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Eduardo Placer (he, him, his)

Founder of fearless communicators® and Story Doula

As a global facilitator, Eduardo has led workshops and spoken with groups at HBO, Google, Bank of America- Merrill Lynch, Yale, The Juilliard School, and the Wharton School of Business. Private clients include Industry Leaders, CEO’s of start up companies, UN Diplomats and social activists. Prior to focusing all his energy on Fearless Communicators, he was a professional actor for 15 years, working all over the US in over 38 plays and musicals.

When he is not “story doulaing” or spontaneously breaking out into song and dance, he is probably bringing together diverse communities in a celebration of what is positive and possible. This includes leading workshops at the Muslim Jewish Conference, global work on inclusive masculinity, LGBTQIA activism & advocacy and events around a passion project called THE BIG SING ALONG. Other projects include Carnegie Hall’s The Somewhere Project, The Daedalus Project at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Fearless Futures Campaigns for the SCHAP Community School in rural SE Kenya.

Debra Driscoll (She, her, hers)


Debra is a professional story facilitator, applied theatre practitioner, writer, speaker, and coach. She has developed a strong framework for intuitive listening, embodied action, and intentional engagement of individuals, teams, and communities. As an author, facilitator, and coach, Debra has developed a strong framework and passion for stories and their ability to create connections.

Since January 2019, Debra has worked with Fearless Communicators and has brought her love of story to the Fearless community as a facilitator and coach for the Fearless Force and Your Story Now programs. Debra participated in the original Fearless Force Circe in New York City.

Benjamin Pelteson (he, him, his)

LEAD Fearless Facilitator and Program Manager

Ben Pelteson is a theater maker, educator and communications consultant based in Brooklyn, NY. A professional actor for over a decade, he has appeared on major stages across the US and onscreen (Homeland, The Americans, Unforgettable, Law & Order, and StartUp, among others.) Ben is the former National Outreach Director for Broadway Impact, an organization of theater artists and fans mobilized in support of marriage equality, and was co-Curator of the first ever Daedalus Film Fest in Ashland, OR. As an independent coach for actors, his clients have won roles on- and off- Broadway as well as on television. He joined the Fearless Communicators team in 2016 and co-taught the first cohort of A Fearless Force for Visionary Women Leaders with Eduardo Placer. He has one houseplant, a ficus named Pam, who is miraculously still alive. BFA in Theatre, Carnegie Mellon University.

Emily Shain (she, her, hers)

Fearless Facilitator

Emily Shain is a professional actor, teacher and coach based in New York City. She has been on stages across the US as well as on the small screen. As an acting teacher, Emily has taught at NYU, New York Film Academy, UCSD and New Mexico State University Las Cruces. Emily is a partner with the Back Room Shakespeare Project and co-founder of Performing Prose. She loves reading, listening to podcasts and escaping the city for the great outdoors.

Yonatan Gebeyehu (he, him, his)

Fearless Facilitator

Yonatan Gebeyehu is a professional actor and educator based in Brooklyn, NY. As an actor, he has performed on stages across the country, most recently Off- Broadway at Theatre for a New Audience in New York City. He has recently been seen on screen on the TV shows Madam Secretary, Elementary, Prodigal Son, and more. He has taught acting and public speaking at the University of California San Diego, NYU, and The Shakespeare Theatre Company.  He is very passionate about widening the scope of diversity and inclusion in the arts and wants to make acting and public speaking training more accessible to all young artists who wish to train. He’s a Taurus and proud of it! BA in English Literature from Columbia University, MFA in Acting from the University of California San Diego.