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)
Amanda Elkins (Teaches 101)
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.
Adrian Vazquez (Teaches Improv for Real Life)
Alex Lerman (International Teacher)
Griffen Davis Bier (Class Coordinator)
Griffen has been an active member of Berkeley Improv since 2018 where he has performed in numerous shows and has made many endearing friends. He got his start in 2013 studying and performing improv at the University of Redlands, where he became the director of the University Humor Outreach Program. Griffen has studied under ComedySportz LA and the Upright Citizens Brigade, and currently performs with Synergy Theater. Off stage, Griffen is a novelist, artist, and board game designer. His creative writing background inspires him to use improv as a method to weave compelling, and hilarious stories that resonate with audiences on an emotional level. Griffen believes improv is not only a medium to become whomever you want to be, but an outlet to express who you truly are in an inclusive, supportive environment.
Chris Obermiller (Teaches 101, Real Life) [Currently on sabbatical]
Rashaad Leggett (Special Guest Teacher) [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.