Nerdist School Approved Coaches

Please browse the list of coaches below. To contact a coach, visit our Nerdist Schoolios Facebook page and tag the coach in a post!

PEPPER BERRY:
A graduate of The Second City, iO West, Upright Citizen’s Brigade, Comedy Sportz, The Nerdist, The Second City Directing program as well as studying at The Groundlings, Pepper Berry is currently a teacher and director at Second City Hollywood

Pepper is a cast member of The Second City Hollywood’s long running The Really Awesome Improv Show, a past member of The Second City House Ensemble, and plays/played on the iO Harold Teams B-Side and (nebraska) as well as Nerdist House teams U.N. Jefferson, Mulligan, Corvair and currently Aeroplane.

He also performs and tours with VIRGINIA SLIMS, a long form duo that showcase their comedy and teach workshops around the U.S performing in festivals throughout the year such as the San Diego Improv Festival, Chicago Improv Festival, Detroit Improv Festival, Dallas Comedy Festival, Twin Cities Improv Festival, Miami Improv Festival, the Alaskan Improv Festival and the Boston Comedy and Arts Festival to name a few. www.iampepperberry.com

PHILOSOPHY:
My role as a coach is threefold. Finding how each member of your team performs, how you perform in scenes with each other and how you all perform a show. I direct your traffic. I will show you how best to work with each other’s strengths to make your shows dynamic and fun. There is no cookie cutter approach to coaching. Rehearsals are always a custom fit for your particular group at that specific time in your run of shows.

INTEREST:
I have a strong interest in duos since my longest running team is a duo but I love coaching large teams or practice groups. Especially ones that are trying to transition to a new form and find their new voice.

RATE: $25/hr (2-8 persons) $30/hr (8 or more)

DAISY FAITH:
Daisy Faith has 10 years experience having studied at the Groundlings, UCB & the Nerdist School as well as advance study with Rebecca Drysdale and Miles Stroth. Daisy is currently on a house team at Second City & the Nerdist School. Daisy’s focus on improv is based on character work, physical choices and point of view (POV).  She believes that filtering improv choices through character, POV and making physical choices gets “yourself” out of the way and through that filter you can really create scene work that’s exciting and surprising even to yourself.  Daisy also has a huge fondness for using emotion in scenes, specific space work and accents whenever possible.  Daisy’s TV credits include: How I Met Your Mother, Nashville, Conan, Days of Our Lives and Pretty Little Liars.
Coaching Fee to start: $60 for 2 hours

CHAD FOGLAND:
Chad has over 15 years experience having studied at the Groundlings, UCB, iO West & the Nerdist School and has been on house teams at UCB, iO West, Second City & the Nerdist School. Fogland’s philosophy on improv is simple & straight forward focusing on working with your team for the betterment of your team’s show, your teammates & yourself.  If everyone on a team makes moves that “Make Your Scene Partner Look Good”, then everyone looks good.  This thought-process has lead Fogland to discover the joy of justification & the knowledge that there are no mistakes, but limitless possibilities.  Fogland believes in strengthening the basics, so one can bend them and have fun while growing as an experienced improvisor.  With all this in mind, Fogland emphasizes Energy, Emotion, Spacework, Relationships, Groupmind, Characters, Strong Initiations and Clumping in his improv & coaching there of. Rates available by request.

THOMAS HAMILTON:
Thomas has been performing Improv in LA since the nigh end of the aughts. He performs every Sunday with the Nerdist house team Karen. He is also a member of the Musical Improv A Cappella group Barbershop. Thomas believes strongly in engaging the audience and constantly seeking new avenues of artistic expression.
Fee- $50 for 2hr. session

TAYLOR MECHLINSKI:
Taylor has been studying improv for over 6 years and is a certified executive and creative coach. His focus is on grounded scene work and engaging in your physicality. Taylor’s experience includes improv, burlesque, storytelling, stage combat and clowning. He believes the importance of nonverbal communication is often underrated and will push you to focus just as much on what isn’t being said. Massachusetts born and raised, so you may have to ask him to repeat words with a lot of r’s. You can find Taylor performing most Sunday’s at the Nerdist School Stage with his very attractive team Aeroplane! Rates available by request.

