Xavier Padin (he/him) is a motivating improvisation (improv) instructor and strategic communications professional. For more than 11 years, each pursuit has fed the other to the benefit of students, audiences, and Xavier himself. With service-oriented expertise, dynamic creativity, and authentic pep, Xavier ensures his instruction delivers meaningful and measurable value. Student feedback confirms he creates a climate of camaraderie, development. and incredible fun.
Xavier’s unique teaching technique is a result of 10,000+ hours of classroom and workshop instruction up and down the eastern seaboard. He embraces humor, exploration, and collaboration because he believes laughter can unlock profound individual learning and collective growth. This approach supports a space for creating comedy and consciousness — with the added perk of joy from chuckles. Those fleeting funny moments always provide a great release and almost always reveal a greater truth about the human spirit.
Padin’s fascination with the truth-revealed-through-sudden-utterances began with a week-long summer improv intensive with Chicago’s Second City in 1998. This led to an agent, who paved the way for movies, and more formal actor training at USC and with the Meisner acting method. Xavier’s regularly performed improv, sketch comedy, and scripted comedic characters for the better part of the last 25 years, at venues across the country, and around the greater New York City area.
An admitted nerd, Xavier has read far too many books about improvisation, a performance pedagogy, and how comedy contributes to culture. He trained with instructors from every comedy institution you can think of before finally realizing he had to build the community he sought out, and promptly thereafter co-founded his own NYC comedy theater and school called Rubbish Comedy. Xavier developed the Representation Program to advance on DE&I initiatives and to foster a more equitable space for BIPOC performers.
He is currently represented by CESD.