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About Us

When you partner with improve it! you receive a high-quality experience at a competitive price and can feel good about working with a company that has a philanthropic vision.

High-Quality Experience
We provide a fully customizable experience for your specific needs. Each workshop will be vetted with you, and tailored to your company's goals.

Competitive Price
Get the boutique treatmemt without the boutique price! Our rates are competitive across all of our offerings which include corporate entertainment, workshops, and "Encore" services.
Feel Good
We donate a portion of our profit to our charity partner, Funny Bones Improv. Not only are you receiving high quality entertainment at a great price; you are giving back!

Internal Team

Erin Diehl - Founder & CEO

šErin Diehl is a graduate from Clemson University, and a former experiential marketing and recruiting professional as well as a veteran improviser from the top improvisational training programs in Chicago including The Second City, i.O. Theater and The Annoyance Theatre.

Her work with clients such as United Airlines, PepsiCo, Groupon, Deloitte, The PrivateBank and the Illinois CPA Society earned her the 2014 Chicago RedEye Big Idea Award and has nominated her for the 2015, 2016, & 2017 Chicago Innovations award. Erin was a speaker for Disrupt HR Chicago, hosted the 2016 RedEye Big Idea Awards and has been a speaker for HRMAC Chicago, WISE Chicago, the Business Marketing Association and Emerging Leaders of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce in 2017.

Cristy von Rautenkranz-Mercier - Director of Talent

ššCristy studied theater performance and education at VCU before she moved to Chicago to pursue her love for comedy. She is a graduate of the iO improvisational program, the Second City conservatory, and is an alumnus of the Second City Training Center House Ensembles.
šCristy has been a key player in improve it! since it’s conception and acts as the Director of Talent.

Allie Keller - Director of Operations

šššAllie Keller is an improviser, writer, director, and improv coach who has studied at Northwestern University, The Second City Conservatory, iO Training Center, Annoyance Training Center, UCB New York, and Green Shirt Studio. She has produced and directed "Mic Fight“ and "Will You Accept This Rose: An Improvised Parody of The Bachelor“.
šShe has over five years of experience in corporate training development and design and is an active member of the improve it! team as the Director of Operations.

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Jenna McDonnell - Client Experience Associate

šššJenna McDonnell is a graduate from DePaul University, where she studied in the Honors Program with a double major in Organizational Communication and Media. Through internships in both the nonprofit sector and business world, she has two years of experience in social media and digital marketing.
šAt improve it!, she is the Client Experience Associate and focuses on building and maintaining client relationships.

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Claire Hanlon - Partnership Development Associate

Claire Hanlon is a graduate from Elon University, where she studied Theatre and Communications. Pursuing her love of comedy and connection, she led her campus improv group, Instant Laughter, and has trained at Second City in Chicago. Through internships and jobs in both the entertainment industry and customer service, she has two years of experience in making corporate connections.

As the Partnership Development Associate, she connects and serves local leaders in Charlotte, NC to share the magic of improve it!

Our Improv Professionals
Each of our 23 improvisers are trained at the top theaters in Chicago and around the United States. All are active members of these organizations and perform frequently in Chicago. They are also business professionals who understand the need for improv in the workplace. ššThe number of improvisers at each workshop is customized to the client’s need and number of attendees.