CSz Education Staff
Kristin Finger :: Education Director
KRISTIN FINGER has studied improv for the past 13 years and has been a member of CSz Philadelphia since 2007, where she is currently the Education Director. Her acting and improv training include the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, CSz Worldwide and The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City. She has studied under Paul Scheer (The League), Seth Morris (Parks and Recreation), Jill Bernard, Jen Childs (1812 Productions), Tara DeFrancisco, Lauren Pritchard, Dave Jadico and has performed with Horatio Sanz. While in New York, Kristin performed stand-up in clubs including The Comedy Cellar and Standup NY alongside Jim Gaffigan and Dave Attell. Since its start in 2012, Kristin has been a part of shows at Figment Theater including; Slasher, The Bright and Bold Beauty Box Hour, Stagefright, Origin Story, Detours, The Table and John Hughes High where she created band geek Lucy Campbell. She is part of Figment’s ensemble Playback and directs the ensemble The Avengers. A few other projects/shows she’s been a part of are 1812 Productions, Improvukkah, Just Wingin’ it at Act II Playhouse; independent groups Grey Gardens, Kris&Chips, Wisdom Teeth, The Real Housewives of Philadelphia and Philly’s all improvised rap group, CityBeatz.. Contact
Sue Taney :: Instructor
SUE TANEY has been performing on stage since before birth. As the daughter of an 80’s punk-rocker, she spent a lot of time on stage with her mom during her childhood. She decided to learn more about performance and earned a BA from Rowan University in 2006. When a friend brought her to a CSz show later that year, it was love at first sight. She is currently CSz’s Education Outreach Coordinator. Sue studied at CSz Philly and took all of their classes (including musical improv) with Karen Getz, Dave Dristas, Kelly Jennings, and Mary Carpenter from 2007-2010. She also studied at the PHIT training center with Nick Gilette, Kristen Schier, and Mark Binghurst from 2009-2010. She has performed with the indie long-form improv group Rookie Card from 2010-2013 under the direction of Matt Holmes. She attended festivals such as the DelClose Marathon 12 & 13, NCCAF 2012 & 2013, and the Philadelphia Improv Festival with them. She was a writer and actress in the PHIT series The Gross Show and is on the PHIT sketch comedy house team Goat Rodeo. She played the part of Andie in John Hughes High at Figment Theater and is in CityBeatz, a improvised rap group with some of her CSz buddies. She is also part of the 2012 WitOut award winning group for best improv group, Hate Speech Committee. Contact
Kelly Jennings :: Instructor / Teambuilding Facilitator / Rec League Coach
KELLY JENNINGS has been performing with ComedySportz-Philadelphia since 1992, serving as both Business Manager and Co-Artistic Director. She was co-creator of and “Cecily” in Cecily and Gwendolyn’s Fantastical… winner of the League of Cincinnati Theater’s Outstanding Improv Award, plus Audience Choice and Best of Fest recognition in Capital Fringe, St Louis Fringe, and Boulder Fringe as well as receiving critical acclaim from The Washington Post and Philadelphia Inquirer. Kelly was a founding member of the Philadelphia based long form company LunchLady Doris which performed to sold-out runs in 12 consecutive Philadelphia Fringe Festivals as well as having the distinction of appearing at the FIRST Del Close Memorial Festival in NYC. She has taught improv and interactive performance at C.W. Post Long Island University, Marywood University, University of The Arts, Studio 24 in Syracuse NY, Dog and Pony DC, and ComedySportz World Championships. Kelly has studied improv with Joe Bill, Mick Napier, Miles Stroth, Paul Grondy, Jeff Wirth, and Jill Bernard.
And that’s not all! – Kelly is a member of Actors Equity. She received a BFA cum laude in Acting from Syracuse University. Kelly has performed with many award winning Philadelphia based companies including Pig Iron Theatre, Swim Pony Performing Arts, Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre, Brat Productions, Lantern Theater. www.kellyajennings.com
Noah Herman :: Instructor
NOAH HERMAN joined CSz Philadelphia in 2009 after a lifetime of being a loyal fan! He is the former Education Director of CSz Philadelphia and the current Assistant to the Artistic Director at 1812 Productions, Philadelphia's All-Comedy Theatre Company. At 1812 Noah has directed Bunny Bunny: Gilda Radner, a Sort of Romantic Comedy, and he is integral in the company's artistic development and educational programming. Other recent directing credits include Dead Man's Cell Phone (The College of New Jersey), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (College of New Jersey), The Diary of a Worm, A Spider, and a Fly (Walnut Street Theatre Kids Series), and The Fat Cat Killers (Flashpoint Theatre Company.) He is also a member of the spontaneous theatre group Tongue & Groove, along with CSz members Bobbi Block and Fred Siegel. Noah teaches acting and improv classes for all ages at the Walnut Street Theatre. He is a graduate of Muhlenberg College.
Mary Carpenter :: Instructor / Teambuilding Facilitator
MARY CARPENTER has been with ComedySportz Philadelphia since 1992, where she has worked as a performer, teacher, Education Director and Artistic Director. She holds degrees in theatre from Northwestern University and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. Her improv training began at The Second City in Chicago and continued with Mick Napier, Keith Johnstone, Joe Bill, Todd Stashwick, Jill Bernard and Jeff Wirth. She has appeared in plays with Stephen Colbert and David Schwimmer, and developed and performed in an original two-woman show with SNL alum Ana Gasteyer. Mary co-founded Philadelphia’s first non-profit Improvisation Company, Freefall Productions where she produced Philly’s first women’s improv ensemble 13 Skirts, as well as the fully improvised musical Choosical. In addition to ComedySportz Philadelphia, Mary’s improvisation experience includes City of Nutterly Love with The Second City, Dangerous Fools with Thomas Fowler, ‘Til Death Do Us Part, Wisdom Teeth and Smoochy & Me. Mary also works as an actress, writer and director. Most recent projects include Intimate Exchanges at 1812 Productions, and Didn’t Your Father Have this Talk with You and Making Spirits Bright at Act II Playhouse.
