Andy has been improvising since 2001. 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.
Angie found improv back in 2013 while studying to become a life coach. She found that the concepts of life coaching – taking meaningful risks, reframing internal dialog around failure, and strengthening intuitive decision making – could all be better experienced and gained using hands-on practice through improvisation. Also, it’s way more fun. Angie ditched one-on-one coffee shop wisdom sessions to delve into the art of make-believe-with-a-room-full-of-strangers. She now regularly plays in mainstage shows at multiple Austin improv theaters and teaches at the Hideout Theatre (after stalking the Hideout as an intern, house manager, and stage tech until they figured out they couldn’t get rid of her). Outside of improv Angie balances her time as a plant-based chef and a Japanese translator.
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 several sold out student mainstages, including: What the F@#!, Close Up, 183 Dewberry Lane, and Soundstage 23. He was 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.
Courtney has been performing scripted theatre, sketch, and improv in Austin since 2001. She joined the core Hideout staff officially in 2015 and oversees all of the PR for The Hideout Theatre and Coffee House. Courtney holds a degree in Journalism from The University of Texas. Courtney is also a regular teacher, performer, and director at The Hideout. She performs regularly with The Big Bash, Your Terrific Neighbors, as well as in Stool Pidgeon at ColdTowne Theater. She is a co-producer of Austin Sketch Fest.
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.
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 performs regularly 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. As a member of the award-winning improv group Parallelogramophonograph, he has taught internationally, originated numerous original show formats, and co-authored “Do It Now”, PGraph’s book of essays on their approach to instinctual narrative improvisation. Kareem’s stage credits include The Actor in The Woman in Black (Penfold Theatre), Nazrullah in Heartland (for both Vortex Rep and Luna Stage in NJ), and Brigham Young in For Time and Eternity (American Berserk).
Luke Wallens dove into the world of improv in 2011 at the Hideout and has loved it ever since. He is a theater nerd with a degree in Drama from Colorado College and an MA in Collaborative Theatre: Playwriting Strand from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. He has played in many improv shows including Austin Secrets at the Hideout Theater, The Next Chapter at the Institution Theater, and The Wentworths at Coldtowne Theater. He currently performs in the Hideout’s longest running student-mainstage-show-turned-improv-troupe: Golden: Improvised Silent Stories. He also writes and acts in his sketch troupe, Martini Ranch and has hosted monthly stand-up shows, Laugh Out Proud at the Institution Theater and Fruitbowl! at the Spiderhouse Ballroom.
He has been teaching improv since 2013 starting with Saturday-morning kids improv classes then Hideout and Coldtowne summer camps and currently the Hideout’s Building Connections and Outreach programs. He has also directed several Hideout student mainstage shows. He loves helping people find their creative and playful sides through character development.
Megan is a classically trained opera singer and actor who has performed across the country and internationally. She completed her MM in voice performance at the University of North Texas and her BM in voice performance at Oklahoma City University. As an improviser, she performs regularly with her duo Megan and Quinn and her musical troupe Rook. She’s been seen performing in such improv shows as the award-winning Nothing and Everything: Improvised Anton Chekhov Plays and the wildly popular Happily Ever After: Improvised Musicals Inspired by Disney Classics. When improvising, Megan enjoys connecting with the audience through the creation of varied characters – from playful and silly to grounded and vulnerable and everything in between. She has been teaching for the Hideout Theatre since 2017 and has over a decade of teaching experience. Outside of teaching and improv, Megan is an active singer, voice teacher, actor, and theatre producer.
Monica Martinez Maher has been a performer in Austin since 2014 and has been teaching improv since 2017. She has directed and performed in many improvised productions in Austin as well as at improv festivals across the nation. She loves teaching improv because of how it reshapes people’s thinking with regards to failure, risk-taking, and what truly makes people laugh. Her belief that everyone has the capacity for comedy and the ability to succeed on stage is apparent in her teaching style. Her goal is to help others have fun, and she has a lot of fun doing it! She can be seen performing regularly with Gal Pals (a duo with her super-talented bestie), The Association (an all-female musical improv troupe), and in the Big Bash.
Quinn has been performing since 2009 and has been teaching since 2012. With various troupes, groups, and as an individual, Quinn has been fortunate to have taught and performed all around the world in places like Hawaii (Improvaganza), Vancouver (VIIF), New York (DCM), London, and Japan to name a few, all the while making friends along the way. He is also the producer of the Hideout’s annual Improvised Play Festival. His play style is very physical, supportive, and mischievous while his teaching style is rooted in self-awareness and fundamentals as a means for growth and fun.
In addition to being an improviser, Quinn is an avid climber, loves cycling, and is probably way too into anime. You can catch Quinn at the Hideout as he performs regularly in the Big Bash, directs and plays in Maestro often, is a cast member in several main stages a year, and is in a duo with fellow teacher Ryan Austin (Austin/Austin), as well as in a duo with fellow teacher Megan Sherrod (Megan and Quinn).
Rob Yoho got into improv as a wide-eyed, puka shell necklace-wearing undergrad, and he has now been teaching improv for around nine years (so, can’t really get out of it now).
He’s also a B. Iden Payne Award-nominated director, actor, and fight choreographer. His academic street creds are an MFA in Directing from Baylor University and a BA in Performance/Directing from Rollins College. At The Hideout, Rob directed The Kindness of Strangers: Improvised Tennessee Williams Plays and assistant directed I’ll Take the Physical Challenge. Favorite onstage appearances include The Hideout’s 48 Hour Improv Marathon, Process, Bah, Humbug! An Improvised Charles Dickens Christmas, and Heavens, Mr. Darcy: Improvised Jane Austen Erotica.
As a teacher, Rob is particularly interested in narrative improv, two-person scene work, and the integration of game and platform/tilt.
Rob is basically a human porg and has more beard than face.
Rose Frezza is a native Austinite, improviser, and communications specialist. She was kind of boring until she took a life-bending class at the Hideout in 2013. Helping others discover the joy and freedom that improv brought her is one of her greatest privileges. Rose has trained at multiple theaters in Austin and at The IO Theater in Chicago. She performs regularly at The Hideout and around the country with her all-female troupe Physics Curse. Rose holds a master’s degree in advertising/PR from UT Austin and is a producer of the Out of Bounds Comedy Festival.
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.
Sarah Marie teaches improvisation in multiple dedicated schools in the Austin area and has taught specialized workshops across the nation. She’s an award-winning actress (Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical for her role as “Jaime” in The Last Five Years) and has been called “hilarious,” “fierce,” “truly exceptional.” She was a proud member of the award-winning troupe Girls Girls Girls (improvised musicals) for eight years and currently stars as one half of the dramatic improv duo Cascade, also nominated for a B. Iden Payne Award (Outstanding Improv Troupe).
Off stage, she is a passionate coach, director, teacher and producer of improvisational theater.
Shannon Dale Stott Davis has taught and performed improv nationally and internationally for over 15 years. Her professional start in improv began in Richmond Virginia with ComedySportz and she has continued to teach workshops and classes for the Hideout Theater and other theaters in Austin. Shannon says: “Expect to learn comedy and confidence in my classes because it takes both to move through the world in my body. I hope that seeing me do it will inspire you to do it as well. I look forward to having you in my class.”