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Elana Fishbein is a performer and improv instructor based in New York City. She has designed curriculum and facilitated improv workshops for corporations, non-profits, and educational institutions all over the United States, Canada, Scandinavia, South Africa, and more. Elana is the co-creator of two professional development workshop series for teachers: “Beyond Winging It: Improv in the Classroom” and “Play.”

Elana teaches classes and is Director of the Youth Program at the Magnet Theater in New York City. She can be seen performing with the Armando Diaz Experience, Magnet Theater TourCo, and her solo improv show, Pepita (Best of the Fest, San Diego Improv Festival). She has been featured at the Boston, Charleston, Chicago, Eau Claire, Edmonton, Omaha, Philadelphia, and Women in Comedy Festivals, among others. Her two-woman play, Sisters Three, was a New York Times Critics’ Pick.

Elana has written and performed for The Truth Podcast and appeared on BBC America’s Almost Royal, Absolutely Mindy! on SiriusXM Radio, as well as in the original musical comedies Girl Camp and Nightfall on Miranga Island. She is a member of Story Pirates, a non-profit arts-in-education organization that takes stories written by kids and adapts them into hilarious sketches and songs. Elana is featured in the documentary short, LMAO, about the therapeutic potential of laughter and comedy.

Elana earned her M.A. in Educational Theater from NYU and her B.A. in Drama from Vassar College. Her favorite succulent is jade.


Hire Me

Improvising together is a terrific way to cultivate the skills necessary to collaborate in a fast-paced, unpredictable, results-driven environment.

For more information on workshops customized to fit the needs of your organization, contact me for a free consultation at elana.fishbein@gmail.com.


  • Develop Trust and Support with Your Team
  • Foster Healthy and Productive Collaboration
  • Enhance Communication
  • Ignite Creativity
  • Boost Confidence
  • Leave Your Comfort Zone
  • Transform Failure into Opportunity
  • Learn How to Think on Your Feet and Outside of the Box
  • Embrace Your Authentic Voice


  • Teambuilding
  • Leadership
  • Ideation
  • Public Speaking and Presentation Skills
  • One-On-One Coaching
  • Audition Preparation

current and previous Clients

  • 92nd Street Y*
  • AppNexus
  • ArtWorks for Youth
  • Beaver Lake Estates
  • The Berkshire School
  • Better Future
  • Bon Appétit Magazine*
  • Bulgari*
  • Det Andre Teatret (Norway)
  • DonnorsChoose
  • The Edelman Group*
  • Finest City Improv
  • Global Health Corps
  • Google*
  • Groton School
  • Howard Stern Show*
  • IBM*
  • Intrepid (GOALS and YLI)*
  • Insight Data Science
  • Inspiring Capital
  • Instacart*
  • J.P. Morgan*
  • Lawrence Academy
  • LinkedIn*
  • Marakon*
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • The Millbrook School
  • National Grid
  • National Organization for Youth Safety
  • New York Public Library
  • The Opportunity Network
  • Packer Collegiate Institute
  • Philly Improv Theater
  • Power Home Remodeling Group
  • Revenue Breakthrough
  • Scenkonstakademin (Sweden)
  • Sunset Park High School*
  • Staples High School*
  • Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College
  • University of Notre Dame*
  • Vassar College
  • Visit Eau Claire
  • Williamstown Theatre Festival
  • Young Women’s Leadership Network*

*In Partnership with The Magnet Genius Machine


"Elana finds ways to make even a group of engineers light up and access their inner performer! Her exercises are delivered with joy and filled with humanity and warmth that show the importance of interpersonal connection at the workplace, all while developing skills like self-awareness, presentation skills and knowing your audience, listening and communication, and the freedom of stepping forward and being heard. Any corporate environment can benefit from what she brings: a glimpse into the power of "Yes and”!" -Nitya Shekar (Learning and Development, AppNexus)

“Elana Fishbein is not only one of the finest improvisors in New York City (and beyond), she’s also one of the best teachers I’ve ever had the good fortune to work with. She has the ability to create a free and unselfconscious environment for play and self-expression, while effortlessly maintaining a firm and guiding hand on the structure and discipline necessary to channeling that play into something really inspiring. Elana is dedicated, passionate, compassionate, brilliant. I could not recommend anyone more highly.” -Louis Kornfeld (Instructor/Performer, Magnet Theater)

“Elana’s session came up over and over in evaluations, talking about how it helped boost confidence both in terms of public speaking and ability to work with and co-lead peer teams.” –Tiffany Aurora (Director, Youth Engagement & Workforce Development, NOYS)

“Our improv troupe had been struggling with the same things for months, within three hours Elana was able to help fix these issues as well as bring us closer together as a group of people. Her joy and honesty was infectious and helped us reach those rare magical improv moments multiple times over. I still have a smile on my face from working with her. If she was teaching a workshop on lighting each other on fire, I’d gladly take it and then invite all my friends to do the same.” -Harris Gordon (Student, Vassar College)

“As a diverse group of adults, [Elana] set out to create common ground around the basic elements in improvisation work. Elana inspired me to see things in new ways, act spontaneously in novel situations, take risks, explore the interplay between the serious and the silly and best of all to let my hair down and have fun.” -Andrea Kelly (Assistant Head of School, Packer Collegiate Institute)

“Elana was totally devoted to the students and teaching the art of improv. Her limitless positivity gave us comfort and confidence to take risks. Though she had a clear plan, she was adaptive to the needs of our group and this helped her elicit our best effort every session.” -Matt Dilley (Teacher, The Millbrook School)

“Elana is a talented, insightful, personal teacher who will take improv students, novice through advanced, to a deeper level. Elana embraces the individuality of her students and has the unique skill set of being able to differentiate instruction while still maintaining rigor and integrity to the art form.” -Amber Dernbach (Founder, Eau Claire Improv Festival)

“[Elana] is a true gem and I recommend her in the highest possible terms to work with youth and adults of any age, confidence level, or experience or comfort on stage.” -Byron Thomas (Teacher, Packer Collegiate Institute)

“Elana runs a fun, process-driven improvisational class that is all about the students and their experience. She builds trust among the kids and treats them as colleagues, allowing for them to explore their creativity and build confidence. It is more than worth the drive from Connecticut to share Elana’s positive energy!“ -Darcy Hicks (Parent, Westport CT)