Hi! I'm Betsaida.
I'm a storyteller, improviser, and comedian. I studied Psychology and Education, but through a series of happenstance events I found my calling as a performer. I have been an active performing artist since 2006 and have been teaching improv for over 10 years. Most weekends you can find me performing. I'm also the Producer of FemmeFest— an annual all Female comedy festival in Sacramento.
But, more than performing I love teaching and empowering others to find their voice and make great art! I love teaching people to adopt the mindset of an improviser, to accept and build, be more open and collaborative, and to really listen to each other.
I believes that something special happens when a group can open up and laugh together. To genuinely laugh you have to connect, understand, and feel understood. To connect with people you have to let your guard down and when we're more genuine and authentic we show our best selves and see the best in others.
I feel fortunate to do what I love and help others (re)discover their potential and find connection through improv!
I've performed with ComedySportz, completed training programs at the renowned iO-Chicago Improv Theater and Bay Area Theatre Sports (BATS) in San Francisco, co-founded Blacktop Comedy Club in Rocklin, CA, and traveled across the country to perform and teach improv. I've taught 1000+ hours of improv workshops, from beginning to advanced improv classes, and directed several character-based improv genre shows, including a Shakespearean romantic comedy, musical, western, and teen slasher horror film.
I perform throughout Sacramento, California with various improv teams. Check out the Upcoming Shows for a list of performances.
I am also the founder of ImprovEQ, a consulting/training organization that teaches how to apply the concepts of improvisational theater and emotional intelligence to the workplace. Learn more about ImprovEQ.