Guest Coach

Jessia Hoffman is an improviser, coach, leadership trainer, and musical theater kid. In ninth grade, she auditioned for her high school’s improv team on a whim – and was lucky enough to land Lisa Rowland as a coach. Jessia furthered her improv education as an undergrad at Stanford University, where she studied with Dan Klein, served as TA for university improv classes, and performed with the Stanford Improvisers (SImps). In 2015, Jessia became a BATS coach and began coaching her former high school team, coming full circle.

Jessia is the founder of On Deck Workshops: a leadership development consultancy that specializes in experiential learning. She trains teams to recognize and reach their full potential, and coaches individuals to become the most empowered versions of themselves. Jessia has worked with top organizations across the country – from Fortune 500s to startups to nonprofits – and has lectured at Stanford and UC Berkeley.

A Bay Area native, Jessia is a founding member of the Polite Society Players, a musical improv troupe in San Francisco. She is also a Guest Player for BATS and the Un-Scripted Theater Company, and director/coach of the Catamari Ensemble.  

As an actor and playwright, favorite credits include Carolyn in The Bridges of Madison County (TheatreWorks), Lisi in The Man in the Ceiling workshop (TheatreWorks), Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray (Stanford), Dot/Marie in Sunday in the Park with George (Stanford), writer of Sheila, and co-creator of Gravity: A New(tonian) Musical.