The South's Premier Comedy Theater and Comedy School

DSI Comedy Theater boasts a local company of 50+ active performers in Carrboro, NC and a national network of comedians. A dedicated member of its community, DSI supports the greater Triangle region with fundraisers, outreach, and educational opportunities for all ages and abilities. It is the home of DSI Communication, a Corporate Training, Leadership Development and Team Building organization, and the DSI Comedy School, which offers new classes to the public every month, classes in the art of improv, stand-up and sketch comedy.

Zach Ward, proud Owner and Executive Producer of DSI, has trained comedy talent featured on television (Jeff Richards —SNL, MadTV), the big screen (Maddy Curley —Disney's Stick it), and students now featured at IO Chicago, The Magnet, UCBT-NY and UCBT-LA, Second City, Boom Chicago (Amsterdam), and ComedySportz® across the World Comedy League. Zach currently serves as Managing Director of ImprovBoston in Cambridge, MA. He remains actively involved in the Theater, DSI COMMUNICATION and the NC Comedy Arts Festival.

Paula Pazderka, current Artistic Director and School Manager, has been involved in comedy for over a decade, studying in Chicago at ImprovOlympic before moving to Carrboro, where she immediately found a home with DSI. Paula has an MFA in Creative Writing from the Art Institute of Chicago, is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and has a Masters Certificate in Project Management from the George Washington School of Business. Paula has conducted interactive improv workshops for professional growth for years; most recently she has worked with Motorola, Duke University, Durham County Health Department, the Chapel Hill Carrboro Chamber, SUN (Southern University Newspapers) Conference and Leadership Triangle.



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