Time to get off the beaten path


Time to get off the beaten path

We create fun, hands-on workshop style training sessions to build closer, more collaborative teams

Our Belief

Our Belief

Everyone can do improv.

Yes, everyone.  Every non-scripted conversation you’ve ever had was you doing improv.  We can teach you how to use the tools improv actors use on stage to make your team even stronger.

Our experiential model for learning will help your team function more effectively, cooperatively, and consistently.

We make experiential learning fun:

It’s our belief that when new skills are learned, the best way to incorporate them into your life is to get up and play with them. We create a fun, safe environment to do some “Try-Ons” and get comfortable using the tools of the improviser.

This is not a workshop on how to be clever or a training about how to write jokes, rather we create fun activities where everyone can participate and learn how to use improvisation tools.

Our Training

Our training is not about what makes improv funny.

Rather, we teach you the tools that make improvisational theater successful because these are the exact same tools you can immediately implement and make your business more successful.

Don’t worry, we’ll still have lots of fun!

► Communicate more effectively
► Reduce barriers to success, increase acceptance
► Create Win / Win situations out of habit
► Improv(e) your sales interactions
► Increase creativity with an energy of agreement
► Be more powerful and confident in presentations
► Learn to love spontaneity, adaptability, and change
► Build a winning corporate culture
► Host more effective client meetings
► Find the antidote to negativity
► Be an awesomely, amazing team
► Transform the way people perceive you

Our Method

Our workshops are designed to be results-oriented and fun.  To ensure your success, we present our workshops using the following four steps:


Why on Earth are we doing improv?

We work with you to custom design your training and set learning objectives for each activity so we’re sure to meet your specific learning goals throughout the workshop.

Each activity in the workshop starts out with a discussion focused on the purpose and learning objectives for the activity we’ll be doing.


Let's have some fun!

Studies show: The best way to learn is to get up out of your seat and have a first-hand experience.   Our workshops are only about 20% lecture, the rest of the time is designed to be very experiential and fun. 

Depending on the workshop, activities may be done with another person, in small groups of 5 to 10 people, or we may split the entire group into two large teams.


That was fun, now let’s check out the purpose!

After each activity, there’s a debriefing session where we’ll look back at what just happened and your team’s experience.

We facilitate a discussion about the activity’s main learning points, look at how the activity brought those points to life, and highlight steps your team can take to incorporate their learnings into their lives.

Next Steps:

Bring improvisation to the real world...

For new habits to form it can take anywhere from 21 days (If you believe Zig Ziglar) to an average of 66 days (if you like your facts to be from somewhere like the European Journal of Social Psychology).

We’ll help you to set up a plan of attack around how to bring these improv techniques into your life on a daily basis.

Our Team


Steve Duberchin

President, CEO
Workshop Facilitator

Steve earned his MBA from DePaul University, but he found his passion when he took his first class at the Second City Training Center in 2002.  Since then he’s been through many of Chicago’s best Improv programs including ComedySportz, Laugh Out Loud Theater, and New Choice Improv. Steve has performed everything from bar-prov to headlining on the main stage and he’s run the gambit behind the scenes as well doing things like sketch writing, directing, coaching, and stage managing.

Steve immediately fell in love with improv and the deeper in he got, the more he saw how transferrable the improv skills were to his corporate jobs in marketing and strategy.

Steve has trained tens of hundreds of people in leadership skills in his role as a coordinator for Pathways to Successful living since 1999.  He worked with multiple teams, instructing them in how to communicate more effectively, build closer knit teams, setting SMART goals, working thorough challenging situations, and general leadership qualities.

Steve is passionate about teaching others to have fun and create the lives they most want to lead. In his spare time, Steve is a board game designer.  One of his favorite quotes from that hobby transfers to improv as well – “The goal of the game is to win, but it’s the goal that’s important, not the winning.” – Reiner Knizia, board game designer.

Anora O’Connor

Chief Operating Officer
Workshop Facilitator, Relationship Guru

Anora earned her BA in Management and Organizational Development from Spring Arbor University and her AA in Business from Northern Michigan University.  Anora is certified in Situational Leadership from the Center of Leadership Studies and has been training people at the Pathways to Successful Living Seminars with Steve since 2011. The technical/educational stuff is great, but the truth is, Anora is devoted to empowering people to see how truly awesome they are.

Anora is passionate about helping others see their own potential and living a life of joy. Confucius taught “We all have two lives. The second one begins when we realize we only have one.” Thus, Anora began her second life and her mission to change the world.


Contact us today to get started!

Our Purpose: Through our knowledge and experience ImprovThis empowers our clients to communicate effectively and build a winning business culture.

Our Mission: We create fun, hands-on workshop style training sessions to build closer, more collaborative teams.
We strive to be the best at what we do and are constantly working to exceed our client's expectations.

Our Core Values: Fun