Learning Designer. Facilitator.
Improviser. Writer. 

Lisa Pertoso - facilitator, learning designer, improviser, founder


Almost a decade ago I turned my two major fears - being funny on a stage 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? Absolutely…

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 self-aware, empathetic, adaptable, and collaborative leader. I learned to navigate chaos with confidence and also have fun.

Improv changed the way I see the world and how I participate (play) in it.

My mission now is to share these insights with individuals and teams. I design and facilitate programs 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 also partner with a group of smart, diverse, and inspirational people to deliver impactful programs for our clients.

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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 organizations to explore creativity, embrace collaboration, and communicate more clearly. Past clients have included Google’s 30 Weeks, BMW/Mini, TBWA, Equinox, Con Edison, and the 92Y.

In her 20 year career Lisa earned a Master’s degree in International Relations and enjoyed working and traveling in China, Australia, and Europe. Her past roles have included defending human rights for immigrants and women at several non-profits, and directing executive education at a creative business consultancy, which focused on human-centered organizational change and digital learning.

Lisa follows her fears every day as an improvisation performer, storyteller and writer. She's trained and played on several independent improv troupes on the main stages of The Annoyance NY, Magnet Theater, The PIT, UCB, and in dark bar basements with no stage. 

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 walking around Brooklyn with her partner and daughter, or napping on beaches in far off lands.*  

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

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