teaching artists

Darryl Charles (he/they)

Darryl Charles is a stand-up comedian and improviser based in Philadelphia. He has been performing for over 10 years. Darryl has performed with CSz Philly since 2011. He performs and teaches across the country, and has developed a workshop and class on incorporating improv into stand-up comedy.​ Children naturally have the knack for improv. Imagination, adaptability and physicality are some of the most precious gifts a human can get. Teaching children to utilize these attributes into adulthood is integral to leading rich, full lives and contributing to a kinder, more empathetic society.


Paul Deichmann (he/him)

Paul is an improviser, theatre artist, and podcaster. Paul’s been improvising since high school, but it was while teaching theatre (playwrighting, acting, play-production) in Shanghai that he was reminded of how even the best education can neglect to help students become spontaneous, confident, and joyous. Improv was, and is, an excellent solution to that problem. Other teachers took note, and Paul began collaborating with English teachers to use the tools of improv and theatre education to enliven their classrooms. He’s delighted to have returned to his hometown in the Philadelphia area and is looking forward to developing plays and improv shows…. When it’s safe to do so. Until then, he podcasts—check out The Offer: original stories podcast.

Tara Gadomski (she/her)

Tara Gadomski is an actor, filmmaker, improvisor and BBC radio producer and Sundance Knight Fellow.  Favorite acting credits include: Emergence (ABC); Orange is the New Black (Netflix, directed by Jodie Foster); Recent Tragic Events (T.I.C. Theatre) and Lost Pirates (Edinburgh Fringe Festival.)  She trained in London and worked with the Fluxx Improv company. She produced a tour of the improv show The Quest to rural schools in Pennsylvania. Tara’s feature film, A Natural Mother is currently in development, and her short I See You Now is currently screening in festivals worldwide. 


Susan LaPalombara (she/her)

Susan LaPalombara is a theater professional who has spent over thirty-five years teaching and directing in a variety of educational settings, from preschool to college. She was an actor, teaching artist, and later Program Director with StoryUP! from 2016-20. Susan served on the faculty of The Episcopal Academy, where she chaired the Department of Theatre and Dance. After leaving EA in 2011, she has divided her time between improv performance, and teaching theater to adults and children in underserved populations. She has directed adults with developmental disabilities and social skills through improvisation with children on the autism spectrum through Melmark programs. Susan just began her seventh year as theater teacher at The Community Partnership School in NE Philadelphia. She holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Yale University and an MFA in Child Drama from Arizona State University.

Katherine Perry (she/they)

Katherine Perry (she|they) is a Philadelphia based actor, improviser, teaching artist, and creative engine. Through their work Katherine seeks to generate positive disruption in the long-held systems that continue to oppress and marginalize people and communities. Every body can tell the story. As a performer Katherine has worked with the Arden Theatre Company, The Eagle Theatre, Revolution Shakespeare, and Theatre Horizon, as well as numerous new work development projects and productions. Currently Katherine is the coordinator and curator of Write Me a Letter, a virtual performance piece using text from anonymously submitted letters.