Kerstin Caldwell is the founder of Gaining Perspective and The YES! Lab, where she has reached thousands of people of all ages through hundreds of live performances and workshops. Her love of improv was ignited in high school, and she went on to train at two of Chicago’s most famed institutions, The Second City and iO (formerly ImprovOlympic). It was when she studied with Alan Arkin that Kerstin discovered the use of improvisation as a tool for self-awareness, and her passion and purpose aligned.
Over a span of eight years, teaching as an Artist In Residency at William Smith High School in Aurora, Kerstin developed the program she and her Gaining Perspective team now bring into classrooms all over the Denver Metro Area. Teaching young adults how to self-regulate their emotions and maneuver through conflicts with grace is Kerstin’s greatest reward. She is thrilled that the success of this program is expanding its outreach into local prisons and recovery programs so that both kids and adults can learn to recognize their habitual behaviors, develop more positive communication skills, and transform into their most aware and confident selves.