Stephanie Herrera has been working professionally in the arts for over ten years. Mediums have included film, TV and theatre. While in the musical theatre world she received rave reviews in such shows as “Chorus Line” and “Fame” (which also toured Italy and won her the THEA for Best Leading Actress in a Musical that year). In the improv world she performed in various shows including “Curtains Up”, “Neil Muscott’s Comedy Debates”, and as a cast member of Second City’s “Tony & Tina’s Wedding”. She graduated from Second City’s Conservatory program after having won their cross-cultural improv scholarship and also went on to become a main-stage cast member of Theatre Sports Toronto.
She founded two successful improv/sketch troupes in Toronto, “On the Count of Three”, which specialized in musical comedy sketches, and the Canadian Comedy Award nominated troupe “The Lamb Chops” (who performed full length improvised musicals). The Lamb Chops taught and performed at the Labrador Creative Arts festival and at the Orlando Comedy Festival as well as were heard on CBC radio and were featured in Eye and Now magazines as one of the hottest groups in improv.
Stephanie has been teaching since 2002 and has extensive experience in producing, writing, and directing shows, with both children and adults.
In 2004 and 2005 Stephanie was the Director of Improv and Interaction at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire (www.parenfaire.com).
Since 2003, Stephanie began producing the “Teen Improv Tournament” which gives teenagers the opportunity to perform improv in a professional theatrical setting which also was the catalyst for her nomination for a Latin American Achievement Award and it took an entire Latin American Film Festival to beat her.
In Fall 2006 Stephanie designed the improv classes at Durham and Fleming Colleges as well as founded “Durham Improv” as Durham Ontario’s first and only improv school. She began focusing on specialty workshops and speaking engagements at corporate events (past clients include the Durham Region, Community Living, the Durham Region Police, Durham College Board of Directors, Fleming College Faculty, IMPAC, Guelph Health, as well as a plethora of private groups and organizations). She is sought after for her corporate training programs with her unique brand of “Learning with Laughter”, focusing on team building, working with differing personalities, creativity, lateral thinking, and connecting with clients.
In 2011 she began writing and producing Durham Improv’s Interactive Dinner Theatre shows, which continue to receive rave reviews. In the same year she was nominated for an Art of Transition award in the category of “Best entertainment” and it took a whole theatre company to beat her.
In 2012 she became a nominee for the “Mr. & Mrs. Comedy Auction” and won the “Business of the year” award from the Durham Home and Small Business Association, she also won the “Business for the Arts” award from the Scugog Arts Council, and took home the “Best Entertainment” award at the Durham Region Art of Transition awards ceremony.
She co-hosted “Hurry Up Love” with New York Bestselling author Nicholas Boothman, on the local Rogers TV station and was a guest host on “Daytime” with cooking sensation Christian Pritchard. She then introduced her own show as both host and Community Producer for “Stephanie’s Comedy Chat” which ran for two seasons as well as the televised “A night with Colin Mochrie” which she also produced as well as starred in.
Stephanie’s experience and talents, combined with her desire to share her knowledge, makes her an enthusiastic teacher. She approaches her teaching with dedication and with a strong intent to make each participant comfortable. Whether her students have been children or adults they have always found her classes, not only challenging, but more importantly, a ton of fun! She is a three-time recipient of the “Artists in Education” grant from the Ontario Arts Council which enables her to teach in high schools throughout the Durham Region, with a focus on teens with special needs. As well as the recipient of the “Artists in the Community” where she teamed up with local production company Empty Cup Media to create a movie with adults with special needs through Community Living.
Stephanie and her incredible cast can be seen performing all over North America at charity events and festivals…she’ll be the one in the crazy costume. She also regular writes, hosts, blogs, and continues her acting career on screen and as a voice over actor.