Theodore Klein is the Managing Partner, Boston Strategy Group and the Program Director at EI Research. Mr. Klein has over 40 years of executive management experience at several premier consulting firms, and was the CEO of Boston Systems Group, named one of America’s 100 leading consulting firms. Mr. Klein has led over 350 engagements for global corporate, healthcare, university, and government institutions, across four continents. He has served on the management faculty at Boston University, Boston College, and the University of Massachusetts in Management, Marketing, and Information Technology. He has been an avid improv student for the last three years, and is deepening his education in the field. Mr. Klein holds an MBA from Boston University, and undergraduate degrees in Mathematics and in the Social Sciences. An avid sailor, he crossed the Atlantic in a 62 foot gaff-rigged schooner over a five week period, when he was still young and adventurous.
Kayleigh Kane is a member of the Improv Principles Team at EI Research, contributing to the design and development of curriculum for applied improv for graduate schools of management, law, and medical schools. Kayleigh is an experienced improv performer and instructor, and brings to the team her mastery of productive communication techniques, and her firm belief in the importance of silliness. Kayleigh began her improv education over ten years ago, and has since received training from instructors at ImprovBoston, The iO Theater, The Second City, Dell’Arte International, and more. Kayleigh was previously a member of the improv team “MANGO”, and is currently a performing member of “The Wild” and the ImprovBoston National Touring Company. She has performed at several comedy festivals, including the Del Close Marathon in New York City, and the Vegas Improv Festival in Las Vegas. Outside of improv and EI Research, Kayleigh works in scripted theatre as a movement and intimacy director, and an artistic director of Boston-based fringe company Entropy Theatre. Her pocket-sized dog, Roger, is a prince among canines.
Danny Balel is a member of the Improv Principles Team and Education Elements Team at EI Research, contributing to the writing of improvisation philosophy and educational connections. Danny is an experienced teacher, writer, director, and performer, and brings these experiences to EI Research. Danny had directed and performed in the improvisation and theater world for over 15 years. He was the director of the Mainstage and National Touring Company at ImprovBoston, an adjunct professor of theater at Clark University, and teaches workshops throughout New England. Danny also teaches poetry classes and is an avid writer in the poetry world. He resides in Somerville Massachusetts where his garden brings no end to his joy.
Hannah Breen is a member of the Improv Principles team at EI Research, focused on bringing applied Improv instruction to graduate schools of management, law and medical schools. At EIR, Hannah focuses on the development and research of Improv Principles for specific academic and corporate implementation. Hannah has a BA in Communications and a minor in Theater from Lake Forest College. During her time at Lake Forest, she served as a member of the Communications Academic Advisory Board and was also an avid participant in both Improv and drama productions. Hannah brings 5 years of administrative experience to this role from several prominent Boston Area Companies, including Elkus Manfredi Architects and ZS Associates. Hannah is a cast member on the ImprovBoston (IB) Mainstage and National Touring Company. She is also an Improv instructor, and has led several workshops at the IB College Comedy Festival. In addition to performing with many casts, she works as an Improv Indie team coach. Hannah also works on sketch writing and Podcasting, and she has performed at various Improv festivals as a member of the female improv duo ‘September’s Very Own’. Hannah loves crafts and puzzles—she is currently looking to bedazzle any household items she can get her hands on.
Neeraja Mehta is a part of the Management Research Team at EI Research, an early-stage subsidiary of Boston Strategy Group dedicated to bringing applied improv instruction to graduate schools of management, law and medical schools. Neeraja is in charge of research, maintaining databases, and developing the company’s web site. Neeraja is a sophomore at Boston University, pursuing a double major in Computer Science and Economics. At Boston University, Neeraja mentors her fellow peers through the CS Ambassador program and tackles technical issues as a Classroom Moderator. Beyond the classroom, Neeraja enjoys playing chess, biking and going on late night walks on the Charles River esplanade.