Meet The Team

DARREN HELD

CEO & Creative Director

Darren created Held2gether in Long Beach in 2010.  He is the instructor for advanced improv, sketch and writing classes. He has 30 years of experience Darren as comedic writer, performer and corporate trainer.  His improv background includes training and performances at the Groundlings, Second City, and UCB. His favorite part of comedy is teaching students and performing with the Held2gether troupe.

Groundlings, Upright Citizens’ Brigade, Second City, and with his own troupe Held2Gether.   In addition to Improv Comedy, Darren has performed in film, TV, off-Broadway plays, and Stand-Up Comedy. Discovering a void of improv opportunities in his beloved home of Long Beach, Darren was inspired bring improv comedy to people from all backgrounds.   He continues to share this passion with aspiring performers, corporations, and as a private coach.

RICHARD MARTINEZ

Improv Instructor & Social Media Manager

Richard has been a part of the Held2gether community since 2012. He teaches Level 1 Improv as well as specialty Drop-Ins and Classes. He has spent many years learning about Theatre and Improv from fantastic instructors and mentors. His proudest accomplishments with Held2gether are being able to be a part of his student’s development as they bring the elements of Improv into their lives, and producing and spearheading H2g’s online series Held Apart.

AIMEE LARUE GUESNO

Improv Instructor

Aimee is a Long Beach native and has been performing in theatre, improv and sketch comedy since high school. She is drawn to storytelling, leading to a passion for Narrative Improvisation. She has performed numerous improvised genres, including John Hughes, Broadway Musical, and Soap Opera. She loves sharing the art of improv with new students and witnessing their self-growth and confidence.

SCOTT SAEGESSER

Musical Director

Singer, dancer, choreographer, and musician, Scott lends his talents as our musical director and accompanist. He has over 30 years of experience as a musical theatre professional and can be heard accompanying Held2gether’s shows, including Broken Legs, their improvised musical. He loves teaching Song Improv creating original works for sketch parodies.

AGNES ARNOLD

Public Relations

Agnes joined the Held2gether family in 2014 and has since performed regularly in main Sketch and Narrative Shows, the online Held Apart Series, and is as a member of the troupe.  She has a B.A. in Journalism from New York University and an M.B.A. with an emphasis in Marketing from CSU Long Beach.  Agnes has worked in Public Relations and Marketing and is thrilled to be using her experience to promote Held2gether.

TIM STOLTENBERG

Stand-Up Comedy and Improv Instructor

Tim Stoltenberg has been involved in comedy for over 20 years with sketch, improv, and stand up. Tim has performed, taught, and toured comedy in numerous festivals in the States and in Europe. Tim loves the opportunity he has to work with Held2gether to create comedy in a supportive and positive community.