Let’s start with a one-name suggestion for an improv teacher that could make better professionals out of all of us:
Cory Jenks, pharmacist and comedian, brings his passion, motivation and energy to successfully teach improv skills to even the most linear-thinking “Type A” personalities such as myself. I met Cory when, as a physician and administrator, I decided I needed to get out of my comfort zone, challenge my public appearance skills on the comedy stage, and re-energize myself from impending professional burnout.
Through Cory’s coaching, I found new ways to connect and relate to my patients and staff using techniques he taught in improv. Learning to actively “listen with paranoia” and pay attention to their words and energy in the moment improved my ability to meet their needs and has made me a better clinician, colleague and leader. Cory quickly taught me that the fundamental “Yes, and…” of improv applies beyond the stage and my professional role and into the continuum of my life experiences.
Cory’s ability to engage his students, recognize their personal strengths and/or inhibitions, and turn what may feel like sheer stage-terror into a fun and dynamic experience makes him stand out among improv educators. He inspires with the enthusiasm that he brings to every session. He encourages with keen analysis and insights. He leads by his own examples of incorporating improv skills into the theater known as life.
Thinking about taking some improv from Cory? That would be an emphatic “Yes, and…”!”