Improv Director / Acting Instructor / Marketing Director
Karla Dingle has spent her life on the stage. She began taking theater classes at age 5 and continued to study acting until receiving her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Georgia in Theater in 1998. Karla began performing improv in Charlotte in 2009 and continues to educate herself through workshops and classes at Second City, Hoopla, The Groundlings and more. Karla is entering her 6th year as the Improv Director at Acting Out Studio. She is also the Education Director with the Queen City Comedy’s Global Improv Project which connects improvisers worldwide.
You can see her performing with Now are the Foxes Improv Comedy at Blumenthal Performing Arts or online with Close Distance Improv and the British American Experience. Karla’s passion besides performing is teaching and coaching. She focuses on the intersection between acting and improvisation, and on using traditional acting tools and techniques to enhance the skills and performances in both actors and improvisers. She has created her own company, Dingle Drama where she puts this into practice through online classes as well as team and individual coaching.
Over the last several years, Karla has instructed students from Peru, Israel, India, Canada, Japan, Europe, South Africa, the Philippines and beyond. In addition, she has been a guest instructor at the Improv Fest Ireland, Vintage Improv Festival in Boston, Highwire Improv in Baltimore, The Nursery in London, Virtual Hug Improv in Manila, Liverpool Comedy Improv and the Bangalore Improv Community.
Most recently, Karla was selected as a 2023 Theater IDA Artist in Residency in Zurich, Switzerland. During her residency, Karla will perform and create 7 shows, host panels and improv jams as well as teach a 2 day intensive to experienced performers.
This year, Karla began to offer private Improvisation for Auditions coaching at AOS. She offers these online, in South Charlotte and South Park. Karla’s students have been featured in commercial campaigns for CVS, Lending Tree, Food Lion, Atrium Healthcare and more. Additionally, her students have filmed feature films for Netflix, the Roku Channel and Amazon Prime as well as television series and voiceover work.
Karla also serves as our Social Media and Marketing Director.