Hi! My name is Janna. I am a facilitator, teacher, and coach. I help people listen, communicate, and create better together. I do this using the tools of Applied Improvisation and Applied Storytelling. As a 17-year teacher of Improv and Storytelling, I co-founded the Storytelling programs at The Second City Training Center and Chicago Dramatists. I also teach creative group work for The Leadership Studio at the UC Booth School of Business, and the Innovation Academy at the University of Notre Dame


In private practice, I do two things: 

  • I offer private communication coaching. Here, I help people prepare powerful public talks (for tech conferences, innovation summits, TED Talks, Moth GrandSlam competitions, Sunday sermons, wedding speeches!), or help them improve challenging professional communication (with colleagues, employees, and patients). 
  • I design and facilitate joyful group learning experiences. These workshops are fun, interactive, and filled with laughter and discovery. In-person or online, these interactive workshops leave teams feeling happier, stronger, more connected, more creatively productive, and ready with tools for real collaboration. 

I tailor my work to each individual and every group, using a set of tools that were born in Chicago nearly a hundred years ago, created by a social scientist to help a city rise up after a Great War and a Great Depression... tools that later gave birth to Saturday Night Live and American comedy as we know it. I also use Storytelling forms as old as the hills to help people listen better, grow empathy, strengthen community, and tell the truth. I share tools that performing artists use to get strong and free in their own self-expression, and I draw on what I learned about listening, growing up in the Arizona desert.

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FOR GROUPS

Skill-Building Workshops 

& Joy-Causing Teaming Activities

Skill-building workshops strengthen empathy, listening, trust, creativity and collaboration. Perfect for innovators! Tailored teaming activities strengthen connections and deepen respect and joy among team members through laughter, play and discovery. 

FOR INDIVIDUALS

Private Coaching for Public Speakers

& Communication Consulting

Speaker coaching for anyone preparing a live or recorded talk or presentation. Communication coaching for anyone looking to feel easier, more relaxed and confident in dialogue.

When not coaching and facilitating, I also work as a producer, writer and performer.

Here Chicago is a live storytelling show that I curate and host. Before Covid, it regularly sold-out 150 seat theaters over 10 years. Right now it's on pause. Intuitive Treasure Hunter is a life-sized game played out in the world, built in 2005 to restore access to players' creative intuition. It is now being offered online!

Being a public speaker and performer is pretty different in these new times! I am continuing to learn and enjoy the possibilities. I attend speaking engagements across all platforms, and perform as a storyteller, actor and improvisor in these spaces, too. 

I write stories and essays. I am working on a book, called Wonderful. Who knows when it'll be done?! I also provide copy-writing and copy-editing services to businesses and individual artists. This is another way I help people say what they mean to say. 

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