Industry Guest: Ezra Weisz

Join Ezra Weisz on Chillin’ With Voice Actors on Saturday, November 12th, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM, PCC Ballroom B&C, Live Program 1 (LP1)

Ezra, a native of New Jersey, left home to study theater at California Institute of the Arts. After graduating in 1994 with a B.F.A., he moved to the greater Los Angeles area to better pursue his career in theater and television. The first of his most memorable credits was The Cradle Will Rock, with the Blank Theatre. The success of that show led to award nominations, performing at the Ovation Awards, and produced a CD with a nationwide release. Other theatrical credits include the West Coast premiere of the musical, Chess, Urban Folktales, and the critically acclaimed, Cyberqueer, at the CelebrationTheatre. Ezra was also fortunate enough to have performed in Elektra-la-la, which traveled to Edinburgh, Scotland as part of the international Fringe Festival.

In the fall of 1995, Ezra became a member of Company of Angels and started teaching an Improv class for actors and other company members. This class led to a sellout run of Improv Schmimprov, an improv comedy show. As the class continued, another show emerged, Jingle Balls – A Holiday Comedy Spectacular, which also played to sold out houses. Over the past several years, Ezra’s passion for improvisation has allowed him to perform with various improv groups in many different venues. These include, Pasadena’s The Ice House, the world famous Comedy Store, and Bang Comedy Theater.

As an improvisor, Ezra has created and performed in such shows as iProv, The Doubtful Guests and The Truth. He has traveled to New York, Atlanta, New Jersey and Chicago performing in venues and festivals. In 2009, Ezra and The Doubtful Guests headlined the Chicago Improv Festival in the famed Lakeshore Theater.

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Currently, Ezra is the Director of the School of Improvisation at Bang Comedy Theater where he has been teaching and running the school for over 10 years. He has directed many hit shows at bang. Most recently the hit sketch comedy show L.A.Women and the 2-year sold out run of Streep Tease. He has conducted workshops for professional corporations and institutions. Having a strong understanding of improvisation and how it can assist the creative process. Ezra has been invited to work with such companies as Disney Feature Animation, Rhythm and Hues, Universal and the Los Angeles Police Department.

In 2002, Ezra began work in television as an Audience Warm-up performer. He warms up such Disney Channel shows as So Random, Jessie, Austin and Ally, Ant Farm, Wizards of Waverly Place, I’m In the Band, Pair of Kings and Sonny with a Chance. Since his start in the business Ezra has warmed up hundreds of audiences at live tapings, making people laugh and enjoy the experience.

Because of Ezra’s ability to connect with young professionals in the entertainment industry, he has become a sought after acting coach for kids and teens. He started a Youth Improv Program and bang comedy theater in Hollywood in 2009. He also makes himself available for private coaching and improv workshops nationwide.

As if all this isn’t enough, Ezra is also a voice over director and actor. His most notable V.O. dubbing directing credits are: Letter’s From Iwo Jima, House of Flying Daggers, Waltz With Bashir, and Curse of the Golden Flower (all nominated for Academy Awards).

Ezra’s on camera credits include: John the Science Teacher, Jack-In-The-Box Clown, and an irate Dad, and an apple in a fruit bowl all on Wizards of Waverly Place. He was also a Dentist on Sonny With a Chance and a Motivation Speaker on a National Direct TV Commercial.

Ezra has been Married to Sabrina Weisz of SabrinaPhotography.net for 12 years and they have 2 beautiful children together. Upon leaving his home for work his children always cry out, “Daddy, Make ‘em laugh”.