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 is also the Owner and Managing Director of The Greenhouse.
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 Crunch Patrol. Among other things, Jerry is also a Story Pirate and longtime magician. Jerry debuted The Magnificent Murder Magic Show at The Tank in March of 2019. 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!
Academic Director, Co-Founder
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’ve been a UCB Diversity Jam leader since 2016, 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, Mike Kelton, Louis Kornfield, Peter McNerney, Vince Moore, Keaton Patti, Jenny St. Angelo, Kris Wiener, and soooo many more you might know. 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.
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
Melissa Ulloa has loved performing for as long as she can remember. After enrolling in the theater program in Palm Beach Community College in 2007, she discovered improv comedy and loved it immediately. In 2013, she graduated from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, where she got her BA in Acting [Collaborative & Devised Theatre]. (That's right. I put the 'r' before the 'e'. Deal with it!). While she loved and learned so much from her actor training, she really wanted to pursue her love affair with improv. She has studied at iO in Chicago, The Upright Citizens Brigade Theater (NYC) & Magnet Theater (NYC). She currently lives in Brooklyn and can regularly be seen performing in improv, sketch and character showcases throughout the city. She is on an all Latinx indie team called CHUCHO and on the Magnet Theater house team, Big Whoop! She also coaches/teaches improv and has created and conducted a vocal workshop specifically for improvisers called 'Use Your Voice!'. Melissa loves her life a lot and looks forward to more new adventures!
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.
Samantha Singleton is an artist and performer based in New York City. She studied studio art and made big oil paintings at Smith College before deciding to follow her comedy heroes and learn improv in New York. She loves reading about Jungian psychology, the Enneagram, philosophy, politics, and intuition which all find a way into her work. She has been a part of The Armory since its inception and has been involved in improv, sketch and has hosted the Armory Jam. She’s performed at all sorts of comedy venues in NYC and across the country. Samantha has studied at The Upright Citizens Brigade Theater (NYC), The Annoyance (NYC) and under great teachers such as: Shaun Diston, Becky Drysdale, James Dwyer, Christina Gauss, Amey Goerlich, and Keisha Zollar. You can see her performing regularly at comedy shows throughout NYC and on Friday nights with her current Armory improv team, Falcon Toss. She is proud to say that she made Larry Wilmore ‘keep it 100’ once on tv.
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