Thank You for your interest in my work!
I love improv. I discovered it during a season of personal and professional transition in my own life. The level of trust, focus, vulnerability and openness it takes to improvise was highly impactful for me. Coming from a background in human behavior research and behavior change coaching, I couldn't help but see the overlap between the disciplines it takes to be a strong improviser, and the disciplines it takes to create lasting, sustainable change.
Combining the fun of improv with the evidence-based tools proven to be effective for increasing content retention and catalyzing behavior shift for the purpose of bringing more peace, joy and passion to workplaces everywhere is the work I'm on this planet to do. I couldn't be more delighted by it!
There is more potential than we realize for just about any situation when we explore it through a lens of curiosity instead of judgement. This spirit of exploration is the foundation of improv - it's what "Yes, And" is all about. &Beyond harnesses that same spirit and provides meaningful opportunities for groups to connect with that message: we do this in both corporate and community settings. We have also recently launched the Mindful Improv Coaching Program in order to partner with individuals on their own journeys of healing and transformation.
Thank you for stopping by! If you are responsible for culture or employee development, or if you're curious about mindful improv - let's talk!
My work is regularly cited by corporate participants as the most "meaningful and impactful" training offered by their employer. My workshop participants tell me that their experiences are transformational and life-changing. If this work resonates with you, there's room for you on my calendar & I can't wait to talk with you!
Love and Gratitude,
Andrea Wetherald earned a Bachelor's in Social Work (BSW) from Bluffton University. After graduation, she worked at The University of Pittsburgh in the Center for Research on Health Care on a joint study between The University of Pittsburgh and VAPHS (VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System.) During this time, she worked as a behavior change coach to the veterans randomized to the intervention group. This work gave her the opportunity to receive significant training in Motivational Interviewing and the Transtheoretical Model (TTM) of behavior change. Her work today draws largely from the highly transferrable, evidence-based methods learned during the years spent on this study & other scholarly sources more specific to evaluating and affecting sustainable change in a corporate setting.
Andrea completed the full suite of long form improvisation classes offered by The Steel City Improv Theater, and continued improv training at Unplanned Comedy Warehouse. In addition to guesting on various local improv teams, she performs regularly on two house teams at the Arcade Comedy Theater.
Note from Andrea: I deeply believe in the value of career development and transition coaching. This is a service I am overjoyed to provide to my clients, and it's one I have invested in heavily myself. My own journey of career transition has been shaped in large part by the guidance and teachings of these amazing women: Joy Bufalini, Katie Mazzocco, Fabienne Frederickson & Esther Hicks.