Janina Birtolo – Janina usually puts a lot of serious thought into her “real” job of writing articles, producing television shows for WGCU Public Media and researching, writing and performing her original one-woman shows based on historical women. She began this course of comic therapy with Misfit Productions in the mid-1990s and continued it with a five-year stint with Naples City Improv.
Ted Epstein – In 2008, Ted enrolled in an improvisation comedy class, and realized he actually was funny. Ted performed at the monthly “Locals Live” in Bonita Springs from March 2012 to June 2013. He is the editor/designer of several monthly and annual publications. “After sitting at a computer all day and being mocked and laughed at by it, it’s refreshing to get in front of a live audience who laugh with me and not at me.”
Dan Klein – Dan was never the class clown growing up. Huh! He was kicked out of more classrooms than Joan had face lifts. Dan first began on stage playing in bands, including working for Royal Caribbean Cruise lines. Now, with WOW Improv, he is excited to share the stage with his talented partners.
Lacie Richardson – Lacie currently performs improv with Improv Anonymous at the Center for the Arts in Bonita Springs. She also teaches a series of art classes and performance classes for kids ages 3-16. One of her classes is high school comedy improv, with the students performing monthly.
Leigh Shein – Lacie currently performs improv with Improv Anonymous at the Center for the Arts in Bonita Springs and has also appeared in several plays and shows at the Center.
Jim Corsica – Jim has been performing improv for twenty-seven years. He received his training from Dick Chudnow, the Godfather of ComedySportz in Milwaukee, and was a founding member and performer with the Racine, WI ComedySportz team for six years as a player and “referee.” In 2008, Jim co-founded Naples City Improv, Southwest Florida’s first, professional improv troupe, and served as Artistic Director and trainer until the group disbanded in 2012