Classes are lead by teachers that are well- versed in comedy and are passionate about sharing the craft with kids, teens and adults.

Our instructors have trained at storied institutions in Chicago, LA and NYC and regularly perform at Philadelphia area at comedy theaters such as Helium, ComedySportz, Punchline, Philadelphia Improv Theater, Crossroads Comedy Theater and right here at The Lab.

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our instructors

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Sarah LeClair
Youth Curriculum Coordinator

Sarah LeClair is a local arts educator, performer, director, and producer. Recent projects include New Feathers Productions’ “new works” series, “Murder Manor” the improvised Clue, and shows with The Titan Thespians of CB South. She has recently performed with Town and Country Players, Langhorne Players, and Roll Play: An Improvised Adventure. She has written performing arts curriculum for multiple entities, including Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre, ComedySportz Philadelphia’s Youth Education and Camp programs, and now The Lab at Ambler.

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Tanya Morgan

Tanya Morgan is a director, performer, writer, teaching artist, and host. She began her career acting on stage and in films and commercials. Tanya has been writing and performing sketch comedy with her sketch team The Rhubarbs since they were thrown together as part of a competition more than three years ago. Tanya's last acting performance was at Allen’s Lane Theatre as Suzanne in the hilarious comedy “Dearly Departed”. Tanya performs comedy improv regularly with indie improv teams: Daddy Issues, the N Crowd, Not Yet Rated, No Diggity and Nyteshift. Tanya became a teaching artist in 2018. Since then, she has taught acting and improv classes and workshops at the Philly Improv Theater, Crossroads Comedy Theater, Pulley and Buttonhole Theatre Company, Philly Dance Fitness, The Unscripted Project and Philly Young Playwrights (as an actor). Tanya has also started her own organization in New Jersey (Sawubona Creativity Project, LLC) where she uses improv to teach social-emotional learning skills in a fun and interactive way, to students of all ages.

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Nick Elmer

Nick Elmer is an improv performer, coach, and instructor in the Greater Philadelphia area. He has performed for house teams at Philadelphia Improv Theater, coached shows for Good Good Comedy, and directed the independent improv show Smoke Break for two years. You can see him perform with the short form improv troupe The N-Crowd.

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Leticia Viloria

Leticia Viloria has been performing for over 20 years. Trust me, they've done a lot of stuff. From poetry about Marshmallow Peeps, to improvising in spanish with a non spanish speaker. Leticia puts passion into everything they do. Maybe a little too much sometimes.

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Andrea Duffy

Andrea Duffy is a voiceover artist and veteran of Philadelphia radio, sketch comedy, and improv. She also creates content for radio stations across the US.

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Isabel Beck-Roe

Isabel was born and raised in the city of Chicago where she got to see lots of strange, incredible theater. After graduating from Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota, she discovered a love for improv and rushed to take classes at the Second City training centers in Chicago and Hollywood. A hatred for the city of Los Angeles brought Isabel to her beloved current home of Philadelphia, where she can be found improvising, making pottery, watching The Bachelor, eating apples, and bothering her cat.

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Bob McNichol

Bob studied improv at ImprovOlympic, Annoyance Theater, and Second City in Chicago where he performed with the teams Johnny Roast Beef and Concept Album. He later taught, coached, and performed at Coldtowne Theater in Austin, Texas with award-winning troupes The Frank Mills and Stool Pigeon. Bob is an original cast member of the acclaimed sketch comedy podcast, Victrola, who were finalists in the Improv for Humans/Earwolf Competition in 2017. Find their episodes and their 2017 album “Virtual Aurality” (Sure Things Records) on iTunes. Locally, Bob has taught at Good Good Comedy Theater and The Philadelphia School of Improv and performs with McNichol and May and as a cast member of This Week Sucked.

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Erika May McNichol

Erika started her comedy career in Chicago, training and performing at ImprovOlympic, Second City, and ComedySportz. She performed with teams Mr. Sir, Hall of Presidents, and Bevy and was a writer on the long-running sketch show "Late Night Late Show with Mark Luge." More recently, they were a member of the award-winning Austin, Texas troupe The Frank Mills and co-founded the ColdTowne Theater Conservatory.

 

She's won several awards for her work including Outstanding Director, Most Valuable Player and Best Characters, as well as several B. Iden Payne awards for Outstanding Troupe with The Frank Mills. She’s led workshops around the country. Locally, they have taught classes at Good Good Comedy Theater and The Philadelphia School of Improv. She performs in Breeders and This Week Sucked at the Lab, as well as a cast member of Roll Play: An Improvised Adventure.