Mandy Butler is a member of the General Company at Dad’s Garage Theatre and has been an active improviser in Nashville, Richmond, Atlanta, Savannah, and Greenville. She has taught at improv festivals and studios in the United States, Istanbul, and Iraqi Kurdistan. She currently leads the improv program at Newberry College, where she is a tenured Associate Professor of Speech & Theatre and the Director of Performance. She holds a BA in Theatre Performance from Georgia College & State University and an MFA in Theatre Pedagogy from Virginia Commonwealth University. Mandy has trained and performed with instructors from the Annoyance Theatre, BATS Improv, Second City, Upright Citizens Brigade, iO, and Steppenwolf West. Mandy, who has frequently served as a judge for the Chicago Improv Festival’s College Tournament, specializes in applying the Meisner Technique to Longform Improvisation and earned her Meisner teacher certification through the True Acting Institute at Willamette University.