Bio


Patricia Ryan Madson is the author of IMPROV WISDOM: DON’T PREPARE, JUST
SHOW UP (Random House, 2005) and a professor Emerita from Stanford University where
she taught from 1977-2005. In the Drama Department she served as the head of the
undergraduate acting program and developed the improvisation program. In 1998 she was
the winner of the Lloyd W. Dinkelspiel Award for Outstanding Innovation in
Undergraduate Education at Stanford. She founded and coached the Stanford Improvisors
and taught beginning and advanced level courses in Improvisation for undergraduate as
well as adults in Stanford's Continuing Studies Program. In 1996 she founded the
Creativity Initiative at Stanford, an interdisciplinary alliance of faculty who share the
belief that creativity can be taught. Patricia has taught Design Improv for the School of
Engineering, and was a guest lecturer for the Stanford Technology Ventures Program and
for the Mayfield Fellows program.
She teaches regularly for the Esalen Institute, and has given workshops for the California
Institute for Integral Studies, the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, the National
Association of Drama Therapists, the Western Psychological Association, Duke
University East Asian Studies Center, Wellness in the Workplace for BC University and
the Meaningful Life Therapy Association in Japan.

Her corporate clients have included: IDEO, Google, Gap Inc.'s Executive Leadership
Team, The Lucille and David Packard Foundation, the Banff Centre for Leadership, the
National Collegiate Inventors & Innovators Alliance (NCIIA), Hewlett Packard, Digital
Impact, The Woods Institute for the Environment, the International Society for
Performance Improvement (ISPI), the Santa Fe Leadership Center, the Association for
YMCA rofessionals, Sun Microsystems Japan Division, Extempo Systems,
Apple Computers, Adobe Systems, the Piedmont School District, and Price Waterhouse.

Batchelor of Arts in Philosophy, Westhampton College of the U. of Richmond,
1963Masters of Arts in Theater, Wayne State University, 1965
Web pages:www.improvwisdom.com
Linked In: Patricia Ryan Madson
FACEBOOK: patricia.ryan.madson TWITTER: patryanmadson
patryan@stanford.edu or improvwisdom@gmail.com

Academic Appointments


  • Staff Emeritus Retiree, Theater and Performance Studies

Honors & Awards


  • Lloyd W Dinkelspeil Award, Stanford University (1998)