Brian is a Second City and iO alum with nearly 20 years experience performing, writing and teaching comedy and improvisation. Brian has appeared in feature films including Blockers and television shows such as Key & Peele. He’s written for Girl Boss on Netflix and can be seen performing in Delicious Moments here at Westside!
Carla Cackowski is a writer and improviser living in Los Angeles. She regularly tours across the country with her two person improv show, “Orange Tuxedo”. Carla toured on boats with Second City and performed on Harold Teams at both iO West and UCB Los Angeles. She directed the International Ensemble at the Vancouver Improv Festival in the fall of 2018 and has traveled all over the world teaching and performing in comedy festivals. Carla is an improv teacher at The Second City in Hollywood and is the Training Center Director at Mi’s Westside Comedy Theater in Santa Monica.
Jeffrey Thompson is an actor and writer who performs on Gravity and Wasted History at the Westside and also helps produce the Westside Comedy Festival. He teaches psychology at Citrus College, works as a tax preparer, and produces short films with his group, Great Hair Productions. He’s also a huge nerd and can be found playing video games when he’s not performing somewhere in LA or buried under a pile of paperwork.
Zach is a member of house team Heyday and genre improv group Kind Strangers. He is the former Artistic Director and Managing Director at the iO West Theater in Hollywood. He’s taught and performed at theaters and festivals in 7 States and 2 foreign countries. He loves teaching and performing improv too much, really, he should pull it back a bit.
Al Garcia has been involved with the WCT for over a decade as a student/performer and is currently on the faculty. He has taught drop-in classes, workshops, and coached multiple teams… he incorporates both traditional and unconventional approaches to improv, with an emphasis on fun and mutual respect. Al’s graduate work involved topics including anxiety reduction and neuroplasticity in the brain, which he also applies to the world of teaching and performing. Finally, he is a consultant and life coach for his business model called Unconventional Solutions.
Jon is an improvisor, sketch writer and performer, and instructor at Westside. He can currently be seen on stage with the theater’s longest-running improv house team Cobranauts, with the cast of the monthly Improv Diary show, and as host of the weekly Improv Jam on Monday nights. You can also catch him on the LA indie improv scene, including with Star Wars-themed improv show Wretched Hive.
Originally from Detroit, Jon relocated to Los Angeles after completing a Masters in Humanities at the University of Chicago.
Amelia (Ami) Clover is an improviser and voice over actress. She began her improv career at M.I.’s Westside Comedy Theater at the theater’s inception in 2009. Graduating from their program, she continued her training at UCB, iO West, and with Miles Stroth. She’s performed internationally at numerous improv festivals including Improvaganza in Hawaii and Mount Olymprov in Greece. Currently, Ami not only teaches both improv and voice over at M.I.’s Westside Comedy theater, but also performs on the house team, Gravity and coaches the alley team, Kitty Glitter. As a voice over actress, Ami’s voice has been featured in commercials for GNC, Target, Nintendo, and GooglePlay and video games such as Contagion II and Heroes of Newerth. For more information, please visit www.ameliaclover.com