Zhaleh Almaee
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  • Port Townsend, WA
  • United States
  • Playback Theatre and Theatre of the…
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Building Useful Networks

Started this discussion. Last reply by Paul Levy Apr 8, 2009. 1 Reply


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Jean Bonifas left a comment for Zhaleh Almaee
"Hello Zhaleh, I'm writing to invite you to a PNW AIN event that is tentatively planned for Nov. 11 and 12 in the Portland/Vancouver area.  [See the schedule below.]  Apologies for this last minute notice.   Please reply to…"
Nov 1, 2011
Zhaleh Almaee posted an event

Building Community Through Participatory Theatre at Capitol Hill neighborhood - Seattle, WA

March 25, 2011 at 6pm to March 27, 2011 at 6pm
A weekend workshop for all people! Gain effective skills to foster joyful & healthy communities using a rare blend of two of the most widely known and utilized forms of interactive theater - Theatre of the Oppressed and Playback Theatre. Freeing, insightful, and fun! *Please pre-register via the website: www.mandalaforchange.comDiscover creative ways to:  - Hone your listening skills  - Strengthen authentic connections  - Play solidarity-building activities  - Embody personal stories  -…See More
Mar 17, 2011
Morgan Rich left a comment for Zhaleh Almaee
"Hey Zhaleh, Lets get together and plan some fun activities. Drop a note so we can figure out how to get together. Playing Huge. morgan"
Dec 3, 2009
Paul Levy replied to Zhaleh Almaee's discussion Building Useful Networks
"I think there is a key idea that goes beyond "Networks" which is that of "Communities of practice". I think the word community goes beyond what a network is, suggesting, not just link up, but mutual support, learning and…"
Apr 8, 2009
Zhaleh Almaee posted a discussion

Building Useful Networks

The field of arts and social change, which applied improv can be considered part of in my humble opinion, is an organized but under-represented field --especially in the realm of funding or public awareness. It doesn't matter if your main interest is only in participating, but if you are trying to fundraise, publicize events or simply have a public presence then it can be really challenging. Are we really as connected as we think we are? Networks like AIN are in no shortage, but are they aware…See More
Apr 8, 2009
Zhaleh Almaee is now a member of The Applied Improvisation Network
Apr 7, 2009

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Where do you live and work? (City)
Port Townsend, WA (work in Pacific Northwest...mostly)
Professional Skills
Laughing, listening, spontaneity, offering empathy, generating heart felt dialog, organizing events, giving awesome hugs, multi-tasking...
What is your main interest in this network?
Social, Networking, Finding Partnerships, Improv Resources
What kind of person are you?
Morning, Day, Night
What kinds of improv-related services are you involved in?
Teambuilding, Creativity, Innovation, Problem Solving, Communication, Conflict Resolution, Leadership, Stress, Life Skills, Character Development
Any niche industries, skills, etc?
Playback Theatre and Theatre of the Oppressed practitioner; "Spirit Play"
Share a favorite 'improv epiphany'
Genius moments happen when I do improv when I'm tired or grumpy -- all defenses are down and the flow can't help but happen!
More about you: (Short Bio or any other details you'd like people to know)
It is my intention to support lifestyles of joy and connection and help foster a culture of possibility. I apply theater for dialogue and reconciliation and have a passion for Rites of Passage work and storytelling as a way to strengthen the fabric of communities, reveal collective truths and wisdom, and take actions toward a more just and sustainable way of life.

Involved in theatre since 1987 in Philadelphia; I have studied, taught and performed social change theatre in diverse communities ranging from Boston, Atlanta, Minneapolis, along with Omaha, Alaska, and Portland. I live a magical life in Port Townsend, WA where I work and play with the Poetic Justice Theatre Ensemble and creatively collaborate with local people and projects.

I am an advisor and organizer for the Playback North America network (PNA), and coordinate a mentor and coaching program to enable emerging and seasoned playback practitioners to increase their mutual support and connection for effective risk-taking and inspired growth.

I am a skilled and attuned facilitator who has worked with a range of communities doing Playback, Theatre of the Oppressed and applied theatre with communities such as: formerly incarcerated people, hospice care workers, GLBTQ youth, interfaith councils, faculty and students in universities, substance recovery programs and cancer survivors.

My background and training includes Non-Violent Communication, Drama Therapy, and Theater of the Oppressed.
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At 8:05am on November 1, 2011, Jean Bonifas said…

Hello Zhaleh,

I'm writing to invite you to a PNW AIN event that is tentatively planned for Nov. 11 and 12 in the Portland/Vancouver area.  [See the schedule below.] 

Apologies for this last minute notice.   Please reply to the email ASAP if you are interested & available to attend to help us determine whether there is sufficient interest to proceed.  We decide tomorrow evening – Wednesday, 11/2.  THANK YOU!


Nov. 11th Friday evening:   From 7 – 9:30

LOCATION:  Anam Brugh Studio, 3512 F Street, Vancouver, WA 98663

  • Meet ▪ Greet ▪ Get Acquainted
  • AI Game Sharing + Options for socializing and local improv performances!

Nov., 12th Saturday:   9 – 4; Evening Improv Venue Options available

LOCATION:  Clark College, 1733 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver, WA 98663; Room # TBA

  • Interactive session on what’s happening in growing field of AI
  • Share what YOU’RE doing, and how you’re doing it
  • Hear AI practitioners with 10+ years experience talk about how they got started, and what they’re doing to stay in business
  • Perform & Process
  • Socialize and Collaborate
  • AI Game Sharing + Options for socializing and local improv performances!

No Sunday events scheduled.

Bring:  Your experience, curiosity, hope and generosity.

Fee:  $15 to cover facility – Lunch on your own


PLUS Professional Development Oppty!

Sue Walden, Vice President of the AIN Board of Directors and the Shepherdess of North American Regional Groups, is in the Portland/Vancouver area to help us launch our Region plus delivering two amazing workshops:

         Wednesday, Nov. 9 “The Bendable Brain – Building the Critical Skill of Flexibility” from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Anam Brugh Studio, 3512 F Street, Vancouver, WA 98663)

         Friday, Nov. 11 “Design for Ah-Ha! Learning Experiences: An Improv Approach to Program Design” from 9:30 to 5 p.m. (at Clark College, 1733 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver, WA 98663)

For more information about, and registering for these workshops, contact Sue directly sue@improvworks.org.


PNW Regional Champions:

Marcia McReynolds

Patricia Colley

Jean Bonifas




At 8:20am on December 3, 2009, Morgan Rich said…
Hey Zhaleh,

Lets get together and plan some fun activities. Drop a note so we can figure out how to get together.

Playing Huge.

AIN Spotlight (Latest News)...

For those who missed Dr. Steve Leybourne's Webinar on Organisational Improvisation. You can catch up online. Just follow the link below. 
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You have from now until the Monday, May 11th to make a (or several) delightful offers for our tribe’s conference. Again, ’Back to Nature’ is our theme for this 2015 AIN conference. Life on earth is creative, playful, and always improvising. In that sense, being connected to nature is being connected to our whole being, with all of our creative, playful and improvisational capacities. How does your work connect with that?

More info can be found on the AIN Conference Website


Time: September 24, 2015 at 5pm toSeptember 27, 2015 at 5pm
Location: Montreal, Canada
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