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Unscripted Learning uses improv theatre to teach teamwork, sportsmanship and leadership in addition to performance skills.

Developed in conjunction with the National Comedy Theatre, Unscripted Learning uses improvisational theatre to teach the concepts of teamwork, leadership, and creative problem solving as well as teaching improv skills and theory.

Our team has decades of experience working with students and adults, and has taught thousands of individuals from all backgrounds.

Meet the Team

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Gary Kramer is a producer, director and actor and is the Artistic Director of the National Comedy Theatre as well as Executive Director of Unscripted Learning. His production of the National Comedy Theatre is the longest running show in San Diego history, with over 6000 performances to date. Gary also directed the New York company of the show and has taught extensively for over 30 years. As a performer, Gary has also appeared on television, film, commercials and radio and earned a BFA degree from Emerson College in Boston.

Gary Kramer

Executive Director

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Richie Ploesch, M.A., BCBA has been working in the field of special education for over 10 years. His specialty is educating students and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder. He earned his teaching credential in 2006, a Masters Degree in 2008, and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2009. Since then, he has not only taught special education classes but also has taught as an adjunct professor, consulted with family members internationally, and provided in home behavioral therapy to improve social skills and increase independence.

Richie Ploesch

Program Director

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Sue Faber has been a practicing speech-language pathologist in San Diego for 17 years. She received her bachelor’s degree in Child Development and her Masters in Communicative Disorders: Speech-Language Pathology from San Diego State University. She has worked with children ages 3-early adulthood. Her areas of passion and specialty include assessment and therapy with children on the autism spectrum and individuals with traumatic brain injury. Sue currently works as part of a preschool assessment transdisciplinary team.

Sue Faber

Speech Pathologist

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Dave George has been doing improvisational comedy in San Diego since 1990. He performed with Comedy Codependents, TheatreSports, and Sub-Atomic Jenkins Clan (SJC) before joining National Comedy Theatre in 1999. Dave was a the multimedia show director for and traveled around the world with Tony Robbins for many years producing seminars. He took a variety of drama classes throughout his education and first starred as Jerry Flynn in his ninth grade production of “My Client Curly”. Dave graduated UC Santa Cruz with a double degree of computer science and sociology.

Dave George

Teaching Artist

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Ernie was a fan of NCT and a regular audience member for a few years before taking his first class at NCT in 2014. He started in 2015 as Mr. Voice and then began performing on NCT House Teams. After a year, he was promoted to Sunday Company where he honed his skills for 3 years before being moved to the Main Stage cast. Ernie is a professional voice actor. You can hear him daily on KPBS radio delivering the recorded spots between the shows and also at Sea World San Diego where his recorded narration plays several times per day during the live show, Orca Encounter.

Ernie Goyette

Teaching Artist

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Lorna McMurray is a retired educator. She graduated from San Diego State University in 1991 with a Masters in Social Work. In 2001 she discovered her passion for teaching and received her teaching credentials from California State San Marcos. She has 15 years of working as a Special Education Teacher. Her last ten years were working the Autism team for Sweetwater School District and as a South Bay SELPA representative on CAPTAIN – California Autism Professional Training and Information Network.

Lorna McMurray

Teaching Artist

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Katherine Paszek is a practicing Registered Behavior Technician providing clinic, in home and school based behavioral therapy. She received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Syracuse University. During her time at Syracuse University she was a part of an Improv Comedy group that performed throughout New York State. She has a passion for autism research and intervention. Katherine is excited to use Improv Comedy to help create fun and exciting after school activities for individuals with autism spectrum disorders in the community.

Kat Paszek

Teaching Artist

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Amy is a recent transplant from New York but has been a fan of NCT for over a decade. Amy has a Masters in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.  Amy taught in the Gender Studies Program at the State University of New York at New Paltz for over 30 years.  In addition, she was a practicing therapist and school counselor for 30 years working with students on the Autism spectrum as well as at risk youth.

Amy Silvestro

Teachhing Artist

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Marjorie has been performing in San Diego and Riverside County in 1988. She’s formally studied performing art at UCSD and NYU. She also studied improv with NCT. Marjorie has a teaching credential from SDSU and a Master in Social Work from USC. Currently, in addition to teaching at Unscripted, she works as a psychotherapist in San Diego County.

Marjorie Berry Simon

Teaching Artist

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Megan has worked as a Registered Behavior Technician for over three years, providing direct therapy services to youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder in both a clinic and home setting. She received her bachelor’s degree in behavioral neuroscience at the University of San Diego. Her passion for working with neurodiverse individuals dates back to 2012, when she began volunteering as a counselor for Camp Parkview, a summer camp for adults with disabilities. She continues to work in the field of ABA, training and supporting new clinicians.

Megan Winje

Teaching Artist

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Andreea Borcea has spent the last 10+ years modernizing web sites, directing digital marketing strategy and developing digital tools to improve business performance for start-ups through global conglomerates. Through her digital marketing efforts, she has built a genuine social media following for her clients and optimized paid digital media spend. She has a Bachelors of Business Administration in Marketing and a Bachelors of Science in Economics. She has a passion for cutting edge technology and discusses it with her co-host on Farstuff: The Internet of Things podcast.

Andreea Borcea

Digital Innovation

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Caitlyn McTaggart earned her B.A. in Communication and Professional Writing from UCSB, and her M.A. in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from the University of San Diego. Caitlyn has over fifteen years of experience in nonprofit management, primarily in fundraising, accounting, strategic planning and board development. She has raised millions of dollars for various nonprofit organizations, and also founded Girls on the Run of Hawaii in 2012, and helped establish the chapter of Young Nonprofit Professionals Network in San Diego in 2008.

Caitlyn McTaggart

Business Development

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Cliff is a Managing Partner and Co-Founder of the Simplexity Ventures. Previously, Cliff served for six years as the Co-Founder and CEO of Zui.com (the leading search engine and web browser for children) until its sale to Saban Capital. Prior to Zui.com, Cliff was the Managing Partner of CVT Ventures, a venture-development company that was dedicated to helping entrepreneurs form and accelerate their businesses. Cliff is also the former CEO and Co-Founder of Infogate until its sale to AOL Time Warner. Cliff began his career working in the hedge fund industry and worked at both Steinhardt Partners and Soros Fund Management. Cliff is the President of the Board of Temple Beth El in La Jolla.

Cliff Boro

Board Member

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Dave is a Los Angeles based artist and character designer who has used sculpture, illustration and animation to fuse his primary passions: fine art and the world of pop entertainment. In the past 20 years he has designed characters and worlds for such companies as Kid’s WB, Disney, Fox Kids Network, Wild Brain, and The Jim Henson Company to name a few. In the last decade Dave has shifted his focus to the universe of TV animation, where he has co-created and designed for the Emmy Nominated “Robot And Monster” for Nickelodeon. Dave is currently working at Dreamworks TV Animation, and has just illustrated his first picture book for kids, “Back To School With Bigfoot,” published by Scholastic.

Dave Pressler

Board Member

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Jonah Weinberg brings nearly two decades of leadership experience with nonprofit and public sector organizations with experience working across a range of issues and sectors, including disability, economic development, social service & public health, disadvantaged & minority communities, and philanthropy. He is an experienced public speaker, who is fluent in both English and Spanish, and has facilitated numerous public and technical programs, and have worked extensively with clients focused on the Latino community in the US, as well as organizations in Latin America and Europe. Jonah is also the past Executive Director of the Autism Society of Minneapolis

Jonah Weinberg

Baord Member