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Paul Dome

Paul Dome started performing with ImprovBoston in 2001 with Micestro and then joined the Mainstage cast in 2002. A Cubs fan in Red Sox nation, Paul originally hails from the suburbs of Chicago. Over the past 7 years, Paul has studied under various improv gurus at theaters from across the country, including Second City, ImprovOlympic, Upright Citizens Brigade, ImprovAsylum and ImprovBoston. Additionally, he has performed throughout New England and the US as well as internationally in Toronto and Puerto Rico. Past performances at ImprovBoston include Secret Society, Writer's Block, Radio Hour, George & Martha, The ImprovBoston Holiday Spectacular, Bert, and Phys Ed with Coach Crotchky - a character-based improv show where he played Coach Crotchky. He has written for several ImprovBoston original productions and dabbled in voice over and video work. Recently, Paul became an ImprovBoston instructor and is excited about sharing his passion for the craft with others. As a final thought, Paul contends the Chicago-style hot dog is about the most perfect food.

Will Luera

Will Luera joined ImprovBoston in 1997 as a member of the ImprovBoston Mainstage. Within two years he joined the TheatreSports cast and also became the director of Sitcom. In 1999, he left ImprovBoston to start his own improvisational theater company called Blue Screen, where he continued to direct Sitcom but also developed and directed Secret Society and Dropkick Bandito. In 2000, he rejoined ImprovBoston as Artistic Director, directing the Mainstage cast as well as premiere productions of Sitcom, Secret Society, Blue Screen, and Quest. He has appeared at the Chicago Improv Festival, New York Improv Festival, Greater Boston Improv Festival, and Toyota Comedy Festival and has studied improvisation with ImprovOlympic, The Second City, The Annoyance Theater, The Upright Citizens Brigade, and Keith Johnstone. In addition to his work at ImprovBoston, Will has taught improvisation classes for the Young Presidents Organization (YPO), the National Fire Prevention Association, Northeastern University, Boston College and numerous regional, college, and high school improv troupes. Will continues to direct the ImprovBoston Mainstage, but has also worked with Improv Asylum, The Tribe Theater, The Alarm Clock Theater, and Another Country Productions.

 

Jackie Arko

Jackie Arko

A Medina, Ohio native full of Midwestern charm, Jackie has been performing theater since her wonderful, pain-free middle school years. After graduating from Boston College with a degree in Theatre Arts, she enrolled in ImprovBoston University in 2007 and has been performing at IB ever since. She is a proud cast member of the IB Harold team Maxitor, a founding member of sketch comedy troupe The Dowry, and can also be seen on stage with her comedy other half in “Hannah & Jackie Under the Stars.” Jackie has also performed with The Gun Show, Wife Swap, Forgetful Grandpa’s Fairy Tales, and Martin French Presents. Jackie co-produces and co-hosts The Thursday Night Kerfuffle, a variety show featuring improv, sketch, and stand up comedy, and also co-hosts ImprovBoston's Rock Band Night. 

Jackie is really excited to be here, guys. Let’s do this.

 

David Marino

 

 

 

 

David has been with ImprovBoston since 1997. He played with ImprovBoston's Mainstage for 8 years, teaches regularly with ImprovBoston University, and directed Micetro as well as the non-competitive elimination shows Comedy in the Round and UnNatural Selection. He conceived and directed various showcase and special shows, including Archipelago, Pirate Lives, Groaners and Boners and Agent Spy, which was showcased at the 2004 Chicago Improv Festival. David has also performed in Red Herrings, Radio Hour, The ImprovBoston Holiday Spectacular, TheatreSports, Musical the Musical, and the three-year run of the fully improvised fantasy-based serial, Quest. He was in the original cast of the Rough n Tumble Theater Company's production of The Silent Movie Play. He performed in Blazing Appalachia with Theater One, Hello Dolly with the Corinth Theater Guild, and A Midsummer Night's Dream with the Cardboard Alley players. He has also worked on various projects with The Improv Asylum and The Tribe. David has studied improvisation with many of the improv masters such as Mick Napier, Susan Messing, Joe Bill, and Keith Johnstone. David is currently the Manager of the Visitor Experience at Boston Childrens Museum. Using basic theater and improvisation techniques, he has created a unique, industry-renowned visitor interaction philosophy which is used as a customer service template for children's museums around the world.