Dave Jadico :: Teambuilding Facilitator / Instructor
DAVE JADICO has been performing improv with ComedySportz since 1994, and has been the Artistic Director since 2008. In addition to being a commercial actor, voice over artist, and Barrymore Award winning stage actor, he has also performed in several improv groups. He performed with LunchLady Doris for thirteen years in the Philly Fringe, as well as an appearance at the first ever Del Close Marathon. He has performed in the duets Jadico Fowler and Jadico Dougherty, performed in numerous improv shows with 1812 Productions, The Blue Show, CSz Shakespeare and Friends of Alcatraz puppet improv. He has taught improv at The University of the Arts, Temple, Drexel, Arcadia, The Walnut Street Theatre, and People's Light and Theatre Company. Dave has studied with Mike Young, Joe Bill, Mick Napier, Miles Stroth, Myles Nye, Jeff Wirth, Jill Bernard and Matt Elwell. He received a BS in Music from Drexel University and, as a player and a Ref, has performed in over 1,300 ComedySportz matches.
Bobbi Block :: Instructor / Teambuilding Facilitator
BOBBI BLOCK co-founded ComedySportz Philadelphia in 1992, was the Education Director 1992-2006, and the Artistic Director 2004-2006. Bobbi has taught Improvisation at The Wilma Theatre, University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School, University of the Arts, Villanova University (where she received her Masters in Theatre) and currently at Temple University. She studied improv in Chicago and NYC at ImprovOlympic, The Annoyance, and Upright Citizens Brigade. She received the 2008 Philadelphia City Paper Choice Award for “Actress who will lead Improv to the Promised Land.” She is also the Artistic Director of the reality-based improv company, Tongue & Groove, and performs with other local groups such as LunchLady Doris and Playback Philadelphia. For the 2007 Philadelphia Live Arts Festival Bobbi was invited to create LEAP: The Actors’ Improv Experiment in which she directed veteran scripted actors in an improvised show. Bobbi also oversees ComedySportz’ corporate workshop and team building program.
Alli Soowal :: Instructor / Teambuilding Facilitator / Rec League Coach
ALLI SOOWAL has been a CSz Philadelphia company member since 2007 and was the Managing Director from 2008 – 2012. She has taught improv since 2006, including instructing improvisers from around the country at the CSz Worldwide Championships. In addition to being a ComedySportz Player, Alli directs CityBeatz – Philly’s first hip/hop improv team – and Origin Story – an improvised superhero show. Alli performs regularly with Figment Theater in shows including Grey Gardens, Wisdom Teeth, AD Showcase, Alli & Darryl, Stage Fright and John Hughes High. She also has the joy of coaching the CSz Philadelphia Rec League. She has received improv instruction from some of the best teachers in the country including: Dick Chudnow, Keith Johnstone, Joe Bill, Mark Sutton, Jill Bernard, Tara DeFrancisco, Lauren Pritchard and many more. Alli’s day job – Site Manager for 2 outpatient physical therapy offices of Good Shepherd Penn Partners – requires her to use her teambuilding improv training daily to ensure high employee and patient satisfaction.
Caroline Rhoads :: Instructor
CAROLINE RHOADS was first bit by the improv bug in college where, while receiving her B.F.A. in Performing Arts, she coached and performed with her campus troupe (The Happy Tuesday Players). After taking her first intensive with Second City, she was hooked. She then made her way to Philly where, through her apprenticeship at the Walnut Street Theater, she was able to connect with and bolster her acting chops under the guidance of Seth Rozin, Ellen Tobie, Jennie Eisenhower, and Susie Stephens. Caroline then decided to supplement her love for performing with her love for teaching. Teaching credits include Mighty Writers: Girl Power Theater (A grant-funded program she developed for young women to find their voice through improvisation), Barrymore Award Winning Program: Of Mythic Proportions, Art Reach, Story Up!, Child Drama workshops, and the Delaware Art’s Initiative: Camp Imagine. In between planning lessons she made time to study long and short form improvisation with such talented comedians as Susan Messing (IO), Jen Childs (1812 Productions), Maggy Keegan (Figment Theater), Nathan Edmondson (PHIT), Kristin Finger, and Dave Jadico. She largely credits the training she's received through the Comedy Sportz for the skills she possesses today.
Susannah Beckett :: Instructor
Susannah has been a performing member of ComedySportz since 2007. She received her theater degree from Rutgers University, New Brunswick. Following college, she toured the east coast in original productions with The KingFisher Theatre Company. She joined her first improv troupe in Boston Massachusetts, Kitsch-in- sink, in 2005, and has been delighted to be part of the art form ever since. As an instructor she has worked teaching improv classes at Hedgerow Theater. She has taught teacher and student workshops for the Non-Profit “ Yes! And…” and the group Story Up! -both organizations that work to improve student’s learning skills through the use of the arts. Through her work with ComedySportz , Susannah has had the opportunity to lead Team Building workshops for camps, corporate groups and others, including the U.S. Department of Energy and the Girl Scouts. In her other work, environmental restoration, Susannah is delighted to use her improv skills to lead students on nature hikes and volunteers in forest restoration efforts.