Tayler Westervelt was born and raised in the Southwest but has been living on the east coast for the past 11 years. Tayler recently moved to San Francisco with her husband and their two young daughters. She is a professional stay-at-home mom and was never in the pursuit of perfectness until she had her babies.
Mike Westervelt is a native New Englander, newly moved to The Bay, dad to two beautiful daughters, and a Googler for the past 11 years.
Luis is a writer for Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York. He writes stories about the research and the scientists at the research institute. He has a Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics and Genomics from Washington University in St. Louis, where he studied the genetics of virus infection. He loves theater, improv, Hans Zimmer, being a nerd, making people laugh, frapps, and helping others.
Armando is widely regarded as one of the best improv teachers in New York City and beyond. His list of teaching credits is a long one: the ImprovOlympic Theater, Victory Gardens Theater, The Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, NYU and Michael Howard Studios. He has trained dozens of actors who have performed or written for Saturday Night Live, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Mad TV, and The Daily Show.
A Chicago native, Armando studied improv under Del Close at the ImprovOlympic, Mick Napier at the Annoyance, and graduated from the Second City Conservatory. He performed in and helped create one of the most popular improvised longforms in Chicago, “The Armando Diaz Experience….” For the last decade, “the Armando” has been performed weekly in Chicago, and is now taught and performed in many other cities including Los Angeles and New York.
In addition to writing and producing short films, Armando wrote sketches for the show Upright Citizens Brigade on Comedy Central, and has performed on Late Night with Conan O’Brien.
Malcolm is a licensed independent clinical social worker offering outpatient psychotherapy in Western Massachusetts. He also serves as an adjunct faculty member and clinical supervisor to graduate social work students. Malcolm’s clinical practice and teaching focuses on the importance of connection and the healing power of relationships.
Ian Chillag is a writer and producer working in print, audio, video, and other media. He created the podcast Everything is Alive. His work can be found in McSweeney’s Quarterly, the New York Times, NPR, A Public Space, and other places.
Geri is a multiple Emmy award winner, podcast host, and writer on the beloved children’s series Sesame Street.
Tim Thibodeau has over two decades of improv experience. Tim has performed in festivals across the United States, Toronto, and Scotland and has been a member of Improv Jones since 2004, one of the longest running troupes in the country. Tim was a founding member of the Providence Improv Guild and is the Producer and Creative Director of the long running Providence Improv Fest. Tim is currently serves as an instructor and marquee performer at Kismet Improv. Tim has used his training from The Upright Citizens Brigade, as well as workshops by some of the best known improv performers and instructors in the country, to teach improv in the Rhode Island Community since 2004.
Nick Bertozzi is a New-York Times Bestselling cartoonist who has written and drawn many graphic novels and has taught Cartooning at the School of Visual Arts since 2003.