Improv for Gifted Adults – Virtual

Join us for therapy and fun!

Are you ready to spend time laughing and being real with other gifted adults?

Intrigued by a place you can transcend perfectionism and social isolation?

Want a room where you can be your intense, multipotentialite, complex, creative self without having to camouflage for the neuromajority?


Classes coming this summer!

Join us for
Improv For Gifted Adults

Come unmasked. Discover yourself in community and in play. Transform perfectionism through spontaneity. Transcend social defenses through trust in your actual peers. Feel an unusual-to-you sense of attunement in a group of neuro-atypical people like you.

Improv is a unique and hilariously effective avenue for gifted self-development. It's a place for gifted people to show up openly - laughing together and supporting each other. It's a place where you'll be accurately mirrored, where you can feel secure.

Gordon Smith of Gifted and Growing, and Lisa Bany, Chief Improv Officer of Improv Therapy Group have collaborated to develop a curriculum focused on the specific needs of gifted adults.

This class offers an eight-week experience in which we come together (on zoom) with our gifted peers to explore, experiment, and play. Through Improv games and exercises we cultivate openness & playfulness, relaxation & self-care, emotional intelligence & empathy, and creative storytelling & expression

Together, we practice spontaneous group creativity and connection. A core improv principle is the concept of "Yes, And". This simple, profound concept gives us a chance to explore parts of ourselves, our minds, and our relationships that gifted people don't get to do often enough, if at all. Imagine a room full of gifted people, relaxed and laughing together - true social mirroring, genuine social safety, and that means you get to be yourself, co-create, grow, and play.

Here are. a few examples of our weekly themes:

Magic words -- improv for acknowledging the realities of others, letting ideas be heard, and encouraging spontaneous and exploratory expression

In the now -- improv for active listening and reacting in the moment
Perfect is boring -- improv for letting go of being right and in control, and enjoying what is imperfectly created

Brain yoga -- improv for challenging our habitual ways of thinking and opening up new cognitive pathways

Repeal inhibition - Improv for social openness and playfulness

Heal thyself -- Improv for relaxing and taking care of yourself

I second that emotion -- Improv for amping up emotional intelligence and empathy

Our stories, ourselves -- Improv for creative storytelling and expression


Gordon Smith, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and Coach

Gordon Smith is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and Coach, who has been practicing since 2000. Gordon's practice is composed of gifted adolescents and adults in locations around the world. He has presented at numerous conferences, including being a featured workshop presenter at the 2020 SENG Annual Conference.

In addition to his professional focus, Gordon has served as an elected member of Asheville, North Carolina's City Council, Director of GROW Conference AVL, Chair and member of multiple boards and commissions in western North Carolina. Service and compassion are at the center of Gordon's life and work, and he intends to extend those values through his work with Improv Therapy Group.

Lisa Bany, Chief Improv Officer

Lisa Bany is Chief Improv Officer at Improv Therapy Group. Lisa is an instructor, director and coach at The Second City. She has authored numerous books, including On Stage: Theatre Games and Activities for Kids, which was awarded the Parent's Choice Approval Seal for Excellence in Education, has been translated into German and Korean, and is sold around the world. She started teaching at The Second City in the early nineties and has directed and taught throughout the Chicagoland area.  Lisa was one of the first teachers in the Second City Wellness Program where she has taught Improv for Anxiety, Improv for Parkinson's Patients and their Caregivers, and Improv for the Autism Spectrum.

A graduate of Columbia College, Lisa has taught improv with The Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor, The National Alliance on Mental Illness, and Arlyn School for teens with Anxiety and Autism Spectrum Disorder. She has also created and directed performing arts summer camp programs with Play On, Northlight Theatre, Light Opera Works and the JCCs of Chicago.