Nathan Hartswick is a comedian, producer and educator from Vermont. He has performed throughout New England and shared the stage with some of the country’s top comics, including Fred Armisen, Colin Quinn, Kyle Kinane and others. He was voted “Best VT Standup Comedian” in 2012 and 2013 by readers of Seven Days, was a semifinalist in the Funniest Comic in New England contest in 2012, and won the Higher Ground Comedy Battle in 2011. In 2012, Nathan was a recipient of Vermont Business Magazine’s “Rising Stars” award, which honors 40 Vermont professionals under the age of 40. 

Nathan currently performs with The Unmentionables, Vermont's premier long form improv comedy troupe. Nathan teaches standup and improv comedy to kids, teens and adults. 


Natalie Miller is a comedian, producer, actor and entrepreneur who hails from the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. Natalie trained in voice, theater and dance at the prestigious American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City. She has performed extensively in national and regional theater productions, films and commercials. Natalie currently performs with The Unmentionables, Vermont's premier long form improv comedy troupe, and teaches improv comedy to kids, teens and adults. In 2012, Natalie was a recipient of Vermont Business Magazine’s “Rising Stars” award, which honors 40 Vermont professionals under the age of 40. 

Natalie also works as a casting director for area production companies, casting local and regional print, television, film and commercial work.


Austin Nava has 15 years of improv experience, both performing and teaching. He studied at Dirty South Improv in Chapel Hill, NC. After completing their curriculum; he went on to teach classes at all levels, perform and coach at DSI, Cleveland Improv Institute and independently. He also performed as one of four members of a team from DSI that won the Super CageMatch at the 9th Annual Chicago Improv Festival.

Austin has workshopped under the guidance of Michael Gellman, Anthony King, Chris Gethard, Charna Halpern, Charlie Todd, Rachael Mason and Jeff Griggs, among many others.

He currently teaches Level 4 improv at VCC.


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John Mathias is a comedian, musician and educator who is originally from Northeastern Vermont. He currently performs with The Unmentionables, Vermont's premier long form improv team. He has workshopped with instructors from Upright Citizens Brigade and The Second City.

John has extensive experience working with kids and teens of all ages. As a former counselor at Circus Smirkus and mentor at Spectrum Youth Services. He has taught comedy, music, drama and circus arts to students of all ages in Vermont for over 10 years. 

In addition to teaching classes & performing, John coaches Napoleon, VCC's house short form team.


Tim Bridge is a seasoned improviser and educator. After performing on his college improv troupe in New York City, Tim moved to Vermont, where he is now a member of The Unmentionables, Vermont Comedy Club's house long form improv troupe.

He has studied with instructors from Upright Citizens Brigade and The Second City, and teaches workshops in improv comedy for kids, teens and adults. Tim also performs standup throughout the state and creates sketch comedy with Feed The Meter.


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Mark Stein holds a Master's Degree in education, and has been working with children and adults for over twenty years. In addition to teaching in a multi-age classroom at The Schoolhouse in South Burlington, Mark runs workshops on storytelling, improvisational comedy and writing.

A working improv comedian and storyteller, Mark is an enthusiastic supporter of the burgeoning performing arts scene in Burlington and around Vermont. Mark believes that the experience of sharing in front of an audience is powerful, transformative, and something everyone deserves to try.  


Aaron Paulsen has been performing improv comedy since he was a small child. He has coached teams at Essex High School and St. Michael's College, and performs with The Unmentionables, Vermont's premier long form improv team.

Aaron also mentors/teaches English to Japanese high school students and speaks multiple languages.


Jon van Luling is an improviser, sketch writer, theatrical producer, and educator who has recently returned to Vermont. After spending nearly 10 years in Chicago studying and performing with The Annoyance Theater, iO Chicago, and The Second City.

Jon performs regularly with The Vermont Comedy Club’s short form team Napoleon, as well as independent sketch and improv teams around the area. He teaches workshops and classes for adults, teens, and kids. You can also see him onstage as a host for Green Mountain Cabaret, a neo-burlesque variety show he co-produces.