The Improv Therapy Group Advisory Board


Haley is an artist, psychotherapist, writer and musician, currently on the core faculty teaching masters and doctoral students in Counseling: Art Therapy at Adler University in Chicago. She has a PhD in Clinical Psychology and board certifications in music therapy and art therapy, and she is a registered expressive arts therapist and credentialed clinical supervisor.

A focus on improvisation in the arts has informed over 30 years of experience in a variety of settings, including community-based programs, mental health clinics and correctional settings. Dr. Fox co-authored the textbook Minstrels of Soul: Intermodal Expressive Arts Therapy with Paolo Knill (1995/2005, published in Mandarin in 2017); wrote Follow Your Bliss, a career-life planning manual (2000, with a second edition in publication); contributed a book chapter to Expressive Therapies for Sexual Issues (Chapter 4, Expressive Arts Therapy with Sexual Abusers, 2014); and more recently published her doctoral research, Songwriting and Human Shadow: Heuristic Inquiry Grounded in Art, in the peer-reviewed journal VOICES in 2018. Her special academic interests include:  improvisational art, archetypal psychology, consciousness studies, human sexuality, vibrational energy states and ancient/primal art and artifacts and art-based research.

Susan Altfeld, PhD

Susan Altfeld, PhD, serves as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. She oversees all aspects of the Office of Academic Affairs including academic programs, curriculum development, academic grievances, student academic progress and distance learning. Her interests include non-academic factors involved in student success and development of the MPH integrated core curriculum.

Dr. Altfeld's research has involved social support over the life span, transitional care for older adults and infant safe sleep. Her teaching has focused on determinants of health and health promotion.

Walter Watson Swift, MPH

Walter is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). There he received his Master of Public Health degree with a specialization in Community Health Sciences. He has conducted empirical research utilizing improv therapy as an intervention for anxiety, depression, and perfectionism. Walter is also a graduate of Second City’s improv conservatory and Annoyance Theatre’s advanced improv programs and has performed throughout the city. He has facilitated numerous workshops using improv therapy techniques as a component to improving overall mental health and wellbeing.

Sara Tigay, LCPC, CADC

Sara Tigay is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC), Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), and a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) with expertise in cognitive and dialectical behavioral therapy. She specializes in working with adults and couples coping with anxiety, depression, addictive disorders, eating disorders, and relationship issues such as infidelity, communication, and conflict resolution.  She is currently the director of outpatient services at Foundations Recovery, specializing in the treatment of the co-occurring disorder population. 

Margot Escott, MSW, LCSW

Margot graduated from the New York University School of Social Work in 1983 and has lived and practiced in Naples since 1984. She attended the Rutgers Summer School of Addiction Studies in 1987 and 1990 and has extensive post-graduate training in addiction studies and co-dependency.
For over thirty years she has presented workshops and seminars on “Therapeutic Value of Humor and Play” on a national level. She works with PTSD, anxiety disorders and depression using techniques such as Mindfulness Meditation and Visualization. She treats various medical issues, such as traumatic brain injuries, dialysis, and pain issues. Although many of our life issues are certainly not funny, by developing “humor strategies” we can confront and cope our difficult situations, dialysis, and pain issues.
Using Improvisational Theatre exercises combined with cognitive behavioral education, she assists people suffering anxiety disorders, Parkinson’s, MS, MSA, PSP & their care partners, and those in recovery from addictions.

Katie Bellamy, LCPC, BC-DMT

Katie is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Board-Certified Dance/Movement Therapist, corporate coach, and Reiki practitioner. Katie's approach is to holistically heal the mind, body, and spirit. Her therapy experience includes working with substance use and mood disorders and her coaching experience includes working with large corporate teams on decision-making and workplace dynamics.  Katie also continues to keep her dance performance and mindfulness practices alive.

Gregory Geffrard

Gregory Geffrard is a Haitian American who was born and was raised in Miami. After earning his M.F.A from the University of Iowa and relocating to Chicago, Greg feels blessed that in his six years of living in Chicago he has had the opportunity to work consistently in the multifaceted Chicago theatre scene. Gregory is an educator all over Chicago: teaching Sexual Assault Prevention and Response at Great Lakes Naval Base through Catharsis Productions; a teaching Artist with Steppenwolf’s Young Adult Program and teaching social change classes over the summer with Old Town School of Folk Music. You can usually find this intersectional feminist spoken word artist rocking a conversation starter shirt or hoodie. 

Colleen Prendergast

Colleen Prendergast is an experienced improviser, coach, and a mental health advocate.  She has gotten the opportunity to perform improv and sketch comedy at many theatres in Chicago and even directed and produced her own shows. Colleen currently works as a program assistant for OAI, Inc., a non-profit organization that provides workplace safety and skills courses to individuals and businesses.  Graduating from Loyola University Chicago with honors and two degrees in Psychology and Theatre wasn’t enough, Colleen also trained at various comedy theaters throughout Chicago including graduating from Second City’s improv conservatory program.