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Our in-person programs are on hold until it’s safe for all of us to be back together. In the meantime, check out our virtual offerings below.

Born and raised in Coney Island, Emmanuel Elpenord graduated magna cum laude from Brooklyn College with a BFA in Acting, BA in TV/Radio Production, and BFA in Creative Writing.

Since the summer of 2013, Emmanuel has been thrilling young audiences stateside and abroad with transformative character voices and boundless dexterity. Whether puppeteering with the seasoned artists at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater in NYC or touring Rockefeller Productions’ The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show throughout China, Emmanuel’s jaunty flair shines through. Most recently, Emmanuel toured nationally with TheaterWorksUSA’s undersea musical puppet show the Pout-Pout Fish.

After completing an Improvisational Theater conservatory in 2014, Emmanuel continued training with Second City Toronto’s Scotty Watson, soon becoming an invaluable member of Artistic New Directions‘ ANDsemble improv team, regularly performing in their shows and currently on Zoom.

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Keep up on your improv skills. 

One Tuesday per month we offer classes designed for everyone who’d like to build or maintain their improv skills. Each class focuses on a different theme, designates time for scene work, and provides tools to make you a successful improviser.


Register via Eventbrite 


Limit: 8 Students

Requirements: None


Next Up


Virtual ANDUniversity

SpaceWork For Improv with Emmanuel Elpenord

Tuesday (6/29) 7:00 – 9:00 pm EDT


Great improvisers do great SpaceWork. Their ability to observe the world in which we live and present that world on stage in a smooth, specific manner thrills audiences and transports them onto the stage with the actor.


Great improvisers aren’t born with the ability to do great SpaceWork. It’s a skill. And you can learn it too!

This workshop will take your improv from good… to great!


Building from the Personal Object Work exercises in “SpaceWork For Improv,” this workshop will introduce Environmental Work and interacting with architecture!




Emmanuel will teach you…


  • Personal Object Work like clothing, tools, beverages, eating etc.

  • Environmental Work like tables, doors, windows, machines etc.

  • Physical Theatre like mime, clowning, visual storytelling


Max: 8 Participants

Requirements: Mastery of the basics of improv

Recommended: Space to move and/or space in front of a wall


NOTE: Only those who have registered on Eventbrite (see link above) will be able to attend.


Please be on time to make sure we can get everyone comfortable with the tech and get right to the improv.

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