Teachers

Teacher Name
Ronnie Adrian

Originally from South Carolina, Ronnie is now a performer based out of Los Angeles. He performs in cities all around the country and you can often catch him with his various groups most notably The Dragons and The Big Team. He does other things besides comedy but this is a comedy bio so he’ll keep it to himself.

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Julie Brister

Julie Brister is a performer, director and teacher living in Los Angeles. She's a longtime performer and teacher from the UCB Theater, since it's early days in NYC and has performed in many shows including her solo-show Fatparts, which she also performed at SF Sketchfest and at Out of Bounds in Austin. Other shows include Showgirls! The Best Movie Ever Made! Ever!, Laid Up, and Put it in You! The Sex-Ed Musical. She's performed with dozens of improv groups over the years and currently improvises with her fellow teachers in Assembly. Julie plays Marva Jefferson on Goliath on Amazon and Daisy the attorney on Review on Comedy Central. Other TV credits include Superstore (NBC), Adam Ruins Everything (TruTV), Transparent (Amazon), Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX), Playing House (USA), Parks and Recreation (NBC), The New Normal (NBC), Comedy Bang Bang (IFC), Newsreaders (Adult Swim), Onion News Network (IFC), New Girl (FOX), Good Luck Charlie (Disney), Rules of Engagement (CBS), and Conan (TBS). She has an alarming collection of owls and clowns.

Upcoming classes for Julie Brister:

  • Level 5: What's Your Deal, 16 people max, $240 USD
    Sat Feb 25 3pm-5:30pm (PST)
    Sat Mar 4 3pm-5:30pm
    Sat Mar 11 3pm-5:30pm
    Sat Mar 18 3pm-5:30pm
    Sat Mar 25 3pm-5:30pm
    Sat Apr 1 3pm-5:30pm
  • Level 5: What's Your Deal, 9 people max, $240 USD
    Mon Feb 27 10am-12pm (PST)
    Mon Mar 6 10am-12pm
    Mon Mar 13 10am-12pm
    Mon Mar 20 10am-12pm
    Mon Mar 27 10am-12pm
    Mon Apr 3 10am-12pm

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Sarah Claspell

Sarah is an actor/comedian/writer living in Los Angeles. She has been featured on tv shows such as Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and written for Drunk History, Gizmodo, Ask.com and many live shows at the UCB Theatre. She performs regularly with improv team Cardinal Redbird, the sell-out variety show Asian AF, and various shows doing improv, sketch, and characters. She has performed at the San Francisco Sketchfest, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and SoHo Rep Theater in New York. Additionally, she has trained with members of the Royal Shakespeare Company in London. Sarah co-hosts the podcast Everything is Rent, a podcast with popular comedians or musical theater types talking about the Broadway musical Rent, of course.

Upcoming classes for Sarah Claspell:

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Michelle Gilliam

Michelle Gilliam is a voice actor and improviser. She has been involved in the improv comedy scene for over 20 years. Michelle has had the pleasure of performing all over the country and being immersed in the Milwaukee, Chicago, and Boston improv scenes, which gives her a unique and well-rounded perspective. Michelle currently coaches, teaches, and performs in Milwaukee, WI. Michelle is also the owner of Improv MKE LLC, and is passionate about connecting the global improv community through online and in-person classes, workshops, skill-based drop ins, and jams. A few fun facts about Michelle: She sang at Carnegie Hall when she was 15 years old, and her grandfather, Clarence W. Gilliam, invented the chemical formula for glow sticks, or chemiluminescence.

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Will Hines

Will has been teaching long-form improv since 2004 at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, at both its New York and Los Angeles branches. He's published a best-selling book on improv called How to Be The Greatest Improviser on Earth. He's also a working comedic actor and has appeared on many terrific television programs (Brooklyn 99, Search Party, Broad City, Inside Amy Schumer). He's a frequent guest on some big podcasts, including Comedy Bang-Bang, Improv4Humans, Hollywood Handbook as well as the 99 podcasts he's produced himself (currently Screw It We're Just Gonna Talk about the Beatles, Screw it We're Just Gonna Talk About Comics) Pretty cool! He's also the founder of this web site.

