Faculty & staff
Leah Evans is the Founder and Director of The Armory at The Tank. She serves on The Panel (for sketch and improv) as well as appears regularly in her brainchild Shot4Shot. She's also a part of The Greenhouse Faculty. Originally from Upstate New York Leah is an active improv coach in NYC and has toured the country improvising and teaching. She has been seen in various television and film projects and has worn many hats as an actor, writer, producer, and more. You may mainly know her as a writer and her plays have also been performed all around the United States. Again, she gets embarrassed about that too. Eventual goals include becoming a late night television show sidekick and eventually renting her own tiny studio apartment. Much love to her cats.
Booking inquiries: Leah.E.Evans@gmail.com
Registrar, Diversity Coordinator, Co-Founder
Jerry Burgos is the Registrar and Diversity director for The Greenhouse. Originally from New York, he is currently directing The Armory sketch house team The Big ONE, and performs with his improv team cute! Among other things, Jerry is also a Story Pirate and longtime magician. He's studied at all the major theaters and been coached by the best of them. Jerry is most excited to see what grows out of this Greenhouse!
Hey friend! I'm Ian Herrin and I'm the Academic Director for The Greenhouse. I am currently on the UCB house team Hotcake and also did a previous round of Lloyd with Blush. I additionally act as one of the jam leaders for UCB's Diversity Jam, and I produce, book, run, perform, and host my own monthly show at The PIT Loft on Sunday nights aptly called The Ian Herrin Improv Hour, now in our fourth year. We also have a podcast, The Ian Herrin Improv Half-Hour, which you can subscribe and listen to wherever podcasts are found. I've worked with 100+ coaches including Matt Dennie, Shaun Diston, Elana Fishbein Casey Jost, Mike Kelton, Louis Kornfield, Peter McNerney, Vince Moore, Keaton Patti, Jenny St. Angelo, Kris Wiener, and soooo many more you might know. I started coaching myself in July of 2015 and over the last several years have consistently coached three to five times a week. It was truly a dream to design the framework of The Greenhouse's curriculum, and I'm so proud to finally share it with everyone.
David has been teaching improvisation since his days as a performer in San Diego and Los Angeles, where he has been onstage at ComedySportz, IO, National Comedy Theatre, and The Groundlings, as well as several indy teams (shout-out to Girls' Lacrosse). Since moving to New York, he has returned to writing and still performs, most regularly with X Plus One, an improvised 1940s sci-fi radio show. He is looking forward to being part of the Greenhouse staff as teaching is one of his first loves, and improvisers are never finished learning.
Langston Belton is a New York Born actor and improviser. Langston first began studying improv in New York in 2001 focusing on Short-form Improvisation which he eventually performed in the city for over 3 years. In 2012 Langston started studying Longform Improvisation and was a recipient of the “Improv Your Life” scholarship from The People’s Improv Theater where he currently performs on the House Team “Hero Complex” and as well as numerous other shows. Langston also currently serves on the ensemble panel for The Armory, the improv arm of the NY theater “The Tank” where he also performs. Langston’s previous credits include the off-broadway show Puffs, Or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a certain School of Magic and Magic and is currently of the digital variety series “Earth’s Mightiest Show” for Marvel Entertainment.
I’ve been doing this for way too long. Seriously! If you had child who spent 20+ years doing improv and sketch comedy at UCB and PIT and CCL, and other comedy-themed DBA’s, you would not be including his update(s) in the family holiday newsletter. Whether or not that child had been on TV (and, let’s say for the sake of this example, he has!), you’d probably encourage them (read: cut them off) to get a “real job.” But beware – that could backfire, and that child could dig in his heals, employ the full power of his spite, get a tattoo, and become a teacher who specializes in helping others play pretend. I’m also familiar with AdobeCS. MarcusBishopWright.com
Anne is a creator/performer who focuses on improvised and devised theatre. Her work prizes connectivity and empathy and has been seen in Washington, DC; Prague; Kansas City; Chicago; Basin, MT; Louisville; and NYC. Internationally, she has improvised at Rapid Fire Theatre, Der Andre Teatret, and the Vancouver International Improv Festival. She has taught classes in Cat's Cradle, Improvised Play, Acting for Improvisers, and Ensemble and is always developing some (wonderfully) weird new workshop. Currently, she improvises with her cat's cradle team Dark Sneak Love Action, performs in the monthly live show and podcast Live! From Tomorrow, and creates work independently across NYC.
Ali is the Greenhouse's Student Advocate. She performs at The Armory on improv team Softball, sketch team The Big One, and in Shot4Shot. She’s studied at The UCB and PIT. Ali is also a co-founder of YAS!: Women + NB Folks in Comedy, and co-hosts the monthly YAS! Showcase. She’s also a professional toy and pop culture expert, as seen on the TODAY Show, ABC World News Now, and local and regional affiliates across the country. alimierzejewski.com