (she was a Pepper!). Her short play, Don’t Get Around Much Anymore, was a winner in Playground’s Emerging Playwrights Festival. She is currently the Training Director of and a performer with the Albany, NY based improv company, The Mop & Bucket Company.
Keynote: Kat Koppett
Keynote Date & Time: May 2, 3:00pm – 3:20pm
Description: Kat is the eponymous founder of Koppett, a consultancy that specializes in applying improvisational theatre and storytelling techniques to enhancing individual and organizational performance. Her book “Training to Imagine: Practical Improvisational Theatre Techniques to Enhance Creativity, Teamwork, Leadership, and Learning”, is considered a seminal work in the field.
When not on the road, Kat co-directs and performs with her improv company, The Mop & Bucket Co. (www.mopco.org) in it’s theatre – a converted 100-year-old firehouse by way of strip club featured on Jerry Springer.