We are incredibly excited to announce our new Director of Education, Brendon Duran! Brendon is not only a seasoned CSz improv veteran, but also a professional actor and teaching artist. With CSz Houston, Brendon has taught countless workshops to students of all ages, corporate groups, and performers, and has directed the hilarious productions Aladdin: Unscripted, Back to the Future: Unscripted, and The EaDo Comedy Show. By day, Brendon teaches for the Alley Theatre as part of their Staging STEM and Playmakers programs. He has also acted professionally in Houston at theaters including Horse Head Theatre Company, The Ensemble Theatre Houston and The Landing Theatre Company. Brendon has studied long-form improv at the legendary iO Chicago, and holds a BFA in Theatre with a focus in Acting from the University of Houston.
As the Director of Education, Brendon has lovingly developed a comprehensive four level improv program that pulls lessons from game-based improv, long-form improv, and general theatrical technique to train students, both novice and experienced, to be well-rounded performers. Brendon will begin teaching the new session of classes starting in May. Whether you want to have a blast learning with new friends, push yourself to new heights in your performance, or simply want to improve your communication skills, Brendon wants you to have all the tools you need to excel.
"Brendon brings a relaxing and exciting energy to the classes he teaches thanks to his yoga inspired warm-ups and keen sensibilities as an improv coach. Brendon's class taught me how to be comfortable, present, and playful on stage. If you want to grow as an improviser, public speaker, or as a person, I highly recommend taking an improv class with Brendon Duran. -Alex O., a former student.