Upcoming classes for Will Hines:

  • Level 3: Second Beats, 9 people max, $240 USD
    Tue Feb 21 11am-1pm (PST)
    Tue Feb 28 11am-1pm
    Tue Mar 7 11am-1pm
    Tue Mar 14 11am-1pm
    Tue Mar 21 11am-1pm
    Tue Mar 28 11am-1pm
  • Level 4: Harold , 9 people max, $240 USD
    Thu Feb 23 5pm-7pm (PST)
    Thu Mar 2 5pm-7pm
    Thu Mar 9 5pm-7pm
    Thu Mar 16 5pm-7pm
    Thu Mar 23 5pm-7pm
    Thu Mar 30 5pm-7pm
  • Level 3: Second Beats, 16 people max, $280 USD
    Sun Feb 26 12pm-2:30pm (PST)
    Sun Mar 5 12pm-2:30pm
    Sun Mar 12 12pm-2:30pm
       Show: Tue Mar 14 7:30pm-8:30pm (Broadwater Theater)
    Sun Mar 19 12pm-2:30pm
    Sun Mar 26 12pm-2:30pm
    Sun Apr 2 12pm-2:30pm
       Show: Tue Apr 11 7:30pm-8:30pm (Broadwater Theater)
  • Level 2: Game of the Scene, 16 people max, $280 USD
    Sun Feb 26 3pm-5:30pm (PST)
    Sun Mar 5 3pm-5:30pm
    Sun Mar 12 3pm-5:30pm
       Show: Tue Mar 14 7:30pm-8:30pm (Broadwater Theater)
    Sun Mar 19 3pm-5:30pm
    Sun Mar 26 3pm-5:30pm
    Sun Apr 2 3pm-5:30pm
       Show: Tue Apr 11 7:30pm-8:30pm (Broadwater Theater)

Teacher Name
Nick Mandernach

Nick Mandernach has been improvising for 15 years at UCB. He performs with JV and the improvised emo band Every Place I Cry. He’s also written on TV shows like: Duncanville, People of Earth, Upload, I Feel Bad and Young Sheldon(!!)

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Billy Merritt

Billy Merritt has been teaching, performing, and directing Improvisational Theatre for over 30 years. Most notably at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre were he's been a member of the staff since it's inception in New York, as well as Los Angeles were he resides now. Billy was one the founding members of The Swarm and The Stepfathers in NY, and The Smokes in LA.

As Teacher/Director, Billy has helped develop [along with his students] shows such as The Documentary, The Improvised One Act Play, Roadtrip, and of course... The Garfunkel.

Upcoming classes for Billy Merritt:

  • 1000 Scenes, 8 people max, $30 USD
    Mon Feb 6 12pm-2pm (PST)

Teacher Name
Shannon O'Neill

Shannon O'Neill is an actor/improviser/writer. She's a veteran of The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre where she performed for over 20 years, taught improv for over 15 years, and was Artistic Director from 2014-2018. She has been in TV and film and trouble.

Upcoming classes for Shannon O'Neill:

  • Level 5: Support and Heightening, 8 people max, $160 USD
    Tue Mar 7 9am-11am (PST)
    Tue Mar 14 9am-11am
    Tue Mar 21 9am-11am
    Tue Mar 28 9am-11am
  • Crash Course, 9 people max, $240 USD
    Thu Mar 9 2pm-4pm (PST)
    Thu Mar 16 2pm-4pm
    Thu Mar 23 2pm-4pm
    Thu Mar 30 2pm-4pm
    Thu Apr 6 2pm-4pm
    Thu Apr 13 2pm-4pm

Teacher Name
Jake Regal

Jake is an actor and improviser with 15 years experience performing at the UCB Theatre in Los Angeles. He's a member of the long-running team Cardinal Redbird. He has taught improv workshops at UCB and theatres around the country. Recent screen appearances include "The Offer," "Hollywood," and "The Sex Lives of College Girls." He was also a member of the nationally renowned ensemble Mission: IMPROVable and he WILL teach you short-form if you ask nicely.

