Jeris Donovan is an actress and comedian who has performed and directed improv for over twenty-five years and performed stand-up comedy all over the country. She studied improv at the renowned Second City in Chicago, Improv Olympic-Chicago, and Annoyance Theater, and has taught all levels of improvisation at the Improv Olympic West conservatory in Los Angeles, where she created and directed groundbreaking troupes including Bitch Planet with Lindsey Stoddart (American Housewife), Wendy Molyneaux (Bob’s Burgers, The Great North), Angela Kinsey (The Office), Kate Flannery (The Office), and BIG with Dana Powell (Modern Family), Backyard Kilbasa with Chris Tallman (The Thundermans), Arden Myrin (Insatiable), David Ury (Lodge 49, Breaking Bad).
Jeris is a Meisner trained actor, and has worked on such television shows as Spin City, Two Guys and a Girl, and for networks such as ABC, CBS, and the upcoming film Words on Bathroom Walls and The Walking Dead: The World Beyond.
Since 2014, Jeris taught and coached at Moonlight Stage Company where she built the only youth improv training and performance program of its kind in the country. Her troupes have been selected to perform at festivals throughout the southeast, always earning the privilege of being the youngest troupes selected in each festival's history.
Previous students are comedians, actors, and writers seen in many national commercials and on shows such as The Office, Bob’s Burgers, SNL, Modern Family, Euphoria, American Housewife, The Middle, Breaking Bad, Insatiable, Mr. Mercedes, Gifted, School of Rock, and many, many more.
Her Raleigh and Atlanta clients have booked roles for TV:
Stranger Things, DC’s Stargirl, This Country, Dopesick, Hightown, Mare of Easttown, Queen Sugar, The Gifted, The Resident, Stephen King’s Creep Show, Misfits and Monsters, NCIS: New Orleans, Swamp Thing, Good Behavior, Mr. Mercedes, TURN, Halt and Catch Fire, The Guest Book, Adult Swim.
FILM: Troupe Zero, Feel the Beat, Words on Bathroom Walls, Forever Your Girl, What Men Want. Many clients have had callbacks and tested for sketch shows and sitcoms for Nickelodeon and Disney XD and booked local and national commercials.