Greg Maughan (instructor)
Greg Maughan is the founder of Philly Improv Theater (PHIT), a nationally recognized comedy theatre producing & presenting “alternative comedy” (improv, sketch and stand-up) in the metro-Philadelphia area most nights of the year. Through the PHIT Training Center the theatre has also created the most comprehensive improv and sketch comedy training program between New York and Chicago and taught thousands of students since 2006.
A semi-regular performer on PHIT’s stage, he has been acting and directing improv and sketch comedy since 1999 – first in Detroit (where he appeared briefly in “Improv Survivor”, an alternate production at The Second City) and then in Philly. Greg has toured along the east coast and performed in numerous comedy festivals with various improv groups, (including Industrial, Holmes/Maughan, and The Moops), and made guest appearances with many more – incuding guest performances with House Teams at NYC’s Magnet Theatre and UCB Theatre Harold Team members. In 2010 he appeared in the hit Philly Fringe show “Punchline!” and performed with Matt Besser, a founding member of the Upright Citizens Brigade.
As a director, he lead Everything Must Go – an original House Team at PHIT – from its inception in 2008 until the team retired in 2010, and has lent advice and support to list of improv and sketch groups in the city longer than he can remember. In addition to his work with performers Greg is a sought after corporate trainer, having works with clients ranging from Bank of America to JEVS Human Services, and The Philadelphia Museum of Art to Wawa.
Greg has studied improv & sketch comedy with over 20 teachers, including: founding member of the Upright Citizens Brigade Matt Besser, Ian Roberts, & Matt Walsh; Impro author Keith Johnstone, Magnet Theatre founder Armando Diaz; Peoples’ Improv Theater owner Ali Farahnakian; Susan Messing, Joe Bill, Mark Sutton, numerous other members of the Chicago and Detroit Second City mainstage casts; former Boom! Chicago Artistic Director Dave Buckman; Ari Voukydis, Owen Burke, Billy Merritt and numerous other teachers at the UCB Theatre; and TV writers Christine Nangle (SNL), Kevin Allison (The State), and Marc Evan Jackson (The Showbiz Show with David Spade).
Prior to striking out on his own full-time, Greg served as a financial & management consultant for governments and non-profits (with special focus on school districts and labor negotiations), and as an inner-city middle school teacher in Camden, New Jersey through the Teach for America program. When he isn’t busy running PHIT, Greg climbs mountains. He most recently summitted Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. In 2011 he hopes to return to the Tetons in Wyoming.