Andy has been a Hideout performer since 2001, an instructor since 2003 and is currently the Director of both Education and Professional Development. He’s endlessly intrigued by improv as an art form — directing Hideout shows like Maestro, Theatresports, Fakespeare, Live Nude Improv, and Fandom: Improvised Fan Fiction — but his big passion is sharing the transformational and empowering ideas of improv to anyone willing to listen. He runs The Hideout’s adult classes program and provides Austin companies with team building, professional development and general fun having.
After jumping into classes in 2011, Caeriel fell in love with improv and the Hideout and just refused to leave! These days, Caeriel wears many hats at the Hideout. In addition to being an instructor, he is also the Classes Registrar, Intern Program Coordinator, House Manager, and Director of the Student Mainstage Program. He directed or co-directed three sold out student mainstages: What the F@#!, Close Up, and 183 Dewberry Lane. He is a core cast member of the Hideout’s weekly kids show Flying Theater Machine.
Caeriel is interested in growing our diverse community, creating a warm, engaging scene for people from all walks of life, and helping people find greater joy and fun in their lives through improv. Besides improv, Caeriel also loves dogs, sci-fi, esports, and board games.
Jessica Arjet is the Youth Director and a co-owner of The Hideout Theatre. She developed and has run the Hideout Youth programs,: classes, shows, summer camps, workshops, and touring company since 2006. She teaches classes and workshops for both kids and adults. Since 2007 she has also been the producer, director, and actor in the award-winning The Flying Theater Machine – The Hideout’s regular Sunday children’s show and traveling troupe.
Jessica appears regularly on Thursday nights in the Free Fringe and regularly plays and directs at the Hideout and around town at other theaters. She has won several awards as part of these endeavors, including Austin Chronicle Awards, Nickelodeon’s Parents Pick award, Critics Table awards, and a B. Iden Payne nomination.
Jon Bolden is an improvisational actor and director living in Austin, TX. He moved to Austin in 2006, bringing his theatrical background to the city’s booming improv scene. In 2012, he co-directed Manhattan Stories: Improvised Woody Allen. More recently, he created and directed Nothing and Everything: Improvised Anton Chekhov Plays which won the 2015 B. Iden Payne awards for “Best Production” and “Best Director” in the improvisational categories.. He also performs weekly with the group, Bad Boys, at ColdTowne Theater. Outside of Texas, he’s been lucky enough to teach theatrical workshops in Japan, Washington, DC, Alaska, Rhode Island, Seattle, and Oklahoma. He currently is a co-producer of The Out of Bounds Comedy Festival, Austin’s oldest and largest comedy festival.
His favorite project is Squirrel Buddies, a two-person improv project with Parallelogramophonograph’s Roy Janik, which focuses on positivity.
Kacey has been improvising since 2000 and helped to create and foster Austin’s musical improv scene. She developed and teaches the musical improv curriculum at The Hideout and is the creator and director of Rock: An improvised Rock Opera, and SongRunner: An Improvised Cyber Punk Awakening. She regularly preforms with her troupe Indigo Shift, which builds a dystopian cabaret style world that is frequently strange if not entirely avant-garde. Kacey performs nationally with several different projects and enjoys performing grounded and powerful narrative improv as well as a variety of improvised musical formats.
Kareem Badr is the General Manager and one of the owners of The Hideout Theatre. He oversees the logistics of show and event planning, maintains and improves the physical space, and keeps track of the financial side of the business. He is a regular performer in The Hideout’s many shows, including The Big Bash, and is the creator and director of The Violet Underbelly, a tribute to classic film noir. He is also on the core staff of Hideout teachers, and particularly enjoys teaching upper level classes. As a member of the award-winning improv group Parallelogramophonograph, he has toured and taught internationally, originated numerous original show formats, and pioneered the teaching of instinctual narrative storytelling.
Manuel took his very first improv class in 2011 at the Hideout. Having no idea what he was getting himself into he was pleasantly surprised when it changed his life. He went on to perform in the very first student Mainstage, “WTF?!” and a few years later co-directed his very own, “Origins.” In between that time Manuel played in two Mainstage performances, “Wanderlust” and “Savage Swords”.
Manuel is committed to fostering a welcoming atmosphere for a diverse range of performers. Watching others discover improv brings him as much joy as performing it himself. In his spare time, Manuel reads fantasy novels and listens to ridiculously nerdy podcasts.
Quinn has been performing since 2009 and has been teaching since 2012. In addition to being an improviser, Quinn is an avid climber and loves cycling, aerials, and anime. Because he digs the Hideout so much, you can often see him there every day of the week either teaching, performing, or working remotely from the coffee shop for his day job as a software engineer. He loves watching students have fun while being goofy in class and developing their sweet improv skills. Quinn performs regularly in the Big Bash, directs and plays in Maestro, is in a duo with fellow Hideout teacher Ryan Austin, and performs monthly with his troupe Rhinodino.
Roy Janik is the Artistic Director (and a co-owner) of The Hideout Theatre. As such, he plans and schedules all of the Hideout’s shows, troupes, showcases, and special events. He has performed in many of The Hideout’s mainstage productions, and is the creator and director of the critically-acclaimed show Austin Secrets. As one of the Hideout’s core teachers, Roy teaches improv levels one through six. His favorite class to teach is level four, a personal feedback class he helped create the curriculum for. As a member of the improv troupe Parallelogramophonograph, he has traveled to perform and teach in over 30 cities, including Toronto, Montreal, Chicago, New York, and London. He spearheaded the creation of the Improvised Play Festival, the world’s first festival devoted exclusively to theatrical, narrative improv.
Ryan has been improvising since 2011 and has performed in multiple improv festivals nationwide. He co-directed two seasons of TheatreSports at The Hideout Theatre as well as the 2015 mainstage production, Happily Ever After: Improvised Disney Musicals.
He graduated UNCSA with a BFA in screenwriting and loves the work produced by The Hideout. Together with performer Mia Iseman, he created The Starborn, a highly well-received audience-interactive duo show. He performs regularly with fellow Hideout instructor Quinn Buckner as Austin/Austin.