From Participants

“Participating in FE was one of the most transformative experiences of my life. Saya has a gift for bringing diverse communities of people together and her talent for this was on display throughout the how FE process. Working with complete strangers toward a common goal—the big show—was the perfect starting place for personal growth and building deep personal relationships. I am a better person for having gone through the FE.”

“It was a completely incomparable experience in every way.”

“One of the great things about FE was that, while scary to put on a show for such a large crowd, it was structured in such a way that it was impossible to fail. Going in we knew that we didn’t really know what we were doing, but everyone knew it, and was supportive, and that’s what made it so easy to put on a great show regardless.”

“Fear Experiment was a complete adrenaline rush! I felt like nothing could go wrong, and was on a complete ‘dancer’s high’ the night of the show.”

“My new mantra when facing a difficult situation is, ‘I performed improv in front of 700 people, I can do this.’”

“The best thing about Fear Experiment is that it introduced me to an incredible group of strangers who quickly became friends. Our ages spanned nearly four decades and our occupations were all over the board, including an accountant, professor, zoologist, photographer, social worker and lawyer. It is not a stretch to say that most of us might never have crossed paths if not for Fear Experiment.”

“While doing FE lead me to meet such wonderful people, it also helped me realize how amazing my friends and family are. Having them take time out of their busy schedules to come and support me and cheer me on meant so much to me! I knew I would meet awesome people while doing FE but I didn’t realize my current friendships and family ties would grow stronger because of it!”

“Fear Experiment reminded me of what I’m capable of, which is a lot more than I give myself credit for! The experience was a journey of self-discovery that allowed me to become so much more confident in myself on so many different planes. It’s turned my internal debate-and-response method toward things outside my comfort zone from, ‘hmm, should I . . . ?’ to ‘what the heck, why not?’”

“I’d probably rank my experience in FE as one of the top five best experiences of my life. It’s very rare to meet so many amazing, adventurous, open-minded, and accepting people when you’re an adult.”

From Audience Members

“It was the best evening out I’ve had in a long time and I would recommend the show to anyone! I left feeling warm-hearted and inspired!”

“I have to admit that watching my daughter take part in the Fear Experiment was a real experience for me. I am so proud of her for taking on something so outside her comfort zone. Standing up on stage and doing improv would never have occurred to me when I was her age and I honestly wish I lived closer to the city so I could try it now. This undertaking is truly a life-changing and enhancing experience; it helps to develop skills and strategies that can improve one’s life.”

“In a world where connection is being diminished to keystrokes and thumb-type, it’s a pleasure to share in palpable connections made, and witness people living out loud.”

“My sister was in the show Saturday and I absolutely loved it! I’ve never seen her so happy and confident.”

“I didn’t know what to expect from this show. I was excited to go, but did not expect to be blown away. I have a penchant for live shows, mostly of the musical nature. I try to take in as many as possible and FE, by far, exceeded a lot professional acts I have seen in regards to OVERALL entertainment.”

“We in the audience were grinning away, not just for those of you onstage we already knew and loved, but for the great waves you were creating in the room of trust, risk in a safe and welcoming frame. Such a generous, generative atmosphere you brought us, and we ate it up. Come, see, taste and feel how good it is when we gather wanting nothing but the best for each other.”

“I think my mouth still hurts from smiling so much on Saturday!”