Sarah Holt



My own “mixed mind” of creativity and strategy came out of leading communications at high-profile organizations while following a parallel life as an improv performer/teacher and stage actor. Over the years, I’ve seen first-hand the need to bridge the bottom-line corporate world with the right-brain thinking reserved for “after hours.”

I’ve spent much of my career at high-stakes companies (such as The Pew Charitable Trusts, Nickelodeon, and CBS), so I get it. Organizations and departments have goals that must be met. Time, energy, and money can’t be wasted.

The answer is improv. Combining my expertise in business and performing, I mix eye-opening problem-solving skills into engaging games and exercises for bigger, better ideas that help teams thrive and businesses succeed.

After graduating from Wellesley College with a degree in English, I landed in San Francisco, working at the Bay Area’s public broadcasting station, KQED. I then worked for a number of years at CBS Entertainment and Nickelodeon in New York, before heading down to Washington to work as Associate Director of Children’s Programming at PBS. I was most recently at The Pew Charitable Trusts charged with external communications.

In my more than 13 years of teaching, I’ve introduced improv to all kinds of people, from the reluctant to the resolute. Currently I’m on the faculty of the Little Theatre of Alexandria and The Actors’ Center. I’ve also taught at The George Washington University, the Performing Arts Training Company, and Washington Improv Theater, where I performed as a member for several years.

I’m an actress who’s regularly seen on Washington, DC stages, including The Folger Theatre, Peter’s Alley, NextStop Theatre, Doorway Arts Ensemble, American Ensemble Theater, and The American Century Theater. I’ve trained at Gotham City Improv, the Theatre Lab, T. Schreiber Studio, and Shelton Studios.