About The Improv Network

The Improv Network is an online community that brings improvisers together from all over the country and offers Theatre Owners, Festival Organizers, Improvisers and Instructors a wide array of services and resources.

Mission

To connect improvisers worldwide and provide every team and performer, anywhere in the world, access to the tools and resources they need to create improv and run safe, diverse theaters.

Vision

Everyone knows what excellent improv is and wants to see it. Every performer has the opportunity to be treated as a professional artist.

The Team

Laurel Posakony Laurel Posakony – Co-CEO

Laurel is an improvisor and comedian living in Chicago, IL. They majored in Comedy Writing and Performance at Columbia College and are a graduate of iO, The Annoyance, and Second City’s conservatory. They can be found traveling the country in a big white van, performing with their duo Merit Badge. There are only two things they love in this world: everything and improv.

Melanie Leon Melanie Leon – Co-CEO

Melanie is an improvisor, actor, and writer in Orlando, Florida. She has toured the country with a comedy show and continues to travel to improvise and teach at festivals. Locally, she performs, hosts, and teaches at SAK Comedy Lab, performs with her own indie teams, can be found at Adlib Theatre, and is the Associate Producer of the Central Florida Improv Festival. Mel also teaches, coaches, is a producer of the Orlando Fringe Festival, and uses improv at local hospitals to help better train medical professionals. Her true passions in life are improv, animals, sugar, and
travel.

Gretchen Wirges Gretchen Wirges – Associate Director

Gretchen is an improvisor, actor, director and playwright who set up camp in the desert of Tucson, Arizona almost 20 years ago. She has had the honor and privilege of performing at festivals around the US with her improv duo Ex-Boyfriend. She also directs a troupe that performs a fully improvised full-length play, Unwritten, which one Fan Favorite at the Tucson Fringe Festival in 2019. Gretchen credits theater and improv with saving her life and her sanity…because on that stage, with those people, in that glorious Light….that’s where love is born.

Jeffrey Thompson Jeffrey Thompson – Secretary

Jeffrey Thompson is an LA native and is the Secretary of the Board for The Improv Network. He’s an actor and writer, but he also teaches psychology at Citrus College and does taxes for creative professionals. He’s received a Master’s degree in Psychology and an MBA with a marketing emphasis, both from Pepperdine University. He is also licensed by the IRS to represent
taxpayers as an enrolled agent.

He’s been performing for over 15 years and currently performs at the Ruby LA on the sketch team, The Money Pit, and at the Westside Comedy Theater on the house improv team, Gravity. He also co-produces the Westside Comedy Festival.

Bill Binder Bill Binder- Website Administrator, Founder

Bill began performing in Michigan in 1994 where he performed for six years before moving to Phoenix, AZ. Bill helped organize the first Phoenix Improv Festival in 2002, spent two years training at iO West in Los Angeles and was one of the founding members of The Torch Theatre.

Currently Bill is an instructor at The Torch Theatre and producer for the Phoenix Improv Festival. He tours teaching and performing across North America.

Nick Armstrong Nick Armstrong – Founder

Nick is an Actor, Improviser and Writer living in Los Angeles, CA. On TV Nick is currently on AMC’s Story Notes and has been on the Emmy-Award winning shows The Office and Grey’s Anatomy. He has also made appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live, New Girl and Parks and Recreation.

Onstage Nick has trained at The Groundlings and iO West. You can catch him performing regularly in The Groundlings Sunday Company and at the world-famous iO West in Hollywood, CA on LA’s Critically Acclaimed Harold Team King Ten. Nick has taught improv at iO West, Westside Comedy Theatre and has done workshops all over the country.

Nick is also the Camp Director and Founder of Improv Utopia an improv retreat for grown ups. He is also one of the founding members of the The
Improv Network. We are always looking for better ways to serve the community. Drop us a line and let us know what you want!

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