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!
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 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.
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
Video: Ian Brownell, Megan Golterman, Sasha Goldberg
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, Amy Rubin, Lori Strauss
Special Thanks: Tom Spataro and Mike Descoteaux of ImprovBoston; Rick Jenkins, The Comedy Studio, David Goldstein of Comedy Sportz