Teachers

Teacher Name
Ronnie Adrian

Originally from South Carolina, Ronnie is now a performer based out of Los Angeles. He performs in cities all around the country and you can often catch him with his various groups most notably The Dragons and The Big Team. He does other things besides comedy but this is a comedy bio so he’ll keep it to himself.

Upcoming classes for Ronnie Adrian:

Teacher Name
Julie Brister

Julie Brister is a performer, director and teacher living in Los Angeles. She's a longtime performer and teacher from the UCB Theater, since it's early days in NYC and has performed in many shows including her solo-show Fatparts, which she also performed at SF Sketchfest and at Out of Bounds in Austin. Other shows include Showgirls! The Best Movie Ever Made! Ever!, Laid Up, and Put it in You! The Sex-Ed Musical. She's performed with dozens of improv groups over the years and currently improvises with her fellow teachers in Assembly. Julie plays Marva Jefferson on Goliath on Amazon and Daisy the attorney on Review on Comedy Central. Other TV credits include Superstore (NBC), Adam Ruins Everything (TruTV), Transparent (Amazon), Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX), Playing House (USA), Parks and Recreation (NBC), The New Normal (NBC), Comedy Bang Bang (IFC), Newsreaders (Adult Swim), Onion News Network (IFC), New Girl (FOX), Good Luck Charlie (Disney), Rules of Engagement (CBS), and Conan (TBS). She has an alarming collection of owls and clowns.

Teacher Name
Craig Cackowski

Craig Cackowski is an actor, improvisor and teacher based in Los Angeles. He was involved with the iO and iO West (RIP) theaters from 1992-2018, and was the three-time winner of the Del Close Award as Teacher of the Year at iO West. He has played numerous improv festivals around the US with his long-running three-man troupe Dasariski (with Bob Dassie and Rich Talarico) and his duo Orange Tuxedo (with his wife Carla!). While in Chicago, he appeared in and co-wrote 5 revues for The Second City, and helped create such improv forms as JTS Brown and Close Quarters. As an actor, he has been seen in recurring roles on such shows as Community, Veep, Drunk History, and Mindy Kaling’s Sex Lives Of College Girls. He may be heard frequently on such podcasts as The Thrilling Adventure Hour, Kevin Pollak’s Alchemy This and his own podcast Craig’s List, in which he makes Carla watch his 100 favorite movies.

Upcoming classes for Craig Cackowski:

Teacher Name
Sarah Claspell

Sarah is an actor/comedian/writer/teacher living in Los Angeles. She has been featured on tv shows such as Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and written for Drunk History, Gizmodo, Ask.com and many live shows at the UCB Theatre. She teaches at WGIS and the Upright Citizens Brigade, and performs regularly with improv teams Cardinal Redbird, The Bozos and Voltron, variety show Asian AF, and various shows doing improv, sketch, and characters. She has performed at the San Francisco Sketchfest, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Das Improv Festival, and SoHo Rep Theater in New York. Additionally, she has trained with members of the Royal Shakespeare Company in London. Sarah co-hosts the podcast Everything is Rent, a podcast with popular comedians or musical theater types talking about the Broadway musical Rent, of course.

Upcoming classes for Sarah Claspell:

  • Online: Only Stranger Scenes, 9 people max, $45 USD
    Sat Mar 30 10am-12pm (PDT)
  • LA: Level 1: Intro to Improv, 14 people max, $340 USD
    Sat Apr 20 12pm-3pm (LA)
    Sat Apr 27 12pm-3pm
    Sat May 4 12pm-3pm
    Sat May 11 12pm-3pm
    Sat May 18 12pm-3pm
    Sat Jun 1 12pm-3pm
    Sat Jun 8 12pm-3pm
    Sat Jun 15 12pm-3pm
       Show: Tue Jun 18 7pm-8:30pm (Broadwater Theater)
  • Online: Only Mapping Scenes, 9 people max, $45 USD
    Fri Apr 26 9am-11am (PDT)

Teacher Name
Sebastian Conelli

Sebastian Conelli is a comedian and improviser in Brooklyn, CT. He's a longtime performer and teacher from the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. Among his many terrific shows and teams, he was a member of The Stepfathers, The Enemy and Slamball. He's also a regular performer in the NYC-based show Raaatscraps. He co-hosts the hit podcast Loud About Nothing with fellow comedian/improviser Robbie Nunes.

Upcoming classes for Sebastian Conelli:

Teacher Name
Jamie Gaul Cullen

Jamie is a longtime improviser who has performed, coached and studied extensively at the UCB Theater and iO West. She is currently a member of the UCB team, Cardinal Redbird.

