The PIT office is located at 123 E 24th St between Park & Lexington.
Office Hours are 10AM-6PM Monday-Friday.

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Staff

Emily Asaro

Emily Asaro

Artistic Team

Emily is a New York native who can be seen killing it in the comedy scene. Born and raised in Eastchester, Westchester, Emily quickly found an interest in entertainment and dolls. Check out the other things Emily can do at www.emilyasaro.com. You can also Google her. She likes that.

Ali Reza Farahnakian

Ali Reza Farahnakian

Founder of The People's Improv Theater

Ali Reza Farahnakian was born in Esfahan, Iran in the fall of ‘68. He came to America in the summer of ‘69. He is an immigrant. He is not eligible to seek the office of the presidency in America and is therefore a second class citizen in this country. Maybe that’s why he got into “comedy”. His teachers include Michael McCarthy, Charna Halpern, Del Close, Maryanne Thebus and Wynn Handman. He is an alumnus of ImprovOlympic, The Second City Chicago and SNL. He was a founding member of UCB and The PIT. He has acted at The Steppenwolf, BAM, and Playwrights Horizon. He has been in numerous TV shows, commercials, films and voiceovers. He has been doing this work for over three decades because he loves it and because it doesn’t seem like work. We started The PIT in 2002 in New York City.

You can check out his website at www.AliRezaFarahnakian.com.

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Mac Gostow

Mac Gostow

Director of Corporate Partnerships

Mac Gostow has performed and taught musical improvisation for more than 10 years in cities across the country including Los Angeles, Boston, New York, Nashville, Philadelphia and Chicago. A comedy school graduate, instructor and Lead Producer at ImprovBoston, Mac was a member of resident casts including The Family Show, All Access Improv and the ImprovBoston Musical AllStars. As a member of Catalyst Comedy, Mac performed with Boston’s Unscripted Musical Project (B.U.M.P.) and was a founding cast member of Dirty Disney and a kid’s musical improv show, Kerplunk. As one half of M&N: Musical Improv Duo, Mac performed over 100 shows and appeared at the Chicago Musical Improv Festival, Boston Comedy Arts Festival, New York Musical Improv Festival and landed a residency at historic Faneuil Hall. He served as Associate Producer of the Brooklyn Comedy Collective and currently co-produces Blank! The Musical at The Green Room 42 and serves as the Director of Corporate Partnerships at the PIT.

Emery Major

Emery Major

Marketing Director

Bailey Nassetta

Bailey Nassetta

Director of Classes

Matt Prigge

Matt Prigge

Artistic Team

Matt is a director, producer, performer, writer, and proud member of the PIT community. Matt is the supervising producer of Group Kid, a comedy collective producing balls-to-the-wall, immersive, themed sketch shows bimonthly at the PIT.

Will Purpura is a comedian, writer, and actor based in New York City.  He studied dramatic writing at New York University receiving a BFA and has since written award-winning plays and screenplays.  He served as Artistic Director at the PIT Chapel Hill where he also taught, produced, and performed standup, improv and sketch comedy. Will has performed stand-up in the Westside Comedy Festival (LA) the North Carolina Comedy Festival (Greensboro), and Devil Cup Comedy Festival (NY). He was a finalist in both the 2019 NC’s Funniest Competition and the 2020 Ultimate Comic Challenge in North Carolina. He is currently part of the Artistic Team at the PIT in New York.

Stephen Stout

Stephen Stout

Director of Original Content Development and Production

Stephen Stout is the Director of Original Content Development and Production at The Peoples Improv Theater, having previously served as The PIT’s Artistic Director. He, along with Colin Waitt, produced the original sold out, downtown run of Matt Cox’s Puffs, or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic at The PIT, and serves as an associate producer on it’s subsequent runs at The Elektra Theater, and New World Stages.

Artistic Team

Emily Asaro

Emily Asaro

Artistic Team

Emily is a New York native who can be seen killing it in the comedy scene. Born and raised in Eastchester, Westchester, Emily quickly found an interest in entertainment and dolls. Check out the other things Emily can do at www.emilyasaro.com. You can also Google her. She likes that.

Matt Prigge

Matt Prigge

Artistic Team

Matt is a director, producer, performer, writer, and proud member of the PIT community. Matt is the supervising producer of Group Kid, a comedy collective producing balls-to-the-wall, immersive, themed sketch shows bimonthly at the PIT.

Will Purpura is a comedian, writer, and actor based in New York City.  He studied dramatic writing at New York University receiving a BFA and has since written award-winning plays and screenplays.  He served as Artistic Director at the PIT Chapel Hill where he also taught, produced, and performed standup, improv and sketch comedy. Will has performed stand-up in the Westside Comedy Festival (LA) the North Carolina Comedy Festival (Greensboro), and Devil Cup Comedy Festival (NY). He was a finalist in both the 2019 NC’s Funniest Competition and the 2020 Ultimate Comic Challenge in North Carolina. He is currently part of the Artistic Team at the PIT in New York.

Stephen Stout

Stephen Stout

Director of Original Content Development and Production

Stephen Stout is the Director of Original Content Development and Production at The Peoples Improv Theater, having previously served as The PIT’s Artistic Director. He, along with Colin Waitt, produced the original sold out, downtown run of Matt Cox’s Puffs, or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic at The PIT, and serves as an associate producer on it’s subsequent runs at The Elektra Theater, and New World Stages.

Classes Team

Bailey Nassetta

Bailey Nassetta

Director of Classes

Marketing Team

Emery Major

Emery Major

Marketing Director

Corporate Team

Mac Gostow

Mac Gostow

Director of Corporate Partnerships

Mac Gostow has performed and taught musical improvisation for more than 10 years in cities across the country including Los Angeles, Boston, New York, Nashville, Philadelphia and Chicago. A comedy school graduate, instructor and Lead Producer at ImprovBoston, Mac was a member of resident casts including The Family Show, All Access Improv and the ImprovBoston Musical AllStars. As a member of Catalyst Comedy, Mac performed with Boston’s Unscripted Musical Project (B.U.M.P.) and was a founding cast member of Dirty Disney and a kid’s musical improv show, Kerplunk. As one half of M&N: Musical Improv Duo, Mac performed over 100 shows and appeared at the Chicago Musical Improv Festival, Boston Comedy Arts Festival, New York Musical Improv Festival and landed a residency at historic Faneuil Hall. He served as Associate Producer of the Brooklyn Comedy Collective and currently co-produces Blank! The Musical at The Green Room 42 and serves as the Director of Corporate Partnerships at the PIT.

Operations Team