TRAINING CENTER STAFF

  • Tabitha Parker
    Tabitha Parker
    Training Center Director
  • Anthony Bowling
    Anthony Bowling
    Cast Member & Instructor
  • Shawn Frambach
    Shawn Frambach
    Instructor
  • Ben Fort
    Ben Fort
    Head of the Comedy Writing Program
  • Terry Catlett
    Terry Catlett
    Instructor
  • Noa Gavin
    Noa Gavin
    Instructor
  • Aja Jones
    Aja Jones
    Acting Instructor
  • Richie Lunsford
    Richie Lunsford
    Instructor

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Tabitha Parker
Training Center Director

Tabitha Parker has spent the last 17 years improvising, teaching, and coaching. She has been working at Four Day Weekend since 2013.

Tabitha is a graduate of The Second City Conservatory, iO Chicago, The Annoyance, and Four Day Weekend. She also studied teaching and directing under Norm Holly, Jason Chin, and Jeff Griggs.
While in Chicago, she performed with The Second City House Ensembles (Twisty, HouseCo, and SketchCo), The Rabble (iO Harold Team), Battleprov (ComedySportz), and All Skate (The Playground).
Tabitha has co-written and performed in the sketch revues Mortal Coitus (The Second City), HouseCo: Burn It Down (The Second City), W.A.S. (Donny’s Skybox), Honey, I Damaged the Kids! (Stage 773) and Various Artists (Dallas Comedy House).

She also spent some time traveling the US, teaching and performing with the groups Insult to Injury and StrawBEARy.

Currently you can see Tabitha performing with Hans Wermhat, a 4DW House Team, or at The Dallas Comedy House with STAN. Every October she directs and performs in her all-time favorite show, The Improvised Horror Movie.

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
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.

Noa Gavin
Instructor

Noa is a writer and improviser based in Dallas, TX.

She is a graduate of the Dallas Comedy House training center and has worked under instructors from iO Chicago, The Second City, Workaholics, Four Day Weekend, and writers from The Second City, Saturday Night Live, MAD TV and Key & Peele.

Noa got her start being professionally funny on her comedy blog, Oh Noa. She was chosen as BlogHer Humor Voice Of The Year in 2011 for Oh Noa. Noa has co-written and performed in 3 sketch shows: Various Artists, Good Morning Apocalypse, and Hired Gun.
She coaches the 1995 Chicago Bulls, a JTS Brown improv team. She currently performs with the 4DW House Team, Hans Wermhat, and at Dallas Comedy House with DCH Book Club, The Improvised Horror Movie, and the storytelling show, “Gettin’ It.”

You can see a portfolio of all her work at noagavin.com.

Aja Jones
Acting Instructor

Aja has a BFA from the University of Texas at Arlington. Some of her favorite artistic projects have been two National tours with the Dallas Children’s Theatre, 5 years of Solo Performance, and leading the training department with Mad Science Edutainment. For the last 5 years she has been teaching theatre and directing productions for White Settlement ISD. Her love of improv took her through training at 4Day Weekend and she performs with the house team Hans Wermhat.

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