Mona and Shara combine clowning, character, and storytelling to create an engaging style of improv. They have taught and performed in Norway, Finland, the Netherlands, and 21 cities around the United States and have been featured in a number of festivals including the Finland International Improv Festival, Ocean State Improv Festival (Rhode Island), SF Sketchfest, and the San Diego Improv Festival. When they aren’t traveling together, they live on opposite coasts, gracing a variety of improv classrooms and stages in Boston (Mona) and San Francisco (Shara). In the future, they hope to settle in the same place, but until that time, they eagerly look forward to the shows and workshops they get to do together.
Mona Thompson is an improv performer, teacher, and coach. She currently lives in Boston and is pursuing her M.Ed in Arts in Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She began improvising in high school in Washington DC, continued in college as a member of the Stanford Improvisers, and spent 5 years in San Francisco performing with Un-Scripted Theater Company, Social Studies Improv, Minerva, and, of course Mona and Shara Do Improv. She has taught at BATS Improv, Un-Scripted Theater Company, Stagebridge, San Mateo High School, and Stanford University. In 2014, she co-founded Collective Capital, a change and innovation consultancy that helps organizations become more curious, generous, and resilient using improv and design. Learn more at monajthompson.com.
Shara Tonn is an improviser, actor, clown and teacher based in San Francisco. An alumna of the Stanford Improvisors and San Francisco Circus Center’s Clown Conservatory, Shara performs in Un-Scripted Theater Company productions as well as a variety of Bay Area comedy shows. Being an artist in the Bay Area, she is a jack-of-all-trades, working with the Medical Clown Project of San Francisco, acting in local gigs, doing freelance science writing for Stanford University and teaching with a number of organizations including Un-Scripted Theater Company, Stagebridge, Circus of Smiles, Aragon High School, and BATS Improv. She is currently, in addition to doing lots of improv, scheming with some clown colleagues to execute some silly clown projects. She expects the clown pies she makes with them will soon be thrown at someone’s face - probably hers.