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the improv people

                  live improvisational theatre in san miguel de allende, mx

Barbara Ziff

Chapel Hill, NC

Barbara enjoys all aspects of the theater, both on stage and behind the scenes. Recently, she has appeared in the Playreaders productions of Lunenberg and Angel Street. At the San Miguel Playhouse, she has worked on more than a dozen productions as Stage Manager or Property Master. She enjoys the creative process of designing and making props for the Playhouse, and for the Siempre Swing big band. Her real theatrical love is improv, especially getting to “make things up” with her fellow improvisers. Barbara is a founding member of The Improv People.

Anne Campbell

New York, NY

Anne hails from New York City where she has starred and performed in many productions as a professional actress and singer in the Manzana Grande as well as in regional theaters and touring companies throughout the Midwest and East Coast, including Michigan Rep, Lake George, DOBAMA Cleveland, as well as those based in New York City. Anne was founding member and director of two State Council of the Arts theater companies in New York and Michigan. She was also a commercial film producer. She is grateful to the Improv People for their YES, AND attitude, and because she doesn’t have to memorize any lines.

Gina Giampaoli

San Miguel de Allende, MX

Gina has a MA in Education, teaches Spanish and English, and is a freelance translator. Her experience on stage began with ballet as a child growing up in San Miguel and transitioned to theatre while attending college in Querétaro where she joined El teatro de la media luna. She has performed on stages in Mexico and the United States and has directed numerous plays including The Nerd and The Vagina Monologues. Some of Gina’s favorite roles are Gertrude Garnet in The Lady in Question, Titania in A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream, Tansy in The Nerd, and Anita in West Side Story. Gina is delighted to be part of The Improv People.

Eli Hans

Mexico City, MX

Eli is an actor, director and acting coach. He began acting very early on (his specialty was award-winning tantrums), and eventually attended The Stella Adler Acting Academy. As a professional actor, he has worked in TV, film and video, musical and theatrical productions and has enjoyed a successful voice-over career for nearly two decades. He spent a few years at San Diego's Old Globe Theater as director of a renowned bilingual theatre education program. In addition to theatre, Eli enjoys woking as a life coach, and leading transformational workshops with his partner in crime, Joseph Bennett. Visit his website here. He is the artistic director of The Improv People.

Joseph Bennett

San Diego, CA

Joseph is the founder and managing director of The Improv People. He began playing in theatre in elementary school, and has studied acting, ballet, jazz dance, comedy and improv. He's been lucky enough to teach improv, stand uP comedy, art and several personal growth workshops in San Miguel. Joseph is also an accomplished assemblage artist and practicing hypnotherapist and life coach.