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. 

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Sarah Johnson

Sarah has been teaching improv to adults and children since 2017. With a degree in Social Work, Sarah wants to emulate the inventor of  “Improvisation for the Theater,” Viola Spolin (also a social worker). Sarah  is an award-winning Toastmaster and has authored a handful of books. More than anything, she loves being a mother of 4 children and wife of one husband. She says, "The lessons of improv have improved my family relationships. A lot."

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Savannah Hernandez

Savannah Hernandez is a rising comic based in Phoenix, Arizona. In her first year of stand up, she participated in comedy festivals around the United States, won “Phoenix’s Best New Female Comic,” and even took home the sacred frozen turkey after winning an annual stand up competition at the illustrious Tempe Improv. 

Her nights are spent working on new material at open mic nights, performing in clubs around the state, and teaching stand up to hopeful new comics in the valley. 


 

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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

Coming soon!

 

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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 also is 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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