I studied at the Second City Conservatory and, upon graduation, became a proud member of the Second City National Touring Company. Soon after, I began a decades long television career based mainly in Los Angeles. I began teaching and coaching while living in L.A. over 25 years ago (you heard me). So, yeah, I have been professionally teaching & coaching improv longer than most of my fellow coaches have existed on this earth. I enjoyed series regular roles, live on-air hosting gigs, as well as meaty recurring and guest star spots. (perhaps most notably: I was Donna Chang, the Chinese Woman, on Seinfeld.)
Born and raised in Iowa, I left for New Orleans on my 18th birthday to study at Tulane. Since then, I've lived in several different cities and countries and even think I can speak passable French if I get drunk enough.
I believe all improvisation (short & long) is essentially about good scene work.
Currently, I can be seen performing with ComedySportz NY at The Broadway Comedy Club. Catch my storytelling and hear my self-penned character monologues with such companies as Naked Angels Theater Company, FAB Women at The Barrow Group and The Ensemble Studio Theater.
> Rufus Khan - Player’s Theater, NYC, 2016 - present
> Run With It - Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA 2012
> Wingin’ It - Carlisle High School, Carlisle, PA, 2009-2013 - Advisor
> Improv(e) - Newport High School, Newport, PA, 2009-2010
> Townies - Dickinson College, 2005-2007
RELEVANT TEACHING EXPERIENCE:
> Artistic New Directions Theater, NYC, 2010- present: Workshop offerings in long
form for the experienced improviser.
> Fairleigh Dickinson University, Teaneck, NJ, 2016-present: Visiting improvisation
instructor, Department of Fine Arts.
> ComedySportz, NYC, 2015- present: Instruction in short form improv.
> Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Teaching Artist, 2005-2012: Conceived & led
over 12 improvisation & sketch residencies throughout the state; recipient of
prestigious Teaching Artist Partnership grant.
> Camp Koala, teen bereavement camp, Carlisle, PA, 2008-12: Therapeutic improv
classes and one-on-one mentoring for grieving teenagers.
ACTING STUDIO OWNER/OPERATOR:
> Improv(e) Studio, Carlisle, PA , 2011-2013: Long form improvisation & sketch
> The Studio at OSU, Columbus, OH, 1999-2001: Classes in On Camera Technique,
Improv for Commercials, Marketing for the Actor & Private Coaching.
> Second City, Toronto, Conservatory
> Tulane University, Honors B.A. in History
> University of London, UK, JYA
> York University, 1 year of 2 year MFA
POINTS OF PRIDE:
> Member, Second City National Touring Co. Toronto, Canada
> Solo thru-hiker of the Appalachian Trail: 2,225 miles in 6 months
> Volunteer for American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
> Played Donna Chang, the Chinese Woman, on Seinfeld