 

Shannon Connolly

Shannon Connolly

Shannon Connolly started her improv career at UMASS Amherst with Mission:IMPROVable known to the college party animals as Diesel. Her three years spent there she was able to train in Chicago with Joe Bill, Liz Allen, Mark Sutton, Susan Messing, and TJ Jagodowski at Improv Olympic and the Annoyance Theater. Upon return to her roots in Boston she performed with The Rumble at the Tribe Theater, and is currently a member of the BHP players. In early summer of 2006 Shannon found herself cast at ImprovBoston in TheatreSports. Since joining she has found that salt can cure anything.

 

 

 

 

 

Don Schuerman

Don Schuerman has been performing with ImprovBoston since 1997, after four years with My Mother's Fleabag (Boston College). He is a member of ImprovBoston's Mainstage and appeared in the original casts of Sitcom, Musical! the Musical, Election! and Secret Society. He was director of ImprovBoston's ongoing production of TheatreSports from 1999 to 2004 and directed ImprovBoston's 2001 showcase show productions of The ImprovBoston Holiday Spectacular and Red Herrings, which was selected as a feature performance at the 2002 Chicago Improv Festival. He has appeared at the Comedy Connection, the Comedy Studio, the Chicago Improv Festival, the Toyota Comedy Festival and Montreal's Just for Laughs Comedy Festival. Don has studied improvisation with ImprovOlympic, The Second City, The Annoyance Theater, The Upright Citizens Brigade and Keith Johnstone. He can be seen on Canadian television in the Comedy Network's World Improv Championships, where he was twice named Most Valuable Player. Don is the Director of Programming for ImprovBoston.

Bryce Read has been involved at ImprovBoston in one capacity or another since 2007. Currently, Bryce performs in ImprovBoston’s Mainstage, directs ImprovBoston’s Family Show, and can be seen in his two-man show, The Bigfoot Monologues. Bryce holds a B.A. in Theatre Performance from Salem State College (now “University,” psssh), where he performed in a myriad of theatrical productions and co-founded, directed, wrote for, and performed in “America’s favorite improv and sketch comedy troupe,” Grandma’s 3rd Leg! Bryce has since completed the improvisation training center at Improv Asylum, where he later performed in the NXT cast. Other credits include Too Darn Hot at the Tribe Theater; as well as TiVo Nation, French Kiss Me Kate, Gorefests 5,6 and 8, and Blowing the Hatch: Lost Scenes from TV’s LOST, at ImprovBoston. 

Elyse Schuerman

Elyse Schuerman has been performing with ImprovBoston's Mainstage since the spring of 1999. In addition to Mainstage, Elyse has been a part of such showcase shows as Boston Creem, Writer's Block, Commedia dell'High School, and BackStory, and has performed and written for the Holiday Spectacular and GoreFest shows. She performed in the Del Close Longform festival and The Scene, both in New York and at the Chicago Improv Festival. Elyse graduated with a BA in Theatre and Education from Flagler College in Florida. Directing credits include ImprovBoston's Micetro, UnNatural Selection, Radio Hour, and Misunderstood. She has also directed scripted theatre in Boston and in Florida. Elyse has taught adults at ImprovBoston and ImprovNashville and young students throughout Massachusetts. Elyse has studied improvisation with Mick Napier, Susan Messing, Joe Bill, and Keith Johnstone.

