Heroic Improv Programs© have been provided to community emergency response teams, disaster innovators, disaster researchers, disaster survivors, disaster volunteers, emergency responders, and indigenous tribes.  Employees from airlines, schools, conference centers and child care facilities have also been trained.  All participants reported more confidence in handling emerging threats such as accidents, disasters and terrorist emergencies after the training.  

Heroic Improv Program© builds teams to solve dynamic problems. There are five levels of workshops for the Heroic Improv program, which will develop each group’s abilities to respond to unexpected problems more deeply.  Each level workshop prepares participants for the next level. 

  • First introductory Level:  Building individual abilities of listening, focusing attention, and moving quickly into action together. 
  • Second Level: Creating and joining spontaneous teams for quick response. 
  • Third Level:  Developing disaster plans using imagination to improvise responses.
  • Fourth Level: Testing a disaster team and its plans using theater techniques and emergency management exercise protocols.
  • Fifth Level:  Challenging an experienced team and its plan using modeling and simulation, theater special effects and high-level emergency management reviews.

“The Heroic Improv Program© was implemented at our US/Mexico Border Crisis deployment, with our volunteer team of 12, the foster care team of 24 and the 70 Central American children we were serving. Building teams quickly is essential to emergency management.  Heroic Improv Exercises© enhanced teamwork between our volunteers and the youth we served.”  
Desiree Matel-Anderson, Field Innovation Team and former FEMA Chief Innovation Advisor

 “In collaboration with Dr. Tyszkiewicz, we implemented the Heroic Improv Workshop© with 70 disaster survivors of Super-Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, 100 days after the storm in November 2013.  We were able to deliver the workshop in roofless buildings without electricity at the disaster location.  After the three-hour workshop, the disaster survivors reported that they felt more prepared for the next catastrophic weather event that may strike and preferred this ability-based workshop to other stress-reduction, trauma-release programs they received after the storm.”  

Gabe Mercado, Corporate Trainer and Academic Director, Third World Improv