Tiffany Ford

"Yoda", Founder of Wobble Rocket

Tiffany is the Founder of Wobble Rocket, and was also the Director for its first 3 years.  She is originally from Florida, where she studied at the University of Central Florida Conservatory Theatre, ran a student-centered production company, and performed with Walt Disney World. Before she moved to DC in 2006, she was invited to the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival as one of the top 8 emerging directors in the country. In the DC area, Tiffany was a teacher and director for many organizations, including Imagination StageWashington Improv Theatre, Mount Vernon Community Children's Theatre, Madcap Players, American Century Theatre, Doorway Arts Ensemble, Source DC, and ArtStream. Tiffany recently moved to Sarasota, FL, to work with Asolo Repertory Theatre as their Education & Outreach Specialist.

Learn more about her work on her website, BreakthroughArts.com. Tiffany is also certified in Advancing Youth Development from the DC CYITC.

Tiffany founded Wobble Rocket because she believes that the power of artistic collaboration and the voice of young people can speak new possibilities to our community.

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Claire Coyle

"Empress Claire", Director of Wobble Rocket

Claire Coyle is a local actress/improvisor to DC/Baltimore acting community. She graduated in 2010 with a major in biology and a minor in theater from Belmont Abbey College. While in North Carolina, she started, taught, and directed her own improv group, "Second Thought" as well as taking classes and performing with Charlotte Comedy Theater's improv team "Guerilla Preschool." She returned to MD to pursue her dual career in acting and science and since, has performed with The Annapolis Summer Garden Theater, Salt Luck Arts, Baltimore Rock Opera Society, Mobtown Players, and Ad Interim Theater at the capital fringe festival. Claire's other life consists of being a Laboratory Assistant in Chemical research. She can be seen on film in the series "VEEP," "The Missouri Strain," and other short films.
 
Claire has worked with kids and teens through Camp Kahdalea, where she taught horseback riding and the occasional theater class, as well as hosting children's birthday parties in Davidsonville, MD. She is excited about working with Wobble Rocket, and believes improv is a great way to foster creativity, learn about yourself, and often laugh uproariously (which is always good for the soul).

 

 

Mike Fogel

Marketing Director

Mike oversees the Wobble Rocket branding and strategic marketing, all the way down to hand drawing the Wobble Rocket logo. Through contracted engagements, Mike develops award-winning marketing campaigns for clients of all sizes, including Cable in the Classroom, the Discovery Channel, and the U.S. Dept. of Commerce. 

Mike has also enjoyed 3+ years of professional improv training at Washington Improv Theatre. However, his acting career climaxed in his 8th grade production of "Damn Yankees", in which he played a rather gruff "Doris"!

Most importantly Mike is proud to be Tiffany's husband. Together since she played "Rizzo" in her high school's production of "Grease", Mike and Tiff have been inseparable for well over ten years! 

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2012-13 Marketing & Communications Intern

Delaney Keefe is an actress, singer, writer, and improv enthusiast. Raised in San Diego, California, Delaney has been performing from a very young age, her first acting experiences being roles in movies such as Walk the Line and Elizabethtown at the age of 4. In addition to interning, Delaney is also a member of Saturday Morning Launch, Wobble Rocket's sketch comedy troupe, and assistant teaches for the Adventure Fantasy troupe. In her free time, Delaney loves to read, knit, write poetry, sing, and play her ukulele. 

 

 


Teaching Artists

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 Chantal Martineau

Actor/Mentor

Chantal Martineau is an actor, writer, improviser, and clown. She has performed with the Baltimore Physical Comedy Colloquium and Faction of Fools Theatre Company, and was a member of Washington Improv Theater’s inaugural Harold team Private Elevator. She currently improvises with her long-form improv troupe microCOSM, and plays with Clowns Without Borders. Chantal has had a life-long  love affair with the written word, which helped her earn a B. A. in English from Earlham College, and believes in the importance of play in both learning and teaching, especially when getting the written word to jump off  the page and onto the stage–or making the words up as you go along! She has worked in the Education Department of the Folger Shakespeare Library, taught at Washington  Improv Theater, and is currently a student at the Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory. Chantal can also be seen in the films Bare Knuckle and Wisp.

 

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 Michael Cartwight

"Talent Overlord", Actor/Mentor

Michael Cartwright has been looking into Improvisation since November of 2010.  It initially interested him as a comedic outlet, but in a little over two years it has further proven itself as a strong resource for developing acting skills, story-building skills, and just generally for improving communication skills.  He's taken classes at the Washington Improv Theater as well as numerous workshops under such Improvisational luminaries as Kevin Mullaney, Matt Bessar, and Topher Bellavia.  He has been writing and performing stage material in the Washington, D.C. area since 2009, and has even co-directed an Improv performance.  While glad to be in a position as mentor, he sometimes finds himself caught in the paradox of learning as much from kids as they do from him.  

Michael is a D.C.- Metro area native, and can mostly be found on the D.C. stand-up comedy circuit.  He can also be found in sketches, plays, and Improv performances local to this area.  Interested adults may also catch a glimpse of him in a couple episodes on the HBO television show, "VEEP."

