Kate Armstrong   Kate has done stuff. Lots of stuff! If you see her, remind her she needs to update her bio.    CLASSES: LONG FORM LEVELS 1 & 2

Kate Armstrong

Kate has done stuff. Lots of stuff! If you see her, remind her she needs to update her bio.

CLASSES: LONG FORM LEVELS 1 & 2

 
joanne brokaw   Improvisor, actor, and award-winning writer Joanne Brokaw lives in Rochester, NY, where she’s a member of the Focus Theater house improv team The Urge, part of the comedy trio Easily Amused, and one half of the improv duo A Happy Accident. When she’s not writing, performing, or staring at the computer screen listening to the deadline clock tick, Joanne leads improv workshops to help people push past fear, embrace creativity, and learn to play again. Her latest book, “Suddenly Stardust: a memoir, of sorts, about fear, freedom, and improv”, releases July 31, 2019, from Wordcrafts Press. You can learn more at  joannebrokaw.com  or follow her on Facebook @joannebrokawwriter.    CLASSES: Intro To Improv Sampler and Improv For Teens      WORKSHOPS: “Fear Is A Four Letter Word”

joanne brokaw

Improvisor, actor, and award-winning writer Joanne Brokaw lives in Rochester, NY, where she’s a member of the Focus Theater house improv team The Urge, part of the comedy trio Easily Amused, and one half of the improv duo A Happy Accident. When she’s not writing, performing, or staring at the computer screen listening to the deadline clock tick, Joanne leads improv workshops to help people push past fear, embrace creativity, and learn to play again. Her latest book, “Suddenly Stardust: a memoir, of sorts, about fear, freedom, and improv”, releases July 31, 2019, from Wordcrafts Press. You can learn more at joannebrokaw.com or follow her on Facebook @joannebrokawwriter.

CLASSES: Intro To Improv Sampler and Improv For Teens

WORKSHOPS: “Fear Is A Four Letter Word”

 
Ty gagnon   Ty has done improv since 2012, when the world was supposed to end, which should tell you something. He’s learned from both iO and UCB trained instructors and passed that knowledge along through coaching and workshops.    COACH: Dead Rover      WORKSHOPS: “Kill All Humans” and “Get Out of Your Head, Get In To Your Body”

Ty gagnon

Ty has done improv since 2012, when the world was supposed to end, which should tell you something. He’s learned from both iO and UCB trained instructors and passed that knowledge along through coaching and workshops.

COACH: Dead Rover

WORKSHOPS: “Kill All Humans” and “Get Out of Your Head, Get In To Your Body”

Keith Gomez   Keith has been improvising for 14 years. He’s been a part of numerous teams in the Rochester scene including Random Acts, Monstrosssity, and Two Fat Ladies. He has coached for the Long Form Harold League and is currently directing the hit troupe “Left For Dead.”    CLASSES: Short Form      COACH: Left For Dead

Keith Gomez

Keith has been improvising for 14 years. He’s been a part of numerous teams in the Rochester scene including Random Acts, Monstrosssity, and Two Fat Ladies. He has coached for the Long Form Harold League and is currently directing the hit troupe “Left For Dead.”

CLASSES: Short Form

COACH: Left For Dead

 
Megan Mack   Megan Mack is an improviser, sketch comedy writer, and television and radio producer with WXXI. . She is a graduate of the Conservatory and Writing programs at The Second City Training Centre in Toronto, and has studied with Jimmy Carrane, Armando Diaz, Susan Messing, and T.J. Jagodowski and David Pasquesi. Megan performs with the sketch comedy troupe Thank You Kiss and Canary in a Coalmine. She also has performed with the long form improv team Two Fat Ladies. She has coached Left for Dead, an improv team of performers ages 50+, since 2011. Her videos and sketch comedy can be seen on YouTube.    CLASSES: COMEDY SKETCH WRITING

Megan Mack

Megan Mack is an improviser, sketch comedy writer, and television and radio producer with WXXI. . She is a graduate of the Conservatory and Writing programs at The Second City Training Centre in Toronto, and has studied with Jimmy Carrane, Armando Diaz, Susan Messing, and T.J. Jagodowski and David Pasquesi. Megan performs with the sketch comedy troupe Thank You Kiss and Canary in a Coalmine. She also has performed with the long form improv team Two Fat Ladies. She has coached Left for Dead, an improv team of performers ages 50+, since 2011. Her videos and sketch comedy can be seen on YouTube.

