City Theater Company's long running improv comedy show.
Fearless Improv creates comedy, on the spot, that has never been seen before and will never be seen again. The show is based on audience suggestions so you are part of the show!
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MEET THE CAST
Lauren Burawski, native Wilmingtonian, is a late-bloomer of improv comedy. While she was typically the “athletic” type growing up, she always dreamed of being on the big stage. But with a terrible singing voice, she figured being the star of the play was a fruitless pursuit. Later as an adult, she visited the improv mecca in Chicago, Second City, while in town running marathons. Eventually, Lauren came to her senses, stopped running all those miles, and took to the stage as an improviser of comedy. She hasn’t looked back since! Lauren’s favorite games are More Awesome, First Date, and Just a Scene. She has one son who will likely end up on stage someday as well - hopefully not tonight.
Sam Farrand is a licensed, certified speech-language pathologist by day, and an improv comedian by night (and also sometimes by day). He has done his fair share of musical and non-musical theater dating back to 2004 and dipped in and out of community theaters until about 2013 when he began doing Improv. With formal training from Philadelphia Improv Theater (PHIT) and a variety of coaches including Brad Engle from New York, and Gabriella Bottoni from Philadelphia, Sam was a member of Improv on Rye (Elkton, MD, 2013-2015) and Zoo Balloon (Philadelphia, PA, 2017-2018). He is thrilled to be a part of Wilmington's premier improv group and hopes to continue to show others what it means to be FEARLESS.
Staci Garber was born in Las Vegas, Nevada. She moved to Newark, Delaware in search of water. She can be found lurking onstage and backstage at any theatre company in the area that allows her to play, direct, choreograph, or manage. Her favorite shows to work on have been The Last Five Years, Newsies, Assassins, August Osage County, The Producers, and Civil War. When she can, she likes to bring her kids along, but you are probably not ready for what the eight year old brings to improv. When not on stage, she can be found teaching middle school social studies and theatre.
Gina Gennari lives with her son and two cats in Chester County PA. She fell in love with improv during a community education class in 2012 and played in various long and short form House Teams in Philly over the last decade plus. She also performed for ComedySportz Jersey Shore. Off-stage, Gina is a community college English professor who dabbles in writing and podcasting. She loves naps, ice cream, and the Philadelphia Flyers, in no particular order.
Mary Catherine Kelley
Mary Catherine is a City Theater veteran, having performed and directed there from the first season at the Black Box. Her favorite roles? Madame Armfeldt in A Little Night Music, Aunt Julia in The Dead, Old Lady/Blair in Sunday in the Park with George, various roles in Angels in America, Maria in Twelfth Night, and Queen Elizabeth I in The Beard of Avon. Elsewhere, MC has played Lady Macbeth (twice), Nurse Ratched in One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, and Amanda in The Glass Menagerie. She is a frequent director for the Arden Shakespeare Gild.
Jason Langin is our Fearless member from north of the Delaware border. A native New Yorker and Villanova University graduate, Jason works as a middle school English teacher in the 'burbs of Philadelphia. Besides teaching and performing for Fearless, Jason is a published author of middle grade fiction who enjoys riding roller coasters, cheating at solitaire, and listening to music with the volume high. Jason has been performing and teaching improv for nearly two decades - currently in the two-man tandem for kids DJ Mixup (with fellow Fearless member Dan Stabb) and a former performer for Stealth Tightrope. He has two daughters who occasionally think he is funny too.
Sarah is a proud third generation townie from Newark, Delaware. Her interest in improv comedy was sparked when she was just 14 when her sister encouraged her to audition for the improv group at the high school they attended together. Sarah continued her improv journey through college performing with the Rubber Chickens at the University of Delaware. After a short hiatus to focus on her career and becoming a grown up, Sarah is very excited to be a new member of the Fearless cast. When not performing, Sarah can be found advocating for students and families as a special education coordinator for a middle school, hanging out with her friends and family, doing crafts, or snuggling her cats.
Keri Morton-Wiedner comes to the stage like a shaken soda can in need of release. Sometimes it gets messy, but feels oh-so-good! Thrilled to have found an improv family in her current hometown of Wilmington, she brings with her over 15 years experience playing with various short form and longform improv groups in her former stomping grounds of Los Angeles, New York City, Bethlehem, and Reading, PA. Keri joined the cast of Fearless Improv in 2017 and is often heard making innuendos without knowing it.
Lara Spitelle is a Wilmington, Delaware original. You may not notice her at first being the shy comedian, but you can trust her to burst out with a great one-liner at a pivotal point in a scene hence always channeling her inner Betty White. She began her journey with City Theater Company as a volunteer bartender, then head bartender because the patrons will not applaud without wine and M&Ms. You can still find her behind the CTC bar occasionally. Lara, along with the majority of Delaware's workforce, is employed at a financial institution. While working, she often wonders if a bank is a good setting for a future office sitcom. (Should she begin writing this?) Lara is grateful to be a member of Fearless Improv.
Creative Director, Instructor, Performer
Dan Stabb is the Creative Director for Fearless Improv. Prior to joining Fearless in 2018, Dan performed in such groups as Delaware Comedy Theatre, CUBED, Stealth Tightrope, and Better Than Bacon, where he also served as Artistic Director for over eight years. In addition to Fearless, Dan currently performs in DJ Mixup with fellow Fearless castmate Jason Langin, performing kids-themed improv and storytelling shows throughout the region. In addition to improv, Dan is also a voiceover artist and an occasional bad guy professional wrestling manager (for real).
George lives in Wilmington (a place to be someone), is a founding member of Fearless and a City Theater doyen. In real life at home, he works from a script, is a Teaching Artist with the DiAE (Delaware Institute for the Arts in Education) and will do almost anything (Theater related) for money. Or just applause.
Tina Walls, born, raised and still living in Wilmington, Delaware, had thoughts of being on a soap opera. So, that DID NOT happen. Instead, she had children and became a therapist. Now, a “few” years later, she practices therapy part-time, spends time with her grandchildren and almost three years ago stumbled upon community theater and improv. Tina is on the executive board for Reedy Point Players, acting in local plays as time allows and enjoying her new spot with Fearless.
Coming out of Philly, PA, Andre Wilkins is equal parts Registered Nurse and Martial Artist. If you manage to catch him *not* wearing scrubs, he's probably in the gym, clangin and bangin - Lightweight, Baby! André has lots of experience with community theater groups Chapel Street Players and Reedy Point Players, and is a part of The Forgetful Squirrels Improv Troupe, and The Media Virus Podcast. His passions, his profession, and his hobbies have made him truly... Fearless.