 

David Totty

David Totty joined ImprovBoston's TheatreSports cast as a full-time member in 2004. He has studied and performed improv, stand up, and sketch comedy in and around Boston since 1999. As the Artistic Director of The Mystery Café, David has written, produced, directed, and acted in many Boston area dinner shows. He is an instructor in ImprovBoston's training program and helped design the improv course at The Boston Center for Adult Education. He is a licensed general contractor and puts his background in mechanical systems and industrial controls to work as ImprovBoston's Technical Director.

 

Erik Volkert

Erik Volkert has both directed and performed in the UMass Amherst chapter of Mission: IMPROVable, and has appeared in two independent films. He has been a member of the cast at ImprovBoston since 2001, and during that time has been in the Blue Screen, Writer's Block, Seasons 1 through 3 of Quest, CyberQuest, Action Comix, Pirate Lives, Holiday Spectacular, and Commedia dell'High School showcase shows, as well as Space Mission 5000 with The Tribe. Erik is currently a member of the cast of TheatreSports.

 

Robert Woo

Robert Woo's improv comedy experience includes training at ImprovBoston and workshops with various improv gurus including Armando Diaz, Asaf Ronen, Susan Messing, and Joe Bill. He has performed in showcase shows with IB and also as a cast member of the Family Show, which was formed from a group he co-founded called Wrong Kind of Funny. He has also performed with Tribe Boston in various capacities including Sister/Brother, The Rumble, The Woo Crew, the two-person show Botched, The Mainstage Tribe Players, the Dream Show, and as producer/assistant director of Sea Mission. Currently, he performs as a member of IB's TheatreSports . He is the director of a Boston-based short form improv group Flaming Awesome, and teaches improv at the Boston Center for Adult Education as well as ImprovBoston. He is also busy writing, filming, and acting in video sketches with his production company Hard Left Productions (www.youtube.com/hardleftprod).

 

Jaime Church

Jaime Church (Director) Past credits include several operas and musicals, but her heart is in the improv. She started in New Jersey where she took workshops with Victor Vernardo and Susan Messing and performed with a troupe called Mixed Signals. Although it was hard to leave the rockin NJ improv scene, she came to Boston three years ago to expand her horizons and has since gone through the IB University program and performed with groups Wrong Kind of Funny, Day Job, and Sosnys. When not on stage, Jaime is improvising getting her Masters in Education and is a private voice and piano teacher. She is very excited to be a part of the Family Show.

 

Bobby Smithney

Bobby Smithney is a comedian and puppeteer in the Boston area. He is also 6'6", so if you require a giant for anything, he is your man. Bobby has been on the comedy scene in Boston since 2000, performing at stand up and improv comedy clubs up and down the east coast. He has been a regular performer with ImprovBoston in Cambridge since 2002. He is currently a member of the Mainstage cast and performs on Saturday nights at 8:00 and 10:00. In addition, he is the director of the Friday Night Face Off on Friday nights at 10:00. He has taught improv classes at ImprovBoston for the last four years. Bobby's comedic style is to tug at your heart strings while you die laughing. His fierce honesty and quick wit onstage have gained him a following of students and theater goers in the Boston area.

 

Jeremiah Jordan Jeremiah is the owner of Clyde Media Productions, a video production and editing company. While living in Los Angeles, he worked on tv shows and films, including ‘The O.C.’, ‘Without A Trace’, ‘High School Musical’, and others. He is the producer and editor of the feature film ‘Joshua’, which is available on Netflix and in Blockbuster. Jeremiah has been performing improv for 16 years with ImprovBoston, IO West, ComedySportz and more – having trained with Del Close and many other great teachers along the way. He is currently on Plan B and has directed and performed with Rondo, Between Jobs, and This Improvised Life. He is IB’s Assistant Artistic Director of Talent Development and Head of the Harold Department. Jeremiah moved to the Boston area about 3 years ago with his wife, Jennie, and their dog, Clyde. Jeremiah hates writing bios.

