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Improv & Storytelling Workshops for organizations

Uniquely tailored workshops create rapid change for organizations. Storytelling and Improv both naturally improve trust, respect, communication, and collaboration. Empathy and Conversational Turn-Taking are elements recognized in recent studies by Google as being required for Psychological Safety (a condition that allows groups to be collaborative, productive and innovative). Improv and Storytelling are designed for these purposes. As a 17-year teacher of both subjects, I have a unique combination of skills that benefit organizations. Unlike some professional development strategies, this work doesn't feel like "work". It strengthens creative and interpersonal skills through playful games followed by reflection. Improv and Storytelling workshops are dynamic, fun, relaxing and inspiring. Time flies, and at the end of sessions groups feel like their goals were accomplished. 


When groups are convening, workshops can be offered onsite or offsite, to teams, departments or entire companies. Usually, workshops range from half-a-day to 3 days in length, or the work can be integrated into summits or retreats. During social distancing and remote working, interactive workshops are conducted online over Zoom, and last from 1-3 hours.  


We begin with a no-cost phone consultation where I learn about your goals and we ask each other questions. If things feel like a fit, I will craft a proposal and quote for your review, based on your parameters of time, budget, and group size. 


Here are some areas in which workshops bring about change:


Within an organization 

  • Strengthen genuine warm regard, trust, and respect among colleagues
  • Ease and improve communication between departments or various levels of administration
  • Foster innovative, creative and productive output from creative teams and groups 
  • Ignite individual creativity, initiative and confidence
  • Bond colleagues through joyful play
Outward Facing
  • Improve listening, empathy and communication with clients and served populations
  • Strengthen skill and confidence in public speaking & pitching
  • Hone brand identity and precise language for advertising
  • Refine language for elevator pitches and mission statements
  • Use narrative tools to enliven presentations, content writing, and pitch meetings

In addition to teaching year-round at The Second City, I've led Applied Improv & Storytelling workshops in the following places:


The Innovation Academy at Notre Dame's Stayer Center for Executive Education

The University of Chicago's Booth School of Business

72U at 72andSunny in Los Angeles

DDB Chicago  

Allstate Innovations Team

Saggezza, Global Consulting Firm

Krause Family Holdings

 NetSuite

 LinkedIn 

Cardinal Health 

Columbia College Chicago

Young Non-Profit Professionals Network

Rise & Organize as part of The Resurrection Project

The Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender

The University of Chicago Lab School

The Poetry Center of Chicago

Gilda's Club Chicago

iO Chicago

The Revival Theater

The Improv Retreat

The Nest Theater 

Stage 773

The San Francisco Art Institute

The Summer Institute for the Gifted at UC Berkeley

The California Shakespeare Festival

San Francisco State University


For a free consultation about a private workshop, please use the contact page.


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