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. 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.

Bethany Caputo

Bethany has worked extensively on stage as well as film and TV. Bethany has performed corporate industrial work for Barclay International, Northwestern University, Domaine de Canton, and on camera industrial work for Indiana State Tourism Board.  Bethany has been a standardized patient for Rush University, Loyola University, and The University of Chicago, and she was asked to develop and participate in an instructional video for the training of standardized patients by the University of Chicago.  Bethany is certified as an Open Space Facilitator, and has participated, in a Master of Arts in Conflict Transformation, with Karuna Center for Peacebuilding. 

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. 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.

Chiara Motley

Master of Fine Arts from The National Theatre Conservatory in Denver, CO and BA from Stanford University. Chiara has been trained to teach voice, speech, public speaking, and storytelling in both her undergraduate and graduate training.  She has led workshops for Seattle Shakespeare Company as well as the Denver Center’s Education program.  Chiara has worked with chefs and restaurateurs on their ability to speak passionately and eloquently about their food and restaurant concepts in order to solicit possible investors. She recently worked for Peers and Players at the UBS Staff Training Sessions.

David Matranga

Master of Fine Arts from the Yale School of Drama. In New York City he began his career in theatre, TV, film and voice acting. He has worked as a trainer and standardized patient teaching assistant since 2009, working with UT Medical School and Baylor College of Medicine. David’s corporate training and role-play experience ranges from working with Houston area law firms to help facilitate mock depositions and trials to working directly with the energy industry during a stint with UK based company, Impromptu.  

Dianah Dulany

Dianah holds a Masters of Fine Arts from Lindenwood University. She has worked as a professional improviser and instructor for over 30 years, beginning her improv career in New York City before moving to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to manage a non-profit theater company. She performed with ComedySportz-Milwaukee for four years before bringing ComedySportz to Houston in 1990. Dianah is a sought-after performer and improv teacher, most notably for the Texas Thespians State Festival.

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.

Elke Osadnik

Bachelor of Science with a Major in Exercise Physiology & Psychology. She is a ‘subject matter expert’ in both Australia, the UK and US in Human Resources, with a strong focus on Recruitment & Retention. She has also held a career as an actor in both Australia and the US. She combines her skills to train and develop staff via role-play exercises, working as both a facilitator of workshops via role-plays and as an actor, participating in countless training sessions for major organizations. Elke has also assisted staff from junior to CEO level with training in the fields of performance management, behavioral interviewing, career transition, sales and team leadership. Elke is experienced working at both operational and senior management level and adjusting her approach in order to best suit any trainee.

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.  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.

Jimmy Akingbola

Jimmy is an award-winning UK actor/producer and Co-Founder of The TriForce Creative Network, an organization set up to promote equal opportunities in the entertainment industry. Jimmy works in Los Angeles and London producing and managing TCN events, creating business relationships and expanding the TCN brand in the USA. Jimmy has acted in film, television and on stage in the UK/USA since 2002.

Jimmy has performed Corporate Role Play work since 2006, working with Actorshop, RoleplayUK, Metropolitan Police, Soho Theatre, Round House, CPS, Halifax HSBC, Natwest, Santander, NHS, Guys Hospital, and Newham Schools and College.

Jonathan C Kaplan

Jonathan has a Bachelor’s of Arts from Stanford University. After graduating, Jonathan moved to NYC where he has worked extensively on Broadway, off-Broadway, and Regionally. Jonathan’s Corporate Role Play experience includes several years of real play scenarios for organizations such as Morgan Stanley and Columbia Health, as well as creating and running a program with Jewish Theological Seminary. An experienced improviser, Mr Kaplan regularly performs at Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. Jonathan has worked with Peers and Players on a number of projects including GSK, Citi Bank and UBS.

José Restrepo

As an actor José 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: José 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.

Kate Drummond

B.A. in Drama from Washington University in St. Louis, Kate developed a specialized interest in Shakespearean verse. After graduation, Kate completed the Seattle Children’s Theatre internship with the Young Actor Institute, and Teaching Apprenticeship. 

Since moving to Seattle, she has performed with Jet City Improv, Unexpected Productions, and several independent improv groups. Kate has also produced and directed several improv shows. As a freelance Teaching Artist, Kate teaches for many organizations in and around Seattle, including the Seattle Children’s Theatre, Bainbridge Performing Arts, foundry10, Salmon Bay School, Youth Theatre Northwest, and Seattle Shakespeare Company’s Short Shakes program.

Katrina Morris

Katrina has studied and performed audience-suggested improvisation for over ten years, beginning with short-form game playing and moving on to long-form team performances. Her team, Cage-Free Humans performed regularly in Miami, as well as at the Del Close Marathon in New York. Katrina is the owner of Improv South Miami, an independent improv theater in South Miami, Florida.

