"Andy is a Master Improv teacher. I have taken his class several times and he really makes it easy and fun to do Improv, even for someone like me, with no experience. I strongly recommend Andy's classes!"
- Dr. Joel Zive,
internationally recognized pharmacist
"Thanks so much for facilitating the Improv theater workshop last week. Your workshop was terrific! Not only are you funny and entertaining, you
drew everyone in the room into the act. Everyone felt comfortable trying something new and your exercises were fun and educational. Our members
learned some great theater games, improved their communication skills and had a great time too!"
-Carolyn Callan, President, Norwalk (Ct.) Toastmasters
"It was an unexpected and great pleasure for me and my guests to participate in the Improv session you gave at Deerfield. Everyone enjoyed it tremendously, and I would be very happy to have you return."
-Freida Eisenkraft, Owner/Director, Deerfield Spa
"I love this class! Andy is a great leader/teacher. The participants in the class really participate because they are having a good time. Andy has good ideas and helps us to grow and learn while having fun. This is my fourth time taking this class. Come join us!"
-Mary Jane Lowder, Student in WCC Mainstream (Seniors) Program
"The best part of this class is I get to play - how valuable that is in this stress driven world where we all take ourselves too seriously. This course teaches us to return to the joy that we had in us as children, which is priceless. How much more understanding and joyful we can be with our friends and families when we loosen up on ourselves and others. Andy's instruction facilitated even the most hesitant of us into improvisation. This class also helps me as a writer, by stretching my creativity, and enabling me to tap into my unconscious. I recommend this class to anyone who is artistic or who wants to take a class in JOY."
-Jessica Lawrence, Student in WCC Mainstream (Seniors) Program
"Your Improv session was lively and informative, teaching the children how to listen, learn and let loose. The two classes hung on to your every word and eagerly volunteered to fulfill your interesting and varied assignments. Even the most reticent among them was soon an avid participant. The activities you proposed were innovative, eliciting a creativity and imagination we were surprised to find our children capable of. The children were disappointed to see the session end."
-Rochelle B. Cohen, Principal, Concord Road Elementary School
"Mr. Wainer conducted a creative and wonderful workshop for two second grade classes. Each child felt comfortable volunteering and had the opportunity to try several times. They improvised emotions and actions utilizing verbal and non-verbal techniques. This is a wonderful way for children to enact their feelings and "learn to read" each other's actions. This can be very beneficial during social conflicts and emotionally charged situations. "
-Ms. J. Goldberg and Ms. S. Friedman, Teachers, Concord Road Elementary School
"Thank you so much for coming to my Speech Communication class this summer to conduct a workshop in Improvisation. It was a huge success. Both the students and I agreed it was fun and very pragmatic. They mentioned in their evaluations how truly invaluable the experience was and thoroughly enjoyed your presentation. By observing and participating, it is clear to me that improv develops a better understanding of key principles in good oral communication: namely, imagination, self-image, creativity, etc."
-Dr. Eileen Shea, Chair, Communications and Media Arts Dept., Westchester Community College
"Thank you for your participation in WCC's annual Take Our Daughters to Work Day Program. The girls enthusiastically acclaimed your workshop on Improvisation. It was both intellectually stimulating and fun, thereby achieving the goals set for the day."
-Barbara Connolly and Francine Regan, Co-Chairs, TODTWD, WCC
“I would like to thank you, on behalf of the residents, for providing terrific, FUN, energizing, active classes of Comedy Improvisation here at Bronxwood. Each time you present your wonderful program, our residents, adults and seniors alike, look forward to attending. You truly engage them to fully tap into their creativity and imagination! They laugh, they are spontaneous, they act, they create believable characters – all the things your brochure says! I also love that you get them to move, to exercise, even while seated – this is so very important! And you get them to physically connect with each other, which they are usually reluctant to do! We look forward to having you back at Bronxwood many times in the future!”
-Rosemarie Annunziato, Director of Recreation, Bronxwood Home for Adults & the Aged & Assisted Living
"I would like to thank you, on behalf of the senior residents, for providing a fun, stimulating challenging hour of improvisation for more than 20 sessions over the past year. Every time you have had quite a good turnout, sometimes over 20 people! You have gotten everyone who attends to participate! You have enabled the participants to overcome their reticence to physically contact each other through connecting exercises. This is something we don't see very often here, and it's very important. Participants walk out of the sessions feeling renewed and re-energized! You have quite a few regulars who come back every week, and that is quite a testament to you."
-Cherie Danielle-Lemos, Dirctor of Recreation, The Esplanade, White Plains
"Your Improv Comedy birthday party for my 10 year old daughter and her friends was terrific! All the girls were involved and engaged, they all laughed and contributed and had so much fun! I think you could have done another hour's worth! They especially loved creating the "people machines". I would recommend Andy's comedy Improv parties for other kids too!"
-Sharon G., Mother of Birthday Girl, Scarsdale, N.Y.
"Andy's Comedy Program is entertaining and very funny. The residents here enjoyed it very much. I highly recommend Andy"!
-Dorothy Jones, Director of Recreation, New Rochelle Manor House, New Rochelle, NY