“One of the best parts of being able to experience Creative Renewal is the way that the benefits and possibilities will continue to unfold well into the future....The sheer experience of creating an ongoing and deliberate habit of pulling yourself out of your comfort zone adds new levels of thinking about my work. I’m less afraid to explore new possibilities, applying the core ‘yes, and…’ tenant of improvisation to situations and modeling that for my team and coworkers changes the environment in literal and figurative ways.”
For Beth, her Creative Renewal centered on much needed time for herself while building on the skills required to lead innovative strategies at the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Her renewal goals included simply being an audience member of theatrical performance, learning how to create an environment that encourages creative risk, and utilizing improvisational techniques to enhance creativity in the workplace. She made three trips to Chicago to experience a variety of live performances including The Jungle Book, The Little Prince, and seven different companies at the Chicago Improv Festival. After the insightful trips to Chicago, she was inspired to create work herself, so she signed up for an intermediate improv class at ComedySportz Indianapolis. She immersed herself in this improv training and over time, was asked to audition, and ultimately became a part of the ComedySportz company of players.
Beth also enjoyed a trip to Mont-Tremblant, Québec. “I luged down a mountain and went whitewater rafting in the rapids and was invigorated by the realization that it was exactly what I needed. Renewal meant taking risks and being flung from the safety of a raft. I am better for the experience.” She also attended the Applied Improvisation Network Conference in Austin, Texas. She had initially intended to participate as an observer, but through her affiliation with ComedySportz, was attending as a practitioner and the experience surpassed Beth’s expectations. “The opportunity to explore an art form that I love from so many angles reinforced what I have always believed—that while the arts do exist for their own sake, they also have the power to change the world.”
Vice President of Community Engagement and Strategic Innovation, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
Member, Board of Directors, Leadership Indianapolis and Centric Innovation Network; Chair, Spirit & Place Festival Selection Committee
2005-2006, 2013-2014 Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship Recipient, Arts Council of Indianapolis