Ben Hagan – CEO & Teacher

Ben Hagan was born in Scottsville, Ky, where with nothing to do he escaped into his imagination. He has a BA in Theatre from WKU and was a Womens Studies minor. There he found the one aspect of theatre he excelled at and that was improv! He was a member of the longest running improv team in Kentucky, Happy GAS and has been performing professionally in the realm of improv for 17 years as well as teaching improv for around 10 years. He has studied under teachers from Second City, Improv Olympics, Annoyance Theatre, and UCB. He has taught improv internationally at his own theatre in Abu Dhabi, UAE. With the ever growing need for people to learn improv and perform the craft, Ben decided to open an improv school here in Louisville and so he founded Improv 502. He help found Louisville’s NTX Comedy “with Stefan”, Total BS “with Sam”, and Gonzo Improv where he was also a performer. He has also had the pleasure of performing with the improv groups such as The Primetime Players, Louisville Improv Collective, Improv Anonymous “which he is the education director”, has also guest starred with Sidetracked Improv, and starred in the house teams of Improv 502. He is also a co-host of the horror movie podcast Unhappy Campers “with Stefan”. You can catch Ben performing all over Louisville and with his awesome daughter Norah.

Stefan Gearhart – Marketing & Teacher

Stefan Gearhart was born and raised in the little lakeside hamlet of Toledo, OH. He moved to Louisville, KY thereafter where he has called it his home since then. Improv is in his blood, starting from an early age. From being the class clown to lying his way out of any bad situation to crafting stories about his time with Superman. Stefan has been officially performing improv for 20 years. He has a BFA in Theatre from Western KY University. There he discovered improv by joining Kentucky’s Longest Running Improv Troupe, Happy Gas Improv. He later went on to learn and perform as much improv as humanly possible, even at one point breaking a world improv record, with improv troupe, SPF7 in Seaside, FL, as they performed 72 straight hours of improv comedy! Since then he has been Co-Founder and Performer in NTX Comedy alongside Ben Hagan, Damaged Goods, The Louisville Improv Collective, Sidetracked Improv, and Improv 502. Stefan has also been teaching improv for over 10 years, teaching high energy/theatrical improv comedy to his students. Stefan is also one of the hosts of the paranormal radio show and podcast, FearScape and FearScape FM as well as co-hosting the Horror Movie podcast, Unhappy Campers, with Ben Hagan.

Twitter: @improvislaw
Instagram: @improvislaw

Special Guest Teachers

Sam Toohey

Tom Frisby

Simeon Burks

Amanda Rountree

Tara DeFrancisco & Rance Rizzutto

Matt Schaff & Joey Eberling

Curt David

Brandon Saylor

Dave Mattingly

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