About The Ensemble
We are trained Improv directors, performers and creative professionals who can assist with the use of applied Improvisation in the improvement of mental health.
We are not therapists. We work with licensed therapists and group treatment facilities to bring Improv into the mental health environment.
Lisa Bany is an instructor, director and coach at The Second City. She has authored numerous books, including On Stage: Theatre Games and Activities for Kids; Show Time: Music, Dance and Drama Activities for Kids; Funny Bones; and Family Fun Nights. She started teaching at The Second City in the early nineties has directed and taught throughout the Chicagoland area. A graduate of Columbia College, Lisa is a member of the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor.
Lee Gorsky received his Ph.D. in Biological Chemistry from the University of Michigan. Getting out of the lab he joined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency where, among other things, he was responsible for teaching Risk Assessment and Risk Communication. This teaching component of the job took him all over the US and to Russia, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. As an entrepreneur Lee was the founder of Lucidum, Inc which focused on Online Training Program development. He was also a co-founder of UniformMarket and Sellers Commerce. Lee is currently focused on helping to bring the benefits of Improv to the many diverse audiences that can improve their life skills through the improv exercises the Improv Therapy Group.
Rick Levine is an entrepreneur with an artistic side. He co-founded Act I Bookstore, PerformInk Newspaper, UniformMarket and Sellers Commerce. He currently serves as the Chief Marketing Officer for SmartBuy|TK. He has been a part of several Improv groups over the years and performed in non-equity productions. He is a graduate of the Second City Improv Training Program and has a degree in Theatre from Macalester College.