Announcing the UCB NY Artistic Directors!
Please join us in welcoming Iliana, Laura, and Michael who will lead the reopening of UCB New York! We will begin in-person classes in January 2023 at a temporary space in SoHo with a permanent training center and theater space coming shortly. More details to come!
*Iliana Inocencio is an actor, writer, acting coach, and director. Her musical sketch comedy group, AzN PoP! was the first all Asian American team to have a long running show at UCB. She also performed on Maude Night with teams Presley and Peach. Favorite TV credits include: Orange is the New Black, The Other Two, and The Iliza Shlesinger Sketch Show. She's very excited to help usher in the new UCB and has big ideas for the community!
*Michael Hartney is an alum of Harold, Lloyd, and Maude Night and co-created Characters Welcome. He previously served as the Artistic Director of UCBTNY from 2018 to 2020. He is the head writer at Brooklyn production company Hatched and is a co-founder of Squirrel Comedy Theatre. His Emmy nomination count remains steady at zero.
*Laura Canty-Samuel is a writer, stand up comedian, and alumni of UCB where she was a member of the UCBTNY house sketch team The Foundation. She is currently a writer for a number of animated and live action series with Sesame Workshop as well as head writer for two exciting projects being produced by Holler. Oh, and she was just nominated for two writing Emmys, so there’s that.