mick.maryann.lisa.bruce.paula

karenwarner

maryannjohnston

lisasafran

micklaugs

bruceyelaska

paulamancillas

 

 

Karen Warner, Too Many Larrys' director, has combined her corporate background, entrepreneurial abilities, and her skills as an improviser to form the burgeoning company Camp Improv. A cofounder of the improv troupe Too Many Larrys, Karen has booked the troupe to perform on stage at the 142 Throckmorton Theatre, The Punchline, the Eureka Theatre, The Marsh, Mock Café, Sweeties, and Spanganga, as well as for corporate and non-profit events and private parties. Since 1991, she has worked in the marketing department of Jossey-Bass and Pfeiffer Publishers. Karen has a wealth of knowledge about leading-edge business and training materials and deals directly with well-known training authors such as Elaine Biech, Mel Silberman, Jean Barbazette, and Sivasailam "Thiagi" Thiagaragan.Karen is a cofounder of Golden Gate Writers. This Bay Area company which created humorous material for presentations for entertainers, sports figures, and politicians including Rodney Dangerfield, Robert Goulet, Anthony Frank the former Postmaster General of the United States, Fife Symington the former Governor of Arizona, sportscaster and Baseball Hall of Famer Joe Morgan and basketball Hall of Famer, Nate Thurmond.

MaryAnn Johnston loves movement, music, and making things up. She is a skilled improviser and facilitator, leading improv classes for the San Mateo Peninsula Library System and the Larrys' own Camp Improv. MaryAnn performs with the Americana band, The Living Room Set. She has studied theater movement with Geoff Hoyle, Nina Wise, and Ruth Zaporah, and music improvisation with Rhiannon, Joey Blake and David Worm. MaryAnn is a Certified Music Practitioner intern through the Music for Healing & Transition Program.

Lisa Safran
conducts international workshops for educators showing how to use improvisation for team building, cooperation, and improving language skills. In addition to elementary teaching, she performed as a stand-up comedienne and improvisational actress for several years in the United States and Canada. Lisa has a Masters of Arts in Teaching from John F. Kennedy University in Orinda, California with an emphasis on multiple intelligence theory.

Mick Laugs
is an accomplished facilitator for corporate team-building and communication skill development using improv skills and techniques with major Fortune 500 companies. He is a multi-lingual German citizen, born in Japan, raised in Hong Kong and Switzerland and now lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has a BA in Economics/ International Relations from Claremont McKenna College. Mick has honed his communication and facilitation skills by holding senior sales, marketing and publicity positions in various San Francisco Bay Area companies. He has done radio and voice-over work, both professionally and on a volunteer basis, and teaches improvisation classes & retreats throughout the Bay Area.

Bruce Yelaska
has been an instructor at the University of California at Berkeley Extension since 1982, where he has taught various design classes and conducted symposiums with Paul Rand, Saul Bass and George Nelson. Bruce has performed improv with the Too Many Larrys and the VoiceOne Sunday Recess Players and has also taught improv classes with the Too Many Larrys', Camp Improv. He received his degree in Graphic and Industrial Design from the University of Illinois at Chicago. After working at several design firms in Chicago and San Francisco he established Bruce Yelaska Design in 1984. Work for his wide range of clients includes logo design and branding, print, packaging, signage, environments, advertising and web sites. His award winning work has been shown in various publications in the United States, Europe and Japan.

Paula Mancillas is a school psychologist...she developed her sense of humor in her former career as a legal secretary (because as everyone knows, attorneys are crack-ups). A San Francisco native, our newest Larry found her niche with improv two years ago.