Paula Pazderka

Paula Pazderka is the Artistic Director and School Manager of DSI Comedy Theater

Paula Pazderka

Paula Pazderka is a resident instructor with the DSI Comedy Theater

Paula has been performing improv and sketch comedy for over a decade. Paula trained in Chicago, studying the art of improvisation with Mick Napier, Charna Halpern, Noah Gregoropoulos, Susan Messing, and Joe Bill.

A former COMEDYSPORTZ CHICAGO ensemble member, Paula dazzled audiences improvising with THE PLACEBO EFFECT, The SPEAKEASY PLAYERS, and CHEETARAH, performing at some of Chicago’s finest improv theaters (IMPROV OLYMPIC, THE PLAYGROUND THEATER, SPEAKEASY TAVERN, and DONNY’S SKYBOX). A writer as well as performer of sketch comedy, Paula is one third of the sketch troupe ASTERISKS which appeared in THE CHICAGO SKETCHFEST from 2004 to 2006. In 2007, she performed her solo show BACKFIRE at Chicago’s PROP THEATER’S RHINOFEST and BEST SHOW EVER at DSI COMEDY THEATER.

Since moving to North Carolina in June of 2007, after receiving her MFA in Creative Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Paula has continued to study comedy at DSI with Zach Ward. She currently teaches and coaches at DSI, as well as performing with MISTER DIPLOMAT.

Hometown: Omaha, NE

Paula Pazderka's shows: Improv SLAM and DSI TourCo