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Jen Olenizcak
JEN OLENICZAK is the founder of The Engaging Educator, a NYC-based organization that specializes in theatre, improv, and movement workshops and professional developments.

With The Engaging Educator, she’s held workshops for institutions throughout NYC and the US such as the Brooklyn Museum, the Guggenheim Museum, New York Botanical Gardens, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, NYU, MFA Houston and The Franklin Institute, and has also worked with educators from such institutions as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Apollo Theatre, National Archives, School of Art Institute Chicago, Shedd Aquarium, History Colorado and the Indiana Art Museum, among others.

She’s presented at the New York Museum Educator’s Roundtable Conference (2013, 2014) and the Imaginative Education Resource Group Conference (2013) in Vancouver. Jen has also presented on Isamu Noguchi at the Case Western Reserve Art History Symposium (2011).
Jen is a trained museum educator, completing her Art History studies at the City College of New York. She is an active participant in Guggenheim for All, the Autism Initiative. In November 2013, she did a TEDx Talk on Improv and Social Change.

Currently she freelances with the Guggenheim Museum and the Noguchi Museum. She is also conducting two research projects on the effects of improv on high school students and students on the spectrum.

Aside from her museum and art career, she is a trained actor and improviser. Jen has performed in Milwaukee, Chicago and New York. Currently she can be found off-Broadway at the National Comedy Theatre.

Entries by Jen Olenizcak

How to View Art: However You Want to

(0) Comments | Posted October 6, 2014 | 6:43 PM

After reading art critic Philip Kennicott's article in the Washington Post this weekend, I felt like I was being punked (does that still happen?) Someone is actually telling people how to view art? And chastising them for incorrect behavior like making plans in museum walls? As a museum...

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Are Spanx Causing Vocal Fry?

(0) Comments | Posted June 16, 2014 | 11:44 AM

I've been teaching presentation skills to professionals and educators in NYC consistently for the past few years. During every class my students need improvement in all of the same areas -- and in efforts to stop things like the "youth hip" and vocal fry, I've summed up these three major...

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Improv(ing) on the Autism Spectrum

(1) Comments | Posted May 8, 2014 | 3:21 PM

It's no secret that I feel that improv makes for better teachers, better museum professionals and all-around better people. But in the past few months I've been thinking about the connection between the benefits of improv to students on the autism spectrum, specifically when it comes...

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It's Ok to Snap That Selfie

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2013 | 8:50 PM


Smartphones are everywhere. Take a look around -- people are texting, reading, writing emails and taking photos. It happens on the subway, on the streets during rush hour and in cultural institutions. Everyone wants to snap a photo by Starry Night, the Temple of...

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How Improv Can Improve Your Teaching

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2013 | 5:02 PM

Every conversation is an exercise in improv - and conversation is the core behind every improv scene. We never are 100% sure what someone is going to say next. Now, many of us have either willingly been to an improv show or dragged to an improv show - or seen...

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