Chris Sams is an improvisation coach and teaches Career Workshops including "Effective Communication through Improv" at BAVC

BAVC Instructor

Chris Sams

Improvisation * Facilitation * Coaching  


With a long-time background in the non-profit sector and improvisation training, Chris delights in facilitating teams and coaching individuals on executive presence, leadership, authentic communication, adaptability, and connection. For 14 years, Chris has designed and led hundreds of sessions on improvisation, from coaching for the stage to coaching corporate teams on applied improv lessons and skills. Chris has worked with more than 200 different corporate clients in his career, including Instagram, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Apple, Airbnb, Slack, and Salesforce. He led BATS Improv @Work as program director for eight years, where he currently still serves as a trainer and facilitator. Additionally, Chris is now a Global Faculty member for SNP Communications. He invests his warmth, passion, sense of humor, and care in those whom he teaches, trains, facilitates, or coaches in order to serve and bring out the best in each person.


Chris enjoys hosting game shows and leading people on improv journeys on the Airbnb Experiences platform, where he hosts a popular social impact experience, Improv By the Bay. Check out the reviews to hear more testimonials to his work. He is graduate of Duke University, where he was a Benjamin N. Duke Leadership Scholar.