School of Comedy Teachers

Ellana Kelter has worked extensively with kids as an experienced nanny/babysitter, private voice instructor, Gymboree play and music teacher, director of children’s theatre and currently with Armstrong Community Music School. She holds a BFA from Western Michigan University in music theatre performance and a Masters in Arts Management from Columbia College Chicago. Ellana has been performing with Esther’s Follies for six years now and loves every minute of it. She looks forward to teaching and sharing the joys of Esther’s unique style of musical comedy!

Shaun Branigan has been involved in teaching and children’s theatre for over a decade. He wrote, produced and performed 15 original plays for Zachary Scott Theatre’s Playspace program, and his original children’s show ‘Holiday Heroes’ just celebrated its 14th year of production. He has taught children’s theatre camps for the last 8 years, and has been proud to watch Austin’s future artists grow and learn.

Ted Meredith has been an Improv teacher for 5 years at the Institution Theater as well as a performer in children’s shows at Zach Theater. For 4 years he has performed with Austin Shakespeare’s touring production of The World’s Fastest Hamlet for Jr High and High schools across the state of Texas. He also served as a counselor/instructor for the prestigious Texas Honors Leadership Program (now the Governor’s School of Texas). Ted holds a BFA in Theater from Southwestern University, is a proud writer for and cast member of Esther’s Follies for 7 years, and remains a kid at heart since 1981.

Vincent Lechowick is an active member of the WGA, and received a BA in Languages & Literature from Bard College. He has been a screenwriter for The Young and The Restless, a Teacher’s Assistant at Pasadena City College, and managed Alias Books East when it won L.A. Weekly’s “Best Used Bookstore 2013.” He has performed for ten years, and honed his comedic skills as a regular in Da Nappy Fro Show at The Comedy Store. He has been a Contributor to the Breadloaf Writers’ Conference, produced and released fifteen albums of pure drivel, and once accidentally broke Robert Frost’s bed. He isn’t as funny as your children, but is eager to steal their jokes during his second year with Esther’s Follies School of Comedy.

Cy Albertson – A native of Iowa, Cy came to Austin to pursue is Masters Degree is Piano Performance since then his musical career has taken off. He has played for Broadway shows, Woody Allen, Cirque du Soliel among other as well as had his music played on NPR. His musical “Wand” is being optioned out on Broadway. He is music director, conductor and vocal coach for the US premiere of “Stalking John Barrowman.” Cy has taught at the junior. high, high school and college levels.