Stephen Rosenfield is the Director of American Comedy Institute. He coaches and directs performers ranging from beginners to Emmy and Tony Award-winning and Oscar-nominated star talent. The accomplishments of Stephen Rosenfield's students include starring roles in movies, network and premium cable television series, commercials, Broadway and off-Broadway productions, and hosting their own radio programs. His students have made development deals with CBS, ABC, Fox, HBO, Paramount, the Henson Co. and Tribune Entertainment. They have made appearances on Letterman, Leno, Conan O'Brien, The Daily Show, SNL, Last Comic Standing, and Comedy Central Shows including Comedy Central Presents, one hour specials, and Comedy Central's Premium Blend. They have appeared in the Montreal, Aspen, and Las Vegas Comedy Festivals. They have appeared in both the Edinburgh and New York International Fringe Festivals, and in every comedy club in N.Y. and L.A., and in clubs throughout the U.S. and around the world. They have written for Saturday Night Live, the Late Show with David Letterman, The Chris Rock Show and have written and starred in their own one-person shows off-Broadway, and at Caroline's on Broadway, the Gotham Comedy Club and the New York International Fringe Festival. Stephen Rosenfield has produced, written and directed comedy shows at Caroline's on Broadway, Gotham Comedy Club, PSNBC, Stand-Up New York, The Comic Strip, Don't Tell Mama and The Improv. For three years he produced, directed and wrote for Rubber Feet, the sketch comedy group that appeared regularly at The Comic Strip. He directed and co-authored the Obie Award-winning musical comedy review, The Present Tense. He has directed plays at the Roundabout Theater, The Ensemble Studio Theater, The Actor's Studio, Manhattan Class Company and the Intiman Theatre. He received the Los Angeles Drama-Logue Award and a Robby nomination for his direction of the musical, Charlie and Algernon.
Stephen has been a guest artist and lecturer in comedy at Brigham Young University, Virginia Commonwealth University, Barnard College, University of Washington, The New School, New York University, and the Union Theological Seminary. He was the founding Artistic Director of Humber College's Program in Comedy, a former Professor of Theatre and Comedy and the former Director of the Comedy Program at William Patterson University. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST). Stephen has a BA in Theatre and Drama cum laude from Lawrence University and a MFA in Theatre Direction from Stanford University.
Joe Schiappa teaches comedy writing. He is a writer/performer based in New York City. He is a winner of the Sierra Mist Creative Lab. He most recently wrote for MTV's Silent Library. He has worked as a theatre director specializing in developing shows that have gone Off Broadway, to the HBO Comedy Festival in Aspen in 2003 and 2007 and the Strip in the Las Vegas. Joe trained with the Second City Training Center and Shira Piven of The Piven Theatre. He currently performs and teaches sketch and improv at The People's Improv Theatre in New York City.
Joannie Mackenzie teaches acting. On Broadway, her students have been featured in Cabaret, Fosse, Love, Valour and Comission, The Pajama Game, and on television in The Guiding Light and One Life to Live. Her acting process provides students the opportunity to investigate their individuality as a performer. It gives them the chance to explore their own uniqueness as an actor. Ms. Mackenzie is also a working actress. Most recently she appeared in Twelfth Night in the role of Sir Andrew Aguecheek at the Hudson Guild Theatre and as The Servant in Howard Barker’s Judith at the Kraine Theater in Manhattan. She has also performed at the Manhattan Theater Club, Seattle Repertory Company, Asolo Repertory Company and in summer stock, television and independent films. Ms. Mackenzie’s directing credits include sketch comedy performances at Caroline’s and The Gotham Comedy Club as well as staged readings of Suzanne Mernyk’s Fortune Cookies at the Neighborhood Playhouse and Edna O’Brien’s Virginia for the Shakespeare’s Sister Company.
Deb Rabbai has been performing professionally for the last twenty years. She's a producer, co-creator and performer in the critically acclaimed improvised musical comedy, "Broadway’s Next Hit Musical!" www.broadwaysnexthitmusical.com and performs with the National touring company of Chicago City Limits. She is an experienced teacher of improvisation who has taught at New York University, Marymount Manhattan, Humber Comedy Center, New York Improv Festival, Funny Women Festival, Orlando Fringe Festival, Improv etc. & Weist Barron. She has led workshops on "Teamwork and Creativity" to corporate executives with Revlon, Oxygen Network, Merck, Pfizer, AAA, Bristol Myers Squibb, Credit Suisse and Genentech among others. She has created programs which teach curriculum through improvisation and has taught improvisation through Arts Connection, Arts Horizons, Young Audiences and Theatre for a New Audience in the New York, New Jersey & Connecticut public schools. She's appeared on Late Night with Conan O'Brien and in a commercial for Mastercard. She's done voice overs for television and radio for products you love and created the voice for "Shenfa" in the SEGA Dreamcast game "Shenmue." She is well known as a voice actress among anime fans having voiced over 40 anime films. www.misspeep.blogspot.com
Stan Zimmerman teaches Sitcom Audition Technique. Stan's extraordinary television comedy credits include: Writer/Producer: Gilmore Girls ( WB), Roseanne ( ABD) WGA Nomination- Best Comedy Episode for the infamous "Kiss Episode." The Golden Girls (NBC) WGA Nomination-Best Comedy Episode and Writer: Annie (ABC-Movie of the Week). His film credits include: Writer: The Brady Bunch Movie and A Very Brady Sequel.
Rick Dorfman teaches Career Planning. As a talent manager, he has discovered and managed the careers of some of the best comedians in New York City. Over the years he is responsible for discovering and managing the careers of Greg Giraldo, Ed Helms, Demetri Martin, Amy Schumer and John Mullaney just to name a few. He has developed and created TV deals for a multitude of comedy stars such as Mike Birbiglia, Richard Jeni, Mario Cantone and many other clients. Dorfman's management and production companies continue to push the entertainment boundaries, and as a result he became an adjunct professor at Drexel University teaching his new approach to management.
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