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Kareem Badr – General Manager
Jessica Arjet – Youth Director
Roy Janik – Artistic Director
Andy Crouch – Director of Education
Courtney Hopkin – Marketing
Caeriel Crestin – Registrar
Kareem – Intern Coordinator
Mykel Jewell – Head of Diversity Outreach
Arthur Dale – Thursday House Manager
Adam Rodriguez – Friday & Saturday Evening House Manager
Adam Kendall Thomas – Sunday Kids Show House Manager
Arianna Valente-Johnson – Sunday Evening House Manager
Faculty (Youth Classes)
Jessica Arjet, Iara Pinto, Jerod Espinosa-Sketcho, Kit Brooks, Tim Larabee, Courtney Hopkin
See our instructors page for more information on our teachers.
Jessica Arjet, Youth Director
Jessica Arjet is the Youth Director and a co-owner of The Hideout Theatre. She developed and has run the Hideout Youth programs including: 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 Hideout Kids – The Hideout’s regular Sunday children’s show and traveling troupe. She is author of the book Conducting Chaos: Teaching Improv to Kids and Teens available from Mandorla Books.
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.
Kareem Badr, General Manager
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, 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.
Andy Crouch, Director of Education
Andy has been a Hideout performer since 2001, an instructor since 2003 and the director of education and professional development since 2004. He’s endlessly intrigued by improv as an art form — directing Hideout shows like Maestro, Theatresports, Improv Shakespeare and Live Nude Improv — but his real passion is pushing the transformative and empowering ideas of improv out into the world. He runs The Hideout’s adult classes program and provides Austin companies with team building, professional development and general fun having.
Courtney Hopkin, Marketing
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.
Roy Janik, Artistic Director
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.