Working Artist Group

Business, Coaching & Management Services for the Working Artist


Our Team


Krista Gano - Founder/Director

Krista Gano began her successful career in the entertainment industry at the young age of 22, when she starred in and produced the independent film, Chicks, Man. Following that triumph, she continued her education in the entertainment industry by immersing herself in the business aspect of Hollywood, spending the next five years as an assistant to a high-profile celebrity.

Krista eventually moved back to theatre and worked with Tony Award-winning producer Steven Eich at the Geffen Playhouse. It was there that she refined her business skills by learning how to bridge the communication gap between management and artists. In 2002, Krista moved on to the Groundlings Theatre, where she held the position of Executive Director. She produced the Groundlings 30th Anniversary Season, which included a gala celebration co-hosted by alumni Will Ferrell, Cheryl Hines, Chris Kattan and Lisa Kudrow. Under her leadership, the Groundlings expanded their school and training divisions. During this time, Krista discovered a true passion for bringing the tools of improvisational training to the private sector.

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, and RevGen Partners. Krista also serves on the faculty for Kaiser Permanente’s Clinician/Patient Communication Program and is a certified journaling instructor.

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

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Dani Payne - New Mexico Program Director/Teacher

Dani Payne is a SAG-AFTRA film and television actor and singer, from Denver, CO. She is also an accomplished acting and singing teacher who has recently moved her life, career, and business to Albuquerque, NM. She holds a B.A. in Media Communications from Trinity Western University in British Columbia, Canada. She has over 10 years of acting experience and trained in both voice and acting all over the world; from Vancouver, BC, Los Angeles, and, Glasgow, UK. She taught voice and singing lessons at Vocal Intensive Studios in Denver, CO for 4 years and was the Teens & Tweens Director at Benjy Dobrin Studios in Denver for 5 years.

Dani has been working with WAG since our beginning and is thrilled to take on this new role.  You can see her on USA's Graves and NBC's The Night Shift.  She is also the co-writer and producer of the upcoming feature film, Comfort Food.


Laura Carson - Headshots Colorado On-Camera Teacher

Laura Carson is an actress, producer and writer with over 30 years of experience.  She has taught theatre and filmmaking for 15 years at Idyllwild Arts Academy in Idyllwild, CA and is currently teaching on-camera acting classes with Working Artist Group in Denver, CO.  In addition to performing in several plays in New York and Los Angeles, she has had two of her short plays, "Picking Up the Pieces" and "Suicide Phone," produced in NYC.  Some of her film and television credits include LA to Vegas, American Crime, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, Drop Dead Diva, Grey's Anatomy, Gilmore Girls, Bruce Almighty,  and national commercials for Capital One, Chili’s and Applebees. 

Her award-nominated short film, Dime Short, (writer/actress) screened on the festival circuit last year.  She co-produced, co-wrote and acted in UnCorked, a 10-episode webseries.  Most recently, she is in post-production for the short film, Losing Antonia, (producer/actress) and is developing several features with 3by3 Entertainment (co-founder). 

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Aspen Rader - Co-Producer,

 Aspen is an actor/writer/producer who’s desire is to enrich peoples lives through the art of storytelling. Aspen started performing at a the young age of 2 years old when she took the stage for the first time as a dancer in her hometown Boulder, Colorado. From then on, Aspen knew she was meant to be a performing artist. In college she packed up and moved to New York City where she attended the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts. Aspen has also trained at the American Academy for Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles. When Aspen isn’t acting or using her creative skills, she loves to spend time with her family, hike in the mountains or spend time playing at the beach.

Aspen has co-produced every one of our Get REEL programs. She is an invaluable resource that will be helping us to push into new markets including New York, Atlanta & Los Angeles in 2019. 

David Jahn - Colorado Acting Intensives

David received a B.S. degree in Music, Theatre and Dance from Illinois State University.  He became a Main Company member of The Groundlings in 1995, writing and performing with Will Ferrell, Chris Parnell, Chris Kattan, Cheri Oteri, and Jennifer Coolidge to name a few.  He’s been on the Groundlings faculty for the past 18 years.  David had the pleasure of directing the Groundlings Sunday and Main Co., steering the likes of Melissa McCarthy, Ben Falcone, Maya Rudolph, Nat Faxon and Will Forte. David believes in order to teach well, he must be auditioning and studying at all times.  He currently studies with Jonathan Slavin and Michael Adams.

David's credits include, Big Fat Obnoxious Boss, Men Women & Children, The Comeback, Bad Judge, Cougar Town, Kirstie, Modern FamilyMobbed, General Hospital, Thank You For Smoking, Doin' It Yourself and Neverland.  David has also been featured in numerous commercials promoting anything from ingrown toenail medication to BMW’s. David believes in setting a supportive, nurturing, yet challenging environment for learning and our CO students have benefitted greatly from his guidance.


Chris Lang - Denver/LA/New Mexico Voice & Dialect Coach

Born and bred in the mountains of Colorado, Chris received his MFA from Harvard University where he specialized in Accents and Dialects as well as Voice and Speech Pedagogy.  Chris has also received advanced training at the Moscow Art Theatre School (MXAT) in Moscow, RU and the Central School of Speech and Drama in London, UK.  He has been privileged to coach and train actors all over the world and to work at some of the foremost regional theaters including the American Repertory Theatre (A.R.T.), the Moscow Art Theatre, and Elysium Conservatory Theatre.  Chris loves to help developing artists and actors find their unique voice and to empower them to be self-sustaining creators of art.  In addition to his work in his private studio working with film and tv actors on dialects, Chris serves as Head of Voice and Speech at Elysium Conservatory Theatre in Los Angeles.  Chris is a vetted and recommended Key Dialect Coach for film and television production.  Chris now splits his time between Los Angeles and the Denver area… and wherever his work as a dialect coach takes him in the world!  

Chris’ ultimate goal as a dialect coach is to help his actors book more work andto become powerhouse (dialect) actors!

Marc Comstock - New Mexico Coach

Marc Comstock started acting at age nine and since then has had the good fortune to make it his profession. After graduating from Colorado State University with a B.A. in Theater, Marc moved to Seattle where he began working professionally, eventually performing in over forty plays in Puget Sound area theaters.  Marc’s first foray into film was when he landed the title role in the Seattle International Film Festival hit Peter’s Day in the Sun. From there, Marc landed several commercials and Industrial films and even a print ad for such clients as Washington Mutual & Microsoft Marc relocated to Los Angeles where he did numerous short films while also working as Bill Maher’s Stand-In for over 100 episodes of HBO’s hit Real Time with Bill Maher. In 2012, Marc moved to New Mexico and has been working steadily ever since with recurring roles on NBC’s The Night Shift and WGN’s Manhattan as well as numerous film projects, including the upcoming Maze Runner Sequel The Scorch TrialsHaving done the work and the “hustle” it takes to be an actor, Marc is thrilled to coach other hard working actors that make up The Working Actor group.



Jessica Anguiano - Coach

An accomplished professional actress, producer, and writer, Jessica Anguiano has crossed the spectrum of entertainment with television, independent film, commercials, voice over, and theater. Some of her notable performances include the world premiere of Panhandle Slim & the Oklahoma Kid with Jeff Daniels, PROJECT D.U. F.I.L.M.’s award winning production of “Happy F-ing Valentine’s Day”, directed by Jeremy Dehn, and numerous brand name commercials. 

Jessica writes and produces female driven comedy such as “The Family Hood”, developed by WAGe Pictures, “Out Romance”, and a web series, “Good Neighbors” developed by her own production company, Hurricane Jessie Pictures. She is a member of the professional actors union Actor's Equity.