Alex Grindeland

Alex has a Bachelor of the Arts in Theatre Education, is a CSzWW Senior Practitioner of Applied Improvisation and CSzWW Certified Education Architect. Alex has been an improviser, actor, comedian, and teacher for over 14 years. During that time, he has performed in over 1,000 live improvised shows. Alex also oversees 40 people in his role as the owner and general manager of CSz Seattle, which is best known for their flagship show ComedySportz.  He continues to perform weekly, and enjoys teaching improvisation to students of all ages.

Alex works extensively in the corporate sector, training teams in the skills of Applied Improvisation, team building, and communication. He has designed and facilitated workshops for various departments in companies such as Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Boeing, Starbucks, and more.

Amber Gainey Meade

BS, Theatre. Amber studied improv with Second City Chicago and trained at The Gaiety School of Acting in Ireland. Amber spent six years as a paralegal and executive assistant at a civil rights law firm, worked for the Chicago Mayor’s office for the Gallery 37 Biography Project, and was national product specialist for Nissan. She appeared in A Christmas Carol with Jim Carrey, and several independent films and television episodes. Amber is the director/creator of an original musical The Book of Esther which was shown all over California. She is based in Los Angeles.

Andrew McMasters

Andrew is an actor, director, teacher, entrepreneur and keynote speaker, as well as Artistic Director and co-founder of Jet City Improv. Originally from Philadelphia, he received his undergraduate degree in theater from Temple University and relocated to Seattle in 1990. He attended the University of Washington to receive his MFA in Drama as well as a Certificate in Arts Administration.

He is actively involved in community building in the performing arts, and serves as board co-chair of his local business improvement area. In addition to running a non-profit organization, Andrew is an internationally renowned speaker and trainer, providing experiential learning sessions for organizations in team communications, leadership development and innovation.

Benjamin Pither

Bachelor of Arts, Theatre Arts. The Parker Prize for Creative Arts. Stephen Spielberg Fellow in 2001. Theatre: California Shakespeare, Berkeley Rep, Center Rep Company and 42nd Street Moon. Industrial videos: Remedy Editorial, Rosewood Publications, PG&E, The Learning Company, Phoenix University, Livescribe Smartpen, and KFTY Productions. Role-play: Stanford and UCSF. He is a project manager and event planner in the corporate and non-profit sectors, and a counselor and facilitator. Benjamin is a teacher and coach at the New Conservatory Theatre Centre.

Bradford Farwell

Brad received a BS degree in Mathematics from the University of New Hampshire and did his graduate work in classical drama at The Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. He has performed in over 150 stage productions all over the world and was a member of acting company at the Stratford Festival in Canada for three years. Since moving to Seattle he has performed at ACT, Seattle Repertory, 5th Avenue, Intiman and many others in the Seattle area. He has also performed in film and television, with credits for NBC and TNT. 

Bradford’s corporate experience goes back to Chicago where he acted and helped facilitate moot court role-plays for some of Chicago’s largest law firms. Since moving to Seattle, he has performed in countless industrials and instructional videos for firms ranging from Boeing to Microsoft. 

Carrie Paff

Bachelor of Arts and Master’s Degree in Educational Theatre. Education director of Magic Theatre, San Francisco and co-founder and artistic director of StageWrite. Theatre: Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Arizona Theatre Company, Marin Theatre Company, San Jose Repertory Theatre, Magic Theatre, Word for Word and Shakespeare Santa Cruz. Film: Presque Isle and Opal’s Diary. A trainer and facilitator since 1998, she worked on the Lawyering Project at NYU Law School, developing and performing role-plays, and was Professional Development Instructor at NYC Board of Education.

Celia Shaefer

Celia has acted in New York City and toured with Chicago City Limits Improv. Film and TV: As The World Turns, Convictions-Indiscretion and Young Teamsters. Theatre: The Atlantic Theater Co, Ensemble Studio and The New York Theatre Workshop. Corporate clients: Mattel, Bon Appetit, Volkswagen and Absolut. She has coached with Graceworks, New York State and Avon. Celia has also worked in events planning for the American Stock Exchange, done administrative work for Morgan Stanley and currently teaches for Labyrinth.

David T Little

Master in Fine Arts, New School Manhattan. David was Artistic Coordinator for the Pittsburgh Project for five years and is the Travel Manager for New School. Working in Admissions for the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Art he utilised role-play for Staff Training Programs. As an actor, he has appeared on both the New York and Pittsburgh stages, and he is currently on the Peers and Players FEI Manager Development Team, performing role-play for Unilever in New Jersey.

Eddie Allen

BS, Theatre Arts. Eddie has been acting for over thirty years. TV includes Crossing Jordan, NYPD Blue, Just Shoot Me, Judging Amy and Seinfeld. He creates tailor-made corporate shows, corporate entertainment and seminars. He is an experienced improviser and teacher of improvisation, having trained with the Viola Spolin School. Eddie has acted and improvised his way around America, toured and lectured on Commedia dell’Arte and performed in his one-man show.