While Jamie no longer acts professionally (she has a regular 9-5 job in tech, can you believe it?!) her previous credits include: General Hospital, Grey’s Anatomy and Medium.

Should you find yourself talking to Jamie about topics other than improv, she suggests the following: Dogs (specifically hers), the Los Angeles Dodgers, the movie Jaws.

Teacher Name
Michelle Gilliam

Michelle Gilliam is a voice actor and improviser. She has been involved in the improv comedy scene for over 20 years. Michelle has had the pleasure of performing all over the country and being immersed in the Milwaukee, Chicago, and Boston improv scenes, which gives her a unique and well-rounded perspective. Michelle currently coaches, teaches, and performs in Milwaukee, WI. Michelle is also the owner of Improv MKE LLC, and is passionate about connecting the global improv community through online and in-person classes, workshops, skill-based drop ins, and jams. A few fun facts about Michelle: She sang at Carnegie Hall when she was 15 years old, and her grandfather, Clarence W. Gilliam, invented the chemical formula for glow sticks, or chemiluminescence.

Upcoming classes for Michelle Gilliam:

Teacher Name
Will Hines

Will has been teaching long-form improv since 2004 at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, at both its New York and Los Angeles branches. He's published a best-selling book on improv called How to Be The Greatest Improviser on Earth. He's also a working comedic actor and has appeared on many terrific television programs (Brooklyn 99) and on some big podcasts (Comedy Bang-Bang) as well as the 99 podcasts he's produced himself (including Screw It We're Just Gonna Talk about the Beatles) He's also the founder of the audaciously-named World's Greatest Improv School.

Upcoming classes for Will Hines:

  • LA: Noon Bitness, 18 people max, $250 USD
    Mon Mar 11 12pm-2pm (LA)
       Show: Tue Mar 26 7pm-8:30pm (Broadwater Theater)
  • LA: After-Noon Bitness, 18 people max, $200 USD
    Mon Mar 11 2:15pm-4:15pm (LA)
       Show: Tue Mar 26 7pm-8:30pm (Broadwater Theater)
  • Online: Get Specific: Without the Verbal Diarrhea, 9 people max, $45 USD
    Sat Mar 16 9am-11am (PDT)
  • LA: Level 2: Organic Core, 14 people max, $340 USD
    Sun Mar 31 12pm-2:30pm (LA)
    Sun Apr 7 12pm-2:30pm
    Sun Apr 14 12pm-2:30pm
    Sun Apr 21 12pm-2:30pm
    Sun Apr 28 12pm-2:30pm
    Sun May 5 12pm-2:30pm
    Sun May 12 12pm-2:30pm
    Sun May 19 12pm-2:30pm
       Show: Tue May 21 7pm-8:30pm (Broadwater Theater)
  • Online: Get Specific: Heighten Using One Topic, 9 people max, $45 USD
    Sat May 4 9am-11am (PDT)
  • Online: Only Shiny Objects, 9 people max, $45 USD
    Sat May 11 9am-11am (PDT)

Teacher Name
Nick Mandernach

Nick Mandernach has been improvising for 15 years at UCB. He performs with JV and the improvised emo band Every Place I Cry. He’s also written on TV shows like: Duncanville, People of Earth, Upload, I Feel Bad and Young Sheldon(!!)

Upcoming classes for Nick Mandernach:

Teacher Name
Mike McLendon

Actor, comedian, and writer of short bios, Mike McLendon has coached over a dozen house and Harold teams at UCB, iO, Second City, and The Westside Comedy Theater. He's also led improv workshops across the U.S. and internationally including stops in China, Japan, and Australia. You can catch Mike performing around Los Angeles in How I Met Your Sitcom and with the *ahem* legendary improv team Outside Dog.

Upcoming classes for Mike McLendon:

  • Online: Two Games, One Scene, 9 people max, $180 USD
    Sun Feb 25 1pm-3pm (PST)
    Sun Mar 3 1pm-3pm
    Sun Mar 10 1pm-3pm
    Sun Mar 17 1pm-3pm

Teacher Name
Billy Merritt

Billy Merritt has been teaching, performing, and directing Improvisational Theatre for over 30 years. Most notably at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre were he's been a member of the staff since it's inception in New York, as well as Los Angeles were he resides now. Billy was one the founding members of The Swarm and The Stepfathers in NY, and The Smokes in LA.

As Teacher/Director, Billy has helped develop [along with his students] shows such as The Documentary, The Improvised One Act Play, Roadtrip, and of course... The Garfunkel.

