ImprovEdge offers business training with an improv twist. You and your team will learn powerful behaviors of adaptability, flexibility and think-on-your-feet success – to make you better at collaboration, communication, risk, change management and more! By providing incredible experiences in person, via video and e-learning, micro-learning and global virtual events, we transform the way you interact with the world. We can’t wait to improvise with you!
Meet the Ensemble
The ImprovEdge Ensemble is a diverse group of professionals with a variety of experience, which means your business training experience is entirely customized to your specific needs.

Ranging from professional services, business, improv, academic, legislative experience and more, you’ll benefit from facilitators who have a depth of real-world business experience to understand how your organization works paired with the creativity of improv training to keep you on your toes and thinking differently.

Karen Hough
Founder & CEO

She is an Amazon #1 bestselling author, Founder of a Top 1% in the US – Woman-Owned business, Yale grad and passionate improviser.

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Melissa Smolko
Chief Operating Officer

Melissa is Director of Communications and Client Experience for ImprovEdge. She is an accomplished program/project manager and strategist with specific expertise in marketing, public relations, content development and social media.

Brooke Cartus
Director of Sales and Senior Facilitator

Brooke received her J.D. from The Michael E. Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University, and was a 2014 recipient of the Michael E. Moritz Leadership Award for exceptional service to the legal and educational community. She performs stand-up nationally and leads the sales initiative at ImprovEdge.

Jason Sudy
Senior Facilitator

Jason is the founder of Side Street Planning, and a Principal at OHM Advisors, a city planning firm headquartered in downtown Columbus, Ohio. Jason has 15 years of professional urban planning experience, is a senior facilitator with ImprovEdge and an adjunct professor at The Ohio State University.

Dionysia Williams
Director of Talent Development and Senior Facilitator

Dionysia is a Broadway dancer, singer and actor. A proud graduate of Wright State University, Williams has toured across the country and internationally (China, Europe) performing Broadway musicals.

Michael Shepperd
Senior Facilitator

Michael has led the way in creating meaningful, memorable experiences for groups from insurance professionals to accounting partners. He is also the Artistic Director of Celebration Theatre in Los Angeles.

April Olt
Director of Design and Project Coordination and Senior Facilitator

In addition to serving as a senior facilitator for ImprovEdge, April has worked with theatre companies and creative artists as an artist, director, producer, manager, instructor and dramaturg in LA, NYC, Chicago, and Columbus.

Michelle Wilson
Senior Facilitator

Michelle is a Creative Lead and Senior Facilitator for ImprovEdge. She is also a New York City based actress, director and facilitator. For the last 15 years, this Tony-nominated actress has been facilitating the exploration of where art and business principles meet.

Jamie Pachino
Senior Facilitator and Writer

Jamie is a senior facilitator, keynote speaker and award-winning writer for ImprovEdge, movies and the theater. As an educator, Jamie has taught at Northwestern University (her alma mater), University of California, Irvine, as well as the Chicago Academy for the Arts in Chicago. She is the recipient of numerous theater and screen writing awards including the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays award.

Erika Jackson
Lead Instructional Designer and Senior Facilitator

Erika is a Lead Instructional Designer and Facilitator with ImprovEdge. In addition, Erika is the VP of Training and Operations for Wellcoaches Corporation. As a Board Certified Coach and Professional Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation, Erika also advises the ImprovEdge Coaching practice.

Dan Montour

Dan utilizes his Master of Education in Foreign and Second Language from The Ohio State University and experience from improv comedy to help those find their voice in a second, (or first) language.

Christy Fryman
Executive Coordinator

As an Executive Coordinator for ImprovEdge, Christy uses her strong skills in business administration, project management, sales and customer service to provide the best client experience and relationship possible.

Mike Everett-Lane
Founder and Senior Facilitator

Mike is the Executive Director of College Summit New York, a non-profit organization that works with public schools to increase the number of students enrolling, and succeeding, in college.

Sonda Staley

Sonda is an adjunct instructor in public speaking and theatre at Capital University and Columbus State Community College in Columbus, Ohio. She received her B.F.A. in theatre performance from Indiana University of PA and her M.A. in Theatre and Communication from Indiana State University.

David Thompson
Senior Facilitator

David has over 20 years of experience of creating and leading individual and organizational improvement initiatives. David has conducted hundreds of workshops to audiences ranging from Amgen to Michelin, Abbot Labs to Target, and the University of Kentucky to the IT Agency of the Sultanate of Oman.

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