Heather Clague (Teaches 101, 201, Real Life)
Christine Mytko (Teaches 101, 201, Youth, Family)
Arastoo Darakhshan (Teaches 201, Musical Improviser)
Chris Obermiller (Teaches 101, Real Life)
Adrian Bosada (Teaches 101, Real Life)
Gerri Lawlor (Special Guest Teacher)
A 15 year veteran company member and teacher at BATS (Bay Area Theater Sports), Gerri Lawlor has most recently 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 is a founding member of The Lazy profits and Norfleet, Lawlor and Gray and her hilarity abounds across the web.
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.
Alex Lerman (Teaches 101, 201, Real Life)
Alex Lerman is the founder of Berkeley Improv. From humble beginnings in 2008 as the sole instructor of a weekly class, he nurtured Berkeley Improv into one of the top SF Bay Area schools of improv. Since starting Berkeley Improv, Alex has introduced improv to thousands of students. He created “Improv for Real Life” to help students get the most from improv, on and off stage. Alex has trained and mentored improv teachers at Berkeley Improv. He was hired by the University of California to teach workshops to students and staff. Alex has performed with Bay Area Theatresports (BATS) Sunday Players, BATS Young Audiences, East Bay Improv, The Reactors, and SF Improv. Alex founded the improv ensemble Berkeley Players, performing, hosting and directing improv performances. In 2010 he founded ImprovPower.com to offer organizations the benefits of applied improv, combined with his 15 years of successful entrepreneurship. Alex now travels abroad to grow improv literacy and community worldwide.