william cefalo
Torrance, CA
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William C.

Torrance, CA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

About William C.

I began teaching and performing improvisational theatre almost 20 years ago in New York City for one of the longest running improv companies in the country, Freestyle Repertory Theatre. I have taught thousands of students from every socio-economic background, age and ability, from CEO's of multibillion dollar companies to students in title one school residencies. My belief: improvisation is for everyone and the skills taught go beyond theatre.

Currently I'm finishing my master's in educational psychology and can provide links to studies showing the positive effect improvisational theatre can have on students self-concept and their ability to listen, synthesize and collaborate with others. It can even reduce cortisol levels....no lie. It's spontaneity and acceptance makes everyone better!

My teaching philosophy is unconditional positive regard and respect for my students and a desire to impart the fun of improv into the scene of Life. Even if you don't take my class try saying "yes, and..." more and always make others look good!


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7 Reviews
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Will was extremely helpful. He went above and beyond helping me with my routine and suggestions for feeling comfortable and getting ready. I would definitely use him again if needed.

Posted Jun 10, 2018
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Will has a great way of guiding the team to not only work together but dial in what's working and phase out what's not. He's patient, encouraging, and most importantly honest. It's clear he loves the form and working with others to find what works for their team.

Posted Aug 23, 2017

Will and I performed and taught together for years in NYC. He is the best! He really focuses on spontaneity and supporting his partner. When you work with him, you won’t have to worry about being funny or clever. He will help you learn to improvise in your own unique way.

Posted Aug 22, 2017
Freestyle Repertory Theatre

Will was an outstanding member of our NYC company. His imagination, vibrancy, generosity and goofy sense of humor make him fantastic to work with. Will also taught with us in public schools, where his thoughtful feedback and unfailing support made him one of our best teachers. He has our highest recommendation.

Posted Aug 22, 2017
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Will is one of the best improvisers I've ever had the chance to work with and learn from! He is super energetic, in-tune with his students, and his work is quite dynamic. I love his kinetic and playful style! Not only will you have fun in his class, but you will certainly get a new perspective, and feel totally supported all the way through.

Posted Aug 21, 2017
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Will is awesome! Very patient , knowledgeable, encouraging, and entertaining! I felt very at ease and comfortable with him during our lessons, as improv is something new for me. He really knows his stuff!

Posted Aug 16, 2017
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Will is one of the most creative quick thinking people I know. I consider myself a comic who missed a calling and now that I've been trying to regain a piece of myself back in middle life I am happy to have Will around. He challenges you to be your best and is the kind of person you could also come in front of. This for can read people and knows how to make your skill work for you. If he tried to make be like fun we'd both be starving artists (que gong)!

Seriously get to know this dude!

Posted Aug 15, 2017

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Apr 2000 - Jun 2017

Freestyle Repertory Theatre

Performed and taught improv of many different formats- Theatersports, long form and short form as well as the theory and structure of successful improvisation.

Sep 1996 - Jan 1998

SAK Comedy Lab

Improviser with SAK Lab Rats and B ensemble.


masters of educational psychology
Jan 2021 - Present

Purdue University

Ensemble B member
Jan 1997 - Jan 1999

SAK comedy lab

Creative writing arts
Jun 1991 - Nov 1993

Oswego State University



Fluent / Native Proficiency

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