Thomas Dotstry has been improvising since 2004, initially at Theater 99 (Charleston, SC). He performs regularly with both the Baltimore Improv Group and T99 (Charleston, SC). Thomas teaches at BIG and he co-produced the Annapolis Comedy Festival with John Brennan. He has also performed at the Chicago Improv Festival, NYC Improv Festival, Megaphone Marathons, Del Close Marathons and Charleston Comedy Festivals. Also an active duty member of the Navy, he has B.S. in Electrical Engineering.
Tami Nelson is the Conservatory Director of TNM Theaters. She has been teaching improv since 2006, specifically levels 1 & 2 focusing on the basics and fundamentals of improv.
Derek Dupuy is an improv instructor and the artistic director with The New Movement in New Orleans. He improvises with the groups Stupid Time Machine, Super Computer, and is a regular in The Megaphone Show. Derek has performed all over the country and has a deep passion for taking apart improv mechanics, exploring how they work, and putting them back together for the benefit of the student. He is the current level four instructor at The New Movement Nola.
Prescott Gaylord is the former Artistic Director of the Baltimore Improv Group, and creator of ‘Unscripted – an improvised play in two acts,’ a show that has enjoyed 3 sold out runs in Baltimore over the past 3 years.
Shyla Ray teaches improv at Station Theater and Rice University in Houston. She was the first teacher to come out of TNM and has performed at all kinds of dang festivals and places, but more importantly, she loves her time with students and will bust her butt to delight and inspire you.
Joseph Meissner is an actor, director, and writer. With his wife Helen Krieger, he created the award-winning feature film Flood Streets and web series Least Favorite Love Songs. As an actor, he has worked with the great physical theater directors Andre Gregory, Lee Breuer, and Jerzy Grotowski, appeared in over 20 movies and TV shows, and was a founding company member of Austin’s Salvage Vanguard Theater. He moved to New Orleans in 2001, where he runs a Chinese martial arts school and teaches movement for actors at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. He has trained with the New Movement since 2011 and is impressed with the level of talent, creativity and energy of its faculty. He’s thrilled to be a part of ImprovWins!
Amy Birkhead is the Curriculum Director for Station Theater and has been performing improv in Houston since 2008. She has appeared in several festivals like Out of Bounds, LAFF, The Megaphone Marathons, the Houston Fringe Fest, The Houston Improv Festival, Houston Harold Weekend, Hell Yes Fest, and Fun Fun Fun Fest. Amy has been performing the Harold weekly for over three years. She is passionate about teaching and passive on sound ordinances.
Justin Strackany is a graduate of The New Movement, and the musical director of Water Park, TNM’s premier musical improv troupe. He also directs The Darkness All-Stars, a multi-theater collective of improvisers that perform immersive shows featuring The Bat, an improvised format performed completely in the dark. He regularly performs and teaches workshops throughout Austin, and is excited and honored to be making his Improv Wins teaching debut.
Micheal Foulk is an instructor and doer of important tasks at The New Movement and one third of the comedy pyramid Handbomb and member of the late great Spirit Desire. This year he’s diving head first into his soon to be huge stand up career. If you don’t feel like talking to him about comedy, feel free to bring up his love of over wrought sad drunk guy music. That’ll be a long conversation.
Vanessa Gonzalez is the Conservatory Director for The New Movement – Austin. Along with teaching advanced levels at TNM, she has taught workshops at corporate events, TNM summer improv intensives, Texas State University and teen improv camps with Brite Lites Studios. When she’s not teaching comedy, Vanessa performs with the comedy trio Handbomb and the New Orleans based sketch group, Stupid Time Machine.
John Windmueller loves improv. Loves it! Being present in the moment, playing, and making art… what’s not to love? Double-fisting his improv across two cities, John currently teaches and performs both with the Baltimore Improv Group (BIG) and the Washington Improv Theater (WIT).
Dan Grimm has been performing and teaching improv for nearly 20 years. Starting in college with Freudian Slip and eventually training at iO and the Second City in Chicago. Dan has performed in over 20 comedy festivals with his groups Pavlov’s Dogs, Never Pickles, Cubbies and others.
Most recently Dan was part of the staff at The New Movement in Austin where he taught and performed for 3 years. Currently Dan is a member of the Latino Comedy Project and Producer for BigLittle Comedy.