Dan Klein teaches Improvisation full time at Stanford University where he is a Lecturer of Management at the Graduate School of Business, a Lecturer in the Department of Theater and Performance Studies, and an instructor at the d.school. He was recently named Stanford Teacher of the Year by the Student’s Association.

At the GSB he co-teaches (with Professor Deb Gruenfeld), “Acting With Power” which explores the use of status behaviors to increase organizational effectiveness. Dan and Deb also do a version of the class for executive education programs like the Executive Program for Social Entrepreneurs. In the theater department, Dan teaches classes on short and long form improvisation, as well as StoryCraft, a class co-designed with Michelle Darby to help students tell true personal stories onstage in front of a live audience.

His work at Hasso Platner Institute for Design involves teaching workshops on Improv and Design, Game Design and ReDesigning Theater for interdisciplinary graduate students studying Design Thinking. The Hasso Platner Institue for Design is a graduate program that uses design thinking to drive multidisciplinary innovation. Students from Business, Engineering, Education and the Humanities come together to solve big, messy problems.

Beyond Stanford, Dan has lead similar workshops custom tailored for various groups, including Singularity University, the High Performance Leadership program at IMD Business School in Switzerland and the Kauffman Fellows Program helping to train global leaders in venture capital. Dan has also partnered with Stanford Professor Carol Dweck to create interactive workshops on her breakthrough research on Mindset.

Dan’s other clients include: Google, HP, Cisco, Oracle, Uber, Linkedin, Nestle, Colgate, Panasonic, St. Jude Medical Devices, Axon, Visa, Schwab, First Republic, East West Bank, ING, Blackrock, Lucasfilm, Kahn Academy, Kaiser Permanente, United Health Group, Nike, Fenwick & West, Randstad and many more.