Heather Clague (Teaches 101, 201, Real Life)
Christine Mytko (Teaches 101, 201, Youth, Family)
Arastoo Darakhshan (Teaches 201, Musical Improviser)
Chris Obermiller (Teaches Improv for 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.”
Adrian Bosada (Special Guest Teacher)
A native of Mexico and former Spanish teacher for K-6 kids, Adrian has been doing improv for over 6 years, studying long-form and short-form improv in Los Angeles and San Francisco. He is a long time member of YUM! a Leela theatre company ‘Performance Improv Ensemble’, as well a member of the cast of Blackbox Improv Fusion. Adrian uses his background in animation and character design to bring characters to life on stage through archetypes, and movement. He believes that on stage, the most beautiful truths about the human condition are revealed through the actors’ ability to take risks, and to allow themselves to be surprised by their own choices.”
Alex Lerman (Currently on sabbatical. Teaches 101, 201, Real Life)
Alex Lerman founded BerkeleyImprov.com in 2008. He began his improv journey at East Bay Improv and Bay Area Theatresports (BATS). He has performed with BATS Sunday Players, BATS Young Audiences, East Bay Improv, The Reactors, and SF Improv. He has introduced improv to over one thousand students. With his alumni, he founded the improv ensemble Berkeley Players, hosting and directing improv performances. In 2010 he founded ImprovPower.com to offer outside organizations and corporations the benefits of improv, combined with his 15 years of successful entrepreneurship. He created “Improv for Real Life” to help students get the most from improv, on and off stage.