Heather Clague (Teaches 101, 201, Real Life)
Christine Mytko (Teaches 101, 201, Youth, Family)
Arastoo Darakhshan (Teaches 201, 301, Musical Improviser)
Adrian Bosada (Teaches 101, Real Life)
Cory Elkins (Teaches 101)
Karen Twelves (Teaches Improv for Real Life and Improv for Gamers)
Karen Twelves has performed improv for over 10 years and taught since 2012. She is one of the founding members of the all-women troupe Chick Flick and a main stage cast member at All Out Comedy Theater. She can be found teaching Improv for Gamers at conventions from coast to coast, and also teaching and performing in and around the Bay Area. For more information, check out improvforgamers.com or improvforeverybody.com.
Gwen Hornig (Teaches Improv for Youth)
Gwen Hornig is an Oakland, CA native who recently returned to the Bay Area after studying theatre, empathy, and education at the NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study. Gwen’s theatrical career began in middle school through drama classes and after-school clubs, and her passion for the art form carried her through high school and college. At NYU, she performed in several productions of classic plays (good ol’ Shakespeare and those Ancient Greeks), a couple of musicals, and a handful of original pieces and student works. For three years, she was a lead producer of the Gallatin Theatre Troupe, a student run theatre group that hosted regular workshops in improvisation, playwriting, auditioning, and stage combat, in addition to producing several main stage productions each year. Gwen is currently teaching in the 6th-8th grade drama classes at Black Pine Circle school, where she is constantly reminded of the power of joy, spontaneity, and community both in and outside the middle school classroom.
Alex Lerman (International Teacher)
Alex founded Berkeley Improv in 2008, with the vision that students enjoy greater mastery with a gentler learning curve. He now travels abroad to grow improv literacy and community worldwide. Alex has introduced improv to thousands of students. He had the honor of training and mentoring Berkeley Improv instructors. He founded and directed The Berkeley Players performance ensemble. Alex created the unique class “Improv for Real Life” to help students get the most from improv, on and off stage. In 2010 he founded ImprovPower.com to offer organizations the benefits of applied improv. He has led workshops at many Bay Area companies and organizations, including UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco.
Chris Obermiller (Teaches 101, Real Life) [Currently on sabbatical]
Rashaad Leggett (Special Guest Teacher)
An alum of Berkeley Improv and a performing member of The Berkeley Players and Black Box Improv Fusion, Rashaad’s extensive creative and directing experience makes him a natural for teaching improv. In addition to teaching Improv 101, Rashaad teaches improv to middle schoolers at Black Pine Circle School. Rashaad has led Gospel music groups since the age of 12, written and directed 4 church plays and performed in numerous productions with the Lorraine Hansberry Theater in San Francisco. His love of music led him to the Berklee College of Music and to Wiley college on full scholarship. Rashaad is also currently working as a singer-songwriter and musician. Berkeley Improv is delighted to have him for the next few months until he heads off to continue his career in Texas.
Gerri Lawlor (Special Guest Teacher)
(1969-2019). Gerri was a 15 year veteran company member and teacher at BATS (Bay Area Theater Sports), Gerri Lawlor worked with Margaret Cho in the Be Robin Campaign for the displaced. Among her voice-over roles, she was one of the principle voices of The Sims. She was a founding member of The Lazy profits and Norfleet, Lawlor and Gray. Berkeley Improv was fortunate to feature Gerri as a special guest teacher several times. She was a radiant teacher and performer who devoted herself to celebrating that magic inside each of us, and to helping those in need. Berkeley Improv is grateful for her guiding light, which shines on all those she touched.