Alan Myerson – Founding Director of The Committee @ SFIF 2010!
The San Francisco Improv Festival is ecstatic to announce the addition of Alan Myerson to our show “A Look Back at The Committee” on Saturday August 14th. Those who buy tickets to this rare discussion get to hear the story of The Committee from the man who guided this legendary group of improvisors from it’s inception.
The Committee’s ranks included such talents as Del Close, Gary Austin, Howard Hesseman, Rob Reiner, Peter Bonerz, Carl Gottlieb, Leigh French, and even for a short time in an auxiliary capacity, a very young Robin Williams. Between originating the Harold improvisation format, and the actors, directors & teachers that came out of The Committee, there’s hardly an area of improvisation that hasn’t been affected by this San Francisco troupe.
Take a look at Alan Myerson talking about The Committee in it’s heyday:
Bio of Alan Myerson:
Alan Myerson began his directing career in New York City before moving to Chicago to direct the well-known improvisational theater, Second City. Moving to San Francisco, he founded, directed, and produced the legendary theater companies of The Committee there, in Los Angeles, and in New York on Broadway. He’s made several films including “Steelyard Blues,” starring Jane Fonda, Donald Sutherland, and Peter Boyle, and his short film, “The Creditors,” was short-listed for the Oscars. He’s made dozens of television movies and pilots and over two hundred hours of television episodes from “Miami Vice” & “Ally McBeal” to “The Bob Newhart Show”, “Friends” and “Frasier.” He has been nominated for Emmy, Directors Guild of America, and CableAce Best Director Awards. Besides countless acting classes and improvisational workshops, he has also taught both acting and directing at UC Berkeley, USC, San Francisco State, Rockport College, and Maine Media Workshops.