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, Janna brings a unique combination of skills to 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. 


Here are some areas in which organizations have used workshops to bring about change:

Within an organization 

  • Strengthened positive relationships, trust and respect among colleagues
  • Improved communication and listening between departments and various levels of administration
  • More productive, inspired, effective output from creative teams and collaborative groups 
  • Improved individual creativity, initiative and confidence
Outward Facing
  • Improved communication with clients, potential customers, or served populations
  • Honed brand identity and unified language to describe products and services
  • Refined content like elevator pitches and mission statements
  • Strengthened confidence and relaxed clarity in public speaking about the organization
  • Use of narrative tools to enliven presentations, content writing, and pitch meetings


Before working together, Janna offers a free consultation to learn about a group's unique objectives, and the areas in which you'd like to find improvement. If she feels suited to your purposes, she will propose a single workshop or a series. Proposals are adjusted until all are pleased. 


In addition to teaching year-round at The Second City, Janna has led Improv & Storytelling workshops in the following places:


72U at 72andSunny in Los Angeles

DDB Chicago 

The University of Chicago Booth School of Business 

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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