TRAINING CENTER STAFF

  • Frank Ford
    Frank Ford
    Director of Training Center
  • Anthony Bowling
    Anthony Bowling
    Cast Member & Instructor
  • Shawn Frambach
    Shawn Frambach
    Communications Director & Instructor
  • Ben Fort
    Ben Fort
    Head of the Comedy Writing Program
  • Terry Catlett
    Terry Catlett
    Instructor
  • Timmy Mayse
    Timmy Mayse
    Instructor
  • Julie Mitchell
    Julie Mitchell
    Instructor
  • Richie Lunsford
    Richie Lunsford
    Instructor
  • Hayden McGovern
    Hayden McGovern
    Instructor
Frank Ford
Director of Training Center

Frank has had a successful career in the entertainment industry for over 25 years and is one of the founding members, and owner, of Four Day Weekend, a comedy institution in Texas. He has also studied at the renowned Second City Conservatory, in Chicago, and taught advanced improvisation classes at the Four Day Weekend Training Center.

As a professional  actor, Frank has appeared in numerous commercial spots, television shows and films. Over the years, he has received critical-acclaim for his original comedy sketch revues, a comedy album, short films and acting roles.

In addition, Frank has been recognized for his writing, including the sale of an original television comedy show to 20th Century FOX, being named a Top-10 finalist, for a feature film, in the Final Draft “Big Break” screenwriting writing contest and  co-authoring the National-Bestselling book, “Happy Accidents: The Transformative Power of “Yes, And” at Work and in Life.”

Finally, Frank has performed in over 6,000 shows, worked with Fortune 500 companies throughout the world and is a very popular presenter on the speaker circuit.

Anthony Bowling
Cast Member & Instructor

Born in El Paso Tx, Anthony is a graduate of The University of Texas at Arlington with a Bachelors of Fine Arts.
He began training with Four Day Weekend in 2004. After completing their improv classes he was asked to stay indefinitely with their student group “Just Another Day”. In 2007 he began understudying in the main stage show and is now honored to be an official member of the troupe.

In 2012 Anthony, along with the entire Four Day cast, filmed an original television series for CW33 entitled “Small Time”. The show spanned nearly forty episodes and received the prestigious title of “Best 5 minute talk show” according to us weekly (that’s not a typo of U.S. Weekly, we literally tell ourselves that weekly).
Anthony can also be heard in numerous Anime shows produced by Funimation Entertainment. Shows such as Samurai 7, One Piece, Shin Chan, and Speed Grapher have been featured on several networks including IFC and Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim.

He currently performs every Friday and Saturday in the Four Day Weekend main stage show and is also an instructor at the Four Day Weekend Training Center. He also performs on several house teams both here and at the Dallas Comedy House.

Shawn Frambach
Communications Director & Instructor

Shawn Frambach is a graduate of the Four Day Weekend Training Program. Once he graduated, he began working and helping in any way that he could. He has had a passion for improvising since he first was introduced to the art.
Shawn uses his improvisation skills in both film and commercials. His credits include commercials for companies like Taco Bueno, Service King, TXA 21 and the Texas Lottery. He has done a number of short film, written and directed the comedy revue “OutCast”, and performed in the premiere Improvised show for the Lone Star Film Festival.

Shawn has previously performed with the groups Gangs of Recess, Charliework, and Twincest. He currently performs with the 4DW House Team, Hans Wermhat. You can also see him in the 2-person show Shawn & Nick or at Dallas Comedy House with STAN.

Ben Fort
Head of the Comedy Writing Program

Ben Fort is a graduate of The Second City’s Writing Program and has been writing, producing, and composing for theater and sketch comedy for more than a decade.

Most recently, through Six Hours Short Productions, a Chicago-based theater company he founded with his friend and Grantland writer Jason Gallagher. Their humorous take on the 2011 NBA Lockout, The Lockout: A Musical, was enjoyed by Slate, NPR, and Chicago’s Theater on the Lake, who included the musical in their 2014 season.

