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Tom Spataro | Managing Director
Tom joins ImprovBoston after a lengthy tenure in non-profit arts management with the Boston Crusaders, a nearly 75 year old performing arts and educational organization. Over 9 years with the Crusaders, Tom's goal as Executive Director was to evolve the business while cultivating a supportive atmosphere and administrative team enabling the best possible arts opportunities for the community. Tom's strategic leadership of a mission-driven performance and educational institution with a family and history of passionate performers, artists, alumni and fans make him an excellent match for ImprovBoston. Tom has made a career working with and supporting artists, enabling their creativity to flourish while focusing on strengthening the business behind the stage. In addition to his work with the Crusaders, Tom has served on the Board of Directors of Drum Corps International (DCI) and was recognized as the DCI Director of the Year in 2011.
Tom is a Boston College alum, a classic rock aficionado (which apparently now includes Nirvana) and a Tolkien fiend. He has no free time anymore, as he and his wife are managed by twin girls.
Mike Descoteaux | Artistic Director
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Mike Descoteaux is the full time Artistic Director of ImprovBoston and former director of the nationally renown Charles River Creative Arts Program as well as founder of the celebrated Music Program at The Second City Training Center in Chicago. Among other notable arts leadership positions, Mike is founder and director of the critically acclaimed sketch satire, Best Church of God, named “Best Sketch Comedy in Chicago” several years running. In various capacities, Mike has collaborated with Tony, Emmy and Oscar-award winning artists and, with equal passion, students and emerging artists of all ages.
A smattering of the artists Mike has had the privilege to work alongside include Stephen Colbert, Martin Short, Keegan Michael-Key, Richard Kind, Rachel Dratch, Brian Gallivan, Nicole Parker, TJ Jagadowki, Scott Adsit, Joe Bill, Dave Razowski, Vanessa Bayer, Mick Napier, Aidy Bryant, Jack McBrayer, Jason Robert Brown, Norbert Leo-Butz, Jackie Hoffman, Jill Bernard, Kevin McDonald and comedy giants like Baby Wants Candy, Improvised Shakespeare, The Annoyance, ComedySportz, iO, and the Magnet. Mike has directed ImprovBoston's National Touring Company, The Family Show, and numerous indie sketch and improv ensembles. Mike has been seen on NBC, CBS, A&E, and WGN. Mike, a Northwestern University grad, has received a Jeff Award, After Dark Award, Paynter Award and was named one of the top young songwriters in the country by the Johnny Mercer/AMTP association. Mike is thrilled to combine his experience in improv, teaching, directing, music and arts management into this one dream position serving this one dream community.
Emily Holland | Associate Producer
Emily Holland gracefully attempts to keep up with the daily #hustle in the ImprovBoston office as Associate Producer. She helps maintain communication as effectively as possible with artists inside and outside of IB's walls as well as help with the production of the festivals, workshops and general greatness that IB is known for. Emily is also a regular cast member, producer of the College Comedy Festival, and instructor at ImprovBoston’s Comedy School. She believes in the balance of life and passionately does all she can behind the scenes to ensure the best for guests and performers. Performing comedy for almost ten years, Emily has been fortunate to perform around the world. In 2011, she took the stage with ImprovBoston at the Tokyo Improv Festival to perform alongside Tokyo’s ImproJapan. Emily became a producer of the College Comedy Festival in 2012, transforming a competition between college troupes into a complete weekend festival of competition, shows and workshops. She can be found on stage Saturday nights with Face Off or in various ImprovBoston showcase shows. Emily is also a cast member of ImprovBoston’s Touring Company, bringing customized comedy and workshops to corporate, private or school events.
