With teams located in Chicago, New York, & Los Angeles, Business Improvisations is “Tri-Coastal”.
We have the ability to assemble more than 100 of the nation’s best improvisers and facilitate multiple, complex programs on the same day. Business Improvisations instructors are masters of their trade and have traveled the world performing improv and facilitating improvisation workshops. Business Improvisation facilitators are selected for their experience teaching improvisation to managers as well as their passion for, commitment to, and knowledge of the art of improvisation.
They must be the best in the world at teaching and performing improvisation. Then, each improv facilitator is carefully trained to tune their approach to the needs and interests of our clients – business executives.
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Bob Kulhan is an Adjunct Professor of Business Administration for The Fuqua School of Business, Duke University as well as an Adjunct Professor of Business for Columbia Business School, Columbia University. He also is the CEO of Business Improvisations. Based out of Chicago, Los Angeles & New York City, BI is a world-class leader in developing experiential learning programs for businesses. For almost 20 years Bob has performed and taught improvisation internationally. His teaching and performing credits include Chicago’s famed Second City (core faculty & master artist in residence), Improv Olympic (resident company/faculty), Columbia College, London TheaterSports, The Banff Centre, The Australian Graduate School of Management, and Koç University in Istanbul, University of South Carolina’s The Darla Moore School of Business, UCLA Anderson School of Management (mba & exec. ed.), Columbia University Business School (mba & exec. ed.), and Duke University’s The Fuqua School of Business.
His consulting and teaching work in leadership and managerial improvisation includes emphases on team skills, fostering a collaborative corporate culture, whole body listening, busting blocks to creativity, conflict management, dyadic relationships, creative and adaptive problem solving, leadership, influence, and fostering creative cultures. Since 1998, his customized Business Improvisations programs have benefited a number of companies, including Young Presidents Organization, FOSSAC, Ford Motor Company, Risk Insurance Management Society (RIMS), Cushman & Wakefield, The University of Notre Dame: Renovare, SAS, Mazda, American Express Cards, Glaxo Smith Kline, DuPont, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Jumeirah Emirates Towers in Dubai, PepsiCo, Capital One, Neutrogena, Progressive, Colgate-Palmolive, Raytheon, WebMD, and Procter & Gamble, R&D University.
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Craig Fox Ho-Su Wu Term Chair in Management at the UCLA Anderson School, where he is a member of both the Strategy and Management & Organizations groups. In addition he is Professor of Psychology and Professor of Medicine at UCLA. Professor Fox joined the UCLA faculty in 2003 after more than six years on the faculty at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, where he was named the 2001 “Outstanding Faculty Member.” He remains an adjunct faculty member at Duke.
Dr. Fox studies behavioral decision theory. Specifically, his research investigates how people make judgments and decisions under conditions of risk, uncertainty and ambiguity. He uses a combination of empirical methods including surveys, laboratory and field experiments, analysis of archival data, and neuroimaging. His research papers have been published in leading scientific journals in the fields of management, strategy, marketing, psychology, economics, neuroscience, law, and general science.
Kate Duffy as 14 years experience in the adult development and education arena. She has worked directly with clients over the years, to achieve desired business results through a committed focus on the learning and development of their people. In this capacity, she has conducted research, designed and developed integrated learning systems, engaged and coached senior leadership, facilitated training, and built long-term relationships with customers. Kate has combined this experience with the art of improvisation and found a natural marriage. After graduating from The Second City Conservatory and The IO Theater Chicago training programs, Kate began to coach and teach improvisation to performers and business professionals alike. Since 2005, Duffy has facilitated Business Improvisations workshops for Duke University Fuqua School of Business, Duke Law School, Columbia Business School, UCLA Anderson School of Management as well as many Fortune 500 companies.
Cesar Jaime has been studying and performing Improvisation in Chicago for over 19 years. In that time he has performed with the Second City, the iO Theater, the Playground Theater, and The Noble Fool Theater, amongst many other great places around Chicago. Cesar spent 15 years as an IT software engineer in the banking industry. Specializing in customer relationship building, his work in cross-functional teams provided Cesar an understanding of how the art of improvisation is incredibly helpful in terms of creating a more positive, fun and productive work environment. Cesar has taught Business Improvisations programs for Columbia Business School, Duke Law School, UCLA Anderson School of Management, and Duke Fuqua School of Business.
