Heather Clague (Teaches 101, 201, Real Life)
Christine Mytko (Teaches 101, 201, Youth, Family)
Arastoo Darakhshan (Teaches 201, 301, Musical Improviser)
Kat Dudley (Teaches 101, Improv for Real Life)
Karen Twelves (Teaches Improv for Real Life and Improv for Gamers)
Griffen Davis Bier (Teaches 101 and Class Coordinator)
Rashaad Leggett (Teaches Youth, Improv 101)
Rashaad’s extensive creative and directing experience makes him a natural for teaching improv. In addition to teaching improv for adults and middle school students, Rashaad teaches voice and piano lessons. He has led Gospel music groups since the age of 12, written and directed multiple church plays, and has performed in numerous stageplays and musicals. His love of music led him to attend the Berklee College of Music and to Wiley College on a full scholarship. Rashaad currently writes and performs with FCC, an all-Black sketch comedy group.
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)
Amanda Elkins (Teaches 101)
Cory Elkins (Teaches 101)
Adrian Bosada (Teaches Offsite Workshops)
Adrian Vazquez (Teaches Offsite Workshops)
Chris Obermiller (Teaches 101, Real Life) [Currently on sabbatical]
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.