Butch Roy loves improv. It all started 21 years ago at a show at the legendary Brave New Workshop, which turned into studying improv at the Brave New Institute, which later led to becoming the Technical Director at the Brave New Workshop, a position he proudly held for eight years. Somewhere in there he also earned his B.F.A. from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, got married, had some kids.
In 2002, Butch founded Improv A Go-Go, a weekly, all improvised showcase of some of the best local and national improvisers. Now in its sixteenth year, this Sunday night show still manages to sell out on a regular basis. In 2006, Butch started the Twin Cities Improv Festival (TCIF), a five-day event featuring shows and workshops. Held each June, TCIF has grown every year, attracting some of the most well-respected and talented improvisors on the continent.
Dana Nelson is an entrepreneurial leader who champions community partnerships and loves all things Minnesota. Most recently, as Vice President of Legacy and Community Partnerships for the Super Bowl Host Committee, Dana oversaw the charitable strategy and community relations for Super Bowl LII. She led a 52 week giving campaign in honor of Super Bowl LII, investing more than $5.5M in to improve the health and wellness of kids and families across Minnesota.
Previous to joining the Super Bowl Host committee, Dana was the founding executive director of GiveMN. As its “Cheerleader-In-Chief,” she led the launch of Give to the Max Day in 2009, which rallied Minnesotans around causes they care about and raised $14 million for Minnesota nonprofits and schools in one day. Minnesota’s Give to the Max Day continues to be one the largest online giving events in the world. Previous to GiveMN, Dana oversaw global workforce engagement of over 350,000 team members at Target and also had productive stints at Minneapolis Public Schools and Sun Country Airlines.
Keisha "TK" Dutes
Keisha "TK" Dutes is an independent audio producer and co-host of TK in The AM, live streaming morning show on Bondfire Radio. With experience spanning terrestrial radio, online, podcast and audio drama, her life is in audio is all encompassing. Currently, TK produces Buzzfeed's "Thirst Aid Kit"; "Cocktails & Confidence" the official podcast of The Curvy Con; and Brooklyn Deep's "Third Rail" podcast. She also spreads the gospel of radio and podcasting through workshops and mentorship, and was recently listed on Current.org's "Black Talents in Public Media You Should Know."
Born in Minnesota to NuyoRican parents (New York-Puerto Ricans), Maria Isa is a singer, songwriter, emcee, instructor and performing artist.
Nancy Lyons is a CEO, entrepreneur, and all around good human who speaks about the intersection of leadership, entrepreneurialism, technology, and people. Through her candid writing and speaking, she explores the many facets of life at work and champions human-centered approaches to business. Seeing work and the culture of work as the next economic frontier, she pushes the progressive boundaries of how we think about professional and personal lives.
Nancy has been locally and nationally recognized for her role as owner and CEO of Clockwork. She is co-author of “Interactive Project Management: Pixels, People, and Process” (New Riders, 2012) and author of the upcoming book, “How to Win at Business by Being Nice to Humans.”
Susan Shehata, also known as The Space Guru™, is a nationally known Educator, Guide and Performing Artist, who specializes in helping people clear their hidden obstacles. She does that through Space Work, Holistic Wellness Services and through Music & Theatre. Susan has been a professional performer for twenty years and a certified wellness professional, focusing on transformational healing and space work, for over fifteen years.
Susan is also a writer, whose writing has appeared in The Huffington Post and Elephant Journal and whose column, The Space Guru™, has appeared in the Edge Magazine. As a musician and performer, Susan focuses on musical theatre and kirtan (yogic chant music) and released her first kirtan album with her band, Sitara & Kalyani with Pavan-Kumar. She is also the creator of The Fabulous Paper Purge, a free online program that was featured in the Pioneer Press, on Fox News and KARE11, and has supported over 1200 participants.
Susan shares her wisdom, through speaking events and workshops on the topics of Core Beliefs and Conscious Space, online and in various cities, across the country. Her life’s mission is to use her voice as a performer, writer, healer and mentor to reduce conflict and suffering. Susan Shehata