Santa Fe Improv Staff
Ben Taxy, Director
Ben Taxy is a guy. A person, really. He used to write for the network TV show Family Guy and then got married and now he's here. On a comfy couch in Santa Fe. Here from your POV is really wherever you are, and isn't that a bit self-centered - and yet so human?
He has a psychology degree from Harvard and who cares but he studied improv with Second City’s Jeff Michalski and Jane Morris, Stan Wells of The Empty Stage, Cynthia Szigeti of ACME Theater, and Andy Goldberg, author of Improv Comedy.
Ben has been helping people write books and speeches since 2002. His clients have been featured by Oprah, Good Morning America, The Today Show, CNN, BBC, FOX, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Variety, and NPR.
After launching Santa Fe Improv in 2009, Ben was been featured in IQ Magazine and Santa Fean Magazine. He has taught improv workshops for The Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico School For The Arts, The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe University of Art and Design, The Little Theater (Los Alamos), The Box Theater (Albuquerque), and Warehouse 21.
He likes spy thrillers, antihistimines, and those Gianna’s Mexican Wedding Cookies from Whole Foods. They are insane. He has got to stop eating them.
Kate Chavez, Instructor
Kate Chavez is a New Mexico native with advanced degrees in theatre from Brown University and the London International School of Performing Arts (LISPA).
She has worked in theater throughout the US and Europe with a variety of organizations including MOVEO International Corporeal Mime in Barcelona, the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, the Foundry Theatre in New York, Pig Iron Theatre in Philadelphia, and y artes and Expresion Entrenamiento Integral in Madrid, Spain.
Ms. Chavez writes and performs political satire as co-artistic director of Up & Down Theatre Company, based in NM and New York. She is currently on the theatre faculty at New Mexico School for the Arts and has taught master classes at Santa Fe University of Art and Design and the University of New Mexico.
Charles Gamble, Instructor
Charles Gamble trained in physical theater at L’Ecole Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris, at the Roy Hart Institute for Voice in Malérargues, France, and at Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, Massachusetts.
In New Mexico, Charles has performed with the Tricklock Company, Fusion Theater, Theater Grottesco, The Santa Fe Opera, Shakespeare Santa Fe, Moving People Dance, Theaterwork, the National Dance Institute, and NO HOLDS BARD, an improvised Shakespeare troupe. Outside of New Mexico, Charles has developed original work and toured with Angel Exit Theater in Dublin, Ireland, and acted with Shakespeare Santa Cruz (CA), the Houston Grand Opera (TX) and the Colorado Shakespeare Festival.
Charles toured Canada with the Tricklock Company, garnering an award for best original work at the Ottawa Fringe Festival. Screen credits include the noir western Heat Lightning, In Plain Sight, and From Dusk Til Dawn. Charles teaches drama at New Mexico School for the Arts and manages the Active Learning Through Opera outreach program for the Santa Fe Opera.
Robin Holloway, Instructor
Robin Holloway has theater degrees from the Neighborhood Playhouse in NYC and London International School of Performing Arts (LISPA), and music degrees from Chicago College of Performing Arts and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.
He has performed in the US, Germany, and throughout Europe including singing with one of Britain’s premier choral-jazz ensembles, The London Vocal Project, and performing the musical theater piece Cosmic Jazz Cabaret (for which he composed the music and lyrics) at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
As co-artistic director of Up & Down Theatre Company, Holloway has created online video sketches including the satirical music video "Make America Great Again" which garnered over 20 million views in 2016. He teaches at New Mexico School for the Arts.
Stephanie Taxy, Coordinator
Stephanie Taxy teaches screenwriting to film and television writers. Previously Stephanie was the Director of Creative Affairs for MGM where she heard over 3000 pitches and supervised the acquisition, development and production of feature films.
Stephanie left MGM to create her own company to help people learn to pitch, and also wrote the book Good in a Room which was published by Random House. She has been featured on The Today Show on NBC, The Early Show on CBS, KTLA, Los Angeles Times, National Public Radio and in Inc, Atlantic, Variety and Script magazines.
She has produced many projects with Ben including websites, books, events, speeches, and even a son. She received a BFA in Theater Directing from Carnegie Mellon University.