Introducing Steven Prestia – New Student intern with Improv for Kids / Teens

ARTIST SHOWCASE – STEVEN PRESTIA

Steven Prestia is currently with Lauren Singer Talent.  He has appeared in various local plays and musical theater productions in addition to his comedic talents.   He can be seen in the indie film “The Great Kevini” and will soon appear on the HonestlyAmelia.com web series (S2 E4).  He is currently an Intern/Assistant Teacher with Improv 4 Kids on Saturday mornings and can be found performing at the Broadway Comedy Club with the Eight is Never Enough comedy troupe on select Saturday afternoons.

“I’ve wanted to be a comedian since I was eight years old.  I started out taking local acting classes but what I really wanted was comedy.  When I was twelve my parents discovered Kids N Comedy at the Gotham Comedy Club.  That is where I took my first comedy class.  Once I got a taste of being on stage, I was hooked.  Since then, I have attended numerous comedy classes and workshops to include Comedy College with Governor’s Comedy Club, ATNY, The Performing Option, UCB and Improv 4 Kids.  I have been with Improv 4 Kids since I was 13 and I have learned so much in the last three years.  Improv is my favorite thing as it is quick thinking and challenging fun.  My goal is to one day be a Saturday Night Live cast member, so improv and sketch comedy is the way I want to go.  I enjoy making up characters and the voices that go along with them.  Improv 4 Kids has given me opportunities to be on stage doing what I love in an environment where I feel secure with a team that supports me no matter what.” Steven Prestia

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I met Steven almost four years ago when he was one of my first students in our new comedy class series. Steven like a few other young artists, exemplifies what we try to do at NYIT. And Steven is the perfect example of a student hungry to learn – with the proper blend of ambition and humility. Rare these days. With out ambition you go know where. With out humility  no one wants to work with you. For the past three years Steven rarely missed a class or summer camp and has gone straight to the top as a result.

Steven was a stand out from day one.  I invited Lauren Singer – talent manager that specializes in kids and teens – to a showcase for our classes almost two years ago. Steven was an obvious choice. Not only could he Improvise wonderfully, he wrote and performed original stand-up comedy and rose to the top as a leader in the very first show. Lauren has landed a few auditions and a couple student films as Steven starts his professional career.

So what do you do with a 16 year old budding talent that is getting bored with classes? You make him an intern. So this winter, Steven will be assistant teacher to our classes for kids on Saturdays as well as performing on some of our 3pm shows.

Click links above for NYC Shows and Comedy Classes to see Steven and teh rest of our team in action…

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