Upcoming classes for Billy Merritt:

  • Online: The Anthology Form, 9 people max, $200 USD
    Fri Mar 15 9am-11am (PDT)
    Fri Mar 22 9am-11am
    Fri Mar 29 9am-11am
    Fri Apr 5 9am-11am
       Show: Fri Apr 12 9am-10am
  • Online: 1000 Group Scenes, 10 people max, $35 USD
    Thu Mar 21 3pm-5pm (PDT)
  • Online: Only Murders: Four Forms, 9 people max, $200 USD
    Thu Apr 18 11am-1pm (PDT)
    Thu Apr 25 11am-1pm
    Thu May 2 11am-1pm
    Thu May 9 11am-1pm
       Show: Thu May 9 1pm-2pm
  • Online: 1000 Scenes, 10 people max, $35 USD
    Fri Apr 19 9am-11am (PDT)
  • Online: Opening Informs Form (including none), 9 people max, $90 USD
    Fri May 3 9am-11am (PDT)
    Fri May 10 9am-11am
  • Online: 1000 Group Scenes, 10 people max, $35 USD
    Fri May 17 9am-11am (PDT)

Teacher Name
Kevin Mullaney

Kevin Mullaney has been teaching improv for over 25 years at world-renowned theaters like Second City, The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York, and iO Theater in Chicago. He is the host of the Improv Resource Center Podcast and the former Artistic Director of the Chicago Improv Festival.

During his time teaching at The UCB Theatre, he served as the head of their education program (writing the first curriculum there), overseeing classes which served thousands of students each year. He also served as the Artistic Director at UCB.

He's directed and created many improv shows which became institutions including: Cagematch, 3x3 Tourney, Tracers, Slow Waltz Around Rage Mountain (first weekly show of improv legends The Swarm) and many may more.

Teacher Name
Shannon O'Neill

Shannon O'Neill is an actor/improviser/writer. She's a veteran of The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre where she performed for over 20 years, taught improv for over 15 years, and was Artistic Director from 2014-2018. She has been in TV and film and trouble.

Upcoming classes for Shannon O'Neill:

  • NYC: Personal Notes, 14 people max, $180 USD
    Tue Mar 5 7pm-9:30pm (NYC)
    Tue Mar 12 7pm-9:30pm
    Tue Mar 19 7pm-9:30pm
    Tue Mar 26 7pm-9:30pm
  • Online: Only Transaction Scenes , 9 people max, $45 USD
    Mon Mar 11 11am-1pm (PDT)
  • Online: Heighten Past Heaven or Blue , 9 people max, $90 USD
    Sun Mar 17 12pm-2pm (PDT)
    Sun Mar 24 12pm-2pm
  • NYC: Get Weird: Crashganics , 14 people max, $180 USD
    Mon Apr 1 7pm-9:30pm (NYC)
    Mon Apr 8 7pm-9:30pm
    Mon Apr 22 7pm-9:30pm
    Mon Apr 29 7pm-9:30pm
  • NYC: No Jerks Allowed, 14 people max, $90 USD
    Sun Apr 14 4pm-6:30pm (NYC)
    Sun Apr 21 4pm-6:30pm

Teacher Name
Jake Regal

Jake is an actor and improviser with 15 years experience performing at the UCB Theatre in Los Angeles. He's a member of the long-running team Cardinal Redbird. He has taught improv workshops at UCB and theatres around the country. Recent screen appearances include "The Offer," "Hollywood," and "The Sex Lives of College Girls." He was also a member of the nationally renowned ensemble Mission: IMPROVable and he WILL teach you short-form if you ask nicely.

Upcoming classes for Jake Regal:

  • LA: Level 1: Intro To Improv, 14 people max, $340 USD
    Sat Feb 24 12pm-2:30pm (LA)
    Sat Mar 2 12pm-2:30pm
    Sat Mar 9 12pm-2:30pm
    Sat Mar 16 12pm-2:30pm
    Sat Mar 23 12pm-2:30pm
    Sat Mar 30 12pm-2:30pm
    Sat Apr 6 12pm-2:30pm
    Sat Apr 13 12pm-2:30pm
       Show: Tue Apr 16 7pm-8pm (Broadwater Theater)

Teacher Name
Ryan Rosenberg

Ryan Rosenberg is a writer and performer from Los Angeles. He studied, performed, and taught at the UCB Theatre for years, and is part of the comedy group Big Grande, best known for their podcast The Teachers' Lounge. He also co-hosts @ManDogPod, can be seen in a few tv shows and commercials, and around the internet as @chosenberg.

