Bio

Lisa is a highly sought after improvisation instructor/facilitator/performer. She has been studying, performing and teaching the art of improvisation for 26 years.

Lisa is a Senior Faculty member at The Second City Training Centre and is a corporate facilitator with The Second City Communications Biz Co. division, Bad Dog Theatre and privately. She is a guest instructor at Humber College Comedy Program, she designed and taught Spontaneous Communication–The Art of Improvisation for the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies, Strategic Communication Certificate, co-facilitated Organizational Learning-Developing Learning Styles and Strategies that Promote and Spread Knowledge with Brenda Barker Scott at Queen’s University IRC, Haliburton School of the Arts and designed and facilitated workshops for employees of Fleming College. Most recently she delivered workshops to some of Canada’s Olympic Team hopefuls for the London 2012 Summer Games as well as Sochi 2014 Winter Games.

She is a multiple nominee and winner of numerous Canadian Comedy Awards for Best Female Improvisor as well as Best Ensemble. Lisa was a cast member of the Gemini nominated Joe Blow Show. Some television credits include: Train 48, Listen Missy and Go Girl! Currently she performs monthly in Monkey Toast, the live improvised talk show, now in its 10th year. Lisa is an understudy for the highly acclaimed Women Fully Clothed.

“Taking improv with Lisa Merchant was a game changer for me. It not only helped me be a better communicator, it made me a better person. I learned fundamental ideas that I still apply to this day. Over ten years after taking that original class, I invited Lisa to come and speak to the 2012 Canadian Olympic team to give them a competitive advantage. Such is the value of what she has to teach.”
Mark Tewksbury, Olympic Champion and 2012 Canadian Olympic Team Chef de mission