Building trust through improv

It might feel silly -- or even scary -- but improvisational theater can help people develop confidence as individuals and as members of a team.


Greg Hohn, a teacher of applied improvisation, explains in this interview with Faith & Leadership how the techniques and principles of improv can help people develop trust in themselves and others.

Hohn is an award-winning organizational behavior faculty member at the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. In addition to his business school experience, Hohn has an extensive background in theater. A professional improviser, he joined Transactors Improv, a theater company based in Chapel Hill, N.C., in 1989. He has served as its director since 1996.

He joined the Duke University Theater Studies faculty in 2008. He also has taught artistic entrepreneurship at UNC and in the school’s MFA acting program and has delivered improv programs in academic and corporate settings throughout the United States and in Europe.