Laura Derry

Company Member since 1993
Coach since 1997

Laura Derry was a scripted actor terrified of taking improv, but after her first BATS class she fell in love with improv and hasn’t left the building. She has a BA in Theatre Arts from UCSC and has trained at ACT and Berkeley Rep and in private classes with many wonderful actors and directors as well as BATS Improv.

Laura works with many diverse populations of students including middle school, high school, and adults, from beginning to advanced performance levels. She also works with existing improv groups and can be seen performing all over the Bay Area. She enjoys performing in films and YouTube videos, and doing voiceover work.

Along with being a professional improviser and actor, Laura plays improvised keyboards, directs Shakespeare and musicals, teaches acting and comedy, and is a professional pirate. She does trainings in the professional workplace and brings applied improv and communication trainings to businesses throughout the area.

Laura is also a testament to the power of improv — once incredibly shy, highly self-critical of her creativity, and scared out of her mind by the idea of doing improv, you can now see her leaping about fearlessly on stage and creating a very safe, fun space in her classes to enjoy and learn improv, which is pretty much the best thing ever.