Groundlings Theatre announced the addition of three new members to the Main Company. Chris Guerra, Leonard Robinson and Samantha DeSurra were invited to join after completing The Groundlings’ School training program and performing in the Sunday Company for 18 months.
The Groundlings can be seen performing sketch comedy weekly in the Friday and Saturday main shows and improv in “The Yard,” “The Crazy Uncle Joe Show” and “Cookin’ With GAS.” They also teach classes in The Groundlings School and collectively act as artistic director for the theater.
Guerra is originally from Orange County, where he was first introduced to theater. After graduating with his BFA from Pace University, he performed on and off-Broadway in shows including “Company,” “Avenue Q,” “Spamalot” and “Sister Act.” After moving back to the West Coast, he began to pursue television and was most recently seen on “Modern Family,” as well as several commercials. As a puppeteer, you can see him play Olaf in “Frozen – Live At The Hyperion” at Disney California Adventure.
Robinson is an actor, writer and stand-up comedian originally from Danbury, Connecticut. A graduate of Howard University, Leonard appeared in numerous films and television projects like “Life of Crime,” “NCIS,” “NCIS: LA,” “Adam Ruins Everything,” “Young Sheldon” and “Alexa & Katie” on Netflix. He is currently recurring on Season 3 of “Insecure” on HBO. Robinson has studied and performed improv and sketch at Upright Citizens Brigade, iO West and the CBS Diversity Sketch Comedy Showcase. When in Los Angeles, he can be seen at the Comedy Store on Sunset Boulevard.
Samantha DeSurra hails from Pasadena. She enjoyed co-creating and managing a Young Women in Film program at the American Film Institute that sought to teach young women in high school how to make films.
DeSurra, Guerra and Robinson will begin appearing in Groundlings sketch shows in early 2020 and improv shows starting in November.
The Groundlings Theatre is located at 7307 Melrose Ave. For information, visit groundlings.com.
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