Domenico (Mico) Pugliares was born in Sicily in 1967 but then moved to Milan where he has lived for the last 20 years. As strange as it might seem, he holds a master’s degree in Political Science. After dedicating many years to music (he’s been on stage since 1985), he began devoting himself to the theatre. He began studying acting at the Cooperativa Theatre in Milan with many important names of the Italian theatrical scene. Mico started his experience of theatrical improvisation studying at the Improvisation School of Milan “Teatribù”, where he became a teacher after three years of training and then Artistic Director. He continued studying improvisation with international names like Randy Dixon, Charles Castillo, Omar Galvan, Kevin John Gillese, Amber Nash, Stephen Sim, Jill Bernard, Orla Mc Govern, Rama Nicholas and David Razosky. In the last 14 years he’s been teaching theatrical improvisation techniques and acting around Italy and Europe. He’s been teaching and he has been part of many theatrical improvisation show at festivals (and private schools) in Sweden, Ireland, Portugal, England, Spain, Finland, Germany, Turkey, Switzerland, Holland, France, Denmark, Bulgary, Austria and USA. As an actor, author and director he takes part in many productions of “official” theatre, working with various theatres in Italy. Among them the Piccolo Teatro of Milan, one of the most important theatre in Europe. His professional path and inspirations come from merging the tools of improvisation with those of text-based theatre.
Amanda Rountree (USA)
Amanda Rountree has been performing improvisational theatre professionally since 1992, teaching since 1998, and directing since 2002. In 2014, she moved to the Atlanta area from Chicago, where she was a faculty member with the Second City Training Center. Previously, she was a performer and instructor with Unexpected Productions and a performer, instructor, and Co-Artistic Director of Playback Theater Northwest in Seattle. She currently performs, teaches, and directs throughout the Atlanta area and beyond. More can be found at amandarountree.com.
Gael Doorneweerd-Perry (France)
Gael founded Strasbourg’s main improv group La Carpe Haute, and spends his time teaching and performing improv in and outside of France. He is known for his sound effects -even in silent scenes- and his incomparable mimed fishing skills. Improv Fest Ireland is part of their Honeymoon Tour around the world.
Kevin Scott (USA)
Kevin Scott is a founding member of 3 legendary long-form improv ensembles (Chicago's Bang Bang, New York's Burn Manhattan and Centralia) and has been teaching techniques developed with each of those ensembles for the last 20 years. Kevin began teaching sketch writing and improvisation for the world famous Second City in Chicago in the 1990s. His students have gone on to work in TV and movies (Saturday Night Live, TheDaily Show, The Officeand more) He is a specialist in physical/organic improvisation as well as comedic improvisation and has taught for The BIG IFin Barcelona and The Wurzburger Improtheater Festivalas well as in Padua Italy, London England and Hamburg Germany. Kevin is also a filmmaker and director. His credits include Video Director and consultant for Marc Maron's Jerusalem Syndrome. He has developed and directed comedy TV pilots for Viacom and Fremantle Media. He co-created and/or directed several Web series including: Succesorizew/Matt Oberg, TMIfeaturing Ellie Kemper and Kristin Schaal, Law & Order: Internsfeaturing Grace Helbig. Kevin has had his work shown on the Sundance Channel and Comedy Central.
Laura Doorneweerd-Perry (Netherlands)
When Laura is not traveling the world, she can be found cycling the Amsterdam canals between her jobs as actress, trainer and AD of TVA Impro. She loves slow motion running, bloody fights and smoking. On stage, that is.
Vanessa Anton (USA)
Vanessa is from San Diego, CA where she is the Director of Inclusion & Vulnerability for Cornerstone Improv. She's taught for University of CA San Diego Extension, Finest City Improv, The Torch in Phoenix, Orange County Improv Fest, Stranger Than Fiction in New Hampshire, MissImp in Nottingham, Liverpool Comedy Improv, University Centre Shrewsbury and Mischief Managed in Chester.
She's trained at UCB, The Annoyance and Pack Theater and obsessively at improv camps, festivals and wherever possible. She has been improvising for over 10 years and is excited to be back at Improv Fest Ireland.
Dan Seyfried (France)
Dan practises theater for 20 years. He began to study improv 11 years ago in Strasbourg in particular with Marko Mayerl. He was part of several groups in Strasbourg. Since 2014, he participate regularly in diverse festivals around the world, playing in 19 countries, teaching and studying. He trains also to the Meisner technic since january 2015 with Keith Farqhar. In other significant events, Dan participated in the marathon of the improv (accumulated 193 hours, 24 hours a day during 7 days) with Inédit Théâtre in 2011 and coached a French team in 2014 and 2015. Dan adores all the types of improv, whether it is short, long or free form, as we see on stage the connection between the partners and the pleasure to play. He is now and forever a member of La Carpe Haute, a professional group he created in 2012 with his best friends. Last but not least, he is very grateful when we pay him some drinks!
Gary Schwartz (USA)
BGary Schwartz is an actor, director, master improvisational acting coach. Gary’s twenty-year association with world-renowned theater educator and author, Viola Spolin, provides the foundation for his work today. He is endorsed by both Viola Spolin and her son, the legendary original director of Second City, Paul Sills. Gary provides the voices to several popular video game characters such as Heavy Weapon’s Guy and Demoman in Team Fortress 2, Litch, Sniper, and Pugna.in DOTA 2 and Langus Tuno in Star Wars: The Old Republic. He maintains several websites devoted to Spolin including http://spolingamesonline.org. A video library of examples of Spolin’s games.