Donna Connolly has a BA in Media Studies from Hunter College, a JD from American University, and began her improv training with Ben Taxy in 2011. She has studied and performed at the Box in Albuquerque and taken workshops with improv greats Alan Arkin and Dave Razowski. Donna works as an attorney representing Tribal groups.
Brian Crane has been teaching, studying and performing improvisational theater for over twenty years. As a performer, he cut his chops at the Improv Olympic in Chicago, under the direction of Del Close as a member of the first Harold team, Barron’s Barracudas. He has created and taught workshops for established improv companies, corporate clients, and high school students, with an emphasis on long form. Brian creates a fun and supportive environment in which he encourages relaxed, honest, and playful work. On the other hand, he says: “I will not gently nudge you in the direction you need to go. I will push you. Hard. But with love.”
Sounds like a perfect combination of fun, learning and love to us!
Kaki has a B.S. in Math and Computer Science from Gonzaga University and an M.S. in Computer Science from Colorado State University. She spent many years performing on stage and working behind the scenes with the Los Alamos Little Theater. She also spent three years on their Board of Directors, included serving as President. She began studying improv with Ben Taxy in 2011, and has subsequently studied and performed as a student at the Box in Albuquerque and worked with several teachers in Santa Fe, including having the honor of attending a hosted workshop by Alan Arkin. Kaki works as a High Performance Computing system administrator at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Michael Lovato has been performing improv since 2006. After a class at Second City LA, Michael found a home at The Box Theater in Albuquerque, performing with a variety of groups, most recently "The Show," New Mexico's longest running improv show, from 2013 to late 2018. Having accumulated over 500 performances, Michael has also enjoyed teaching classes, workshops, as well as directing "Big Feelings," a Box Theater long form house team.
Michael is also a SAG-AFTRA actor with credits in theater and film ranging from Paris in Romeo and Juliet to a recurring role alongside Nick Nolte in Graves.
Kita Mehaffy has an M.A. in Public Administration and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing. She has produced award-winning independent short films and been involved in most aspects of theater, including as a dramaturg, playwright, and script consultant. She’s a dramatic editor for Clockhouse, a national literary journal, and a freelance literary editor. She is published in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry and her short plays produced countrywide. She has a long standing and varied background teaching both adults and teens.
What Kita sees as paramount is the opportunity to provide a venue of learning and socially conscious growth. One where the goals are to be present for each other and to feel safe using one’s own words creatively, spontaneously, and truthfully. That’s Santa Fe Improv. And it’s her great pleasure to be a part of a team of incredibly creative, talented educators and artists.
Scott Plunket studied Theatre Arts at Dartmouth College. After arriving in Santa Fe in the mid 90’s he wrote and produced plays with Montessori students and ran creative writing groups. For the last 14 years, he’s worked on film production teams including Longmire, Crazy Heart, Sicario, and Terminator. Scott studied improv with Ben Taxy, and has been lauded as our most highly rated beginner’s teacher.
Gabe Smith received his B.A. in theater with an emphasis in directing from UC Santa Barbara and his JD from the University of Wyoming. Gabe started at ComedySportz –High School League when he was 14 and graduated to the ComedySportz performance team.
At UCSB he founded their first improv group, Major League Improv, which he directed and played in, focusing on both short and longform improv. Gabe has also trained at UCB Los Angeles where he completed their program and wrote sketch comedy for UCB Late Night. Gabe is a District Attorney.
Pamela Thompson has facilitated workshops across the country as the Executive Director and Founder of The Life Monologue Project. Her work has been featured in Rosie Magazine, Spirituality & Health and the CBS Early Show. Her book, The Cancer Monologue Project (MacAdam/Cage) was created from these workshops. “O” Oprah’s Magazine applauded Pamela’s work and this book calling it “a necessity and a gift.” Thompson was also a founding member of The ARK, in Madison, Wisconsin, an Improv/Repertory theater company, and two improv companies in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Thompson has written and performed in a two-woman show (Pregnant Pause) and a three-woman show, (A Woman’s Work…). For the past six years Thompson has gratefully and happily been a Life Coach at Second Arrow Coaching in Santa Fe.