Our mission is to equip students with the building blocks for personal and professional success through the power of an improv education


Every child leaves school prepared to embrace challenge, seize opportunity and unlock their own potential

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our team

Co-Founder & Executive Director

Meera Menon

Co-Founder & Operations Director

Philip Chen

Board Member

Dr. Marcia Ferguson

Board Member

Rick Andrews

Board Member

Will Crowley

Teaching Artist

Darryl Charles

Teaching Artist

Katherine Perry

Teaching Artist

Paul Deichmann

Teaching Artist

Susan LaPalombara

Teaching Artist

Tara Gadomski

our story

We’re Meera and Philip. We met on the first day of college and immediately became friends, bonding over a shared passion for the performing arts. Through our theater and improv experiences growing up, we developed confidence, sharpened our communication skills, respected and worked with differing viewpoints, and became comfortable with vulnerability. As business students, we found that these very same skills have been instrumental to our success in both school and the workforce – we learned how to be articulate public speakers, how to better understand others’ point of views, and how to persevere in the face of adversity. Drawing from these experiences, we created Unscripted to equip students with the building blocks for personal and professional success through improv; we aim to provide its value to everyone, particularly to those who might not otherwise have access.


Launched through the generous support of The University of Pennsylvania’s President's Engagement Prize, we are deeply committed to taking a methodical and interdisciplinary approach in building an innovative and impactful program for the students of Philadelphia. This all would not be possible without the support of educators, advocates, volunteers, and numerous partners - we are so excited for you to join us on our journey at The Unscripted Project.