Who We Are
About BusinessProv and Andrew
Deutsch, CEO and Workshop Leader
The focus of what we do is to have people in the “play experience” of improv. This is important because it has been documented that when people are having fun, their ability to learn increases exponentially. By creating a supportive, enjoyable environment, BusinessProv helps participants develop the skills of active listening, agreement and creative problem-solving. Just by using the guiding principle of “Yes, and,” which is the core of improvisation, participants create an environment of agreement which fosters healthy risk-taking and positive transformation. Shyness and self-consciousness are replaced with self-confidence and collaboration. This approach allows participants to realize their creative potential and team-building ability.
We lead workshops for businesses and organizations, introducing them to improvisation skills via paired or group exercises and games. We have conducted numerous improv/motivational workshops in New York, California, England, Israel and Australia.
We additionally provide individual and executive coaching as well as consulting services.
The skills that we teach originally came from theater games, and we have adapted them for the purpose of facilitating creative problem-solving, powerful speaking and listening skills, and team-building in the business environment.
We blend improv techniques with sales skills, social psychology, and the psychology of building ourselves up unconditionally as individuals.
Andrew’s background includes studying and working with the best. He has studied with John Monteith, the Groundlings and the People’s Improv Theater (PIT) in New York. He worked together in improv workshops with Dion Flynn, who has appeared frequently on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
Andrew also has a strong and successful background in sales. He has sold millions of dollars of business-to-business advertising and greeting cards.
Andrew is a member of the Applied Improvisation Network (AIN).
I attended improv workshops that Andrew Deutsch led in San Francisco and Oakland in 2016 and 2017. I found these experiences to be fun and empowering. I continue to use the skills that I learned in my work and personal life every day.
I had the good fortune to attend Andrew Deutsch’s workshops. I have witnessed, first-hand, his keen ability to not only build trust among people but also to engender warmth, collegiality, and collaboration among complete strangers! Today, with communications and people competing for our attention and interest like never before, Andrew is a welcome catalyst for more effective listening and more active engagement with each other and the world around us. I have every confidence in Andrew’s ability to help others thrive in their business lives. I wish him a world of success.
I attended a number of Andrew’s workshops and was very impressed by his ability to leverage his knowledge and great sense of humor in teaching people improv skills. I would recommend Andrew to anyone who’s serious about moving forward in their business lives, and having fun at the same time!
Andrew is a fountain of creative ideas and I totally recommend him.
Andrew Deutsch led a fantastic improv workshop in Australia, which I attended. It was an incredible experience for all. He created a safe space with his humorous style that helped people move out of their comfort zone. It was transformational!
To Whom It May Concern, I had the privilege of taking two of Andrew’s improvisation workshops at separate meetings with two very different groups of people. I’ve been a professional performer for many years and was hilariously paired with people who had no experience whatsoever. Right from the get Andrew’s sheer enthusiasm for other people’s joy was infectious. He set the tone with his positive attitude, self-effacing charm, and sizable people skills.
Periodically, I have had the good fortune of seeing Andrew in action at various workshops he gives for aspiring small business owners like me. His understanding of group dynamics and his ability to empower people to go beyond themselves to make sales calls and actually close viable deals is nothing short of amazing.