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Tricia Bitetto | Lead Producer
 

Tricia is a New Jersey native and has a background in producing, arts management, and improvisation. Tricia honed her skills at McCarter Theatre, Princeton’s Tony Award-Winning Theatre, working with production staff to facilitate the patron experience for over 1,000 multi-disciplinary performances in multiple venues and coordinating a team of close to 300 volunteers and staff. She’s also an improviser who has practiced, performed, and directed with a NJ-based team until moving to Boston to join IB. She’s a graduate of Juniata College with a degree in Theater Performance and Arts Management. 
 

Mike Carr | Comedy School Manager

 
A Somerville native (and Mission:IMPROVable alum), Mike is the former Artistic Director of SAK Comedy Lab in Orlando, one of the largest theaters and training centers for improvisation in the Southeast US. Mike has experience at iO, Second City, and in addition to his current directing, performing, and teaching responsibilities at SAK, has been a principal actor for The Walt Disney Company for 12 years. His performance and teaching credits include longform, shortform and musical improv as well as a love for all things sketch and standup. His well-rounded comedy passions are a perfect match for ImprovBoston’s inclusive philosophy. A nationally known improviser with local roots, Mike is happy to be back in town and contributing to ImprovBoston's mission.
 
Matt Laidlaw | Marketing and Communications Manager
 

Kelly MacFarland | Sales

 
As an experienced stand-up comedian, Kelly has an extensive and well-rounded resume including comedy clubs, theaters, colleges, festivals, television appearances and entertaining US troops overseas. Kelly was first runner up in the 2009 Boston Comedy Festival, voted Best of the Fest 2010 Aspen Rooftop Comedy Festival, performed with the Oddball Festival 2015 and has been a featured headliner for the Boston Women in Comedy Festival. Kelly has appeared on Stand Up in Stilettos on the TV Guide Channel and Comedy Central’s Premium Blend. Kelly is the host of the web series, Fit or Fad on www.ulive.com. Most recently, Kelly was part of the Top 100 Comedians of Last Comic Standing Season 9 and appeared on AXS Gotham Comedy LIVE. Kelly is also an accomplished improviser and has performed with the ImprovBoston National Touring Company since 2014. Kelly is currently writing a clever collection of short stories based on her stand up and her life. Kelly works nationally as a humor-wellness speaker. Sharing her life experiences in the unique way that only she can, audiences are pleasantly surprised by her candor. Kelly has been a featured keynote speaker for the American Heart Association GO Red for Women campaign for over 10 years.
 

Josh Shelor | Associate Producer

Josh combines his love for organization with his passion for the arts in his new role as Associate Producer here at ImprovBoston. A recent graduate of Emerson College, Josh spent most of his time working in public relations, event management, and directing and producing for the stage. He has spent his entire life working in theater, music, and arts administration, which help as he tackles group sales, internship programming, website maintenance, and anything else we can throw at him. He has worked in Massachusetts at the Lyric Stage Company of Boston, Underground Railway Theater, Boston Playwright’s Theatre, Endicott College, as well as Wayside Theatre in the hills of Virginia.

 
 

Leslie Walstrom | Chair, Board of Directors

 

 

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.