Lindsay Zehren, co-facilitator

Lindsay Zehren, co-facilitator

Mike McFarland, co-facilitator

Mike McFarland, co-facilitator


The fundamentals of improv comedy aren't only a blast to learn, they also develop important life skills, like communication, empathy, and leadership - at any age.

This summer, we're proud to announce that we've teamed up with the wonderful folks at Resounding Joy to design a week-long experience for teens unlike any other in San Diego.

Through the exploration of both improvisation and music, students will unlock new ways to communicate, express themselves, and connect with the world around them. They'll learn to trust their instincts while contributing to their team in an environment that's fun, safe, and supportive.

Program Details:

We're offering two sessions of Laughter & Leadership this year - one for students going into grades 6-8 (July 10th-14th), and one for students going into grades 9-12 (July 17th-21st).

On Friday afternoon at 5:30PM, the students will showcase their new skills in an invited performance for friends and family.

  • When: Monday-Friday, 9:00AM-12:00PM, with an invited performance on Friday from 5:30PM-6:15PM.
    • Session A (Grades 6-8): July 10th-14th, 2017
    • Session B (Grades 9-12): July 17-21st, 2017
  • Where: At our theater in the heart of Old Town. (For our address and directions, click here!)

About Resounding Joy

Resounding Joy Inc., a nonprofit organization, incorporated in August 2005, uses therapeutic and recreational music programs to improve the social, emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being of individuals and communities. Since its inception, Resounding Joy has provided music therapy and recreational music services to more than 85,000 children and adults in the greater San Diego region.

The Resounding Joy vision is to expand international awareness and to increase access to the power of music for recreational and therapeutic purposes. For more information, visit them at


Program Facilitators: Mike McFarland & Lindsay Zehren

Mike McFarland has been teaching and performing improv professionally since 2003, and is the artistic director of Old Town Improv Co. He's the co-founder of Sidestage Improv, and has developed and facilitated improvisation, team-building, and training programs for students of all ages.

Lindsay Zehren received her bachelor degree in music education and theater from Saint Mary of the Woods College in Indiana. She taught music at the high school and elementary school levels in Indiana, South Africa, and Jamaica before pursuing her equivalency degree in music therapy from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. She plays guitar, piano, ukulele, flute, djembe, and banjo and is an avid lover of drum circles, laughing, and - of course - improv comedy!