Meet our Team: Erin Badenhop Moncada

ErinBadenhopMoncada-What do is your role at The Engaging Educator?
I joined EE in May 2015 as the Administrative Coordinator: I manage the calendar, liaison with venues, schedule instructors, serve as first contact for client inquiries, schedule pithy social media posts, write press releases, and exhaust the possibilities of Google Sheets!

-Where are you from and how did you make it to NYC?
I’m originally from Petaluma, CA, but spent most of my adult life in Seattle. I moved to NY in August ’14 with my husband, who’d lived here a while ago, and wanted to move back. I was game to try a new coast, and we took 6 magical days driving across the US to settle in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn.

-When did you first start to love Improv?
I did a fair bit of improv as a kid in various theatre groups, but it wasn’t until college that I really dove in. I joined the traveling drama team my Junior year, presenting improv shows and workshops regularly up and down the west coast. That was 11 years ago, and it was the last time I’ve formally done improv, though I use improv skills, onstage and in every day life, constantly.

-What is something you want to Improv(e) on?
I want to sharpen my marketing skills, and I’m always looking for ways to improve my efficiency and organization! And working for idea machines like Jen challenges me to dream big, and not limit myself.

-Where is your favorite place in the city?
I’m still learning about so many awesome places, but for now, there’s 2: The Brooklyn Flea Market, and Oak Wine Bar in Williamsburg.

-What’s a not-so-secret skill you have?
I was a competitive Irish Step Dancer until age 19. It’s mostly a party trick these days, but I can still bust some moves.

“AaahhhOOOgah” makes me feel excited and scared in all the best ways!