Katrina developed a program called Improv for Human beings, which focuses on natural communication, emphasizing authenticity and respectful listening. She has taught her program at Improv South Miami and at regional improv theaters, as well as at FilmGate Miami, and her one-on-one clients have included lawyers, business-owners, students, and administrators.

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.

Kim Shaw

Kim graduated from The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York, and has years of improv training and performances at Uprights Citizen Brigade. A professional actress, she has performed in New York, Los Angeles, Toronto and Atlanta since 2004. She taught scene study at John Rosenfeld Studios in Los Angeles, and she coaches audition techniques for actors.
Kim also has a Nanodegree in Digital Marketing from Google. Kim has role-played for the financial company WealthSimple in New York City and Toronto.

Lee Becker

Lee began improvising 30 years ago with ComedySportz while attending UW Madison in pursuit of an English Degree. He helped found ComedySportz – NYC, and worked with the group in Milwaukee, performing and running workshops.  Lee is a workshop facilitator/lecturer for the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Summer Institute, providing communication and expressiveness training for psychiatrists, psychologists using role-play and Spolin theater games.  He has been a guest teacher for doctoral students at Alliant University’s California School of Professional Psychology in San Francisco.

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 Brusasco

Degrees from Willamette University it Salem, Oregon and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. An inaugural company member at the Great River Shakespeare Festival and member at the Utah Shakespeare Festival.  He has directed/coached at universities including New York’s Stella Adler Conservatory as well as Willamette University. In the corporate world Michael has worked in executive assistant and analyst positions with Marsh & McLennan Companies, Estee Lauder, Warburg Pincus, and Kaiser Permanente serving as the assistant to the head of National Media Relations, as well as in the academic sector at UC Berkeley. He also is a New York State Licensed Real Estate Salesperson associated with Bohemia Realty Group.

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.

Nate Starkey

Nate has been performing, writing and producing for stage and screen since 1990. He performs at comedy improv theaters. He creates original content for movies and series. Nate spent 15 years in NYC, as an award winning comedian and the most tenured improv teacher at the People’s Improv Theater. As a corporate improv workshop instructor, role player and team builder, Nate’s list of corporate clients include P.W.C., Morgan Stanley, Johns Hopkins, Google, Disney, and the U.S. Olympic Team. Before working full time as an actor, corporate trainer, coach and teacher, Nate worked as a film maker where he produced corporate films for clients such as IBM, PODS Moving and Storage, the Philadelphia 76ers and Blue Cross Blue Shield.

Patricia Santomasso

Patricia has her BA in English from the University of Connecticut, where she also studied theatre. She has appeared in plays and musicals in New York and regionally. She is also an audiobook narrator with titles on Audible.com. In the corporate world, she has been employed in the Alumni Travel Department at the Yale Alumni Association, and as a Generalist in the Human Resources Department at the 92nd Street Y in NY.  Patricia has performed corporate role-play for many years with Performance Plus, a company servicing Morgan Stanley’s financial advisor program. In the recent past she has worked with Peers and Players performing role-plays and group facilitation and feedback at the Shell Leaders Forum and the NA National Partner Development Centre for Baker & McKenzie in New York.

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.

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.

Sara Gaston

B.A. in Drama from the University of Texas at Austin and extensive improv study with Second City. Sara has been acting professionally since 1990; she has performed in theatre, industrials, commercials and independent film.  Her experience includes role-playing for corporations in Houston, Boston, Chicago and Atlanta through Impromptu Ltd. (British Petroleum, Mercer), law schools and medical facilities such as Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital. 

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.

Seán Patrick Judge

Seán has two Bachelors Degrees from The University of Iowa Drama and French departments respectively. Upon graduation, he worked extensively in theatre in Chicago for 5 years, before moving to New York and working in theatre 4 more years before settling in Houston in 2004. Seán’s Corporate Role Play experience began in Chicago in 1995. He’s worked primarily with oil and gas companies, such as BP, British Gas, Shell and Exxon, Seán supplements his income as the assistant to New York Times Best-selling author and neuroscientist David Eagleman. 

Sohm Kapila

Sohm moved to Los Angeles from London in early 2017 and has been acting since the age of 14. She has a BA Hons in Acting from Italia Conti Academy, and also studied Film Making at the New York Film Academy and Comedy Sitcom at Lesly Kahn in LA. Sohm speaks Hindi and Punjabi. Her business experience spans over 15 years, and she has had a long career in sales and marketing. Her extensive roleplay work has been mainly in the UK, with clients that include the NHS, Centrica Gas, Tower Hamlets Council, and the Ministry of Justice. She is experienced in multiple workplace scenarios, responding with sensitivity and relevance to each individual, challenging when needed, providing practical and personal feedback.

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. 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.