Improv Marin empowers residents and organizations in Marin to get courageous, take risks, embrace failure, and learn from each other in order to work better together, get great ideas, and have more fun with each other through the practice of improv and whatever else works.


Making it happen

Drew Merit
San Anselmo

Mercedes Murray


Pamela Will
San Rafael

Danielle Calhoun
San Rafael


Dain Bedford-Pugh



Drew Merit

Drew Merit is a performer, illustrator, and teaching artist. He's the co-founder and an original cast-member of Secret Improv Society, now in it's 9th year (winner of SF Magazine's Best Comedy in 2016). Drew's credits include numerous performances at BATS Improv (mainstage), Big City Improv, The Reactors, and 5-speed Overdrive. Drew developed an improvised murder mystery format that has become a consistently sold-out show at BATS Improv. He's currently developing an Improvised News Drama for Video.

Drew loves theatrical improvisation--improvisation that is free to go deeper than jokes and explore emotions and themes that are grounded in human truth.

He has taught applied improvisation and used improv-based training at Google, Barclays Global Investors, UCSF Medical School, Stanford University, Kaiser, and Hastings School of Law.

Drew's approach to teaching improv is built on positive feedback. Even though the rules of improv are made to be broken, it's nice to know what they are--sometimes they can be very helpful. And, of course, it's important to get out of the way and let you make your own discoveries about your creative process and your creative self.