Director of Diversity Talent Inclusion and Development
Dionna Griffin-Irons is Director of Diversity Talent Inclusion for The Second City U.S. and Canada. A Second City Detroit alumna with 18+ years of experience as a performer, producer and facilitator, Dionna has taught 200+ workshops at colleges, women’s shelters, corporate boardrooms and worked with the United States Embassy in Norway and Latvia introducing improv as a tool for social change.
Spearheading the Bob Curry Fellowship program in three Second City locations, Griffin-Irons mentors and develops underrepresented voices increasing representation and visibility to the newest generation of comedic artists to build successful careers. Producer credits include Urban Twist, Second City’s Black History Month Show and The Break Out Comedy Festival.
Her outreach work has appeared in Diversity Journal publication, on NPR, ABC, NBC, and numerous academic posts including her 2015 TEDx Talk at the University of Chicago. Her 2014 published work can be found in Rowan/Littlefield’s anthology Women, Writing and Prison. She is currently writing a memoir on the intersection of comedy, diversity and women in prison. @dionnagirons