Dana Jay Bein | Project Manager, Standup Director
Dana Jay Bein is a standup comedian, improviser and motivator. Dana has made his life in comedy at ImprovBoston, where he the head of the Standup Program, a company cast member (Face Off / MISTER DIPLOMAT) and a veteran instructor of the ImprovBoston Comedy School. He has brought his performances and workshops to Boston College, MIT, Stonehill College, Boston University, Wellesley College, Dartmouth College, Northeastern University and UMass Boston. In 2008, Dana was featured as a standup coach on MTV and has performed in over 1,000 shows to date. He currently produces, books and hosts The Peoples Show and The Comedy Lottery at ImprovBoston in Cambridge, MA. Voted Best Boston Comedian on Twitter in 2012 by readers of the Boston Comedy Scene Examiner (@danajaybein)
Jeff Perry | Comedy School Manager
Jeff Perry has been at ImprovBoston since 2007, where he is an instructor and the Comedy School Manager. He is a cast member of the Harold Night cast Specter. As a member of Harold Night since it's start in 2008, Jeff has also been a member of the casts Marjean, Plan B, and Birthday Milk, director of Plan B, On Deck, and Rich Uncle, as well as producer of the show for two years.
Mac Gostow | Associate Producer
Mac Gostow combines his expertise in marketing communications with his limitless passion for comedy as Associate Producer at ImprovBoston. After his college comedy troupe won the College Comedy Festival in 2013, Mac had a burning desire to get connected to the ImprovBoston community. Mac hit the ground running after graduation, serving as assistant to the Artistic Director, Mike Descoteaux. He spent his days slaving away as Communications Strategist of an advertising agency and his nights basking in the glory of ImprovBoston, assisting with marketing, public relations, scheduling, performer relations and show production. Mac served as an assistant producer of the 2014 College Comedy Festival and delighted in the opportunity to give back to the festival that catapulted his dreams. Mac is a cast member of ImprovBoston's Family Show and believes that laughter is the remedy to all mankind's problems.
Blair Howell | Chair, Board of Directors
Blair’s passion for the performing arts trails from a young age to present day – performing through grade school, high school, college and semi-professionally as an adult for over 20 years as an actor, dancer, director, choreographer, technical director, scenic craftsman and producer. From performing Chekov in Russia to leading roles in various ballet performances, to roles in numerous plays and musicals across New England, he has always carried a deep and pure love for improvisation and the performing arts. As a Scenic Craftsman at the A.R.T. for over 12 years, he carried multiple responsibilities in staging more than 100 theatrical productions. Armed with a degree in economics, a minor in accounting and a minor in dance, Blair shifted his career in the arts to the career in the live event marketing communications world, producing corporate events and videos across the US and abroad. Blair currently partners with clients at massAV, where he helps businesses to effectively and creatively communicate with audiences of willing listeners. He is a dedicated father, camper/hiker, soccer/lacrosse coach, motorcyclist, gardener and licensed skydiver. He lives in Reading with his wife Nancy, 2 kids, 2 dogs, 3 cats, 2 guinea pigs, an amazing and fantastic mother-in-law, and 16 chickens.
Blair is thrilled to be a part of and support the ImprovBoston community - and participate in some pretty funny business. Seeing improvisers and comedians of all kinds take chances, grow and challenge themselves in the many ways they are encouraged to at IB is inspiring - and he remains absolutely committed to ensuring that the belly busting laughter continues.
Will Luera | Artistic Director Emeritus
Will Luera joined ImprovBoston in 1997 as a member of the ImprovBoston Mainstage. Within two years he joined the TheatreSports cast and also became the director of Sitcom. In 1999, he left ImprovBoston to start his own improvisational theater company called Blue Screen, where he continued to direct Sitcom but also developed and directed Secret Society and Dropkick Bandito. In 2000, he rejoined ImprovBoston as Artistic Director, directing the Mainstage cast as well as premiere productions of Sitcom, Secret Society, Blue Screen, and Quest. He has appeared at the Chicago Improv Festival, New York Improv Festival, Greater Boston Improv Festival, and Toyota Comedy Festival and has studied improvisation with ImprovOlympic, The Second City, The Annoyance Theater, The Upright Citizens Brigade, and Keith Johnstone. In addition to his work at ImprovBoston, Will has taught improvisation classes all over the country and around the world, representing ImprovBoston as far east as Japan.