 

 

Brian Perry Brian has been performing improv for over 10 years which unfortunately makes him relatively old. His involvement with ImprovBoston began in 2007 as a cast member with Neutrino Video Projects: Boston and also with Rondo, ImprovBoston's first house Harold cast. Since its inception Brian has continued his involvement with the Harold Program at ImprovBoston as the director of Marjean, an instructor of Harold classes, and most recently as a cast member of Maxitor. Brian has also been involved in a long list of projects in the New England area as a writer, director, and performer including Unexpected Company, Uniprov, Dos Personas, BrotherlyProv, The Wasteland Comedy Hour, and Between Jobs. Brian also once spent 16 hours in a Home Depot. In the future he hopes to come up with a quirky fact for his bio that is just as memorable, but stirs up far fewer painful memories.

 

 

Jeff Perry

Jeff Perry is the producer of Harold Night as well as a cast member of Plan B and the director of On Deck. He has been performing at Improv Boston since 2007. Jeff is also an alumnus of Neutrino Boston, the former Harold Night team Marjean and Rhode Island's Unexpected Company. He created and directed 'Channel Surfing,' and also co-created and performed in 'Greenwich & Studebaker Present: The Future Of Comedy,' and 'Brotherly Prov.'  Jeff has studied at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in New York City and at Improv Boston and is currently an instructor at IB. He has been lucky enough to perform in festivals in Austin, Boston, Carrboro, Gainesville, Miami, New York City, Philadelphia, Providence and Toronto, among others. For more info, check out jeffperryishere.com.

 

 

Patrick French

 Patrick French has been performing as an actor and improviser throughout the Boston area since 2002. He currently performs with the ImprovBoston Mainstage, and has appeared in numerous showcase shows at IB such as Crime Solving Bear, Crime Solving Bear 2, Oceans Two, The A-Team: An Improvised Parody and Gorefests 3, 4, 5 and 7. In 2008 he co-wrote, directed,and performed in Laugh Track!, a showcase show that took a comedic, behind-the scenes look at the world of sitcoms. Patrick has also enjoyed performing stints with the Improv Asylum's NXT cast and The Tribe. His awards include ImprovBoston's 2005 "Rookie of the Year," and Best Actor at Boston's 2010 48 Hour Film Festival for his role in ALBATROSS Productions'"For A Few Flowers More." He has been known to get occasional commercial work - you may have seen him and heard his voiceover in numerous Papa Gino's pizza commercials, where he masterfully played the role of a hapless suburban dork whose grill has caught on fire. He also once threw a snowball at a moving police car to impress a girl - proving he'll do anything to make you love him.

 

Kevin Harrington Kevin Harrington joined Improv Boston in May 2001 as a member of the Micetro/Unnatural Selection cast, and currently performs with TheatreSports and Bostonnews.net. Kevin started improv at Boston College as a performer and writer for the murdery mystery comedy troupe The Committee for Creative Enactments. In addition to his current work at IB, Kevin has played in many showcases: Radio Hour, Play Book, Luv Boat, Pirate Lives, Real Puppets Real Problems, In The Garage, Dream Show, IB Sketch, and Henchmen. In 2004, he performed with Dirty MuthaF#%&ing Puppets at the Bass Red Triangle Comedy Festival, (where they won “Audience Favorite” Award) and was a finalist for Pax TV's Boston round of World Cup Comedy. Kevin is also an instructor at Improv Boston, teaching in the Somerville school district. Outside of Improv Boston you can find Kevin writing and performing standup throughout the area, or at his day job— performing a one-man educational theatre piece about the life of Ben Franklin in schools througout New England. Seriously, that is his day job... well one of many.

 

 

Sasha Goldberg Sasha Goldberg joined IB in 2001, performing with the Micetro cast. Since she has been a member of many casts including Micetro, Theatersports, Unnatural Selection, The ImprovBoston Mainstage, Neutrino, and Rondo, a harold team. Sasha is currently performing with Maxitor and The Immortals and also teaching in the workshop series and the harold program.

