Learning Designer. Facilitator.
Improviser. Writer. 

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? Sure.

Though 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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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 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, Europe, Mexico and Canada, 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, storyteller and writer. She's trained and played on six independent improv troupes on the main stages of The Annoyance NY, Magnet Theater, The People's Improv Theater (PIT), Upright Citizen's Brigade (UCB), and in dark basements of bars 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.

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