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I have studied interpersonal-communication, human behavior, and human interaction for over 45 years. In 1974, as a V.I.S.T.A Volunteer at the Vermont State Maximum Security Prison at Windsor, I was among the pioneering staff of INTERACT, one of the nations first, two-way television networks. I produced over 120 hours of rehabilitative educational programming for long-term prisoners via two-way closed-circuit television.
I am a graduate of The Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theatre and student of Sanford Meisner. I appear as part of the acting ensemble in the documentaries, "Sanford Meisner: The Theater's Best Kept Secret" directed by Academy Award-winning Director, Sidney Pollack, as well throughout the definitive document of Mr. Meisner at work, the 8 hour classic, "Sanford Meisner Master Class."
In 1993 mediator Nancy Davis asked me to join her and public artist Richard McLaughlin as Drama Director of City at Peace, Santa Barbara, Ca. Together, we combined my experience as a professional actor and student of Meisner and mentored by Paul Sills, with Davis' chosen approach to conflict resolution - Alternatives to Violence (ATV), Using drama and theater processes we taught conflict resolution and mediation to teenagers. Our goal was to prevent the spread of youth violence by teaching teenagers healthy life choices while making community theater. I was recognized as a Santa Barbara "Local Hero" for my work with City at Peace in 1999.
In 2000 the Force Modernization Division, United States Army (CECOM) commissioned me as their exclusive human interaction trainer to teach career military instructors how to make their televised New Equipment Training (NET) - "as good as live." In 2003, my company AIT was awarded a five-year, five million dollar contract by CECOM.