 

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"A2D2", Actor/Mentor

Ami is very excited to be working with the Saturday Morning Launch program. After graduating veterinary school, she moved to Alexandria in summer 2010 and has since been very involved in the D.C. improv community. In particular, she has taken numerous courses at Washington Improv Theater and has started helping to teach beginning improvisers in their program. Often in need of expressing her inner ham, Ami enjoys performing for any willing audience whether it be an informal production of "Little Red Ridinghood" with her sisters in her youth or performing as part of a two person improv group in D.C.  However, more than performing, she really enjoys the opportunity for creative collaboration and the sense of community that working in improv and sketch groups can bring.

Before and during veterinary school, Ami enjoyed working with kids of all ages.  She has coached competitive youth soccer and was a camp counselor at the North Carolina Zoo for kids interested in veterinary medicine.

Other Artists

 

Hyla Matthews Heyniger

Teaching Artist

 Hyla is an actress, comedian and teacher. She has over 15 years of experience working with and teaching children ages 3-18. She has been a professional actress for 20 years. She teaches at Imagination Stage, where she performed in their production of “Aquarium” in February 2011, and also teaches at Adventure Theatre.

Hyla taught stand-up and improv for five years in the Los Angeles-based program Comedy Playground for students ages 9 to 18. From 1999 to 2009 in Los Angeles, she did stand-up comedy and improv, and acted in independent feature films, TV shows and commercials. She completed programs with The Groundlings Theater and Second City LA, and in 2006 was chosen for the “New Faces” showcase at the Montreal Comedy Festival. Her TV work has included appearances on The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson, The Drew Carey Show, Carpoolers and several series pilots. As a stand-up comic, she has performed at LA comedy clubs such as The Hollywood Improv, The Comedy Store and the M Bar. Hyla has been a regular “round table” guest on the E! cable talk show Chelsea Lately and has performed on tour opening for Chelsea Handler, including an April 2008 show at D.C.’s Warner Theatre. She has a BA in drama from Bennington College (1991).

She moved to Washington, D.C. in summer 2009. She is originally from Pennsylvania.

Screen_Shot_2012-01-31_at_12.39.06_PMRebecca Gingrich-Jones

Beyond Improv Playwright

 Rebecca is a playwright, editor and teacher.   She has taught middle school English and Writing at Cesar Chavez Public Charter School in Washington, DC.  She has also taught playwriting at Perry Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.  Rebecca earned an M.F.A. in playwriting from Catholic University in 2011.  Her plays have been produced locally at the Capital Fringe Festival, Catholic University, and Active Cultures Theatre, and developed at the Kennedy Center Page-to-Stage Festival, American College Theater Festival, Theater J, and First Draft.  Her plays have also been produced in New York and her home state of Ohio.  Rebecca is a co-founder of the DC-Area Playwright Group, and an advocate for local playwrights.  Rebecca lives in Hyattsville, Maryland with her wife and their two adorable cats.


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Actor/Mentor

Brian Byrne has been practicing improv since Spring 2011.  He is currently a student and performer at Chicago's Second City. Before moving to Chicago, Brian becag his improv career in DC when a friend invited him to an improv workshop and he said yes.  He thought improv was scary at first but then he found it was also a lot of fun.  He has completed the core curriculum at Washington Improv Theater and performed on a Harold team called Spirit Bear at the WIT's weekly Harold Night.  He's also performed regularly with independent troupes Hot & Sweaty and Subsidized Corn.  Besides Washington Improv Theater he has taken classes at the DC Improv, Shakespeare Theatre, Theatre Lab, Improv Olympic in Chicago.  He is a teaching assistant at Washington Improv Theater. He loves doing improv, sharing experiences, and collaborating on sketches.  He also writes and performs standup and sketch comedy.

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Cale Holmes

Beyond Improv Teaching Assistant, Documentary Intern

Cale Holmes is a Teacher Assistant for Beyond Improv at Wobble Rocket.  Active in most of the semesters of Wobble Rocket since its founding, he has developed a love and appreciation for improvisation theatre.  Cale is also a cast member on Saturday Morning Launch, a program of Wobble Rocket Stage that puts improv with camera to deliver satire for a young audience.  Prior, to working with Wobble Rocket, Cale took classes at the Little Theatre of Alexandria from 2008 to 2009. There he performed in the multi-skit play All in the Timing in the segments The Philadelphia and Variations in the Death of Trotsky.

Cale is committed to helping others realize their potential to be actors on and off stage by rediscovering their own wit and courage.

 

Cale Holmes lives in Alexandria, Virginia and enjoys nothing except love, laughter, truth, and whatever else he can get away with.

 

"You can't just go outside the box. Go 20 miles away from the box!" -Casarra, 14- Student

 

"I learned to really listen." -Ben, 12- Student

 

"My favorite thing about rehearsals is that we learn to put the group first." -Cale, Teaching Assisstant 

 

"I learned to go with the flow, and not be nervous about what other people think of me." -Molly, 9- Student

 

"I feel most confident when I'm doing improv... or on a moon bounce." -Aja, 11- Student

 

"The young artists I worked with were the most surprising team. I had no idea our work would be so groundbreaking." -Ami, Teaching Artist

Contact Us

www.WobbleRocket.com

Phone: 703-945-5753

Email: info@wobblerocket.com

Office: 1843 Biltmore St., Suite A, NW Washington DC 20009.

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