Eleanor Handley

Masters in Fine Arts from the New School for Drama. R-play experience for KPMG, Allianz, Unilever, Morgan Stanley, Citibank, Baker & McKenzie nd more In NYC she has consulted with SONY, Fortress Investment Group, Blackstone Group and Warburg Pincus. She was a business development manager for Cinnabar Equities and the advertising and administration manager for the financial recruitment agency Barber and Bunton.

She has acted for Hudson Valley and Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festivals, appeared off-Broadway in the premiere of ‘Jericho’ , and has acted opposite Austin Pendleton and Dominic Chianese in NY. On TV she has appeared in Royal Pains , As the World Turns, and Unforgettable.

Evan Mueller

Evan has a Master of Fine Arts from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University and a BA, Duke University.  He is the Co-Founder and Artistic Associate of New York’s Strange Sun Theater Company, as well as an actor, educator, and director.  His work as an actor has appeared on stage across the country (award winning roles: Below the Belt, This is How It Goes, Time Stands Still) as well as on television (All My Children), and independent Film (Speed of Love, For the Love, Darius).  
As a Professor of Voice and Speech for actors, Evan has brought the actors’ skills of communication to the corporate and medical world through private coaching and role play, working with such organizations as Kaiser Permanente, NYU Langone Medical Center, and coaching for professional leaders within Wells Fargo, The United Nations, and others.  Currently based in the Seattle area, where he is also an Assistant Professor at Western Washington University.

Gigi Guizado

Bachelor of Arts – Drama. Film and TV: Colma: The Musical and MTV. Commercial and industrial clients include Univision, Hewlett-Packard, Guthy-Renker, Safeway, Lippincott-Raven Publishers, and the State of California. Gigi has role-play experience at Stanford University, UCSF, UC Davis, and Touro University. She is a consultant to the West Contra Cost Unified School District and executive assistant for the Leonard and Beryl Buck Foundation.

James Seol

James is an Executive Coach who has extensive professional experience in the United States and abroad. He has worked with many of the world’s leading IT firms, law firms, and financial institutions, including Dropbox, Cleary Gottlieb, Goldman Sachs, and Deutsche Bank, among others. With a particular emphasis on practicable, experiential learning in group and one-on-one settings, he guides clients at all levels of management towards more facile, specific and dynamic communication.

As a coach, his areas of specialty include presentation strategy and execution, influencing skills across diverse populations and cultured, effective and efficient interviewing and transformational feedback delivery. He recently performed high level role-play scenarios for UBS in New York.

Jeanne Hartman

A Hollywood acting coach for over 20 years, JEANNE HARTMAN has trained professional actors, CEOs, film directors, and writers in the United States and Hong Kong. She is an expert at solving the “why” and the “how to fix” obstacles that actors, public speakers and corporate leaders face. Her years of coaching, performance, and training at The Juilliard School and Centre Lyrique Internationale bring a full playbook of technique and training.

Jose Restrepo

As an actor Jose has worked primarily in theatre, while also appearing in TV and film. He has worked extensively on Broadway, Off-Broadway and regionally, most recently he appeared in NYC in the Tony Award winning show “Peter and the Starcatcher”. Corporate: Jose has held positions with D2GB School Arts Coordinator for R.Evolucion Latina and Performance Plus, and has done role-play work for Morgan Stanley, Kaiser Permanente (LA), NYU Medical Center, and the Clinical Competence Center of New York, which includes the Arizona Clinical Interview Rating Scale.

Kelli Ruttle

A graduate of the Cleveland Play House Master of Fine Arts Acting program, Kelli is a New York based actor and speech coach who has worked and trained across the country. As well as theater, film, television, and commercials, Kelli has been using her skills of drama and communication to help others further develop in educational and corporate settings. In hospitality and retail, she designed and implemented training programs for managerial teams and staff. With better training guides and the facilitation of role-play simulations to improve communication skills, companies saw significant increases in product knowledge, efficiency, and sales.

Leigh Williams

Leigh possesses a B.A. in theater arts (magna cum laude) from Cornell University, including a semester at British American Drama Academy in London. She has an M.F.A. in acting from The Case Western/Cleveland Play House Graduate Acting Program, and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA.
Leigh has been a professional actress based in New York City since 1999. In addition to her extensive theatre résumé, she has appeared in a number of national and regional commercials for brands including Pillsbury, Time Warner Cable, Stop & Shop and Dunkin’ Donuts. Leigh has years of management experience in the retail world, with a specialty in training employees on customer interaction and client relationships.

