Feature Friday: Erin Diehl + improve it!
Erin started improve it! after her decade plus of corporate experience in casting, experiential marketing and recruiting, led her to believe that improv could be a useful tool to any company’s culture.
In 2012, she created a workshop to explore the impact of using improv techniques in business and presented it to teams at United Airlines. The workshop was a success and also the start of her company, improve it!
improve it! is on a mission to provide high-energy, laughter-filled, corporate performances and team-building workshops that feature professionally-trained improvisers. improve it!’s corporate performances have teams roaring with laughter and their highly-interactive workshops will enhance team’s cohesion and communication skills. improve it! offers customized corporate performances and workshops to clients such as United Airlines, PepsiCo, Groupon, American Marketing Association, and Illinois CPA Society.
improve it! was a winner of the 2014 Chicago RedEye Big Idea Awards—Art & Design category, and nominee for the 2015 and 2016 Chicago Innovation Awards!
The creator and owner of improve it!, Erin, has been performing since she was three whether it was in a community theater production, dance competition, or impromptu performance in her family’s living room.
Erin's love of the arts took her to #Chicago, after graduating from Clemson University, where she landed a role in the Off Broadway play, “The Awesome 80’s Prom.” This was her first improv experience, and she was hooked from then on.
Erin is a graduate of The Second City Training Center - Chicago, The iO (ImprovOlympic) Chicago Theater, and The Annoyance Theatre. You may have seen her performing improv as an ensemble member at Under The Gun Theater, especially improvising as host "Christina Harrison" in the long running show Will You Accept This Rose? An Improvised Parody of "The Bachelor"Bachelor” - a show she created and co-directs. You can also find her hosting the online video series “Erin on the Street” for RedEye Chicago, and hosting this year's RedEye Big Idea Awards.
Erin is always looking to make a positive difference in people's lives through laughter, and that's one message ladyboss can totally get behind! Keep crushing it, Erin!