Amy Marquez

Amy Marquez is a senior user experience designer and researcher for a Texas-based, Fortune 500, financial services company. She's been a UX professional since the late 1990s, working in both corporate and freelance settings. With a Master's degree in Directing, Amy has also been performing improvisational comedy for over 20 years and is delightfully surprised at how much that has helped her in her career. Follow Amy.

Stories by Amy Marquez

Improvisation is a very old and time-tested form of theater. The earliest use of improvisation is found in records of a Roman farce performed in 391 BC. Given its long history, it’s surprising to me that in our modern world, comedy–and comedic improvisation–is considered a low-brow form of entertainment. It is generally eschewed by the…

My first experience in improvisational comedy was in 1989. I was a freshman at Texas A&M University. Some of the students in the theater department decided to get an improv troupe started and somehow talked me into joining them. In the beginning, I was petrified to perform without a script. Looking back now, I can…