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Julie A Feltman is a classically trained singer and a nowadays comedian, writer, director, and actor originally from Sandwich, Massachusetts. After performing in Operas, light operas, and many old timey musicals about people falling in love in boats/taverns/feilds/jail, Julie can now be seen every Friday Night at 8pm making up Musicals on PIT’s musical house team VERN, producing and playing in THE IMPROVISED OPERA, and performing with her indie team MAYBE MONOGAMOUS. Julie is an Equity actor and company member with Emerging Artists Theater Company, and has written, directed, acted in, production managed, and curated many different New Works with Emerging Artists Theater’s biannual New Works Series since 2010. She is also the Director of Bronx Preperatory Charter School’s Academy of Performing Arts Program, where she is currently directing DREAMGIRLS, after serving as their technical director for five years for shows such as IN THE HEIGHTS, LES MISERABLES, and GUYS AND DOLLS. Performance credits include The Witch in INTO THE WOODS, Melissa in LOVE LETTERS, Maureen in RENT, Norma in VICTOR, VICTORIA, Rachel in MIZUNDERSTOOD: THE MUSICAL (music by Pink), Ivy in THE DEVINE WILL OF RYAN SUTTON, and roles in YEOMEN OF THE GAURD, CARMEN, BRIGADOON, DIDO AND AENEAS, and VAGINA MONOLOGUES. Offstage, Julie is the Market Director at UrbanSpace where she curates popular pop-up markets around New York City such as MadSqEats and The Union Square Holiday Market, and has a Bachelor’s of Science in Economics from Pace University. She can be seen zipping through the city streets on her Vespa, downtown singing bad karaoke, and trolling anywhere with an oyster special.”

Josh Flitter is an actor, writer, director, improviser, and charlatan! Once a former child star, he is now a supernova. In his 20 plus year career, Josh has worked with the likes of Robin Williams, Tina Fey, and John Krasinski among many others. Josh’s improv background is extensive, having taken classes at UCB, and completing all improv classes through Advanced Study here at the PIT. He now continues his acting career accompanied by a BFA in Film Direction from the School of Visual Arts. Flitter can be found on Friday’s as co-host of The Rowdy Hour Jam with Willem Brian Smith at 9pm. You can find him on TikTok: @joshflitter!

Desirée Justin (she/her) is a multidisciplinary artist with over 18 years of professional credits. She danced with numerous dance companies including Boston Ballet and Festival Ballet Providence before moving to musical theatre, where she has worked as a performer & choreographer, Off-Broadway and regionally across the country for most of her career. After a stint creating original roles onstage in new works, she found the PIT, fell in love with improv, and adopted the form as a mandatory practice for flexing and enhancing her performance skills. She currently teaches and coaches dance, acting, improv, and audition technique and performs with multiple indie teams in NYC. She still considers her crowning achievement, however, to be her ability to sneak into the NYC improv/comedy community without a funny bone in her body. Please don’t tell.

James Quesada has taught and performed Improv all across the country including LA, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Omaha, Chicago, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Baltimore, NYC, and Camp Improv Utopia East. He is the Education Director for The Improv Network and co-host of The Improv Network Podcast. By a force of serendipity, James also works as the Head Engineer for Mirrortone Studios located smack dab between PIT Loft and Pioneers Bar!

Check out James’ Improv insights at www.youtube.com/c/ImprovFAQ

Rachel Bouton is an improviser, host, and producer based in New York City. As a performer she spent 4 years touring nationally with the musical comedy show Broadway’s Next Hit Musical, and has performed on comedy stages across New York (UCB, The Magnet, Gotham Comedy Club). She is proud to say she spent 7 years pre-pandemic performing as a house team member for Super Free Wednesdays at The Pit. She can currently be seen Off-Broadway performing musical comedy at The Players Theatre twice a month as part of VERN: Off-Broadway. As a producer she has worked with The New York Times, Science Friday, Tastemade, and Atlas Obscura, among others. She is also a big trivia and gameshow geek and has appeared as a contestant on $100,000 Pyramid and Who Wants to be a Millionaire (spoiler: she did not become a millionaire).