 

 

Hannah Foell Hannah Foell has performed with various ImprovBoston casts since 2007. She is a founding member of Martin French Presents and sketch troupe The Dowry, and recently performed in Showcase Shows Henchmen, Ocean's 2 and Crime Solving Bear 2. Currently you can see her on stage in IB's Mainstage Cast, with Harold team, Marjean and her two person show, Jackie & Hannah: Under The Stars. With her ridiculous amount of spare sittin-around time she produces and hosts ImprovBoston's legendary Rock Band Night every third Thursday. Hannah manages indie video store Hollywood Express and would like you to remind you that local video stores not only continue to exist, but continue to be awesome.

 

Dave Sawyer

 

 

Christine Cuddy

Christine Cuddy

Christine Cuddy performed with TheaterSports at ImprovBoston from 2004-2006. Since then she has trained and performed in Chicago at the Second City and Annoyance theaters. In addition to performing with the Mainstage cast she teaches improv at ImprovBoston, writes and performs in OBV!- a two woman show with Megan Goltermann, has appeared in regional commercials and and can currently be heard on the ImprovBoston podcast with Will Luera and Harry Gordon. Other ImprovBoston credits include Cabin Pressure, The A-Team The Real Housewives of the Magick Kingdom and The Lodge, a 3-person show that plays to her biggest strength- being a townie. Cuddy prefers to be called by her last name and can often be seen dancing in the ImprovBoston lobby yelling "I love this song!"

 

Steve Gilbane

Steve Gilbane

Stephen Gilbane is the artistic director and founding member of Musical Improv Company, an improvisational troupe that specializes in developing and performing full-length improvised musicals, as well as developing scripted musicals based on improvisation. He has been accompanying improvisational troupes since 1991, when he joined ImprovBoston as music director and helped them develop their signature improvised musical structure. Steve has co-written a number of short musicals, including The History Of Nails!, Romance101!, Hollywood Insider, and GoreFest I (Lunch At Your Desk), II (Slaughterhouse On The Prairie) & III (The Gruesome Tale Of Penny Dreadful), ImprovBoston's annual scripted Halloween musical. He has workshopped his full-length musical Showstopper! A High-Tech Musical with NOMTI, the Boston-based musical theater workshop, of which he has been a member for 5 years. He currently plays keyboard for Sukey Tawdry, a neo-Cabaret ensemble, and has studied jazz piano with Charlie Banacos and film scoring at Berklee School of Music.

 

 

Deana Tolliver

Deana Tolliver is the Director of Education at ImprovBoston.  She is a current member of the ImprovBoston Mainstage and Touring Company.  She is also a memeber of the musical improv troupe Hidden Falls. Deana joined ImprovBoston in 2005 as a member of the ImprovBoston Family Show.  In addition Deana has also performed in various other IB shows including Up With Family, Save the Date, What the Dickens, French Kiss Me Kate, Gorefest, Lube the Musical (which she also co-wrote), T:An MBTA Musical and many more. Deana has been featured on Slate.com and her tweets were once read on CNN.  How's that for writing?! Deana attended Emerson College where studied Radio and Comedy Writing.  While there she was a member of the critically acclaimed sketch comedy troupe The Swollen Monkey Showcase.  She was a founding member of the sketch comedy troupe Sissies and has written and performed in several live radio comedies.  Deana has taught improv techniques to students all over New England ranging in age from 3 to adult.  She has developed targeted workshops for children with special needs, adolescents struggling with self-esteem, and elementary school teachers looking for ways to draw out the best in every student.  A graduate of the ImprovBoston University Workshop Program, Deana has also studied with Mike Bent, Susan Messing, DAve Razowsky, Zach Ward and Joe Bill, among others. Deana Tolliver is thrilled to be teaching at the ImprovBoston Comedy School.

 

Rachel Klein

Rachel Klein is the Head of the IB Improv Program and player-coach of Harold team Maxitor. Rachel joined ImprovBoston after moving from Chicago in 2008. In Chicago, she trained at the Second City Conservatory and trained and performed with the Harold team Chopper at the iO Theatre. In addition to performing, coaching and teaching improv, Rachel's writing can be seen on the websites The Smew and McSweeney's Internet Tendency, as well as on her improv blog The House That Del Built. Rachel also has two daughters who are already funnier than she is.

