Staff

WICF 2013 Staff

Michelle Barbera
Co-Producer Michelle has performed, written, and produced comedy in Boston for over a decade. She was a member of ImprovBoston's mainstage for over four years and co-directed the Tribe Theatre. Michelle has directed numerous improv troupes, sketch shows, and has taught improv master classes and workshops. She founded and co-produces the award-winning WMAM films, which has screened films nationally at the Independent Television Festival, Boston Film Festival, Filmapalooza, and her personal favorite, the Zompire Film Festival. Michelle is also an illustrator and graphic designer and created the WICF comedy robot!

 

Maria Ciampa
Co-Producer Twice nominated Best Stand up Comedian by Boston Phoenix, Maria has been Comic in Residence at the Comedy Studio and a finalist in the Plymouth Rock Comedy Festival. Maria is an alumna of Improv Asylum's Mainstage, where she wrote sketch and performed improv and sketch, did corporate shows and training and taught comedy. As co-director and creator of the ImprovBoston Women in Comedy Festival, Maria has performed with some of her favorite comedians, like Maria Bamford, a coincidental name twin.

 

Elyse Schuerman
Co-Producer Elyse has been a performer, director, instructor, and managing director. She has performed in a number of ImprovBoston shows: Bluescreen, Comedia d'ell High School, Boston Creem, ImprovBoston Holiday Spectacular, George and Martha, Writer's Block, BackStory, and Gorefest I-V. She also directed Micetro, UnNatural Selection, Trail Mix, and created/directed Radio Hour and Misunderstood: An Improvised Rock Opera. She performed in the Del Close Longform festival and The Scene, both in New York and at the Chicago Improv Festival. Elyse has studied under Master instructors such as Joe Bill, Susan Messing, Mick Napier, Todd Stashwick, and Keith Johnstone. Elyse has taught adults at ImprovBoston and ImprovNashville and young students throughout Massachusetts. Elyse graduated with a BA in Theatre and Education from Flagler College in Florida.

 

Hillary Buckholtz
Co-Producer and Head of Public Relations Hillary Buckholtz is a publicist, comedian, and blogger based in Washington, DC. Hillary has placed her unique stamp on several comedy festivals nationwide and internationally. She's performed at The Castlebraid Comedy Festival in Brooklyn, and directed PR for The Bentzen Ball: A Comedy Festival Curated by Tig Notaro, The DC Comedy Festival, The New York Arab American Comedy Festival, The Black Comedy Experiment Festival, The Hysterical Festival: A Celebration of Women in Comedy, and The Amman Stand-Up Comedy Festival in Jordan. Her 80's and early 90's nostalgia blog, I'm Remembering! was called "hilarious" by AOL's Lemondrop.com and has been featured on College Humor, EW.com, and The Huffington Post. She is with Planned Television Arts, a division of the New York based PR firm Ruder Finn.

 

Dave Sawyer
Associate Producer and Head of Web Development Dave Sawyer is a Boston-area actor, comedian, teacher, and professional web smarty-pants. He has performed at comedy festivals around the U.S. including the San Francisco Improv Festival, The Chicago Improv Festival, Out of Bounds Festival (Austin), The Spontaneous Combustion Festival (Atlanta), and the Providence Improv Festival. Dave's international festival appearances include the Tokyo Impro Festival and the ImproSport Festival in Puerto Rico where he performed in spanish alongside competing acts from Mexico, South America, and Spain. His two-man sketch show - Sawyer & Hurley - has been featured at the North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival and the Boston Improv Festival. Today, you can catch him on Saturday nights at ImprovBoston where he is a member of the Mainstage cast. He also teaches improv and comedy writing at ImprovBoston and makes improvised movies with Neutrino. Dave is a longtime freelance web developer, a Tennessee Squire, an associate member of the Society of American Magicians, and a graduate of the Second City Conservatory. Twitter: http://twitter.com/ddsawyer Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/screamingfarce

 

Lynn Wilcott
Show Manager Lynn Wilcott brings over a decade of experince in theatre and film. Lynn has worked extensively with theatre and film companies across New England.

 

Video: Ian Brownell, Nancy Lynne Albertson, Sasha Goldberg, Calvin Swaim

Marketing: Michelle Barbera
Workshop Managers: Joan Larason, Kristin Seltman
Panels Manager: Sheila Moschen
Blog Contributors: Kate Ghiloni, Rachel Klein, Maggie Maye, Sheila Moeschen, Meghan O'Keefe, Rachel Rosenthal, Alison Royer, Marianne Schaberg, Jen Stansfield, Dara Sussman, Rachel van der Steur, Pam Victor
Operations: Michelle Barbera, Maria Ciampa, Elyse Schuerman, Lindsay Gonzales, Michelle McNulty, Judith Nathans, Jenna O'Brien, Amy Rubin, Lori Strauss, Jess Sutich, Jenny Weiner

 

Special Thanks: Shaun Butler, Web Programmer; Friar Sue Constantine; Tim McIntire, Mottley's Comedy Club; Ned Hinkle, Brattle Theatre; Rick Jenkins, The Comedy Studio

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