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Jana Savini starting making stuff up as a member of the Rubber Chickens at the University of Delaware, continued pulling stuff out of thin air at the Upright Citizens Brigade and bounced around the Philly improv scene before landing as the director of Fearless Improv, newly headquartered with City Theater Company at The Grand on Market.

Recently, her super friends at Fearless have been using their powers for good, presenting improv workshops at the Delaware History Museum, and running corporate corporate trainings and professional development for groups like Del-One Federal Credit Union and Catholic Charities and The Delaware Institute for the Arts in Education. “You know how nonprofits are,” Jana says. “If someone's paying, we're coming.”

Hey, Jana, here’s a scene: Tell us why we need more improv in our lives, aaaaand go:

“We're not teaching you how to be comedians on stage. I work with the person who's in charge of booking us and ask, hey, what do you need to work on? What is your team focused on right now? Improv has a lot of good transferrable life skills. We approach the work that way – here's how you can use this at work, at play, in your life.”

“When you're performing, you're very much looking out for yourself. You want to make sure that you look good on stage. When you improvise, you're doing the exact opposite. You want to make everybody else looks good. If you're the only one who's looking out for you on stage, you’ve got one person doing that. But if you have seven other people who are stage with you who are looking out for you, those are much better odds.”

“And you do that by doing simple things. Making eye contact. Actually listening and being in the moment. Being very mindful of who you are and where you are and what you're feeling. It’s a little bit mental gymnastics. But once you can kind of get over that, it's great. It's a great place to be and create.”

“When you're on stage and you're in the middle of a show, you are hyper focused on what's going on right in front of you. But as soon as the show's over if you ask me what I did in the show, couldn't tell you. No idea. It's all gone. That's kind of the rub right? You don't remember your really great huge moments. But then you also forget all of your low moments.”

“We get a range of people in the corporate classes. Some are super excited and did improv in college. Some are just happy to not be stuck doing roleplay or something weird. And then we get the people who are just groaning and want nothing to do with it. But by the end, everyone is usually like, wow, that was not what I expected at all. We've even seen some people from those sessions sign up for our classes and I've seen them out at shows. So that's the dream, you know?”

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