Tim Van Ness is the founder and President of Van Ness & Company. An organizational effectiveness consultant, executive coach and seasoned facilitator with a unique background in the use of theatre for organization and leadership development, Mr. Van Ness creates and delivers distinctive training and development programs, unique educational processes, and transformational events for all kinds of clients.
Mr. Van Ness is a 20-year veteran of Playback Theatre , a unique improvisational form based on the enactment of personal stories. A graduate of the School of Playback Theatre, he served on the first Board of Directors for the International Playback Theatre Network, was the founder and Artistic Director of Boston Playback Theatre and later, Valley Playback Theatre in western Massachusetts, and has consulted to and performed as a guest actor, conductor and musician in numerous Playback companies internationally.
As a Senior Consultant with The Ariel Group, Tim has coached C-Level executives in leadership development workshops across diverse industries including financial services, professional services, technology, consulting, and for senior executive education programs at premier business schools in the US, Europe and Asia.
As an actor, Tim has been performing since he was a child. He has worked professionally for the Hampshire Shakespeare Company, the Pioneer Valley Summer Theatre, and in scores of plays and interactive scenarios for corporations, hospitals and family businesses throughout the country. He has also acted in corporate training films and worked as a voice-over artist.
Besides his work in theatre, Tim is a classically trained musician and accomplished singer songwriter and performer with a BME from the University Of Colorado in Boulder. Once a music teacher in the Boston Public Schools, he has sung with highly acclaimed choruses on both U.S. coasts including The California Bach Society, The New York State Chamber Choir, The Back Bay Chorale, and The Cambridge Madrigal Singers, and has toured numerous times throughout Europe.
Mr. Van Ness' vast educational experience encompasses theatre as well as music. He has taught acting and improvisation to youth and adults for over 20 years, working with teens from all backgrounds, including multicultural youth at risk in various communities throughout Massachusetts, using improvisation to develop teen written plays based on personal experiences.
Mr. Van Ness weaves his experience as an actor, director, improvisor, educator, business leader, and classically trained musician to bring each client a unique experience specifically suited to their individual need.