Joyful Simpson MFA is an actress, writer, and presentation coach who combines improv theatre, behavioral sciences, and mindfulness to create dynamic trainings for businesses and institutions. She studied theatre and psychology at Sarah Lawrence College in New York and earned an MFA in Dramatic Art from UC Davis. While at Davis, she spearheaded an applied improv-based training program for the Graduate School of Management. In 2013 she founded Pro-CreativeArts—an experiential communication training organization—and is hired throughout the United States to lead trainings that foster creativity, collaboration, and communication for teams and leaders. She holds regular improv and story telling classes for business professionals at the Berkeley Rep school Theater and Mill Valley Theater Company.
Born into an iconic theatre family, she brings to her classes a unique body of experience gained from creating and performing theatre professionally since childhood. She studied at the Upright Citizens Brigade in Los Angeles, appeared alongside Will Smith in The Pursuit of Happyness, and her ensemble theater troupe Rococo Risqué named Best Theater Ensemble by SF Weekly. Her award winning solo comedy recently returned from a sold out run in NYC and will be headed to Los Angeles in June.