Krista Gano


Producer/Director & Educator

Krista Gano began her successful career in the entertainment industry at the age of 22, when she starred in and produced the independent film, Chicks, Man. Following that triumph, she immersed herself in the business aspect of Hollywood, spending the next five years as an assistant to Dustin Hoffman.

Krista eventually moved back to theatre and worked with Tony Award-winning producer, Steven Eich, at the Geffen Playhouse. In 2002, Krista moved on to the Groundlings Theatre, where she held the position of Executive Director.  In addition to growing the theater, she pitched Groundlings content to studios, produced the Groundlings 30th Anniversary Season (co-hosted by Will Ferrell, Cheryl Hines, Chris Kattan and Lisa Kudrow) and worked with comedic actors such as Kristen Wiig, Michaela Watkins, Mikey Day, Annie Mumolo, Will Forte, Edi Patterson and Academy Award Winners, Jim Rash and Nat Faxon.  Under her leadership, the Groundlings expanded their school and training divisions as well as working to preserve their 30 years of archives.

After leaving the Groundlings in 2006, Krista co-founded Innovative Improv Solutions with David Jahn.  It's here that she’s paired her natural abilities of improvisational training with her business background. Clients include 20th Century Fox, Fox Networks Group, Blue Sky Animation, ESPN, Sony Electronics, Sony Networks Entertainment Group, The Recording Academy (The Grammy’s), UCLA, Seattle Genetics, National Geographic, and Verizon Media. 

In 2014, she founded, The Working Artist Group, which offers Business, Coaching and Management Services to the Working Artist.  Serving Colorado, New Mexico & LA, WAG is dedicated to helping artists harness and direct their careers towards greater success.  Most recently, Krista is a co-founder of 3by3 Entertainment and has directed and produced Losing Antonia, award-nominated Dime Short and award-winning The Family Hood.  She is currently producing feature films, Comfort Food, Invisible Woman and Immortal Blooded