Learning Designer + Facilitator + Improviser 

 Lisa Pertoso - facilitator, learning designer, improviser, founder

Seven years ago I turned my two major fears - being funny in front of an audience and being alone - into action. I took improv classes and challenged myself to go on over 100 first dates (and write about them). Did I fall in love? Yes. No, not with any of my dates but with the art of improvisation. 

To my surprise, the skills and behaviors I practiced in improv directly translated into my professional and personal life. I grew into a more empathetic, adaptable, and collaborative leader. Improv taught me to navigate chaos with confidence and have fun.

Improv changed the way I saw the world, and how I participated (played) in it.

I design and facilitate programs for people and teams that are rooted in play. They focus on building leadership, communication, and creativity skills using methods from experiential learning and improvisational theater (more about my process here). 

I partner with the smartest, most playful and inspirational people from all over the globe to the deliver impactful programs for our clients.

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Jackie Miller and Leah Bonvissuto  help people own their voice. 

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Jim and Jon help people to work, learn, and live differently.

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Terri helps people turn big ideas and strategy into action. 

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Tanya coaches people to live happier more fulfilling lives.


Lisa Pertoso empowers people to be strong creative leaders through her experiential learning company Follow the Fear.  She designs and facilitates programs for people and teams to explore creativity, embrace change, enhance collaboration, and communicate more clearly. Past clients have included Google’s 30 Weeks, BMW/Mini, TBWA, Equinox, Con Edison, and the 92Y.

Lisa has taught and traveled extensively in Asia and Europe, earned a Master’s degree in International Relations, defended global human rights for women, and directed executive education programs at Hyper Island. Lisa follows her fears every day as an improvisation performer, and writer.

Lisa is an experienced facilitator, writer, storyteller, and longform improvisation performer. She's trained and played with six independent improv troupes on the main stages of The Annoyance, Magnet Theater, The People's Improv Theater (PIT), Upright Citizen's Brigade (UCB), and in dark bar basements where there is no stage at all. 

For years Lisa mused about dating and relationships with essays, interviews, and a podcast on the blog she created called 100 First Dates. In 2015, she co-produced and performed in a live comedy show based on her dating experiences. 

Off stage you can find her whizzing around Brooklyn on her blue bike or napping on remote beaches in far off lands.*  

Lisa has written for and been featured in:

*writing about yourself in the 3rd person is weird.