Dan Milton Klein
Lecturer, Graduate School of Business and Department of Theater and Performance Studies, Stanford University
Biography
Dan Klein teaches Improvisation at Stanford University, where he is a Lecturer at the Graduate School of Business and 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, Klein co-teaches Acting with Power, which explores the use of status behaviors to increase organizational effectiveness. In the theater department, he teaches classes on short- and long-form improvisation, as well as StoryCraft, a class that helps students tell true personal stories onstage in front of a live audience.

His work at Hasso Platner Institute for Design—a graduate program that uses design thinking to drive multidisciplinary innovation—involves teaching workshops on Improv and Design, Game Design, and ReDesigning Theater.
Dan Milton Klein
Lecturer, Graduate School of Business and Department of Theater and Performance Studies, Stanford University
Improvised Stories

Humans make sense of the world through stories. We pick out relevant details, ascribe cause and effect relationships, delineate beginnings and endings, and impose meaning on our creations. Improvisers take advantage of these core intellectual capabilities to craft compelling narratives, collaboratively, under pressure and on the spot. This hands-on workshop explores the techniques theatrical improvisers use to engage each other and the audience while generating captivating tales. Starting with simple prompts and guidelines, we will build up to telling and acting out longer stories, with an eye toward intriguing and rewarding the audience.