Christiana Frank and Applied Improv

Christiana Frank has been teaching Applied Improvisation and profession theatre techniques for nineteen years. She has designed and been leading trainings since 1999. Her goal is to show individuals and teams how to build confidence in their social and communication skills. She creates a low stakes environment that ensures client comfort in order to encourage a healthy and strong learning environment.

If you’re unsure how Applied Improv can affect your life, in a nutshell, Frank explains, “Applied Improvisation can help your life by giving you a safe, nurturing, low stakes environment to practice communication, collaborating, and creating. Like calisthenics for your communication, this methodology helps you face fears, strengthen focus and awareness, and build confidence and success in human interactions.”

Frank felt inspired to pursue this line of work after growing up shy in high school. She left Reno to try out acting in New York, and through this experience she found that the process to gaining confidence was more valuable to her than actually landing the acting gigs. From this, Frank shifted her goals to help others achieve the same realization as her. 

Today, Frank has clients age 3 to 93 who are all seeking to become the best versions of themselves, whether it’s through their work life, school life, or personal life. She’s built an impressive repertoire of clients that swear by her methods. 

Along with helping those who seek out this type of training, Frank has set up her own foundations to gather an even greater outreach. One of these foundations is Kidscape Productions, which focuses on children aged 3-17 to help instill these skills early on in life. 

Frank creates a non-judgmental space for individuals to truly grasp these confidence-building skills. She also keeps up with the latest in neuroscience and psychology and continuously adapts her methods to fit new research. Frank mentions how she’s been developing her methods over twenty years. It’s clear her goals and intentions are truly to help others in the most effective way possible. 

If any aspect of Applied Improv sounds like it can improve your life, then visit her website at www.christianafrank.com or attend her quarterly meet-up, where there are opportunities to learn more details about Applied Improv and network for no fee.

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Kylie Masznicz
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Kylie Masznicz is a student at the University of Nevada, Reno studying English with a concentration in writing and minoring in Communication Studies. She writes culture pieces for ThisIsReno, but her work has also been featured on Broadway Baby and Brushfire Literature & Arts Journal. Her goal is to one day author a novel. She enjoys art of all forms, but chooses to express her own creativity through writing, music, and nail art. She also collects Christmas sweaters and has enough to wear one everyday from Thanksgiving to New Years.

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  1. This is a much needed resource in our community. Kids with issues around social skills and interaction will benefit endlessly from the skills improv offers, not the least of which is the concept of “yes/and” which can help kids become less resistent and more flexible thinkers.

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