Our Educators

Travis Johnson

Travis was an athlete as a youth and in his 20s become a public speaker &  trainer. Later on, his eyes were opened when he learned artistic performers experience the same feeling he had been pursuing in his career - the love of connecting a team with a common goal.


Now over 20 years later, he is still a speaker &  trainer, & has proudly added actor & improvisor to his roles. He loves the arts & hopes to impart to others the incredible skills it has to offer.

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David Raftery

David has been performing and teaching improv in the Valley of the Sun since 2012. His travels of improv have taken him to ASU, MCC, GCU, Mesa Arts Center, The Torch, and JesterZ, where he has either performed, taught or learned from some of the greatest people on earth. He ran the improv troupe, "Names from a Hat" for 5 years, learning how to produce a show and lead within improv. 

Jennifer Giralo

Jennifer has been performing improv for over 10 years and recently started performing stand up. She has performed several improv festivals.

 

Jennifer is proud to be in the improv duo Wedding Party with Aleks Hollis. Aleks and Jennifer host a podcast called Bish, Don’t: The Podcast.

Jennifer also co-hosts Building Bridges Improv Podcast with David Raftery and Listen to Our Improv Podcast with Caitlyn Rogers. 

Jennifer is co-host of a weekly open mic at The Bridge Improv Theater with Cam Kiernan.

Follow Jennifer’s work on Instagram @Jennifer_Giralo.

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Genevieve Ticlo

Genevieve comes from a background of musical theater, choir, and speech and debate. She discovered improv in 2016 while looking for a new way to create and perform and has been learning and performing ever since. Genevieve has previously performed and taught at JesterZ Improv in Mesa, AZ and loves working with students who are newly discovering the joys of creating and discovering together.

 
 
 
 

Lou Moon

Lou Moon is a stand-up comedian with five years of experience. He’s performed on the road and for festivals all over the country. Lou is passionate about comedy and excited to share what he's learned from his experiences.

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Aaron Decker

Aaron has been doing comedy in Arizona for over 10 years. Since high school Aaron has directed multiple sketch comedy shows. He has performed improv with Names From A Hat, Outliers, and The Bridge Improv Theater.

Aaron has many accolades. In 2018, The New York Times said of Aaron, “Please stop sending us emails asking for us to give you an accolade quote”.

Aaron hopes to make you laugh and feel joy in your life.

 

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Jess Klemm

Jess began her improv journey in 2018, taking classes with David Raftery and through the Torch Theater. She quickly found herself committed to the craft and loves that improv encourages failure, connection, and creativity but is also something anyone can do. 

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Solomon Cruz

Solomon was taught the many applications of improv, from storytelling, interpersonal communications, and scene work enhancement in acting classes he took in his youth.

In college, Solomon met David Raftery and as Solomon puts it, "He took my skills and molded it into organized chaos to be the ultimate energy booster in any scene."

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