Our team

“We couldn’t be more different, except for our shared values. And that makes working together enjoyable.”

Dan Klein

Dan Klein


Dan is an improviser. Other than two months as a lifeguard at the YMCA, every job he has ever had came from improvisational theater. As a Lecturer in Theater and Performance Studies and a Lecturer of Management at the Stanford GSB, Dan spends his time sharing, coaching, facilitating and playing games.

When Dan was an undergrad at Stanford, he took a class in improvisational theater from Patricia Ryan Madson. He slowly learned to shoot for average, fail cheerfully, pretend you are an expert, make your partner look good, serve the narrative, and to really, really be there. Now he gets to teach that same class!

Along with teaching Beginning and Advanced Improvisation, Dan has helped form the Stanford Improvisers, the Robber Barons (original sketch comedy) and the Flying Treehouse (children’s theater) student groups on campus.

At the GSB, Dan teaches Generative Leadership STRGM 259 and co- teaches Acting With Power OB333 with Deb Gruenfeld. At the d.school, Dan teaches Improv & Design, ReDesigning Theater, and Game Design: Making Fun.

When not in the classroom, Dan is either on the road teaching leadership communication with Stand & Deliver, or helping look after Rinconada, the all freshman dorm where he and his wife a Resident Fellows.

Dan’s mission is to spread the Improviser’s Mindset around the entire world. Yes, let’s!

Who’s here in 2016-2017

Our Broader Network

These superstars have been a part of our teaching teams, fellows, staff or founding team. They continue to do amazing work at Stanford and in the world.

  • Abby King
  • Adam French
  • Alex Kazaks
  • Alex Ko
  • Amal Aziz
  • Anja Svetina-Nabergoj
  • Anne Fletcher
  • Anne Gibbon
  • Barry Katz
  • Ben Grossman-Kahn
  • Brett Westervelt
  • Brian Witlin
  • Brit D'Arbeloff
  • Caitria O'Neill
  • Carly Geehr
  • Carol Winograd
  • Caroline O'Connor
  • Carr Wilkerson
  • Charlie Ellinger
  • Claudia Kotchka
  • Colter Leyes
  • Corey Ford
  • Corina Yen
  • Dan Bomze
  • Daniel Steinbock
  • David Klaus
  • Elizabeth Gerber
  • Emily Ma
  • Enrique Allen
  • Erica Estrada
  • Erika Basu
  • Erin Liman
  • Eugene Korsunskiy
  • Evelyn Huang
  • Fred Leichter
  • Gayle Curtis
  • Guido Kovalskys
  • James Monsees
  • Jason Chua
  • Jason Conroy
  • Jenny Stefanotti
  • Jim Ratcliffe
  • Joe Brown
  • Joel Sadler
  • Jofish Kaye
  • John Keefe
  • John Kembel
  • John Lilly
  • Jules Sherman
  • Kerry O’Connor
  • Kim Jacobson
  • Kim Saxe
  • Kris Woyzbun
  • Krista Donaldson
  • Larry Leifer
  • Lia Siebert
  • Lochlann Jain
  • Maryanna Rogers
  • Matt Haney
  • Maureen Caroll
  • Meg Lee
  • Mel Lee
  • Micah Lande
  • Michael Shanks
  • Mike Levinthal
  • Molly Wilson
  • Nat Woyzbun
  • Neema Moraveji
  • Nitzan Waisberg
  • Olga Trusova
  • Peter Rubin
  • Peter Sims
  • Purin Phanichphant
  • Rich Crandall
  • Sandy Speicher
  • Scott Klemmer
  • Susan Hosking-Ramos
  • Tammy Goodall
  • Taylor Cone
  • Uri Geva
  • Wendy Ju
  • Yusuke Miyashita