Matthew Moore has studied and performed improv since 1995 in Los Angeles.
He performs regularly at the major comedy clubs in LA and has also appeared at Caroline’s on Broadway and Gotham Comedy Club in NY. In addition to acting, teaching, and performing, he also leads corporate improv training workshops for businesses ranging from small to major. He writes, directs, and produces comedy short films, all of which have been official selections for screenings across the US at major film festivals. Matthew also teaches improv and stand up comedy at SAG/AFTRA.
Matthew is a graduate of Purdue University and in 2008 he created Improv for the People.
Ben Roth hails from Allentown, Pennsylvania and has been studying and performing with IFTP since the fall of 2016.
After working in advertising for a few years, Ben decided to leave the corporate world and move from behind the camera to in front to perform comedy full-time.
Ben’s time with IFTP has profoundly benefitted his life, including a boost in self-confidence and with how he shows up in relationships. Ben is fascinated by the real-world applications and benefits improv provides and wants to help people feel comfortable expressing themselves through imagination and play.
Shelley Pack is a comedic actress with a strong improv background. Shelley has performed with The Groundlings, Second City Alumni, Drew Carey and the cast of “Whose Line is it Anyway?,” Shelley’s first webseries “Keep it Green” was bought by Discovery Channel, and Shelley was on Discovery Channel Planet Green as a correspondent for the show “G Word .” Her feature film “Chasing Molly” has just been completed.
Tanya Scheer performed, wrote, and taught at The Groundling’s Theater. She wrote and sold her first screenplay ‘Rush’ and has written for Nickelodeon, Lifetime and currently has a script ‘Stupid Genius’ at Spectrum. She’s performed improv at the ACME theater, Trans4mers, Last Women on Earth and will continue to do so until she dies in like a happy way.
Jaymie Parkkinen is a graduate of Cal State Long Beach and UCLA where he was a staff writer for Satyr, UCLA’s comedy magazine.
Jaymie’s improv duo, Folly, performs regularly in LA. He has a background in improv, clown, mime, and dramatic theater. Jaymie performs regularly in the Improv Revival Show at IFTP and is thrilled to be on the IFTP faculty.
Sarah Jacobus studies and performs improv with IFTP. She uses improv and improvisational storytelling with elders in assisted living, memory care communities and senior centers throughout Los Angeles, as well as in Alzheimer’s Greater LA programs. Improv invites elders with memory loss to be active participants and experience the freedom of creative play. A Licensed Clinical Social Worker who also holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, Sarah loves improv’s potential to foster meaningful self-expression, community building and fun. For booking, please email us!