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.
— Nitya Shekar (Learning and Development, AppNexus)
Of all the Applied Improv instructors I have worked with over the past 7 years, no one matches Elana’s leadership, professionalism, and creativity. All worries melt away when the workshop begins and you realize she is in complete control. This is one of the Masters.
— Dennis Zavolock (CEO and Co-Founder, Humans Being and Associate Director, New York Angels)
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’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)
On behalf of my whole team I want to thank [Elana] for an exceptional session yesterday. It was a huge hit - everybody LOVED IT (authentically!). [Elana was] a great facilitator and made the session truly enjoyable. Importantly it really accomplished our goals - team building, taking risks, talking in draft form, failing fast, penchant to action, etc
— Todd Fisher (Managing Director of Scalable Solutions, Year Up)
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)
An INCREDIBLE session - the team is still raving about it!
— Barbara Cvenic (Data Scientist, DonorsChoose)
Elana has led a number of outstanding sessions for a range of our groups, different sizes, audiences, contexts, and all have been superb!
— Nell Derick Debevoise (Founder and CEO, Inspiring Capital)
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.
— Darcy Hicks (Parent, Westport CT)
Elana, once again, brought her insight and experience to our high school improv students, illuminating so many vital tips and suggestions to make us stronger improvisors. She immediately felt like part of our ensemble and the students were instantly receptive and responsive to her clear explanations and directions. She opened the door to long form improv, bringing clarity to the students on more effective ways to make offers and the value of being able to return to characters with confidence.
— Elaine Lifter (Director of Theater, Millbrook School)