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.
Karen Twelves (Special Guest Teacher)
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.
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.