Executive Producer, DJ, and Improviser in Denver, Colorado
Hello! My name is Steve (Stephen), and I do stuff with improvisation, performance, and Burning Man shenanigans.
EXEC PRODUCER: I work for The Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Dinner Show as CTO, Co-Executive Producer and performer, since 2007. I am Lead Digital Architect for The Virtual Detective since 2020, with 1000+ shows performed worldwide.
IMPROV: I've been performing and teaching for 28 years, across the country and internationally. I am the founder and CTO of RISE Comedy (formerly Voodoo Comedy) in Denver, Colorado, started in 2011. I am the founder and director of Hit and Run: Musical Improv, Colorado's longest running improv show, started in 2006. I am a co-founder of the Diversity in Colorado Improvisation group, formed in 2016. With the opening of Voodoo Comedy (now RISE Comedy) in 2011, I am proud to have helped the Denver and Colorado improv communities evolve and grow to be much more inclusive and diverse, an ongoing process which continues to this day.
CORPORATE: As the most experienced corporate improv instructor in Colorado, I have personally designed and taught dozens of improvisation workshops for companies such as Apple, Adobe, Comcast Xfinity, Chipotle, DaVita, Dell, Ernst & Young, Google, Microsoft, Vail Resorts, and many more. I am honored to have been chosen as the keynote speaker for the 2021 RMHA conference in Black Hawk, CO.
BURNING MAN: I am the webmaster and content herder for Apogaea, the Colorado regional Burning Man event. I am sound lead for XPAT ALIEN, a veteran Burning Man day camp. I volunteer my time and resources with many different burn projects in CO and elsewhere.
OTHER STUFF: I am an ordained minister through the ULC and Church of the Sub-Genius. I once auditioned for the Muppets. My Bacon Number is 2. I once had an entire box of fireworks go off under my chair.
"When reviewing our post-event surveys, the overwhelming majority of our group was surprised, in a good way, at how applicable the 4 C's of Improv were to their work and personal lives. Thanks again for passing along your wisdom in a fun, meaningful way!"
- Christine Standefer, Engrain
“We booked Steve for a night during a two day training at our company, and he blew us out of the water with his professional, timely, and fun activities. It was a great way to build comradery and trust while also teaching principles of improv that translate well into the corporate environment!”
- Leah Nielson, FOCUS