National Theatre of the World

Speaker, L&D


The National Theatre of the World: Naomi Snieckus and Matt Baram

Emcees | Entertainment | Improv | Training

A power couple of Canadian comedy, Second City Alums Naomi Snieckus and Matt Baram are the creators of The National Theatre of the World, a six-time Canadian Comedy Award winning troupe offering unique appearances and interactive workshops to help people “learn with laughter.” Whether hosting a morning conference or an evening gala, or leading training sessions that incorporate the invaluable lessons of improv, the duo is guaranteed to give your team an unforgettable, rewarding–and hilarious–experience to remember.

Offerings from NTOW include participatory improv, improv that is accompanied with a talk about the importance of saying “yes” to opportunity, song and dance entertainment, as well as a “talk show themed” segment, with Naomi and Matt offering fun commentary on your company’s conference or event…and much more!

Past clients of NTOW include McMaster University, The Ivey School, Movember, Wrigleys, Blackberry, and TD Bank, among others.

The NTOW is a multi-disciplinary, not-for-profit theatre company that creates exciting, provocative, and instantaneous theatre through the art of improvisation. Founded in 2008, the troupe’s mandate is the creation of new Canadian work that encourages the theatre and improvisation communities to come together.

Through the production of three different shows to date, NTOW bridges the gap between theatre and improvisation by creating vivid, dramatic and complex full-length plays, radio dramas, sketch shows and inter-disciplinary variety shows.


Live Comedy Show

Have you ever seen a comedy show where you’ve found yourself being poked in ribs by your colleague sitting next to you, saying repeatedly “THAT IS SO YOU”? Well, when you invite the award winning National Theatre of the World to perform at your next event, you’ll feel like the whole show IS just for YOU!

In the style of the famous TV show Whose Line is it Anyway?, Matt and Naomi incorporate the goals and objectives of your organization into their improvised sketches through their unique brand of interactive comedy.

Your employees never sit back uninvolved because they are always part of the show. Whether it’s simply using audience suggestions based on your conference themes or inviting your employees to come up on stage with them to create a brief bit of hilarity, this dynamic duo weave together the kind of fun your group will be talking about long after your conference is over.

Improv Keynote

This is an opportunity to learn through laughter. Matt and Naomi use inspiring improv exercises to demonstrate the importance of saying “yes” in life and in business. But, unlike some keynote speakers who talk AT their audiences, these award-winning improvisers expect their audiences to share their feedback in real time in this highly interactive keynote experience.

Some of what NTOW teaches is in the form of brief comedic demonstrations, but most of what they deliver is in the form of lively exercises designed to get your whole team on their feet interacting with one another. Their patented communication exercises will have your team laughing and learning at the same time while marvelling at how fast the day flew by.

Each exercise introduces another tool that can be used to foster effective and efficient communication, creative thinking and stronger team building.

Awards Show Hosts

It’s that time of year again where you celebrate the hard work of your team. Awards will be given out, pictures will be taken, glasses of wine will be raised and everyone will sit back and cheer! Bring in The National Theatre of the World to help keep things moving with tailor made jokes and wickedly funny improv games relevant to your unique organization. With a roster of professional hosts, NTOW will keep things lively while making sure all the hard work everyone has done over the year gets recognized.

At the end of the day, trophy or not, your team will always walk away with the prize of laughter!

Conference Show Talk Show

Run like an episode of Regis and Kelly, The National Theatre of the World will interview your speakers so their important message can come out less like a powerpoint presentation and more like a fun talk show! We’ll incorporate what is happening — not only during your conference but what’s happening in the audience – it’s instant, informative, and most of all–fun!

Corporate Team Building Improv Workshops

The theories behind improv are valuable tools for anyone to use in work. It is proven that those with improv skills are better team players, creative thinkers, are able to embrace and learn from failures, and are better at saying “yes” and supporting ideas.

In this workshop your staff will learn to enjoy taking risks; to listen to their instincts; to trust, support and communicate clearly with their team; to react positively and pro-actively to challenges; and to think “outside the box” when problem solving…all while  having fun with colleagues!

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Conference Speakers

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Keynote Speakers

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Our keynote speakers can adjust their talks to suit your needs, whether you're looking for an address by keynote speakers of 15, 30, or 45 minutes or more, our keynote speakers will confer with you before your engagement to ensure that their talks meet your needs. Our keynote speakers frequently adjust their speeches to include important talking points your organization or company needs emphasized, and will also often adjust content so it is individually tailored to your audience. For instance, if your audience is primarily those in the auto industry, our keynote speakers will draw on anecdotes from that industry in order to ensure their speech is relatable. Our keynote speakers are usually available in the days and weeks prior to your event to discuss your needs and go over any details (such as audio visual requirements) that arise.

Speakers' Spotlight is committed to meeting the different needs of the corporations, organizations, companies, non-profit and government groups that contact us when seeking keynote speakers, and we work hard to find the keynote speakers that will provide the best match for your event. Whatever you require are when it comes to keynote speakers, Speakers' Spotlight will work had to ensure that you get the keynote speakers that are right for you.

Motivational Speakers

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Speakers' Spotlight represents a wide variety of motivational speakers who present energetic talks that will inspire leaders and employees to take action, be it in their personal lives, their workplace, or both. Speakers' Spotlight's motivational speakers address everything from encouraging audiences to adapt healthy lifestyles to unifying groups to achieve professional goals. Our motivational speakers work with an astonishing range of companies in sectors such as science, technology, finance, advertising, and manufacturing, as well as professional organizations, cultural institutions, and non-profit entities and government, throughout North American and around the world.

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Using Speakers' Spotlight to book your motivational speakers obviously offers many advantages. You reap the benefits of our experience and expertise, as we can help you select the best motivational speakers for your motivational speakers' engagement.

Our motivational speakers include prominent motivational speakers - and many of them household names -- such as Roberta Bondar, Michael "Pinball" Clemons, Terry Evanshen, Scott Harrison, John Izzo, Simon Jackson, Craig Kielburger, Dr. Samantha Nutt, Simon Sinek, Severn Cullis-Suzuki and Brett Wilson.

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