Our Team

Dann Sytsma


Dann has been performing improvisational theatre since 1997. Dann’s formal improv training includes studying at the esteemed Improv Olympic (iO) in Chicago. He has worked with – and tutored – some of the top improv performers in Southwest Michigan.


Dann’s professional history is in chemistry, including method development & validation, business development, and college instruction. He is also the owner of Crawlspace Theatre Productions and the founder of Crawlspace Eviction, Kalamazoo's premier improv troupe.



Tara Sytsma


Tara's improv background spans the years since 2003. She performs with Kalamazoo's premiere improv troupe Crawlspace Eviction and is the Director of Education for Crawlspace Theatre Productions. Tara also instructs the Level 1, adult improv course. 


Tara's professional background is in education, both in the areas of biology and the arts. She has also supervised education staff in after-school programming.


“Brian and Dann are an absolute delight to work with. Their combined expertise from both an improv and business background clearly translated into workshops that far exceeded our expectations. We look forward to continuing to partner with Brian and Dann!”

-       Emily Craig, Program Administrator, Foreign Links Around the Globe

Brian at WMU Haworth College of Business

Whether you're looking to ease into a culture change, want solutions for conflict resolution or are looking for more communication tools when it's time to go "off script," applied improv will provide great take-aways for your team. It makes for a great team building event too!

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It's improvisation, but there's a method to the madness. We have a proven process that begins with simple communication concepts, which then build on themselves until we arrive at specific, real-world techniques for effective, positive communication. 

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Let us know how we can introduce the benefits of improv to your group. In addition to performing and coaching improv for years, we have backgrounds in sales management, event planning, focus group facilitation, business development and small business ownership.

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