The Power of Improv

Title: The Power of Improvisation
Sponsored by Animation Magazine
CTNX09: Filmed Nov 2009; Posted Aug 2010
Length 45 min
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Ezra, a native of New Jersey, left home to study theater at California Institute of the Arts.  After graduating in 1994 with a B.F.A., he moved to the greater Los Angeles area to better pursue his career in the theater and television.  The first of his most memorable credits was The Cradle Will Rock, with the Blank Theatre.  The success of that show led to award nominations, performing at the Ovation Awards, and produced a CD with a nationwide release.  Other theatrical credits include the West Coast premiere of the musical, Chess, Urban Folktales, and the critically acclaimed, Cyberqueer, at the CelebrationTheatre.  Ezra was also fortunate enough to have performed in Elekrta-la-la, which traveled to Edinburgh, Scotland as part of the international Fringe Festival.

In the fall of 1995, Ezra became a member of Company of Angels and started teaching an Improv class for actors and other company members.  This class led to a sellout run of Improv Schmimprov, an improv comedy show.  As the class continued, another show emerged, Jingle Balls – A Holiday Comedy Spectacular, which also played to sold out houses. Over the past several years, Ezra’s passion for improvisation has allowed him to perform with various improv groups in many different venues.  These include, Pasadena’s The Ice House, the world famous Comedy Store, and Bang Comedy Theater.

As an improvisor, Ezra has created and performed in such shows as iProv, The Doubtful Guests and The Truth.  He has traveled to New York, Atlanta, New Jersey and Chicago performing in venues and festivals.  In 2009 Ezra and The Doubtful Guests headlined the Chicago Improv Festival in the famed Lakeshore theater.

Currently, Ezra is the Director of the School of Improvisation at Bang Comedy Theater where he has been teaching and running the school for the past 9 years.  He has directed many improv groups and conducted workshops for professional corporations and institutions.  Having a strong understanding of improvisation and how it can assist the creative process, Ezra has been invited to work with such companies as Disney Feature Animation, Rhythm and Hues, Universal and the Los Angeles Police Department.

In 2002 Ezra began work in television as an Audience Warm-up performer.  He warms up such Disney Channel shows as Wizards of Waverly Place and Sonny with a Chance.  Since his start in the business Ezra has warmed up hundreds of live tapings of television before a live studio audience.  Making people laugh and enjoy the experience of the event has been a rewarding source of joy in his career.

Ezra has been Married to Sabrina Weisz of Sabrina Photography for 10 years and they have 2 beautiful children together.  Upon leaving his home for work his children always cry out, “Daddy, Make ‘em laugh”.

Joining Ezra is owner of Bang Comedy Theater and the Emmy award winning Executive Producer for Disney’s Wizards of Waverly Place Peter Murrieta.

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