Julia is an improviser/actor/comedian in NYC, who will tell you any chance she gets that she’s from Michigan. She’s been on house improv and sketch teams at Magnet Theater and PIT, and performs characters regularly at Magnet and into her phone’s camera. She’s hosted weekly jams, monthly shows, podcasts, and she hosts trivia with several different companies, which you can request her for if you’d like. She’s also a proud Story Pirate.  She also likes you very much!

Tik Tok: @julesschroeds

Sydney Duncan is a New York-based comedian, improviser, writer, and actor. She has trained extensively at UCB, PIT, Magnet, and Dallas Comedy House studying advanced improv, musical improv, and sketch. Before performing in independent character and sketch shows, Sydney was a professional ballet dancer and trained at ABT, Alvin Ailey, Texas Ballet Theater, and Ballet West among others. Her credits include Regional Broadway shows such as Will Rogers Follies and Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Solange Knowles’s music video When I get home. During the quarantine, she moved her daily political and pop culture videos of characters, sketches, and impressions to her TikTok. She was featured on Comedy Central’s IG and TikTok for Black and Women’s History Month, and just accepted The SNL Scholarship Award. You can catch her regularly performing in Comedy Theaters all over NYC including Brooklyn Comedy Collective, The PIT, and Asylum NYC’s MainStage weekly company show!

John is an award-winning actor, award-winning software engineer, award-winning mathlete, award-winning little-leaguer, and award-winning participant in numerous summer camp activities. His life philosophy is Paragon from the Mass Effect video game trilogy. He is perhaps best known for singing the Tiny Tunes theme from the special summer episode live on Z100 before putting on his suit for his job at a corporate bank one morning.

Maria Schroeder (she/her) has a BFA in Musical Theatre from Missouri State University and is happy to be putting it to such good use. Outside of co-hosting the PIT Musical Improv Jam, you can catch her improvising with Hell Yeah!, The Vespa Incident, and in various shows throughout the PIT and Magnet communities. Other interests include PJ Nally, reading books she has already read, PJ Nally, finding New York City’s best bagel, PJ Nally, doing the New York Times crossword, PJ Nally, talking about Musical Theatre history, PJ Nally, Gilded Age Architecture, and PJ Nally.

PJ Nally

PJ Nally

Artist

PJ Nally (he/him) firmly believes that musical improv is the most fun a person can have. Making excellent use of his Master’s in Economic Policy, he improvises six days a week. He hosts the PIT’s Musical Improv Jam every Monday night and performs regularly with Hell Yeah!, the Vespa Incident, and many other shows with his beloved PIT and Magnet communities. PJ is madly in love with Maria Schroeder and is known to kiss her often and passionately both on and off stage.

Jake Joseph started his improv journey in Baltimore 2015, then transplanted to NYC in 2021. He spent my days doing mental health research and nights as a foolish boy improvising. He can often be found daydreaming and or listening to audiobooks.
Jennifer Bareilles is a New York based actor, improvisor and coach. A stage actress for decades, she began her improv career at the People’s Improv Theater in 2012 where she was a member of several House Teams including “DIVO”, “The Studio System” and Saturday night’s “Big Black Car” and “BBC2” alongside the Baldwins. She’s also studied at UCB and the Annoyance Theater, performed internationally and been coaching indie teams for the past decade.
A Meisner trained actor, Jennifer has performed at such famed New York theaters as Playwrights Horizons where she originated the role of Logan in Broadway bound “The Thanksgiving Play”, The American Theater of Actors where she was directed by Lori Petty, The Connelly, June Havoc and in the award winning show “Maybe Tomorrow” at Under St. Marks where she sat on a toilet for 90 minutes of direct address. She has also performed regionally at Hartford Stage, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and The Kitchen Theater to name a few and can be seen on Apple TV’s “Little Voice” and Sony Worldwide Entertainment’s “Two Roads” as well as the film “The Light of the Moon” starring Stephanie Beatriz.
She currently performs monthly at the PIT with Patrick McCartney in “Bareilles and McCartney” as well as a number of other pop up shows.

