Coaches

Silvia Menendez

Hi! My name is Silvia and I'd love to coach you! I perform on UCB's Lloyd Night with Bounce House. I've taken classes at UCB with Johnna Scrabis, Lou Gonzalez, Anthony Appruzzese, Molly Thomas, and Caroline Martin. Former indie teams include Just A Phase and Heavy Cream. I love working on emotion...
Schedule updated 6 months ago

Curran Connor

Hi all, I'm Curran. I love improv, and I would love to coach your team or practice group. I'm currently performing with the UCBT Harold team Captain (ahoy), and I'm a former member of the Lloyd team The Outlaw. Past/Present Indie teams include Gym Crush, Pony Danza, and I Love Juicy. I've been...
Schedule updated 6 months ago

David Bluvband

My name is David Bluvband and I want to coach your improv group or direct your video or web series. I've been studying improv and sketch at UCB since 2006. I have performed on Harold Night with the teams dybbuk, Dance Break, GoodGirl, The Enemy, 32K, and Brightlight. I currently perform at UCB...
Schedule updated 7 months ago

Steven Polletta

Hello! I am a member of the UCBT Harold team Varsity and former house teams Party City and Horse Girl. I am a co-producer and cast member of the monthly LGBTQIA+ improv show Here & Queer. I also perform at the theater with Moof. I've also been in the following advanced study performance class...
Schedule updated 7 months ago

Leslie Diana

Hey! I'm Leslie and I'd love to coach your indie team or practice group! I'm currently on my second round of Lloyd (The Outlaw, Hometown Tigers), and have been studying improv at UCB for 4 years. Teachers include: Shannon O'Neill, Ben Rameaka, Patrick Noth, Zack Willis, Gavin Speiller, Carrie ...
Schedule updated 7 months ago

Dani Grace

Hi, I'm Dani (or Danielle if you are related to me!) and I would love to coach your practice group or indie team! I'm a member on the UCBT Harold Team Promises and I host Indie Cage Match with my indie team, Brief Dragon. I also perform with Improvised Gilmore Girls and PoHa (The Post Harold Move...
Schedule updated 7 months ago

Ariel Gitlin

Hi hello hi my name is Ariel! I would love to coach you in characters or direct your sketch show. When coaching characters, I love taking what's special and funny about your character and making sure it's super clear so we can go crazy from there.
Schedule updated 7 months ago

Amanda Poryes

My first job, ever, was "teaching" improv to children in a theatre summer camp. By "teaching" I mean telling kids to play pretend... better? Since then, I've studied longform at the Groundlings and UCBNY. Improv: Brandon Scott Jones, Jordan Klepper, Nate Dern, Nicole Drespel, Michael Del...
Schedule updated 7 months ago

Lynae DePriest

My performance life started in theatre, which I still also study and perform today. I received my B.A. in Theatre and Performance Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. That's also where I started doing a lot of sketch and improv. I started studying at UCB in 2014 and have taken ...
Schedule updated 7 months ago

Louie Pearlman

Hi! Veteran improv instructor and performer with 16 years of experience in the New York comedy scene. I have experience with students of all ages and with coaching many different types of improv, including non-musical, musical and hip-hop improv. I also do a lot of improv instruction in the corpo...
Schedule updated 7 months ago