Upcoming classes for Jake Regal:

  • Level 5: Fast And Slow Improv, 8 people max, $240 USD
    Wed Feb 22 5pm-7pm (PST)
    Wed Mar 1 5pm-7pm
    Wed Mar 8 5pm-7pm
    Wed Mar 15 5pm-7pm
    Wed Mar 22 5pm-7pm
    Wed Mar 29 5pm-7pm

Teacher Name
Nate Smith

Nate Smith is an actor, writer and filmmaker in LA. Acting credits: Curb Your Enthusiasm, Mixed-Ish, There's Johnny, Red Oaks, The Mick, Odd Mom Out, Inside Amy Schumer, Silicon Valley, Happy Endings, 30 Rock, Angel From Hell, Adam Ruins Everything, David Cross’ Hits and Max Landis’ Me Him Her. He's been in some pilots nobody ever saw like Black Jack for Comedy Central, Max for HBO and Lusty Crest for Adult Swim. He had lead roles in the independent features, Ready or Knot and Hello Lonesome (winner of the LA Film Festival’s award for Best Ensemble Cast). Theater: Tail! Spin! (off broadway) and Nate has been a regular improv and sketch performer at the UCB Theater since 2005. He’s written and directed dozens of sketch and one-person shows for the UCB stage. Nate writes and directs ads, short films and sketch for UCBComedy, Funnyordie, NurtureDigital and SoulPancake. In addition to comedy, Nate has worked extensively in documentary films as an editor and producer. Nate co-hosts the podcast, What’s That From, a thoroughly unresearched history of comedy podcast as two comedy nerds remember it.

Teacher Name
Joel Spence

Joel has been performing long form improv and sketch comedy at UCBTLA since 2005. He's a member of the house teams Sentimental Lady and Toledo Rep. He studied improv under Matt Besser, Ian Roberts, Matt Walsh, Seth Morris and many others. Joel grew up in San Antonio, TX and went to S.M.U. in Dallas where he received a B.F.A. in Acting. In 1995 he joined Theatre de la Jeune Lune and for the next five years performed in over 20 productions. From 2000-01, Joel studied at l'Ecole Philippe Gaulier in London, England. He's appeared on such TV shows as: Key & Peele, Newsreaders, Modern Family, How I Met Your Mother, Big Love, Reno 911, My Name Is Earl, Burn Notice, Big Little Lies and others!

Upcoming classes for Joel Spence:

  • Level 5: Harold Grab Bag, 16 people max, $280 USD
    Sun Feb 26 6pm-8:30pm (PST)
    Sun Mar 5 6pm-8:30pm
    Sun Mar 12 6pm-8:30pm
    Sun Mar 19 6pm-8:30pm
       Show: Tue Mar 21 7:30pm-8:30pm (Broadwater Theater)
    Sun Mar 26 6pm-8:30pm
    Sun Apr 2 6pm-8:30pm
    Sun Apr 9 6pm-8:30pm
    Sun Apr 16 6pm-8:30pm
       Show: Tue Apr 18 7:30pm-8:30pm (Broadwater Theater)

Teacher Name
Jim Woods

Jim Woods has an incredible improv resume. He's studied and performed extensively at: UCB, Boom Chicago, iO Chicago and North Carolina ComedySportz. He's one of the co-founders of the Free Association in London and the Improv Boot Camp in Los Angeles. He's appeared on numerous TV shows and commercial campaigns and recently was a staff writer on the Tracy Morgan show The Last O.G.

Upcoming classes for Jim Woods:

  • Noon Bitness - Feb 2023, 18 people max, $250 USD
    Mon Feb 6 12pm-2pm (PST)
       Show: Tue Feb 28 7:30pm-8:30pm (Broadwater Theater)
  • Feb 6 Afternoon Bitness Week, 18 people max, $85 USD
    Mon Feb 6 2:15pm-4:15pm (PST)
  • Feb 13 Afternoon Bitness Week, 18 people max, $85 USD
    Mon Feb 13 2:15pm-4:15pm (PST)
  • Level 4: Harold , 16 people max, $280 USD
    Sat Feb 18 12pm-2:30pm (PST)
    Sat Feb 25 12pm-2:30pm
    Sat Mar 4 12pm-2:30pm
       Show: Tue Mar 7 7:30pm-8:30pm (Broadwater Theater)
    Sat Mar 11 12pm-2:30pm
    Sat Mar 18 12pm-2:30pm
    Sat Mar 25 12pm-2:30pm
       Show: Tue Apr 4 7:30pm-8:30pm (Broadwater Theater)
  • Harold Audition Warmup, 16 people max, $25 USD
    Sat Feb 18 3pm-6pm (PST)
  • Feb 20 Afternoon Bitness Week, 18 people max, $85 USD
    Mon Feb 20 2:15pm-4:15pm (PST)