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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

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Co-Founder, Board Member

Executive Director

Meera Menon

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Board Member

Rick Andrews


Teaching Artist

Francine Odri


Teaching Artist

Paul Deichmann

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Co-Founder, Board Member

Operations Director

Philip Chen


Board Member

Kumud Goyal

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Teaching Artist

Josh Holober-Ward


Teaching Artist

Ryan Pater

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Program Director

Karin Potter -Simmons


Board Emeritus

Dr. Marcia Ferguson


Teaching Artist

Katherine Perry

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Teaching Artist

Tanya Morgan

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Board Member

Will Crowley


Teaching Artist

Darryl Charles

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Teaching Artist

Mary Carpenter


Teaching Artist

Tara Gadomski

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Teaching Artist

Tia Kemp

advisory committee

Dr. Angela Duckworth 

Rosa Lee and Egbert Chang Professor of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania

Chief Executive Officer, Character Lab

New York Times bestselling author of Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance 

Mae Early

Director of Education, Philadelphia Young Playwrights


John Gamba

Director of Innovative Programs, University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education


Kumud Goyal 

Senior Vice President, Genomatica


Greg Hagin

Partner and Managing Director, CCS Fundraising


Kristen Krista

Director of Major Gifts, Franklin & Marshall College 


Kelly Leonard

Executive Director of Insights and Applied Improvisation, The Second City 


Christian Talbot

Founder, Basecamp

Stanford Thompson

Founder and Executive Director, Play on Philly

founding 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. 

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