Meet the Festival Instructors!

Applications are still open and flowing in for the 4th annual New South Comedy Festival. The final deadline to submit is September 6th (early bird discount ends August 23rd). However, we’ve already booked some of our biggest guests and here are a few who will be teaching comedy workshops:

 

Kevin Mullaney is the founder of the Improv Resource Center, a company dedicated to the art of improvisational theater and improv comedy. Kevin is the head teacher of the IRC and often travels around the country teaching workshops.

Kevin has taught improvisation for 20 years starting at iO Theater in Chicago, later at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theatre in New York and more recently Under the Gun Theater in Chicago. He is the host of the Improv Resource Center Podcast and the webmaster of the Improv Resource Center. Among the shows he directed recently were: Based On a True Story, Trending, Haunted, This Film is Not Yet Made, Vampyre Hunter High, Dear James Franco, Space Warps and A Swarm of Spoilers. He also created two tournaments in recent years: The Improv Classic and The Tournament of Shows.

He is the former Artistic Director of the Chicago Improv Festival and of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in New York, where he also served as the chief administrator of their training program. He directed numerous improv shows for the UCB Theater including “Tracers”, “Retraced”, “Individually Wrapped”, and “The Swarm in Slow Waltz Around Rage Mountain”. He is the creator of Cage-Match and the Annual 3 on 3 Tournament at UCB. He recently won the 2015 INNY award from Improvisation News for the best “Best Improv Comedy Instructor/Coach”.


Megan Gray is the Artistic Director of the Magnet Theater, a writer, performer and native New Yorker. She has performed with Second City aboard the NCL Gem and is a member of Magnet’s resident team “Junior Varsity.” She can be seen in such notable shows as “The Armando Diaz Experience” and “The Cast.” Megan also produces and hosts the monthly female improv show “We Might Just Kiss.”

In addition to teaching Level One, Level Four: Busy Town and the Lady Party class, Megan has taught improvisation at C.W. Post University, Brookdale Community College, Fairfield University, Columbia Business School and festivals around the country. She has studied improv at the Magnet and the UCB Theatre with Armando Diaz, Kevin Dorff, Christina Gausas, Dave Pasquesi, TJ Jagodowski, Jean Villepique, Joe Bill, Dave Razowsky and many others.

Megan graduated with a degree in Dramatic Writing from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and has written for MTV2 and Comedy Central online. She has appeared on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” and “Late Show With David Letterman.” In her spare time, she travels the country performing improv with Magnet Theater’s Touring Company. In conclusion, Megan wishes you’d call her more.


Louis Kornfeld has been teaching improv for nearly ten years, and is currently head writer for the award winning podcast ‘The Truth.’ He’s appeared in countless shows at the Magnet and beyond, including Kiss*Punch*Poem, Theory of Everything, The Armando Diaz Experience, Tiny Spectacular, and a stint touring with The Second City onboard the ship the NCL Gem.

You can catch him every week in NYC in “Kornfeld & Andrews” with former New South Comedy Festival instructor Rick Andrews. He’s  also a cast member on “The Boss”, Magnet Theater’s premier slow comedy team.

Louis is also the regular host of the weekly Magnet Theater Podcast that delves into improv and comedy and the people doing it in NYC and beyond.


Will Luera is the Director of Improvisation at Florida Studio Theatre, Director of Big Bang Improv and serve as the Artistic Director Emeritus of ImprovBoston, Artistic Director of the Pilsen Improv Festival, Artistic Associate of the Chicago Improv Festival, Artistic Advisor to the Women in Comedy Festival and Part-time Faculty at Boston College. He has studied improvisation with ImprovOlympic, The Second City, The Annoyance Theater, Upright Citizens Brigade, and Keith Johnstone.  Will tours globally as improv and theater actor, director and instructor that performs and teaches regularly all across North America, South America, Europe and Asia.

 

 


Natasha Samreny is a writer, storyteller and comedian. Last year, she brought her one-woman show Practice Wedding to London’s Camden Fringe and showcased at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Now she’s prepping to take on Boston with her sketch comedy group Millennial Fresh. Natasha’s playful style of stand-up blends cheeky observations of everyday life, relationships, and her mixed upbringing as a multicultural military brat. As a playwright fellow with Three Brothers Theatre, she wrote and premiered A Relative Silence with her writing partner at the 2015 Waukegan Theatre Festival. They currently produce All of the Feels, a variety show based in Chicago, where she trained with The Second City and Moving Dock Theatre. She also improvises with Florida Studio Theatre.


Andy Livengood is a sketch and improv comedian, actor, and storyteller based out of Charleston, SC where he was named Best Local Comic in the Charleston City Paper. Andy can regularly be seen performing at Theatre 99 where he is teaching faculty member. He was also  the stage manager for The Banana Monologues and Foxhole Feng Shui and has stage-managed the plays, Eurydice and Horse Tranqs and Carriage People both for PURE Theatre. Andy was a cast member and writer in the sketch comedy troupe Maximum Brain Squad and has appeared with Wackytown, Cabaret Kiki, This is Chucktown, 3 Blind Mice, and 365 Days, 365 Plays at PURE Theatre. Whether it’s an improv, sketch, or storytelling show, Andy will deliver absurd characters, an obsessive love of pop culture, and a unique take on life.

 

 

We’ll be announcing the full workshop and performance schedule after submissions close!

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