Dion Flynn, BA, MFA, is a teacher, improviser, comedian, performer, writer, and army veteran best known for his impersonation of Barack Obama on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, among his more than 100 appearances on the show. If Dave Chapelle and Eckhart Tolle had a son who taught the spirituality of improv, it would be Dion. He is an expert in fun and innovative ways to help people connect with themselves and others.
Dion discovered that the skills he used on stage and TV for both improvisational and scripted comedy paralleled the skills needed in recovery from process and substance addiction, and also came in handy for basic human development. As a result, he co-created The Improvisor’s Mindset (with Jeanne M. Stafford) to draw connections between these theatrical skills and the critical skills needed for successful long-term recovery for addicts, grounded connection for the spiritual seeker, and an enhanced business and personal life for the rest of us.
Dion sees the journey from isolation to connection as the basic journey of any recovery and the basic storyline of the soul.
Dion has performed with, taught, or led improv workshops for MTV, VH-1, Logo, Rock The Vote, Google, PNC Bank, Herman Miller, The M&A Advisor, Ardent, Maersk, PWC, Ecolab, The North Carolina Lawyers Association, and more. He holds a master’s of fine arts degree in acting from New York University’s Graduate Acting program and has worked with Spike Lee, Rosie O’Donnell, Kate McKinnon, Josh Radnor, Shakespeare In The Park, The Public Theater, The Guthrie Theater, The Moth Storytelling, Armed Services Arts Partnership, and many other world-class artists and organizations.