Quantum Leap Business Improv
Storytelling and Theater-based Organizational Programs
for Leaps in Thinking, Being and Innovating
We are pioneers in the field of Applied Improvisation.
Since the late 90s, we've been using Improv-based Principles and Practices with organizations, leaders and professional development
groups. CEO Michelle James has been doing improv since 1996, is a
member of the Applied Improvisation Network, and performed full-length improvised plays with a professional improv troupe
from 2001-2010. Go to our Media page for interviews with Federal News Radio and others.
profound and transformative experience. Thank you!" ~ Jason Schwartz, Vice President of Sales,
customize programs based upon your learning objectives and business goals in areas such as:
• Team and Community Building
• Product Development
• New Solution Finding
• Change Management
• Idea Generation
• Vision & Strategy Development
• Jumpstarting Inspiration
• Risk Taking
• Organizational Storytelling
• Raises energy, alertness and positive feelings
• Engages & integrates different parts
of the brain & body
• Unleashes an aliveness only found in the moment
• Increases self awareness
and expands self concept
• Becomes self motivating because it’s fun
• Awakens & focuses previously
dormant creative potential
• Generates edge-of-your-seat excitement
• Creates new neural pathways and releases endorphins
• Fosters the ability
to think on your feet & under pressure
• Develops confidence in navigating the unknown
more novel ideas in a shorter amount of time
• Develops flexible thinking
• Activates the imagination
in new and surprising ways
• Expands the "playing field" of the mind
• Enables more risk taking and spontaneous behaviors
• Shakes people out
of traditional ways of doing things
• Increases ability to add to other’s ideas in inventive ways
• Breaks habitual patterns of thinking, being, and doing
• Fosters experimentation
without fear of failure
• Allows new patterns, directions & prototypes to emerge
and the Creative Team/Culture
• Instantly equalizes every member of the group
down barriers quickly and non-threateningly
• Sets the stage for ongoing generative co-creation
trust between team/group/org. members
• Fosters thinking in terms of OURS. “Look what WE did!”
Enhances the skill of supporting; giving and receiving
• Engages the whole person & whole team
Once people feel comfortable, there is no end to what
they can accomplish. Improv-based learning helps people feel comfortable with their creativity: putting ideas out there, taking
more risks, making mistakes and accepting others.
Workshops and Programs
our improv-based workshop or program for you. Topics have included improv for leaders, innovation and implementation, inspiration, team building, creative thinking, thinking on your feet, the act of
discovery, creative culture, playfulness, fun and connection, and principles and practices in action among many others. Our workshops run anywhere from a half-day in-house to a 5-day off-site retreat, and we have ongoing
programs with coaching support as well.
Performances and Live Industrials
Quantum Leap Theater uses scripted live performances as a tool for creativity, innovation, and team building/group
co-creating. From live industrials to interactive performances to part scripted/part improvised learning performances, we
use theater and storytelling in whatever way best suits your organizational development needs.
We offer a program called Creative Facilitation Using Improv & Storytelling for anyone who leads or trains groups. We come into your organization or do an off-site retreat and train your facilitators
and trainers to use easy-to-apply improv techniques with your staff. This is also one of our most popular public workshops.
Our Pioneering Clients
Organizations who have used our improv-based programs include Panasonic, Deloitte, Microsoft,
PepsiCo, John Deere, Dominos, RAPP, GEICO Insurance, World Bank, Kaiser Permanente, Clean Currents Inc., Persuadable
Research Corporation, Net Impact/UVA, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Congressional Hunger Center, Invest
Northern Ireland, National Institutes of Health, Center for Nonprofit Advancement, National Cancer Institute, Create Express,
US Geologicl Survey, US Army, MoCo Council of Arts & Humanities, Association of Performing Arts Presenters, VA Housing
Development Authority, Culture Blueprint and Service Employees International Union among others
- and facilitate monthly Improv for Leaders
workshops for the Federal Executive Institute. We've also facilitated improv-based sessions
at international conferences and events such as the Front End of Innovation Conferences, Creativity and Imagination DoubleFestival,
The Market Research Event, Toastmasters Conferences, and many more.
Review from the 2014 Front End of Innovation
I have studied and practiced
improv since 1996. I’ve experienced short-form, long-form, and "tornado" form improv, and performed full-length,
completely improvised plays for from 2001 to 2010. Each week, a unique and different play emerged from our troupe of 4 or 5. When it worked, it looked like magic.
Our audience would say, "That HAD to be scripted." It wasn’t. But when it didn't, they'd say, "That looked
hard." It was.
I became fascinated
by what mades improv work. What creates peak level creativity in our group and others? What allows a coherent, sense-making
structure to emerge from nothing but a location? Why did it work sometimes and not as well at others? I discovered it was
all about being present, committing to the good of the whole and adhering to the improv principles and "ways of being"
(i.e., Make everyone else look good and Yes And).
If the improvisers adhered to certain ways of being, creativity would skyrocket. And so would the coherence
of the play. The brain is naturally a meaning making system, and I observed a self-organized logic that would show up in the
better plays that was lacking in the others. The more in-the-moment the performers would stay (in other words, getting out
of our own way), and the more supportive of their team, the more coherent and organized the play would be.
I became a serious student of improv theory - reading
the seminal books in the field and observing the patterns in my group and other groups. I soon recognized the connections
between adhering to the principles of improvisational theater in a performance and being able to adapt, create and improvise
effectively in the work place. The same principles that allow a performing group to create a 90-minute play out of nothing
but a location are the same principles that allow groups, teams, and organizations to solve problems in new ways and reach
peak levels of creativity and innovative thinking, and become a more cohesive team. The principles are the container that
allow individuals to innovate and the self-organizing creativity of a group to get to the next level.
Passionate about the transformative power of improv outside
of the performance setting, I teamed up with other like-minded souls who do similar work and established Quantum Leap Business