Lydia Franco-Hodges, MFA, leads workshops for scientists throughout the country and around the world enhancing their communication skills through improvisation and theatre techniques. Lydia is an associate of the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, a lecturer in the School of Journalism, and an actor and theatre-maker. As a member of the Alda Center creative team, she develops curricula and teaches the graduate courses at Stony Brook University. Lydia also taught acting, movement and performance at the university for many years, and applauds the work created by her students. Communication was the beating heart of these practices, and today, inspired by the vital work of STEM and medical professionals, communicating salient ideas and connecting people are even more paramount.