Why improv for business? Improv actors are real-time, market-driven innovators: A creative team works together to create something (a story) to satisfy a customer (the audience) under extreme time pressure (instantly, on the spot). They work with a set of established practices to help them step out into uncertainty, work in a state of constant flux and change, and create something successful and engaging together. The great thing about these practices is that absolutely anyone can learn and apply them to their work…and life.
None of our client work is “off-the-shelf.” We begin with your business objectives. From there, we dig deep into our toolkit of improv and other learning experiences to put together a session that’s engaging, memorable, and delivers on what you set out to accomplish.
On Your Feet began on a wet Saturday in 1996, almost by accident. Two unsuspecting bald guys with glasses (Robert Poynton and Gary Hirsch) met at a bakery in Portland, Oregon, to talk about a t-shirt, and instead started OYF, a pioneer in the field of applied improvisation.
Today the OYF ensemble includes improvisers, a filmmaker, a marketing exec, an HR professional, a snow cone baron/MBA, and a visual artist. We’re united by our belief in the power of improv to make work (and life) better. Our global HQ is in Portland, Oregon, with folks in New York City and Minneapolis/ St. Paul.