Langston Belton is a New York born and raised improviser & actor. Langston took his first short-form class in 2001 and over a decade later performed Short-form improv in the city for a number of years before arriving at “The People’s Improv Theatre” in 2012 where he was among the recipients of the “Improv Your Life” Scholarship. Since then Langston has performed on numerous PIT House teams and served on the house team committee. He has previously been seen in the Off-Broadway show “Puffs: or seven increasingly eventful years at a certain school of magic and magic”. He is currently acting, improvising, and working as an on camera host for Marvel Entertainment.

Andrea Romano

Andrea Romano

Instructor

Andrea Romano is a comedy writer in New York City. She has written and produced content at a number of media outlets like Travel + Leisure, Bustle, Mashable, Cracked, USA Today, Little Old Lady Comedy, Oregano.com, and more.

A former student of both UCB and the People’s Improv Theater, Andrea has written and performed on shows such as Sketch Cram!, Old School Sketch Show, This Live Show, and Group Kid, as well as being a former house team player on Steve’s Hard Milk and team director for Scoot Scoot on Super Sketch Tuesday.

Kevin Scott

Kevin Scott

Instructor

Kevin Scott began performing and creating comedy while at the legendary Harry S. Truman High School in Levittown PA (profiled in Drama High and the inspiration for NBC’s Rise). He received his comedy training in Chicago in the 1990s from the Second City. He then performed with Bang Bang (which also featured Tracy Letts, Kate Walsh and Michael Shannon). In New York he has performed with Burn Manhattan and Centralia two ensembles he co-founded to explore the boundary’s of theatrical improv and comedy. Centralia has recently marked its 17th year of performing. He’s also been a regular performer and teacher for The Peoples Improv Theater since it was founded. He’s taught continuously since the ’90’s for the Second City, Gotham City Improv, The People’s Improv Theater and for various other groups and organizations. His students have gone on to work in TV and movies (Saturday Night Live, The Daily Show, The Office and more) Kevin is also a filmmaker and director. His credits include Video Director and consultant for Marc Maron’s Jerusalem Syndrome. He has developed and directed comedy TV pilots for Viacom and Fremantle Media. He co-created and/or directed several Web series including: Succesorize w/Matt Oberg, TMI featuring Ellie Kemper, Law & Order: Interns featuring Grace Helbig and has had his work shown on the Sundance Channel and Comedy Central.

‘Kevin Scott is funny, attentive and smart. Having him teaching and performing at our festival was a great enrichment. He is an open, warm and inspiring person. A true delight to work with.”

–Luisa Winkler, Würzburger Improtheaterfestival

“We took the Comic Devices-workshop and couldn’t be happier. Kevin gave us some great practical tools which directly improved our scenes.”

–Andries Tunru, Artistic director Flunknarf The Netherlands

“Kevin Scott is a very attentive and methodical teacher. He knows what he wants to give to you and does his best to deliver. If you really want to dive into a certain topic – I’d recommend taking his workshop. I’m glad I did!”

–Rahel Otsa, Director TiLT Improv Festival Tallin Estonia

“My team came to Kevin Scott when we were a few years into my improv career and needed to be recharged, reinvigorated and re-inspired. Kevin’s instruction did just that. He grounded my team and I with exercises we knew but then added a library of tools that guided our playing style for years and continues to inspire me today. Kevin reminded us to not just play but taught us that we can also be actors and artists while doing it.”

–Will Luera, Director of Improvisation at Florida Studio Theatre, Big Bang Improv, Artistic Director Emeritus of ImprovBoston

“Kevin Scott has a brilliant comedic mind, honed from years of practice, performance, and pedagogy. Whether performing with Centralia or teaching Comic Devices, Kevin’s improvisation has amazed me for nearly a decade.”

–Noah Levin, Founder Barcelona Improv Group

”Kevin Scott is a brilliant encouraging teacher with great knowledge about improv comedy. He makes the students feel safe and comfortable to explore and learn. I highly recommend Kevin to anyone who hasn’t had the privilege to work with him yet.”

–Victoria Bang, boss GBimpro Sweden

“Kevin is a perceptive and caring teacher with a rare depth of knowledge. There is no bullshit, no ego, just practical, useful material, smartly presented”

–Jules Munns, The Nursery London UK