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.


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. 

Johnny Kalita

Johnny has been an actor/improviser for 15+ years. Hailing from Chicago, he is a graduate of The Second City Conservatory, i.O. Chicago, and The Annoyance. He has performed in dozens of improv teams, sketch shows, plays, films, and commercials. In parallel, he trained in Meisner at Black Box Studios run by Steppenwolf Ensemble member Audrey Francis. Johnny shares his experience and knowledge to help students build confidence and skills in creating compelling characters, fostering teamwork/groupmind, exploring environment/object work, and adding value to scenes with dynamic editing/scene painting. Johnny values improvisation, not only as a wonderful artform in itself, but as a great tool to become a better actor/writer/director and a way to approach life.


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.


Meghan Ramos

Meghan Ramos is currently studying to get an associates degree in the performing arts. She has performed with The Blackbox Foundation (The Unmanageables, Exit 185, Battlemoose), The Torch Theatre  (Franklin Institute, Around The House), and The Bridge Improv Theatre (MainStage cast, Hot Girl Summer. She has also co-founded/directed the teams Ordered Chaos and Casa Grande Middle School Varsity Advanced Choir. 
Meghan has a history of acting, music, technical theater, and stage and production management. She has been doing short and long form improv for over 10 years and she has since been deemed as “ruthlessly playful'' and fell in complete love for the art of listening, laughing, and trusting that comes from improv comedy.


Jacob Stovall

Jacob Stovall is a mainstage performer at the Bridge Improv Theater. Prior to improvising, Jacob spent 7 years performing in community theater productions throughout the valley. During his time performing, he earned two national youth arts awards nominations and was an Arizona Young Artists Competition finalist for acting. He then went on to perform at the Torch Theater where he performed on teams like the Light Rail Pirates, The Dangerous Trio, and one of the Torch Theater’s house teams, Franklin Institute. He can currently be seen on mainstage and performing with Socrates Fish Fish Descartes Philosophy Treehouse.


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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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Eric Cohen

Eric Cohen is an educator, team builder, and improviser. He was introduced to
improv on a high school date where he fell in love…with improv…and has studied and performed since then. He credits his improv education and training to In Between the Lines Improv Troupe (IBTL), Geva Theater, and The Bridge Improv Theater. He was previously a high school math teacher and middle school STEM tutor and is excited to merge his passions of teaching young minds and doing improv comedy.

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Dan Thomson

Dan Thomson is a comedian, actor, and improviser from Phoenix. He performs all over the valley and is happy to call the Bridge Improv Theater his new home for improv comedy.

Prior to performing at the Bridge, Dan is most proud to have produced the (locally) acclaimed, “Literally The Worst Show Ever”, and his own show, “One Night Only!”. He has also been a regular in TV commercials, industrial training videos, and at Stand Up Live, the Tempe Improv and Copper Blues Live, opening for headliners you both have and haven’t heard of! Dan also enjoys coaching high school improv troupes and teaching the next generation of improvisers how to shamelessly guilt friends and family into attending more shows than they ever thought they would.

Caitlyn Rogers

Caitlyn (she/her) has been doing improv since 2014. She played in Hale & Hearty, Beeswax, Franklin Institute, and The Neighborhood at the Torch Theatre. Her deep cut/b-side teams include Technicolor Sunset, Haroldception, Improvised Keynote Speaker, Rodney: Behind the Music, Exploding Ladies, and Baby Steps; she hasn't forgotten them. In March 2019, Caitlyn's teams won the Cerberus Cup and the Phoenix Improv Playoffs (PIP), which she hopes wasn't her improv peak. 

In addition to being on the Bridge's mainstage cast, Caitlyn is a member of Deborah and Hot Girl Summer. She's the designated grounded player, but she just might surprise you.

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