CARRIE-ANN PISHNAK:
Actor/Writer/Director/Coach/Producer • is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA and AEA, holds a BA in theatre, is a grad of The Second City and Nerdist, was classically trained at BADA in Oxford, headed the City of Las Vegas Arts Acting Camp, taught acting and movement at The Glendale Center Theatre for four years, and was a senior faculty member of the Theatrical Education Group for ten years. Carrie-ann brought the world of Shakespeare and live theatre to over 20,000 children in the show Shakesperience for over a decade, and was a co-founding member of the Ovation nominated company Theatre Pangaea. She’s toured the world in various shows and past improv/sketch teams have included Double Down, Chicklets, Lovergirl, The Second City House Ensemble, Second City This Week for 2yrs, and Second City Hollywood Premium show Quick & Dirty. Catch her now performing with her improv teams Aeroplane, Meet Cute, as a 7 year cast member in The Really Awesome Improv Show, in her Instagram series Eye on the Globe, and the monthly sketch podcast The Best Medicine. Currently C-a teaches improv at The Second City and YADA. Twitter: @capishnak Instagram: @pishnak Website: pishnak.com

My philosophy of improv is that you can create anything if you feel safe and supported, then the rules fall away. I want you to feel safe enough to put down your traditional facade and bring your authentic self. All of your individual differences will make the work strong, they are gifts. As a coach, I’m part hippy/crunchy and part task master; I want to get you out of your comfort zone because that’s where the magic is. I’ll do a diagnostic on your team and individuals, and come up with a game plan…don’t worry, the game plan is my job, you just have all the funz.
I’m interested in new or established groups.

My rate is $25hr for the Nerdist community, it will go up eventually, but you’ll always be grandfathered in to the first rate the team paid for my coaching.

JOE SPENCE:
Joe has been fortunate enough to live and work in Los Angeles as an actor for almost fifteen years. Since moving from the great state of Ohio, Joe has had the opportunity to perform on stage, film, TV, internet, and recently in motion capture for a virtual reality experience that is part of the New Frontier Program at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.
Joe now spends almost a majority of his artistic time and energy teaching the art of performance to others, mostly in the art of improvisation. In classes and workshops, Joe has helped actors from age six to sixty in Los Angeles, Oakland, San Francisco, and Columbus find their artistic voice and, more simply, find out who they are as an individual and explore ways to express themselves effectively, smartly, and honestly. Classes emphasize a sense of play, but always with a sense of professionalism, no matter the age of the student.
Joe is a graduate of The Second City LA, iO West, ComedySportz LA, and The Nerdist School as well as studying game at UCB and studying with Groundings founder Gary Austin.
Joe is a current or former house team member and has coaching/teaching experience at Second City LA under the artistic direction of David Razowsky, iO West, LA Connection, and The Nerdist School.
Group coaching rate: $25/hr in Los Angeles $35/hr outside of LA ($15/hr for Nerdist Schoolios)

TREVOR REECE:
Trevor has been improvising for nearly a decade. Like most who find improv early, he trained in short form improv in the style of TheatreSports. Since then, he has gone through UCB and the Nerdist School’s programs and received training in Viola Spolin’s improv for the theatre, performing improvised 2-act plays for over two years.

He has been on Nerdist House Team Night for over a year now, currently on the team “The Voltage,” performing every other Sunday He also hosts the show “GOOSH” at the Clubhouse with his indie team, Osito. He regularly performs around LA’s various theatres and comedy spots with his teams.

His focus is on finding humanity in characters, building scenes with purpose, and how to be comfortable in quiet moments. He believes that humor comes from being confronted with the truth sooner than you expected. Improvisation is a tool for discovery; both on stage and off, for your character and yourself. Rates available by request.

ZACH TABACCO:
Zach started doing improv in 2002 and has trained with the Nerdist School, UCBNY, UCBLA, The PIT, iO West, and Magnet Theatre. He is especially interested in working emotional muscles and building skills that serve demanding forms that require high levels of agreement and team awareness, like the Movie, Tracers, and the Monoscene. He currently performs with Sweetheart at the Nerdist School Stage. Rates available by request.