Meet the Team

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Jamie Matson

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Camp Director

Jamie has a background in improv comedy, music, and movement and has a general love for organizing meaningful events and bringing people together. She studied at Upright Citizens Brigade from 2009-2012 and performed improv on an indie team around NYC as well as dabbled in stand-up and sketch comedy at that time. In 2018 Jamie began working as a registered nurse and continues to get fulfillment from helping others in this way. This camp is a project of the heart and her way to get in touch with a younger version of herself, live a creative life, and to create community. Jamie never attended summer camp and fully plans to live vicariously through the campers! Jamie lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two young kids.

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Fareeha Khan

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Workshop Facilitator

Fareeha Khan is a comedian and artist based in New York City. She is featured on an upcoming Comedy Central showcase "Tight Five", has toured her stand up with Man Repeller, and has opened for Ilana Glazer. Her writing has appeared on MTV Decoded and Reductress. She’s acted in sketches on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and Comedy Central. She’s also acted in several indie projects, including 1/30, which was executive produced by Lena Waithe. She was a writers assistant on After After Party, a Refinery29 produced digital show in 2018. In 2017 she was chosen to participate in the Riot x TBS Comedy Writers Lab. In her free time, she makes zines with essays and illustrations exploring the realities of existing in a capitalist system. 

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Tessa Skara

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Workshop Facilitator

Tessa Skara is a stand up comedian, musician, actor, writer, and gay idiot originally from Richmond, BC, Canada. Tessa has performed her unique blend of stand up and music all over New York and LA, headlining at venues like Carolines on Broadway, Ars Nova, Joe’s Pub, Union Hall, Lyric Hyperion, The Duplex, Littlefield, The Brooklyn Comedy Festival, and The New York Comedy Festival. Tessa was a part of the musical sketch group Pop Roulette, with whom she was named one of Comedy Central's Comics to Watch, performed at sketch festivals around North America, and whose musical "Amazing Earth" ran for a year at UCBT Chelsea and UCBT LA. As an actor, you can see Tessa on Crashing, The Detour, High Maintenance, Little America and on the upcoming animated CBS Studios show The Harper House. Tessa recently wrote and performed in the 2020 CBS Comedy Showcase in Los Angeles, and is working on a new podcast with Jes Tom called: The Favorites.

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Nadia Pinder
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Comedy Coach/Mentor

Nadia Pinder is a stand up comedian, storyteller, and teaching artist based in Brooklyn. She teaches her two life loves, comedy and tie dye (you read that correctly!)  to folks of all ages - children, teens, and adults - in person, on zoom, and is excited to be a part of this team. When she's not getting crafty and creative, she is an active member of the gig economy, focusing on child care, with her experience including time as a tutor, babysitter, camp counselor and nanny. She received a degree from Fordham University in Sociology, focusing on social justice in her community. 

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Tallie Medel
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Dance Party Facilitator

Tallie Medel is a multidisciplinary artist and award-winning actor in New York City. She’s one-third of dance comedy trio Cocoon Central Dance Team. Born and raised in Ketchikan, Alaska, she attended Emerson College in Boston, MA and graduated with a degree in Acting and Theater Education. She is a past participant in the Artist Academy (Film Society at Lincoln Center). Upcoming work includes A24’s EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE and AMC’s ULTRA CITY SMITHS.

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Eleanore Pienta
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Dance Party Facilitator

Eleanore Pienta is an award-winning screen and stage actor, comedian, dancer and filmmaker.  Weaving in and out of the independent low-budget US film circuit, Pienta has carved out a niche for herself by portraying uncompromising and complex characters, her presence on screen is at once alluring albeit menacing.

Pienta’s own video and film output can best be described as veering towards the arena of conceptual video art; the work develops an interest with personal issues, body politics and the subversion of language in form and function.  Pienta can be found right at the center of her pieces, handling banal situations with deadpan humor and off-beat charm from within the eye of the storm.  Hers is an anti-comedy where often times the target of the joke is Eleanore herself.