Upcoming classes for Ryan Rosenberg:

  • LA: Intro to Sketch, 14 people max, $400 USD
    Thu Mar 14 3pm-6pm (LA)
    Thu Mar 21 3pm-6pm
    Thu Mar 28 3pm-6pm
    Thu Apr 4 3pm-6pm
    Thu Apr 11 3pm-6pm
    Thu Apr 18 3pm-6pm
    Thu Apr 25 3pm-6pm
    Thu May 2 3pm-6pm
       Show: Mon May 6 9pm-10:30pm (Clubhouse Downstairs)

Teacher Name
Funk Shuffle

Funk Shuffle is an improv group founded in Los Angeles in 2014. It's comprised of: Dennis Curlett, Danny Cymbal and Michael Gardner. They specialize in improv and sketch shows that push the form in innovative ways, using absurdity, audience interaction, meta scenes and sometimes straight-up stunts and gimmicks!

Upcoming classes for Funk Shuffle:

Teacher Name
Nate Smith

Nate Smith is an actor, writer and filmmaker in LA. Acting credits: Curb Your Enthusiasm, Mixed-Ish, There's Johnny, Red Oaks, The Mick, Odd Mom Out, Inside Amy Schumer, Silicon Valley, Happy Endings, 30 Rock, Angel From Hell, Adam Ruins Everything, David Cross’ Hits and Max Landis’ Me Him Her. He's been in some pilots nobody ever saw like Black Jack for Comedy Central, Max for HBO and Lusty Crest for Adult Swim. He had lead roles in the independent features, Ready or Knot and Hello Lonesome (winner of the LA Film Festival’s award for Best Ensemble Cast). Theater: Tail! Spin! (off broadway) and Nate has been a regular improv and sketch performer at the UCB Theater since 2005. He’s written and directed dozens of sketch and one-person shows for the UCB stage. Nate writes and directs ads, short films and sketch for UCBComedy, Funnyordie, NurtureDigital and SoulPancake. In addition to comedy, Nate has worked extensively in documentary films as an editor and producer. Nate co-hosts the podcast, What’s That From, a thoroughly unresearched history of comedy podcast as two comedy nerds remember it.

Teacher Name
Monika Smith

Monika Smith is an actor and writer from Canada who modeled internationally for years until realizing she liked smiling and eating. That's the only bit in her bio. Monika has been a longtime performer at the UCB Theatre, including stints on improv and sketch house teams, as well appearing in many other shows. She got her start performing with The Second City Touring Company in Toronto, and has been fortunate to perform improv for years at UCB Theatre LA & New York, The Second City L.A. & Chicago, Chicago Improv Festival, iO Chicago, iO West, Del Close Marathon, Annoyance, improv festivals across America and more. You can catch her performing in different theaters and indie nights across L.A. with a number of teams including her one woman improv show Smith. Some recent credits include: Blunt Talk, Wanna See A Dead Body?, Who Gets The Last Laugh?, Newsreaders, Newsroom, The Joe Schmo Show, Two And a Half Men, UCB's Inside The Master Class, Nick Swardson's Pretend Time, Disaster Date, Players, and in sketches on The Tonight Show, Conan, and Arsenio and over ten unseen network pilots.

Upcoming classes for Monika Smith:

  • LA: Advanced Game of the Scene, 14 people max, $240 USD
    Sat Mar 16 3pm-6pm (LA)
    Sat Mar 23 3pm-6pm
    Sat Mar 30 3pm-6pm
    Sat Apr 6 3pm-6pm
    Sat Apr 13 3pm-6pm
    Sat Apr 20 3pm-6pm
  • Online: Advanced Finding the Game, 9 people max, $290 USD
    Tue Apr 16 11am-1pm (PDT)
    Tue Apr 23 11am-1pm
    Tue Apr 30 11am-1pm
    Tue May 7 11am-1pm
    Tue May 14 11am-1pm
    Tue May 21 11am-1pm
       Show: Tue May 28 11am-12pm

Teacher Name
Joel Spence

Joel has been performing long form improv and sketch comedy at UCBTLA since 2005. He's a member of the house teams Sentimental Lady and Toledo Rep. He studied improv under Matt Besser, Ian Roberts, Matt Walsh, Seth Morris and many others. Joel grew up in San Antonio, TX and went to S.M.U. in Dallas where he received a B.F.A. in Acting. In 1995 he joined Theatre de la Jeune Lune and for the next five years performed in over 20 productions. From 2000-01, Joel studied at l'Ecole Philippe Gaulier in London, England. He's appeared on such TV shows as: Key & Peele, Newsreaders, Modern Family, How I Met Your Mother, Big Love, Reno 911, My Name Is Earl, Burn Notice, Big Little Lies and others!