 

 

Mike McDonald

Mike McDonald

Mike has performed at Improv Boston since 2007 when he joined as a member of Harold Night’s inaugural team, Rondo (which has since been disbanded). Soon after he joined the Strong Swimmers, another Harold Night team, which was also liquidated soon after his arrival. Mike currently performs on Plan B and really, really hopes that the third time is a charm so he can shake his cast nickname, ‘El Beso de la Muerte’ (or Kiss of Death). Though a native Long Islander, Mike began improvising at the University of Delaware. While at Delaware he co-founded DISCO, the Delaware Improv and Sketch Comedy O’Festival. Since then he has trained at UCB:NY, Second City, and has shown up on MTV-U once or twice. Mike is also the founder and host of the Castlebar Cagematch, an improv and standup comedy showcase in Brighton where two improv teams face-off for a share of the event’s profits and glory.

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sketch Writing Instructors


Brian Adams

 

 

Laura Clark

Laura is the former Director of ImprovBoston's Comedy Writing Program, as well as co-founder and director of sketch team The Dowry (www.dowrycomedy.com). She has written sketches for The Ruckus, The Gun Show, The Latchkey Kids, and Continuum, and runs a monthly writers' workshop at the theatre. Laura is a dog-walker by day, and loves her job, except for Cairn Terriers. They know why.

 

 

David Mogolov

David is a monologist, sketch comedian, and standup comic. His first one man show, 2002's "One Night at T.F. Green" was selected to appear at Chicago's SINGLE FILE festival. Since then he has written and performed two other solo shows, "I Got in a Fight" and "There Is No Good News," the latter of which was featured at the 2011 FRIGID Festival in New York City. He co-wrote and performed "Diptych" with Sara Faith Alterman in the fall of 2008, and was a founding member and head writer of IB's sketch troupe, "The Ruckus." He was formerly the Head Writer at ImprovBoston. No good came of it.

 

Dave Sawyer

Dave Sawyer has been a sketch writer and performer for over nine years. He joined ImprovBoston in 2005 and is currently a member of the Mainstage cast as well as Harold Night's Mr. Diplomat. His two-man sketch comedy show, Sawyer & Hurley, has been performed in New York and in Boston where it became a winning act in the Tribe's World's Best Variety Showdown in 2005. He was a writer and performer with the Boston sketch troupe, The Uncommonwealth. He was also a writer for Comedy Bronze, the sketch troupe of the Tribe Theater. Other past sketch credits include The Tijuana Bible Beaters in Boston, and The Troubled Shores Comedy Lab on Martha's Vineyard. He is the producer and co-writer of the showcase, Laugh Track, which was performed at ImprovBoston in January and Feburary 2008. He is currently appearing in Off Book, a sketch comedy showcase at ImprovBoston in March and April 2008. He is a graduate of The Second City conservatory where he studied improv, sketch comedy writing and performance.

 

Deana Tolliver

Deana Tolliver is the Director of Education at ImprovBoston.  She is a current member of the ImprovBoston Mainstage and Touring Company.  She is also a memeber of the musical improv troupe Hidden Falls. Deana joined ImprovBoston in 2005 as a member of the ImprovBoston Family Show.  In addition Deana has also performed in various other IB shows including Up With Family, Save the Date, What the Dickens, French Kiss Me Kate, Gorefest, Lube the Musical (which she also co-wrote), T:An MBTA Musical and many more. Deana has been featured on Slate.com and her tweets were once read on CNN.  How's that for writing?! Deana attended Emerson College where studied Radio and Comedy Writing.  While there she was a member of the critically acclaimed sketch comedy troupe The Swollen Monkey Showcase.  She was a founding member of the sketch comedy troupe Sissies and has written and performed in several live radio comedies.  Deana has taught improv techniques to students all over New England ranging in age from 3 to adult.  She has developed targeted workshops for children with special needs, adolescents struggling with self-esteem, and elementary school teachers looking for ways to draw out the best in every student.  A graduate of the ImprovBoston University Workshop Program, Deana has also studied with Mike Bent, Susan Messing, DAve Razowsky, Zach Ward and Joe Bill, among others. Deana Tolliver is thrilled to be teaching at the ImprovBoston Comedy School.