Terry Catlett
Instructor

Terry has been performing and teaching in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area for the past five years. In that time, he has had the privilege of learning from, performing with, and teaching some of the Metroplexes’ finest performers.
Terry performs in local shows weekly and has also participated in several national improv festivals; including the prestigious Chicago Improv Festival, the Del Close Marathon, and the Dallas Comedy Festival.
Terry loves improvisation, but his passion is teaching. His teaching goal is to instill a strong sense of fundamental skills in his students, while helping them to mold those skills to fit their natural performing style.

Terry can currently be seen with local favorite troupes Franzia, David & Terry, Kool-Aid, Please Like Us, .f.a.c.e., and On Time Delivery.

Timmy Mayse
Instructor

Timmy Mayse hails from the flat plains of Dallas, Texas – it’s breathtaking.

He trained in Chicago at the iO Theater and Annoyance and performed at iO with the house teams DeepSchwa and Fetch. At the Annoyance Theater he performed in various plays and occasionally did shows at the Playground Theater as well.

Timmy has toured the high seas with The Second City aboard the NCL Pearl, performing archived material, as well as performing in various shows with MissionImprovable, and is a member of Baby Wants Candy.

You may have seen him in Shameless and The Playboy Club ,as well as commercial and web work for 5/3rd Bank, U.S. Cellular and Norton Anti-Virus.

You can also see Timmy in Break-Ups, the web series for which he won Best Actor at the 2012 Gold Coast Film Festival.

In addition to performing improv, he has also written 2 one man shows, performed in Chicago’s Sketchfest three years in a row, performed in Alone for TBS Just For Laughs in 2012 and dabbles in stand up, as well as putting comedy to paper in the form of writing.

Julie Mitchell
Instructor

Julie has a BFA in Acting and Directing from Texas Tech University, which is where she did her first improv show. It was short-form improv, in the style of Comedy Sportz, and it was the most exhilarating performance experience of her life.

She spent almost two decades studying and performing improv, and sketch comedy, in Los Angeles. Her team, Super Model, set a record at iO West for the longest-running streak of wins for the student cage matches and they went on to perform, on the main stage, for many years.

She was also a member of the Groundling’s Sunday Company and wrote and performed sketch and improv for 83 weeks in a row (they did take off for Christmas). She was also a performer in the Crazy Uncle Joe Show.

In addition, Julie has appeared in many national commercials, including a Toyota, Progressive and Xfinity spots, which are currently running. Her most recent television appearance was opposite Seth McFarlane on The Orville. She’s an award-winning film director and writer, who enjoys producing films and teaching with her husband, Markus Balwin. They have two young children who teach them a lot about the art of improvisation.

Theatrical Reel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8afCVfPg39Q
Character Reel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1xC9AjwYFY
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Richie Lunsford
Instructor

Richie Lunsford is a graduate of the Four Day Weekend Training Program and continues his Improv education with instructors from all over the US, including, most recently: Norm Holly (Second City), Mike Descoteaux (Improv Boston), and Adal Rifai (iO Chicago).

He has performed with Show’s Over Shakespeare (4Day House Team), Frisco Improv Player, and Shut Up and Prance. Currently he performs in Fort Worth, Dallas, and Austin with the The Hammock District (4Day House Team). He also writes, directs and performs with the sketch group, For King and Country.
He is passionate about building a vibrant comedy and improv scene in Fort Worth and sees teaching as a catalyst for growth of that community. Improv has changed Richie’s life for the better and he wants to share that with as many people as he can by both teaching and performing

Hayden McGovern
Instructor

A graduate of the Four Day Weekend Training Center and Teacher’s Assistant Program, Hayden has been teaching and performing regularly for the last two years.

He believes in the life-changing power of improvisation and lives the “Yes, And” philosophy at 23-years old.

You can find him performing weekly in Kill Me Please and running the Encore Theater shows, every Monday and Tuesday night, at 8:00pm.