Upcoming classes for Joel Spence:

  • LA: Night Bitness, 18 people max, $180 USD
    Wed Mar 6 6pm-8pm (LA)
       Show: Tue Apr 2 7pm-8pm (Broadwater Theater)
  • LA: Pretty Flower, 14 people max, $240 USD
    Tue Mar 12 7pm-9:30pm (LA)
    Tue Mar 19 7pm-9:30pm
    Tue Mar 26 7pm-9:30pm
    Tue Apr 2 7pm-9:30pm
    Tue Apr 9 7pm-9:30pm
    Tue Apr 16 7pm-9:30pm

Teacher Name
Raaaatscraps

Sebastian Conelli, Alex Dickson, Shannon O'Neill and Achilles Stamatelaky are featured player in the hit weekly improv show Raaaatscraps. Performed live in NYC and streamed all over the world, this show is a favorite of improv students everywhere. In this course, get taught by each of these four on some important improv fundamentals and how they factor into making Raaaatscraps the great show that it is.

Upcoming classes for Raaaatscraps:

  • Online: Learn from Raaaats(craps), 9 people max, $200 USD
    Tue Apr 16 5pm-7pm (PDT)
    Wed Apr 17 5pm-7pm
    Tue Apr 23 5pm-7pm
    Wed Apr 24 5pm-7pm

Teacher Name
Jim Woods

Jim Woods has an incredible improv resume. He's studied and performed extensively at: UCB, Boom Chicago, iO Chicago and North Carolina ComedySportz. He's one of the co-founders of the Free Association in London and the Improv Boot Camp in Los Angeles. He's appeared on numerous TV shows and commercial campaigns and recently was a staff writer on the Tracy Morgan show The Last O.G.

Upcoming classes for Jim Woods:

  • LA: Noon Bitness, 18 people max, $250 USD
    Mon Mar 11 12pm-2pm (LA)
       Show: Tue Mar 26 7pm-8:30pm (Broadwater Theater)
  • LA: After-Noon Bitness, 18 people max, $200 USD
    Mon Mar 11 2:15pm-4:15pm (LA)
       Show: Tue Mar 26 7pm-8:30pm (Broadwater Theater)
  • LA: Level 3: Premise Core, 14 people max, $340 USD
    Sat Mar 16 12pm-3pm (LA)
    Sat Mar 23 12pm-3pm
    Sat Mar 30 12pm-3pm
    Sat Apr 6 12pm-3pm
    Sat Apr 13 12pm-3pm
    Sat Apr 20 12pm-3pm
    Sat Apr 27 12pm-3pm
    Sat May 4 12pm-3pm
       Show: Tue May 7 7pm-8:30pm (Broadwater Theater)
  • LA: Empathy Bitness, 14 people max, $130 USD
    Sun Mar 17 12pm-3pm (LA)
    Sun Mar 24 12pm-3pm
    Sun Mar 31 12pm-3pm
    Sun Apr 7 12pm-3pm
       Show: Tue Apr 9 7pm-8:30pm (Broadwater Theater)

Teacher Name
Jen deHaan

Jen is an improviser in Canada who started out studying improv at schools including WGIS, Queen City Comedy, Second City, and more. She has run classes and jams with WGIS and Queen City Comedy. In the before-times, Jen enjoyed teaching dance fitness and performing in semi-rural vaudeville/burlesque themed shows both of which took place on stages made of wood. She has an online improv website called FlatImprov.com and likes making videos and podcast episodes five people listen to. Jen is still working on perfecting her Canadian accent.

Upcoming classes for Jen deHaan:

  • Online: Weegis LABS: Improvised Morning Show, 8 people max, $220 USD
    Wed Feb 28 11am-1pm (PST)
    Wed Mar 6 11am-1pm
    Wed Mar 13 11am-1pm
    Wed Mar 20 11am-1pm
    Wed Mar 27 11am-1pm
    Wed Apr 3 11am-1pm
       Show: Wed Apr 10 11am-12pm
       Show: Wed Apr 17 11am-12pm
       Show: Wed Apr 24 11am-12pm
       Show: Wed May 1 11am-12pm
  • Online: Only Characters: Do YOU, but heightened, 10 people max, $35 USD
    Sat Apr 13 10am-12pm (PDT)