 


Stand-Up Instructors


Dana Bein

Dana Jay Bein is a comedian originally from West Springfield, Massachusetts. There, in 1997, he began doing stand-up comedy and developed a cult following who dubbed him the Bastard Son of Comedy. He has performed stand-up comedy at venues throughout New England and is the director of the stand-up comedy curriculum at ImprovBoston. You can take a stand-up class under his guidance at ImprovBoston or across the Charles where he is also an instructor at the Boston Center for Adult Education. ImprovBoston has known Dana since 2001 where he began performing in the Micetro/UnNatural Selection cast on Thursday nights. He has been a cast member in ImprovBoston Showcase shows such as Quest, Action Comix, Felt, In the Garage, GoreFest IV, Dana and Steve Do It, Law and Puppet and Fort Awesome (which was selected to perform in comedy festivals in Toronto and DC). You can find Dana in all of his graces at ImprovBoston on Friday nights at 10PM in the TheatreSports cast or in this fall's Gorefest V - Blood on the Bayou. Check out his website - www.danajaybein.com.

Maria Ciampa

Maria Ciampa has been writing, performing, and directing comedy since 2002, after being told by her Harvard Acting professor that she should be on Saturday Night Live.  As co-director and creator of the ImprovBoston Women in Comedy Festival, she performed with Jackie Kashian (Last Comic Standing) and Maria Bamford (Comedians of Comedy, HBO).  Twice nominated Best Stand up Comedian by The Boston Phoenix, Maria is an alumna of Improv Asylum's Mainstage, where she wrote sketch comedy and performed improv and sketch 5 nights a week, did corporate shows and training, and taught improvisational comedy at the Training Center.  A 2007 Comic in Residence at the Comedy Studio in Harvard Square, Maria was also a featured comedian at the 2009 North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival and the Boston Comedy Festival in 2005, 2007, and 2009.  She has performed her original material in nationally touring storytelling shows like Stripped Stories and Mortified. 

Maria regularly appears in TV and web commercials in comedic roles with clients including Bertucci’s, Maine Lottery, iParty, and Nuance Voice Control, and she does regular print and industrial/corporate work, with clients including SunLife, Northeastern University, Red Bull, Millipore, Weiss Asset Management, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Combined Jewish Philanthropies, and more.  Maria was female lead in the iTV Festival featured sitcom pilot Our Living Blue Planet, and has won awards 4 years in a row for her comedic roles in the Boston 48 Hour Film Festival.  Maria plays the female lead in the upcoming indie film "Lost in Boston". She writes, directs and performs in a comedic web series called Interviews With My Husband with husband and local Boston music producer and DJ Justin Carr.

In addition to a busy stand up comedy performance schedule at clubs, fundraisers, and colleges, Maria writes for The Comedians Magazine.  She wrote, directed and performed her comedic solo show, Family Shmamily, to audiences in Boston and New York. 

Maria teaches Stand Up Comedy: Level 2 and the Ongoing Stand up Workshop at ImprovBoston, directs New Tricks, the only over -50 improvisational comedy troupe in New England, and teaches improv to teens as part of Boston Casting's Media Performance Institute.  For video clips of her live comedy, video sketches, and more of Maria’s writing, visit:

http://www.mariaciampa.com 
http://interviewswithmyhusband.blogspot.com

Maria lives just east of Boston, in a place called East Boston.  She and her extremely good looking husband live in her Grandma’s house, rest her pope-loving, fudge-making soul, and they have the best landlady ever: Maria's Mom.