Meet the TFWF 2015 Workshop Instructors…
Emily Schmidt is a graduate of the Upright Citizens Brigade improv program in Los Angeles, where she was approved for Advanced Study. She has been improvising for over 12 years in Minneapolis, New York, and LA, and believes that learning different ways of approaching longform gives you more tools in your scenework toolbelt. She attended NYU Tisch, where she earned a BFA in Dramatic Writing. She currently improvises with several longform groups in LA, including Lady Parade, and produces OMG (a night of adolescent diaries plus improv) at The Clubhouse.
Jenn’s jokes and stories are hilariously derived from her “Oh My God, I can’t believe that happened to you” real life experiences and have been described as “genuine, honest, and tell it like it is”. She’s a 30-something single gal with an East Coast personality in the land of Minnesota Nice, where she is still recovering from her mother making her take her high school senior pictures with her cat. Most recently, Jenn performed in the inaugural 2013 Limestone Comedy Festival, opening for her comedy idol, Maria Bamford and Jon Roy. Additionally in 2013, Jenn was named the third Funniest Person with a Day Job in the Twin Cities, and performed in the Boston Women In Comedy Festival. She was also a semi-finalist in the 2012 Rooftop Comedy National College Competition.
Zach Coulter is just your typical bookstore comedian/rapper/actor/folk storyteller. He got his start on the basement stages of Minneapolis thriving comedy scene in the summer of 2007 performing standup and improv seven nights a week. Nine months into his nascent “career” Coulter was made a regular cast member of Stevie Ray’s Improv Troupe. In 2009 he finished 3rd in the Twin Cities Funniest Person Contest at Acme Comedy Company. Coulter was also the winner of the 2011 ABSOLUT Funniest Comedian Contest, was voted 2011’s Audience Favorite at Sample Night Live, and was a finalist in the House of Comedy’s “Minny’s Got Talent” contest as one half of the comedy/hip-hop duo Valley Meadows. In 2012 Valley Meadows released their debut album which earned them a nomination for a Reader’s Choice Award for “Favorite Musical Comedy Act” from Laughspin Magazine and a Reapie Award for “Album of the Year” as voted on by the Minnesota comedy community. 2013 promises to be a big year for Coulter and Valley Meadows with planned appearances at both the Twin Cities’ and San Francisco’s Sketchfests.