Who We Are

Nancy Watt and her Associates are a group of ambitious professionals who research and collaborate to deliver the best writing content, training programs and speaking engagements anywhere. Please read our testimonials.

Nancy Watt

Nancy Watt is a sought after speaker, writer and improviser. A graduate of Second City’s Improv Conservatory and Sketch Writing Programs, this consummate professional delivers dynamic workshops on communications and creativity in unconventional environments. Rated in the top five of the Leadership Workshops at the International Microsoft World Partner Conference and a regular at Huffington Post’s team building events, Nancy delivers powerfully creative and memorable sessions. She delivers her energy, talent and humour to the corporate, education and healthcare sectors. Her work is referenced in academic papers for pedagogical experiential learning.

Nancy Watt & Associates, Compadres and Collaborators

Shann McGrail

Shann McGrail, Kim Beaune & Nancy Watt make up WORKING IMPROV. Shann is a veteran of the technology industry. Most recently she was the Director of Microsoft’s Canadian Education Segment. Previous roles at Microsoft include a variety of sales, professional services management, and operational positions. A strong desire to find a new creative outlet led Shann to improv. She has been studying the art of being in the moment, spontaneity, creativity, and applying those principles to her leadership style and interactions with customers and colleagues. Shann can be found performing at various venues in Oakville, Ontario.      

Kimberly Beaune

A Partner with WORKING IMPROV, Kimberly is an accomplished Events Industry professional with over 20 years of experience in event sales, design and senior management. Working primarily in sales, people are surprised to learn that she is a very shy person. Her trick? Improv! Discovering improv workshops and eventually performing in improv shows gave her confidence. It enhanced her ability to think on her feet, solve problems on the fly, and actively listen. It also taught her the value and power of saying “Yes!” It gave her the courage to take the leap and start her own event firm Creative Twist Inc. and partner with Nancy & Shann to launch Working Improv. For Kimberly, improv remains a way of life at work and at play.  

Carolyn Sealfon

Carolyn Sealfon has collaborated with Nancy Watt to deliver unique and powerful workshops applying improv to improve STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) teaching and learning. She earned her PhD in astrophysics at the University of Pennsylvania and her BA in physics from Cornell University. Additionally, she is an alumna of the Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Training Center and a qigong instructor certified by the Wuwei Taichi School. As the only woman physics professor at a Pennsylvania public university, she assimilated physics education research while teaching and advising undergraduates. She was Princeton University’s first Associate Director of Science Education, where she consulted for faculty on courses to meaningfully engage all undergraduates in science and engineering. Carolyn is a collaborative learner and educator who seeks to empower diverse demographics to enjoy learning and applying STEM thinking in their daily lives.

Harrison Wheeler

Harrison is an accomplished comedian, improviser and cartoonist. He designs powerful visual content for organizations to communicate a consistent message of support, optimism and wellness in stressful environments. In addition, he delivers workshops for wellness in the workplace to reframe counter-progressive ideas surrounding mental illness. As an award-winning artist, it is his privilege to share his transformative journey through Bipolar and active addiction. A sought after speaker in healthcare and education, Harrison brings his powerful voice of humour and authenticity to his work.

Mandy Dorans

Mandy is a dynamic presenter with extensive experience leading healthcare and wellness training seminars, conference workshops, key stakeholder presentations and one-­on­-one coaching sessions. She is an exceptional communicator with professional and effective listening, articulating and writing skills. A certified Coach who teaches mindfulness practises, Mandy’s passion is about learning everything about the mind/body connection. She’s a strong relationship builder with a creative, charismatic and interactive approach. She can intuitively and strategically liaise between internal and external interest groups while proactively problem solve and reach consensus in a group. A favourite for facilitation work.

"100 staff and graduate students attended. It was easily one of the most dynamic and effective colloquia we have ever given."
David M. Harrison, Senior Lecturer Emeritus
University of Toronto

"It was fantastic! Improv encouraged even the most shy and introverted student and it gave the extroverted types the opportunity to listen. I cannot say enough how powerful the afternoon was for my students. It was one of the highlights of my teaching career."

L. Richards, Teacher of 23 yrs,
Brookdale Elementary, Oakville, Ontario

"I collaborated on a networking event with Nancy for Enterprising Women and found her to be a real joy to work with. She was professional, delightful, engaging and I would highly recommend her as a key note speaker!"
Marty Britton, President & CEO
Britton Management Profiles Inc.

"Nancy presented a dynamic lesson on bridging the gender communication gap…insightful, active, engaging and thought-provoking…with more laughter than we’ve ever shared at our local monthly engineering meeting."
Mary Ellen Bruce Large, P.E., D.GE | Director of Technical Activities
Deep Foundations Institute

"Improv was a scary word for me until I met Nancy! She instantly brought a light to my group and helped each and every one of us shine brighter. She was even kind enough to stay late and help us perfect some of our business improv skills - which have certainly paid off!! Thank you Nancy, we will be calling again!"
Bailey Morrison, The Rhyze Project & Events Coordinator
Innovation Guelph

I thoroughly enjoyed myself – it was such a nice break from my usual daily routine and I found the experience and learning very meaningful. Thank you for sharing your talent and expertise.

Rabbi Jordan Cohen

Please contact us to understand how our work applies to your organization or event.