Hi! My name is Janna. I help organizations and individuals communicate better, feel happier, 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, even wedding speeches!). I also help people improve challenging professional communication (with colleagues, employees, clients or patients). 
  • I design and facilitate group workshops that are playful, joyful, and full of discovery. In-person or online, these fun, interactive workshops foster genuinely inclusive culture, and leave teams feeling happier, stronger, more connected, more creatively productive, and primed for innovation. 

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. These Improv tools gave birth to Saturday Night Live and American comedy as we know it. I use Storytelling forms old as the hills to help people listen better, grow empathy, strengthen community, and put words to what matters to them. I share tools that performing artists use to get flexible and confident in our self-expression, while thriving in ensemble. I draw on what I learned about listening, growing up in the Arizona desert.

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FOR GROUPS

Workshops & Teaming Activities

Skill-building workshops improve group dynamics by strengthening empathy, listening, trust, and respect, which lead to improved collaboration and innovation. Teaming activities deepen connection and joy among team members through regular laughter, play and discovery. 

FOR INDIVIDUALS

Public Speaking & Communication Coaching

Presentation coaching helps those preparing a live or recorded talk or presentation, to have relaxed, genuine, confident presence, and to wield the elements of great storytelling. Communication coaching helps those looking to feel more at ease and confident in dialogue.

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

I curate, host and produce a quarterly live storytelling show called Here Chicago. 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. I created it in 2005 to help restore access to players' creative intuition. It is now being offered online. Learn more

Being a public speaker and performer is pretty different in these online times, but I'm enjoying the possibilities. I attend speaking engagements across all platforms & perform as a storyteller, actor and improvisor in digital spaces, too. 

I write short stories and essays. I'm 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 individuals. 

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Janna