CLASSES: COMEDY SKETCH WRITING

 
Brian Mossa   Brian can be seen performing at The Focus Theater every second and fourth Saturday with his team Dead Rover, of which he is a founding member. He has studied improv at The Second City Training Center in Chicago and iO Chicago (formerly the Improv Olympic). He has performed at iO, The Playground Theater and various barprov gigs around Chicago. With his team, Under Oath, he headlined The Thursday Show at Frankie J’s Methadome Theater. He holds a BFA in Theater from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He lives in Greece, NY with his wife, two sons, dog, and two cats.    CLASSES: Long Form Levels 1 and 3      WORKSHOPS: “Basics of the Harold" and “Finding the Scenic Game”

Brian Mossa

Brian can be seen performing at The Focus Theater every second and fourth Saturday with his team Dead Rover, of which he is a founding member. He has studied improv at The Second City Training Center in Chicago and iO Chicago (formerly the Improv Olympic). He has performed at iO, The Playground Theater and various barprov gigs around Chicago. With his team, Under Oath, he headlined The Thursday Show at Frankie J’s Methadome Theater. He holds a BFA in Theater from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He lives in Greece, NY with his wife, two sons, dog, and two cats.

CLASSES: Long Form Levels 1 and 3

WORKSHOPS: “Basics of the Harold" and “Finding the Scenic Game”

 
John Forrest Thompson   Originally from Chicago, John is an improvisor, actor, director, teacher, and writer who trained at the Second City and iO Chicago Theaters. At the latter, he was a member of the long running house team  Airbourne ! and also performed regularly with the hit show  Dirty Water  by Wicked Good Productions. John has performed and taught improvisation at theaters and festivals all over the country including Boston’s Improv Asylum, the Del Close Marathon in New York City, the Toronto Improv Festival, and the Seattle Festival of Improv Theater. Locally, he is the co-founder and artistic director of the Focus Theater, Rochester’s only dedicated improv theater and training center, as well as the creator of the long-running  Improv Plate  at Johnny’s Irish Pub. John is also a member of the hit sketch comedy group  Thank You Kiss,  which has been praised as smart and “frequently laugh-out-loud funny with some even funnier ‘hell yes’ social commentary” (Democrat and Chronicle) .  He has most recently performed as Lieutenant Schrank in RAPA’s  West Side Story , William Gillette in Blackfriars Theatre’s  The Game’s Afoot,  and Deke Slider in Blackfriars Theater’s original comedy  The Flight Before Christmas.  John has a B.S. in Elementary Special Education from SUNY Geneseo and is currently a Title 1 and arts integration teacher at Rochester’s Renaissance Academy Charter School of the Arts.    CLASSES: Long Form Levels 1, 2, and 3      COACH: The Urge      WORKSHOPS: “Improv For Educators,” “Intro To Improv",”The Deconstruction,”Applied Improvisation For The Corporate World”

John Forrest Thompson

Originally from Chicago, John is an improvisor, actor, director, teacher, and writer who trained at the Second City and iO Chicago Theaters. At the latter, he was a member of the long running house team Airbourne! and also performed regularly with the hit show Dirty Water by Wicked Good Productions. John has performed and taught improvisation at theaters and festivals all over the country including Boston’s Improv Asylum, the Del Close Marathon in New York City, the Toronto Improv Festival, and the Seattle Festival of Improv Theater. Locally, he is the co-founder and artistic director of the Focus Theater, Rochester’s only dedicated improv theater and training center, as well as the creator of the long-running Improv Plate at Johnny’s Irish Pub. John is also a member of the hit sketch comedy group Thank You Kiss, which has been praised as smart and “frequently laugh-out-loud funny with some even funnier ‘hell yes’ social commentary” (Democrat and Chronicle). He has most recently performed as Lieutenant Schrank in RAPA’s West Side Story, William Gillette in Blackfriars Theatre’s The Game’s Afoot, and Deke Slider in Blackfriars Theater’s original comedy The Flight Before Christmas. John has a B.S. in Elementary Special Education from SUNY Geneseo and is currently a Title 1 and arts integration teacher at Rochester’s Renaissance Academy Charter School of the Arts.

CLASSES: Long Form Levels 1, 2, and 3

COACH: The Urge

WORKSHOPS: “Improv For Educators,” “Intro To Improv",”The Deconstruction,”Applied Improvisation For The Corporate World”