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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 nine 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 makes 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 renowned 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, and 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.

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 its 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.

Jamie Loftus | Associate Producer

Jamie Loftus is a human person who is thrilled to be serving as an Associate Producer after being a longtime employee and performer with the theater. A former House Manager at IB and current performer and instructor of sketch comedy, she performs with her two-person troupe Divorced Siblings all over the country. She also performs standup comedy, but not with other people, because that is not how that works.

Loftus wrote and directed the sketch mainstage production of "Death Wish," a choose-your-own-adventure comedy that debuted in 2014. On a day-to-day basis, she works alongside the other heroes on staff to communicate with the crew and community, develop the myriad of wonderful festivals that pass through ImprovBoston's doors and make the audience experience all it can be. This is her second draft of her bio.

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 is 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)


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 twenty 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 twelve 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, two kids, two dogs, three cats, two guinea pigs, an amazing and fantastic mother-in-law, and sixteen 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.