DIONNA GRIFFIN-IRONS is a writer, an alumna of The Second City Detroit, and the current Director of Outreach & Diversity at the legendary comedy theatre, The Second City.

She is a champion of empowering students, actors, women, inmates, and professionals to own their “voice” and give themselves permission to play and be heard wherever they are. In her current role, she mentors, cultivates and produces new voices in comedy and improv.  

For 15+ years, she has used her stage experience and life lessons from a women’s minimum prison camp as the catalyst for her diversity and inclusion work. As one inmate reminded her, "We're all the same, only different."  

She has taught 200+ workshops at colleges (including the University of Chicago Law School), women’s shelters, South Side Chicago public schools, and corporate boardrooms, and worked with the United States Embassy to introduce improv workshops in Norway and Latvia as a tool for social change. 

You can follow her on Twitter at @dionnaGIrons or reach her at dgriffin-irons@secondcity.com

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