Li-Leng Au

BA Hons Acting and Post grad Training. Role-play clients in the UK and Australia include ABN Amro, Deutsche Bank, JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley, Pfizer, NAB etc. Experienced in Diversity and Performance Management, in Australia she works with Maura Fay, NIDA and Peers and Players. Australian Credits include All Saints and Schools Performances. She has been a Youth Group Coordinator with UK Theatre Companies and performed data Input and market research for Marlin Research. Li-Leng is studying to be an NLP Master Practitioner.

Mark Trenwith

Bachelor of Creative Arts. Mark is a performer and producer. Film and TV: Peaches, Gimme Shelter, Being Me and Like It Is. Theatre credits: Where’s the Best Engine, Great Southern Land, The Gum Tree Fairies, Punchline and one man shows Express, Danger and Be My Friend. Mark has performed stand up comedy for the last seven years and produces/ facilitates stand up comedy events. Role play: The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Royal Adelaide Hospital, Flinders Medical Centre and Centrelink.

Michael Satow

Bachelor Arts Northeastern University. As an actor, Theatre: Final Analysis, Look Upon Our Lowliness, Raft of the Medusa, Professional Musician, Accidental Death of an Anarchist, Red, Hound of Baskervilles, Lend me a Tenor, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet and Proof. TV: All My Children, Under Jakob’s Ladder (with Jeffrey Stuart), and PX This. In the corporate setting, Michael has held positions ranging from executive level assistant in the advertising department of KFC to guest relations at Creative Edge, an event planning company specializing in corporate events. Michael regularly participates in corporate roleplaying with Morgan Stanley, throughout a week-long training program for financial advisers.

Philip Geurin

Phil has his degree in Physics and worked as a game theory researcher for the National Science Foundation at Keck Graduate Institute. He’s developed multiple web applications and is a full stack software engineer. He has taught and role-played for nurses, doctors, medical students, and social workers at the OU Medical Center, the TU School of Community Medicine, and the Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work. He also traveled across the Midwest role-playing bullying scenarios for kids in Somebody’s Hero. Phil has taught roleplay to L.A.R.P.E.R.S at anime conventions across the country.

He is a nationally touring theatrical improviser and trainer. From Alaska to Atlanta he has taught thousands of people across the country at colleges, festivals, and churches. From Calgary to California he has directed and consulted nationally touring commercial improv shows. He has performed over 450 shows reaching over 82,000 viewers.  He was OKCI’s Improviser of the Year 2013, Winner of the nationally touring Take One Improv competition, and a Cage Match Champion. 
He has performed and workshopped with many of the most famous improvisers in the world.

Rob Leo Roy

Rob has acted in New York, LA and Washington DC for 25 years. Film and TV: The Sopranos, Law and Order, You Don’t Mess With the Zohan and No Reservations. Corporate experience includes Management and Leadership, Program Management, Administration and Communications Skills coaching. An account exec with IKON Office Solutions, he provides technical and equipment training. Corporate clients: FDNY, Verizon, SAP Kaiser Permanente, Graceworks and the US Postal Service.

Sean Patrick Hopkins

Bachelor of Science (Summa Cum Laude) in Behavioural Neuroscience, Speech Pathology, and Theatre from Northeastern University. Sean has worked for Massachusetts General Hospitals and Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary as an operating room technician and audiology assistant. He is a spokesperson for Hasbro’s KRE-O brand, educating retail executives and financial analysts, and promoting brand development. As an actor: TV: ABC, Showtime, and Biography. Off-Broadway: New World Stages, Mint Theatre Company, and York Theatre. Roleplay: Morgan Stanley, National Training Officers, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, Beth Israel Medical Center, the Clinical Competence Center of New York, and the Arizona Clinical Interview Rating Scale.

Sunam Ellis

Sunam has a MFA in Acting and dual BA in Human Development and Theatre Performance. She did graduate work in Human Development and Family Studies at The Pennsylvania State University, and in Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Friedrich-Schiller Institute in Germany. She has extensive experience on stage, television, and film, performed training videos for Penn State’s College of Nursing, and is most passionate about using engaged theatre for education and creating meaningful change in people’s lives.

This summer is Sunam’s second tour, taking Shakespeare into corrections facilities in Washington state. She trained professionally in improv with ComedyCity in Green Bay, WI, has taught at both Penn State and the University of Washington, and done graduate research on interventions for improving relationships and interpersonal communication. She has experience workshopping trust building skills with youth in detention, roleplay work for training emergency medical responders, critical conversation mentoring and coaching, and has done training videos for Penn State’s College of Nursing.

Terry Gault

Graduate of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts and the San Francisco Theater Academy. Vice President of Services at The Henderson Group, he provides communication skills programs to Fortune 500 clients and instructor and oversees selection, training and development. Clients include; eBay, PTC, Apple, Juniper Networks, Wells Fargo, TIBCO Software, PayPal, Oracle and Walmart.com.Terry’s experience includes 20 years in film, television, radio and theatre as an actor, writer, teacher, director and producer, and 10 years as a director of customer service in manufacturing.