Lab Director: Paula Pazderka

Paula Pazderka has been studying and performing improv and theater for over 20 years.  She started studying improv in Chicago under inspiring teachers such as Susan Messing, Mick Napier and Charna Halpern.

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Stakeholder/Partner: Rose Werth

Rose Werth is a performer, actor, storyteller, and producer based in Durham, NC. She is a founding partner and stakeholder of Mettlesome. For the last several years, she has performed in shows in North Carolina and across the country with local theater and improv companies.

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Stakeholder: Josh Rowsey

Joshua “Rowdy” Rowsey is an underground North Carolina recording artist, actor/improviser, and writer featured on NPR, DJ Booth, Indy Week, and various national publications–most recently performing at the Del Close Marathon alongside improvisers such as Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation).

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Stakeholder/Partner: Ashley Melzer

Ashley Melzer is an improviser, writer, photographer, and filmmaker based in Durham, NC. Born in North Florida, she received her Bachelors in Cinematic Arts from the University of Southern California and then a Masters in Folklore from UNC-Chapel Hill. 

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Stakeholder: Dan Desalva

Dan DeSalva has been performing comedy since 2006. Starting as a stand-up, Dan performed throughout the New York metropolitan area, affiliated with the Kids ’N Comedy program at the Gotham Comedy Club in New York, as well as Treehouse Comedy Productions in Connecticut.

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Stakeholder: Jack Reitz

Jack Reitz is an actor, writer, and improvisor based Durham, NC. He has been studying improv since 2004, first with the DSI Comedy theater in Chapel Hill, NC, and then with the UCB Theater and The Magnet Theater in NYC. 

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