leadership

 
Meera Menon (she/her)

Co-Founder, Executive Director, Board Member

Meera first took to the stage at age 5, when she played the role of Mother Pig in her class production of "The Three Piggy Opera". When she was 9, she decided to substitute her campaign speech for an original song, and won the election for Treasurer of Student Council. At 14, teaching her neighbors’ kids art in her garage turned into a school club, and then into a nonprofit dedicated to empowering students through the arts in the Bay Area, where she grew up. 

Meera graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Management, Finance, and International Development. She spent her time outside of class consulting for small businesses, teaching high schoolers financial literacy, and taking roles offstage and onstage in the Theatre Arts program. Working in internships across tech, marketing, and finance, she found that she could attribute many skills key to success -  speaking with confidence, finding common ground and building relationships -  to her theater and improv experiences. She believes deeply in the mission of Unscripted and hopes to bring similar formative experiences to the students she is able to work with.

Philip Chen (he/him)

Co-Founder & Operations Director, Board Member

An adventurer at heart, Philip grew up down under in his hometown of Melbourne, Australia and has always been one to give everything a go. In 4th grade, his elementary school received funding to have its very first performing arts teacher and it was in this classroom that he discovered his passion for theater. As a kid, he experienced firsthand the power of receiving a drama education in building confidence, strengthening communication and finding his voice. Philip  co-founded The Unscripted Project to bring the transformative power of improv education to the lives of students within the classroom and beyond. 

Philip recently graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Finance, Real Estate, and Cinema Studies. Highlights of his time at Penn include working in classrooms in West Philadelphia, leading a social entrepreneurship club, and managing a student-run video production company. In addition, he has work experience in finance, real estate, and marketing roles across New York, Shanghai, and Melbourne. In his spare time, Philip is an avid foodie and can be found cooking new recipes and eating his way across Philadelphia. He is also a big fan of independent films and satirical sitcoms.

Karin Potter -Simmons (she/her)

Program Director

Throughout her professional career, Karin has worked in many capacities in the support of youth. She has worked to develop youth focused non-profit organizations, led community outreach programs and worked extensively with educationally disadvantaged students. Karin earned an undergraduate degree in Sociology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and completed a Masters in Public Administration from Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, the very first HBCU. 

 

It was while serving as a board member for a youth focused dance company in the Philadelphia area that Karin found her love for the arts, and was able to experience first hand the direct connection the arts has on providing life skills and developing confident, well-rounded youth. In fact, her daughters are members of the competition team of that same dance company! Although she has two left feet, Karin did not let that stop her from deepening  her connection to the arts, which eventually led her to The Unscripted Project.  In her spare time Karin loves to have dance battles with her daughters which she never wins because she has no rhythm. 

Dr. Marcia Ferguson (she/her)

Board Member, Senior Lecturer at UPenn Theatre Arts

Dr. Marcia Ferguson is an actor, director and educator. Professionally, she has worked with Philadelphia-based companies such as the Wilma, Painted Bride, Act II Playhouse, Irish Heritage, Paper Dolls, the Mediums, Juniper productions, the Daedalus String Quartet and others. She has co-created/ directed seven original productions for Edinburgh and Philadelphia Fringe festivals.  Memorable roles include Lady Anne in Restoration (nominated for a Barrymore award), characters on Tokyo television shows, and roles at The Wilma Theatre in plays by O’Neill, Brecht, and Orwell. Directing highlights include Aeschylus’ The Eumenides, Everyman, and plays by Sophocles, Beckett, Synge, Ionesco, Churchill and Fornes, among others.  She serves on Artistic boards at the IRC (the Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium), White Box theatre, and the Paper Doll Ensemble, and is board member for the Unscripted Project, the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities, and the Center for Experimental Ethnography.  She is a full-time faculty member in the Theatre Arts Program at Penn, which she directed from 2013-2016, and has published numerous articles and two books on theatre.  Awards include the 2016 Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching at Penn. 

 
 
 
 
Rick Andrews (he/him)

Board Member, Lead Instructor Magnet Theater NYC

Rick Andrews is a trainer, instructor and coach living in NYC and teaching globally. He is Head Instructor at The Magnet Theater, and has been studying, performing, and teaching improvisation since 1999. He is an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University, teaching improvisation in the MFA Acting program.

As an applied improvisation facilitator and trainer, Rick has worked with hundreds of organizations using improvisation techniques and exercises to help meet their needs and grow their skills. Clients have included Google, Spotify, J.P. Morgan, Bloomberg, NBCUniversal, PepsiCo, Microsoft and many more.

Will Crowley (he/him)

Board Member (Secretary), Director of Marketing NeuroFlow

Will Crowley is the Director of Marketing at NeuroFlow, a Philadelphia based mental health technology company. Will earned an undergraduate business degree from the University of Notre Dame and recently completed a Masters in Business Analytics from Drexel. Will got hooked on improv while living and working in Chicago and dove into the Philly improv scene and eventually joined Whiplash, a harold team performing around the city and at improv festivals across the nation.