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Deb Rabbai is an accomplished teacher of improvisation and acting and a coach for Improv teams. She's been teaching improvisation for 35 years for institutions such as: 


* New York University

* Marymount Manhattan College

* New York Film Academy

* American Musical and Dramatic Academy

* American Comedy Institute

* Acteen

* On & Off Broadway

* Improvolution

* NY, NJ & CT public schools 


Deb integrates short form improvisation games, exercises and fundamentals with a focus on authenticity of emotion and attention to realistic acting. Working with adults, teens, stand up comedians, acting and musical theatre students she uses humor and enthusiasm to teach the skills of theatrical and musical improvisation.


Contact Deb to have her teach your next improvisation class!

Thoughts from happy clients... 

"Finding an extraordinary improviser who can also teach brilliantly, is a tall order, until you meet the amazing (if petite) Ms Rabbai. Not only can Deb motivate a vast array of talented young actors of various ages, maturities and insecurities, she makes improv into an acting Olympics; thrilling 'games' that deal with listening, playing in the moment, giving back, & taking risks. Her exercises are always unique and tailored to the student's abilities and needs. Without a doubt when ACTeen offers our summer conservatories "Favorite class/teacher" is always Deb Rabbai and Improv. ACTeen is so fortunate to have her on our staff!!"


                                                                                                                                      Rita Litton 

ACTeen Director  -

“Deb has been teaching improv and acting classes for my company for the past four years and I can’t recommend her enough! She makes her classes fun, inspiring and educational, and creates a fun, positive and engaging atmosphere where students of all experience levels can participate. Many of our student clients have called Deb’s classes the highlight of their time in New York, and have requested her as an instructor on every school trip.”


“If you are looking for an improv class that is fun, engaging and educational, then Deb is the teacher for you! She is able to cater her classes to any experience level and teaches the practical use of improv in daily life.”


“Deb’s improv classes kick ass! You will be saying “yes and yes and yes and yes…and!”


Rich Tayloe

Manager of Sales & Special Events; On & Off Broadway, Inc.

"Deb Rabbai is a marvelous improv teacher. She has been on ACI’s  One Year Program in Comedy Performing and Writing faculty since its inception. She brings her masterful understanding of improv to her students with clarity, simplicity and joy. Her students range from beginners to seasoned improvisers. Wherever they start from, Deb’s students, through her teaching, are moved way up in their ability to perform and enjoy improvisation.  She’s a gem."

Stephen Rosenfield
Director and owner of the American Comedy Institute. 

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