Thank you to our advisors, who are indispensable to WICF's success.
Rachel Dratch was a cast member of Saturday Night Live for 7 years. Second City Mainstage in Chicago for 4 revues: Pinata Full of Bees, Citizen Gates, Paradigm Lost, and Promisekeepers, Losers Weepers. For the latter two she received the Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Actress in a Revue. Other live comedy includes Improvolympic in Chicago, Dratch and Fey at Second City, Upright Citizens Brigade Theater and Aspen Comedy Festival, Assscat 3000 at UCB Theater, and Celebrity Autobiography at the Triad in NY.
Most recently she performed in Minsky’s at the Ahmanson Theater in LA and the title role in Sylvia at The George Street Playhouse. TV: King of Queens, Monk, Frasier, 30 Rock, Ugly Betty, Wizards of Waverly Place, Delocated, Sherri and a dancey-dance on Yo Gabba Gabba. Film: I Hate Valentine’s Day, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, Down with Love, Click, My Life in Ruins, Spring Breakdown, and Grown Ups.
IN MEMORIAM – MARK FISCHER
All of us at WICF are deeply saddened by the loss of our beloved advisor, Mark Fischer, in February 2015. Mark supported a great number of creators, from scientists to musicians, and took clients both big and small under his wing and nurtured their talent and helped them succeed through his legal expertise and personal support. Mark A. Fischer was a partner at Duane Morris LLP, based in Boston and New York City. His law practice was focused on solving problems and making deals for innovative companies, institutions and individuals. Mr. Fischer’s clients were typically in the creative industries such as new media, social networking, music, interactive entertainment, information technology, software, television, publishing and toys. He had particular experience in U.S. and international copyright, entertainment, licensing, celebrity representation, copyright litigation, arbitration, open source, privacy and trademarks. He had a growing client base in the biotechnology and medical industries.
You can read his professional biography here. His blog is at blogs.duanemorris.com/duanemorrisnewmedialawblog/. Among his favorite comedians are John Cleese and all of Monty Python, Lucille Ball, Curly Howard, Steve Martin, Mary Tyler Moore, Woody Allen, and Stephen Colbert.
Savvy and seasoned Boston Paralegal, Michelle K. Atkins, has provided support to some of the most prestigious law firms in Boston. Currently, she hangs her hat at Duane Morris LLP, an international firm, where she focuses on people-oriented sectors, such as Entertainment and Family Law.
Fun fact: she's also a licensed esthetician and make-up artist; so if you’re concerned with the overall appearance of your skin, you can contact her. She’s a longtime fan and supporter of comedy and comedians, including her son (who occasionally does stand-up). She may be contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wendy Liebman started her career as a performer in the basement of her house at 110 Crescent Lane, Roslyn, Long Island, New York, where she and her sister and her neighborhood friend put on the play Rumpelstilskin. Wendy went to Wellesley College, majored in psychology, and then went right into therapy. Wendy has been performing stand-up comedy for about 20 years.
She has appeared on HBO, Showtime, and Comedy Central in her own stand-up specials, and has been featured on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Pulp Comics, The Tonight Show, and the Larry Sanders Show. In 2003 she married Jeffrey C. Sherman, and became a step mom to two amazing boys.
Jane Morris was a performer, writer and director for ChicagoSecond City and a co founder of the Chicago Second City ETC. She was a teacher and director at the original Second City Training Center in Chicago as well as the Second City Training Center in Los Angeles and has been teaching improvisation for twenty five years.
Jane and her husband, Jeff Michalski, founded the Upfront Comedy theater in Santa Monica and currently own and operate the fanaticSalon in Culver City. She currently teaches a solo performance workshop there and produces the All Girl Revue, winners of the Boston Women's Comedy Festival.
She has directed the solo shows of Ramsey Brown ("Killing It!" and "OohLala") and Jimmy Doyle (“Must Be Nice” and Ex-Pat Paddy” for the Comedy Central stage) and is currently directing Clara York ("Apocalypse, Not Now!") for the Hollywood Fringe Festival. She also performs her own solo show "All These Things are True, But Some of Them Didn't Happen" with legendary jazz pianist, Fred Kaz.
Jane has recently appeared on "Parks and Recreation", "Happy Endings" and the upcoming "Hello Vodka, It's Me, Chealsea". For the complete list of Jane’s television and movie credits, please visit her IMDB page.
Amy is an Emmy award-winning writer for The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Before that, she was a staff writer for the website Funny Or Die. She has written for shows on MTV and Nickelodeon, and wrote an original sitcom pilot for the Oxygen network. She co-created the play Spooky Dog & The Teen-Age Gang Mysteries, which was published by Samuel French, Inc. and is currently being produced in regional theatres across the country.
Amy has written and performed in two solo shows and is the recipient of New York’s Emerging Comics Award for Best Solo Show. She has appeared on "Late Night With Conan O'Brien," "Last Call With Carson Daly," "Lewis Black's Root of All Evil" and Fuel TV's "The Daily Habit." She has performed at The San Francisco Sketch Fest and Las Vegas Comedy Festival. She is a regular performer at The Upright Citizen Brigade Theatre, where she also teaches improv and sketch comedy.
Will Luera is the Artistic Director Emeritus of ImprovBoston (winner of multiple "Best of Boston" Awards) and former Director of the INNY-nominated ImprovBoston Mainstage cast. He also serves as the Producing Artistic Director of Atomica Arts, Artistic Director of the Pilsen Improv Festival, Artistic Adviser to the Women in Comedy Festival, Artistic Associate of the Chicago Improv Festival and part-time faculty for the theater department at Boston College. In 2012, Will received the life-time title of Artistic Director Emeritus of ImprovBoston after serving 12 years as the Artistic Director. Will is a globally renowned improv and theater actor, director and instructor that performs and teaches regularly all across North America, South America, Europe and Asia.