Stern Center for Language & Learning Announces 5th Annual Comedy Benefit, May 2 & 3

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The Stern Center for Language and Learning announces two unforgettable nights of improv comedy May 2 and 3 at ArtsRiot in Burlington.  A trio of nationally acclaimed improvisors with ties to HBO, Comedy Central, and Chicago's Second City returns for two shows each night.
Vermont natives Steve Waltien and Andrew Knox join forces with Kate James, donating their time and creative genius to help support the Stern Center’s professional learning programs for educators and customized instruction for students.
Waltien grew up in Shelburne, Vermont, and graduated from Middlebury College. An alum of The Second City Mainstage in Chicago, Waltien wrote and performed shows at the iO theater for several years. He also tours with The Improvised Shakespeare Company. Other credits include The Second City Project, Chicago PD and Mike Birbiglia’s film Don't Think Twice. Currently he is a staff writer for Comedy Central's upcoming 'Klepper.'
Knox, also a Shelburne native, graduated from Rice Memorial High School and currently lives in Chicago where he is an ensemble member in The Second City etc, Fantastic Great Super Nation Numero Uno and Gaslight District. An alum of The Second City Touring Company, Knox is also a member of the Improvised Shakespeare Company (iO Theater). Other credits include the Off-Broadway production of BLANK! The Musical (New World Stages) and Baby Wants Candy.
James is a New York-based comedy writer and improvisor who helped launch Chicago’s Schadenfreude comedy ensemble. She currently creates and performs for Hello from the Magic Tavern, an improvised comedy podcast. Writing credits include The Second City Guide to the Opera (performed at Lyric Opera Chicago starring Renee Fleming and Patrick Stewart), Lyric Opera's 60th Anniversary Gala starring Jane Lynch and Renee Fleming, and The Art of Falling, a collaboration between The Second City and Hubbard Street Dance. Kate is co-creator of the national tour of The Realish Housewives: A Parody.
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The Stern Center for Language and Learning is a nonprofit educational resource in Williston, VT, dedicated to enriching the lives of learners. For 35 years the organization has recognized that all great minds don’t think alike, and its staff helps children and adults reach their academic, social and professional goals. The Stern Center provides research-based learning evaluations and customized instruction, including those with learning disabilities, dyslexia, language disorders, social learning challenges, autism, attention deficit disorders and learning differences. Its staff also designs and delivers customized professional learning programs and systems change using current research and trends in education.  Through the Cynthia K. Hoehl Institute, the Stern Center works with schools and individual educators in early literacy, oral language, reading, written language, social cognition, executive functioning and math. Courses are offered live and online. Scholarships are available. More information is at

Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 6:00pm to Friday, May 3, 2019 - 6:00pm