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Staff

Ali Reza Farahnakian

Ali Reza Farahnakian

Founder of The Peoples Improv Theater

Writing and Auditioning for SNL

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.

Rebecca Hamburg

Rebecca Hamburg

Director of Classes

Rebecca is an actor, improviser, writer, and director that Harolds from the sloshy swamp that is South Florida. She wielded her performing arts background with her administrative skills, having worked in Real Estate in back FL while she was getting her B.S in Environmental Science and Policy. (Still following? Ok, great.) She studied long-form improv and sketch comedy writing through St. Petersburg’s American Stage Theater Company and went on from there to complete the UCB core improv curriculum. There, she inevitably fell in love with her (virtual) international improv team, Long Distance Relationship. Becs likes to fondly reminisce about having gotten to share the stage alongside her now 15yr old bichon-poo, Buttercup. Sweet sixteen, here we come! Buttercup infamously played ‘Cheeky’ in the spring production of Anything Goes. More things she likes? She likes playing with characters and accents/dialects. Funky earrings. She also likes plants. A lot. Too much?

Lauren Mosier

Lauren Mosier

General Manager

Lauren Mosier has always been described as a “character”, so she’s in perfect company at The PIT!

Lauren began performing in the hit play ‘How Man Got Fire’ on the cafetorium stage at her elementary school at the ripe young age of 11, and she’s been hooked to the theater scene ever since.

She attended Syracuse University, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre, and still enjoys bursting into song in a crowded room just for fun.

Her resume includes credits for performing, directing, and the occasional dance class where she gracefully denies trying to attempt a split.

As General Manager she is helping The PIT welcome in more students and programming so we can grow our community. She is very happy to be a part of the incredible team at The PIT, and looks forward to seeing the business grow to new heights!

Matt Prigge

Matt Prigge

Artistic Director

Sketch Writing, Producing

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.

Matt is also available for private 1:1 coaching! Please email classes@thepit-nyc.com for more info!

Sean Christian Taylor

Sean Christian Taylor

Staff Producer/Instructor

Sketch

Sean Christian Taylor @schristiantaylor (Artistic Team The PIT) started producing original work with the renowned narrative theater group Voices of the South in Memphis, TN.

For 9 years the Peoples Improv Theater (New York, NY) has been home.

Sean received his BFA from the University of Memphis, where as a guest artist has taught a 10 day crash course in writing and producing Sketch Comedy.

Currently, Seans directorial work includes the solo show Kid In Church which has received critical acclaim at NYCSketchFest, Chicago Sketchfest and has garnered interest from The LookOut Series at Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago. Executive Producer for Love is Live! NY’s newest hit dating show w/ Producers and Hosts Caroline Becker, Erin Gonyeau and Olivia Benedict.

He is a director and producer for Old School Sketch Show! the longest running sketch show at The Peoples Improv Theater – with a rotating cast of New York’s best comedians.

Also as an artistic team member of The PIT, Sean’s focus is original Pit Programming like 2 Min Drill! Tv Sketch Show Audition Show, Unfinished Business, Free POC Series, Wolfs Lair, Characters, Characters, Characters! and Duel with founder of The PIT and Ali Farahnakian.

Director credits include, resident Sketch House Team – RunDMV. Guest Director of Road Pizza, Old School Sketch Show, TreeHaus: A Latent Coming of Age Story, Virginian Brides, and Back Door BBQ.

Sean also has developed and promoted new material for, Timmy Barron (Chicago, IL @timmyhartbarron), PitTv, Jen Clark’s Mein Kunt Kult and BoomShot Productions (New York, Ny, Nashville, Tn).

He is a founding member of improv and sketch groups Vivian Delano, OSSS B-Sides, Food Fight, Caldwell & Taylor, Blonde Roast, and RunDMV.

Seeking to amplify voices, and be an asset to developing new work!

Artistic Team

Matt Prigge

Matt Prigge

Artistic Director

Sketch Writing, Producing

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.

Matt is also available for private 1:1 coaching! Please email classes@thepit-nyc.com for more info!

Sean Christian Taylor

Sean Christian Taylor

Staff Producer/Instructor

Sketch

Sean Christian Taylor @schristiantaylor (Artistic Team The PIT) started producing original work with the renowned narrative theater group Voices of the South in Memphis, TN.

For 9 years the Peoples Improv Theater (New York, NY) has been home.

Sean received his BFA from the University of Memphis, where as a guest artist has taught a 10 day crash course in writing and producing Sketch Comedy.

Currently, Seans directorial work includes the solo show Kid In Church which has received critical acclaim at NYCSketchFest, Chicago Sketchfest and has garnered interest from The LookOut Series at Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago. Executive Producer for Love is Live! NY’s newest hit dating show w/ Producers and Hosts Caroline Becker, Erin Gonyeau and Olivia Benedict.

He is a director and producer for Old School Sketch Show! the longest running sketch show at The Peoples Improv Theater – with a rotating cast of New York’s best comedians.

Also as an artistic team member of The PIT, Sean’s focus is original Pit Programming like 2 Min Drill! Tv Sketch Show Audition Show, Unfinished Business, Free POC Series, Wolfs Lair, Characters, Characters, Characters! and Duel with founder of The PIT and Ali Farahnakian.

Director credits include, resident Sketch House Team – RunDMV. Guest Director of Road Pizza, Old School Sketch Show, TreeHaus: A Latent Coming of Age Story, Virginian Brides, and Back Door BBQ.

Sean also has developed and promoted new material for, Timmy Barron (Chicago, IL @timmyhartbarron), PitTv, Jen Clark’s Mein Kunt Kult and BoomShot Productions (New York, Ny, Nashville, Tn).

He is a founding member of improv and sketch groups Vivian Delano, OSSS B-Sides, Food Fight, Caldwell & Taylor, Blonde Roast, and RunDMV.

Seeking to amplify voices, and be an asset to developing new work!

Classes Team

Rebecca Hamburg

Rebecca Hamburg

Director of Classes

Rebecca is an actor, improviser, writer, and director that Harolds from the sloshy swamp that is South Florida. She wielded her performing arts background with her administrative skills, having worked in Real Estate in back FL while she was getting her B.S in Environmental Science and Policy. (Still following? Ok, great.) She studied long-form improv and sketch comedy writing through St. Petersburg’s American Stage Theater Company and went on from there to complete the UCB core improv curriculum. There, she inevitably fell in love with her (virtual) international improv team, Long Distance Relationship. Becs likes to fondly reminisce about having gotten to share the stage alongside her now 15yr old bichon-poo, Buttercup. Sweet sixteen, here we come! Buttercup infamously played ‘Cheeky’ in the spring production of Anything Goes. More things she likes? She likes playing with characters and accents/dialects. Funky earrings. She also likes plants. A lot. Too much?

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

Lauren Mosier

Lauren Mosier

General Manager

Lauren Mosier has always been described as a “character”, so she’s in perfect company at The PIT!

Lauren began performing in the hit play ‘How Man Got Fire’ on the cafetorium stage at her elementary school at the ripe young age of 11, and she’s been hooked to the theater scene ever since.

She attended Syracuse University, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre, and still enjoys bursting into song in a crowded room just for fun.

Her resume includes credits for performing, directing, and the occasional dance class where she gracefully denies trying to attempt a split.

As General Manager she is helping The PIT welcome in more students and programming so we can grow our community. She is very happy to be a part of the incredible team at The PIT, and looks forward to seeing the business grow to new heights!