Brian G. Smith
Brian G. Smith is an award-winning film-maker, educator, and alumnus of The Second City. Over the last 20 years, Brian has helped thousands of students exercise their creative spirits, and find their own storytelling voices.
As head of ‘Annex Improv’ (at the Centre for Social Innovation and MaRS), Brian has created training programs that combine personal and professional growth including PowerPoint Improv where participants deliver impromptu presentations based on a set of slides that they have never seen before.
Brian's creative production company, You and Media, has produced award-winning comedy films & several innovative web series including Media Prize, Festival du DocuMenteur (Quebec), Best TV Ad, Barbados Advertising Awards, and Best Web Series, Canadian Comedy Awards.
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Brian is a fantastic teacher. His ability to make people feel comfortable and judge when they are ready to take on new challenges is very impressive. I have never experienced anything like it.
Chris, Lawyer, Cavalluzzo LLP
Brian is a wonderful teacher, with a great sense of humour ... and a nurturing, patient teaching style. He sees what you're capable of, and then gives you the coaching, or challenge, and/or scene partner you need to be successful (yes, you will probably have to sing at some point). .. Recommend highly!
Julie, Consumer Insights Manager
Make 'em LAUGH.
With his unique humour-based approach, Brian has helped thousands of students exercise their creative spirits, and find their own storytelling voices.
Read what Brian has to say below!
“As an improv teacher, I’m much more interested in the therapeutic value than in the show business angle. I find teaching beginners to be the most fulfilling, ’cause it’s where the greatest personal transformations occur. There is a trajectory of joy in the first few classes that will never be repeated; they’re discovering that they, and the others in their new tribe, have magic powers. Literally – magic powers.” - Brian G. Smith