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The super cute and creative cast of The Improv People

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Anne Campbell

New York, NY

 

Anne hails from New York City where she has starred and performed in many productions as a professional actress and singer in the Manzana Grande as well as in regional theaters and touring companies throughout the Midwest and East Coast, including Michigan Rep, Lake George, DOBAMA Cleveland, as well as those based in New York City. Anne was founding member and director of two State Council of the Arts theater companies in New York and Michigan. She was also a commercial film producer.

 

She is grateful to the Improv People for their YES, AND attitude, and because she doesn’t have to memorize any lines.

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Gina Giampaoli

San Miguel de Allende, MX

 

Gina has a MA in Education, teaches Spanish and English, and is a freelance translator. Her experience on stage began with ballet as a child growing up in San Miguel and transitioned to theatre while attending college in Querétaro where she joined El teatro de la media luna. She has performed on stages in Mexico and the United States and has directed numerous plays including The Nerd and The Vagina Monologues.

 

Some of Gina’s favorite roles are Gertrude Garnet in The Lady in Question, Titania in A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream, Tansy in The Nerd, and Anita in West Side Story. Gina is delighted to be part of The Improv People.

Barbara Ziff

Chapel Hill, NC

Barbara enjoys all aspects of the theater, both on stage and behind the scenes.  Recently, she has appeared in the San Miguel Playreaders productions of Lunenberg and Angel Street.  At the San Miguel Playhouse, she has worked on more that two dozen productions as Stage Manager or Property Master.   She enjoys the creative challenge of designing and making props that add to the magic of theater.
Her real theatrical love is improv, especially getting to “make things up” with her fellow improvisers. 
 
Barbara is a founding member of The Improv People.

Eli Hans

México City, MX

Eli, the artistic director of The Improv People, is an actor, director and acting coach. He began acting very early on (his specialty was award-winning tantrums), and eventually attended The Stella Adler Acting Academy. As a professional actor, he has worked in TV, film and video, musical and theatrical productions and enjoyed a successful voice-over career for nearly two decades. He spent a few years at San Diego's Old Globe Theater as director of a renowned bilingual theatre education program.

 

In addition to theatre, Eli is a life and business coach, and transformational workshop leader along with his husband Joseph Bennett.

 

He's currently in production of his original mostly one-man musical Out Of The Blue. 

Joseph Bennett

San Diego, CA

Joseph is the founder and managing director of The Improv People. He began working in theatre in elementary school, and has studied acting, ballet, jazz dance, comedy and improv. He's been lucky enough to teach improv, stand uP comedy, art and several  personal growth workshops in San Miguel.

An accomplished assemblage artist, practicing hypnotherapist and life coach, Joseph is also the co-host of the podcast Are You Waiting for Permission? with New York-based actor and improvisor Meridith Grundei.