Deanna Moffitt began studying improv over 13 years ago while living in Portland, OR and working full time as an IT Project Manager, where she led the company’s highest profile and most strategic projects including implementation of a data warehouse and the mergers and acquisition team. Her love of improv eventually overtook her love of financial security and she quit her job, sold her home, and moved to Chicago to pursue her passion for improv full time. Since then she’s performed with The Second City, iO Theater, The Playground, WNEP Theater and ComedySportz. She is the co-host of one of Chicago’s hottest storytelling shows “This Much is True” and the voice of several upcoming audio books on Audible.com. Her direct experience of using improv skills in business makes her a powerful instructor with real world practicality at her fingertips. She’s worked with Senior Executives at Fortune 500 companies, International Leaders, as well as front line employees in small organizations with an understanding how improv skill can be used in each of their individual situations. Deanna has taught Business Improvisations programs for Columbia Business School, Columbia Senior Executive Program, Duke Law School, Duke Fuqua School of Business, DuPont, Progressive Insurance, Sears International and International House.
Sean Monahan is an LA-based actor, marketing professional and improvisational instructor for Business Improvisations. A member of the nationally renowned Mission iMPROVable and a freelance Creative Director specializing in integrated marketing, he travels the country leading workshops that deal specifically with the intersection of business and improvisation. Sean’s been improvising for 12 years, having trained at IO Chicago, The Second City and the Annoyance. He also has 11 years of experience in experiential marketing, creating programs for such companies as Kraft Foods, Nintendo, Tyson, SCJohnson and United Airlines. His cutting edge programs have garnered him several industry awards, including Promo Magazine’s Pro Award, Event Marketer Magazine’s Ex Award, the Promotional Marketing Association’s Reggie Award and Yahoo!’s Big Idea Chair Award. Sean is currently the lead Creative Strategist for Green Bear Group, a new marketing communications agency dedicated to assisting sustainability-focused and clean tech companies. He can be found performing at M.i.’s Westside Comedy Theater in Santa Monica, CA several nights a week.Sean has facilitated Business Improvisations programs for Duke Fuqua, UCLA Management and Columbia University B-Schools.
Director of Business Development and Client Relations
Josh Pryor spent half a decade working with Fortune 500 senior level managers, directors, and executives at UCLA Anderson Executive Education, one of the Top 30 Executive Educations shops in the world. At Anderson Exec Ed, Josh served in multiple roles including: Customer Service Representative, Program Manager, and Senior Program Manager. Josh focused on the largest custom clients and helped launch many new programs, affording participants incredible learning experiences that were brand new to the industry.
As Senior Program Manager, Josh managed 40 programs and approximately 1,500 participants, every year. His primary role as PM was to take a program as it existed on paper, coordinate all logistical aspects of the program, and execute a top tier experience for clients, participants, and faculty. As a direct result of these interactions, Josh developed into a passionate relationship builder with enormous experience servicing both domestic and international clients. He excels at developing strategic partnerships with existing and new clients.
While at UCLA Anderson Executive Education, Josh worked extensively with Bob Kulhan and Business Improvisations (consistently one of UCLA Exec Ed’s top rated facilitators). During this time, they grew as colleagues and friends. Josh departed from UCLA Anderson in the summer of 2013 and immediately found a new home as the Business Development and Client Relations guy at Business Improvisations – a great fit! Josh originally hails from Oswego, NY and currently resides in Irvine, CA with his wife and their two sons.
Scot Robinson has attended, performed and directed at Chicago’s big three schools of improvisation – The Second City, Improv Olympic and The Annoyance Theatre. Over the last 20 years, Scot helped create over thirty original shows as well as the school at the nationally renowned Annoyance Theatre with founder Mick Napier. In 1997 he moved to Los Angeles to pursue writing, acting, and teaching. Since then, Scot has appeared in “Anchorman” with Will Ferrell, on MAD TV, Comedy Central, the “Ravenhurst” radio serial (www.ravenhurstonline.com), King Pictures Treasure Island, All Comedy Radio, and scattered roles in various sitcoms, independent movies, and live stage. Scot continues as an improvisation instructor at both The Second City and Improv Olympic West in Los Angeles, and teaches corporate improvisation workshops with Business Improvisations for Fortune 500 companies, The Duke Fuqua School of Business, Columbia Business School, Duke Law School, and UCLA The Anderson School of Management.
Steve Shu is an experienced business professional and management consultant with over seventeen years of industry experience working with companies on business strategy, change management, and operations. Steve has held a number consulting, interim management, and management roles, including as a principal consultant and practice leader with Nortel Business Consulting, Vice President of Operations and Business Development for FiveSight (acquired by Intalio), COO for 21Publish, and Pittiglio Rabin Todd and McGrath (PRTM), a premier management consultancy. Steve has consulted to a diverse set of clients throughout his career, such as with Vodafone, AT&T, Wolters-Kluwer, Kingston Communications, Bell Canada, SSM Public Utility Commission, TeleCable, GTE, BenefitMall, and Advocate Healthcare.
Steve holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and both an ME and BS in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University.
Steve Shu can be reached at email@example.com