Adrian Gonzalez (he/him) has been active at the Hideout since 2018. He has been doing improv since high school and graduated from Southwestern University with a BA in Theatre. Adrian has a passion for fantasy and regularly performs with his Magic: The Gathering themed troupe The Misplays. Adrian has co-directed several shows including The Quest, So You Think You Can… and the B. Iden Payne winning #Found. His favorite improv game is Hell Dub.
Andy (he/him) is Education Director at The Hideout Theatre and Lead Facilitator for their professional development and corporate team building program Hideout at Work. He’s been improvising since 2001 and has directed shows like Maestro, Theatresports, Fakespeare, Start Trekkin’, Live Nude Improv, and Fandom: Improvised Fan Fiction—but his big passion is teaching: sharing the transformational and empowering ideas of improv to anyone willing to listen.
Ashley Park (she/her) is an actor, award-winning writer, and comedian hailing originally from San Antonio (#GoSpursGo). She kicked off her improv journey in 2018 at the Hideout, and can you believe it, no regrets! Ashley performs sketch comedy regularly around town, and has trained at multiple theaters, including being invited back for The Groundlings advanced writer’s lab in Los Angeles. She loves character work of all kinds and can’t wait to help you develop your own.
After jumping into classes in 2011, Caeriel (they/them) 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, they are also the Classes Registrar and Director of the Incubator Program. They have directed many shows, including: The Game Show Show, What They Do in the Darkness, 183 Dewberry Lane, and Soundstage 23.
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, D&D, and board games.
Estevan J. (Chuy) Zarate (He/Him) is an actor/director/coach from San Antonio who has been improvising for audiences for 32 years. He is a member of The Big Bash at The Hideout Theatre, The Known Wizards (Merlin Works faculty troupe), Stool Pigeon at ColdTowne, and more duos than he can count. He teaches all styles and formats being that he has a very eclectic tool belt to reach into. If there is a scenario to be performed in, he has probably performed it. With specialties in improv singing and grounded/character-driven scenework, Chuy has coached hundreds of kids, teens, students and adults for years to multiple successes.
Danielle (she/her) began her improv journey in 2017, and is a performer, teacher, and award winning director (Best Directors for Dr. Boo’s Creepy Neighborhood). She leads workshops on art, improv, & creative problem solving. Her goal as a teacher is to help people utilize improv techniques in and outside the theatre, and to empower people deeply understand, trust and appreciate themselves and their choices! She has co-directed shows like Out of This World, Zaria Party, Middle Schoolers, Dr. Boo’s Creepy Neighborhood, and can regularly be found directing or playing in Maestro. Outside of improv Danielle is a full time artist, dedicated cat and plant parent, as well as a consumer of all things true crime!
Katy Wiggins (she/her) was raised doing musical theater at Hits Theater and Miller Outdoor theater in Houston, honed her improv skills on the stages of UCB and the Magnet Theater in New York City, and is now incredibly grateful to be teaching improv and performing at The Hideout. She is passionate about creating a warm, inclusive environment in class. If she’s not in a theater somewhere, she’s probably reading or watching something spooky and British. Katy is also the creator of the popular ghost story podcast Scary Stories from Camp Roanoke, so if you have a ghost story definitely tell her.
Kayla Lane Freeman
Kayla (she/her) started doing improv in 2010, performing regularly throughout Austin before heading to Chicago in 2013. There she studied and performed at The Annoyance and iO Chicago, including as part of the psychedelic improv show, Ayahuasca Baby. She has created and performed original comedy at the Chicago Fringe (Artists’ Pick – Best of Fest, 2014), People’s Improv Theater in NYC (SoloCom Festival, 2019), and at theaters throughout Chicago. As a professional social worker she has applied her improv skills as a DEI facilitator, community organizer, improv instructor for Autistic youth, and in her current role as a mental health therapist in private practice.
Kish (she/her) started doing improv comedy in 2014 with a no-audition improv group at her university! She’s trained at the PIT and UCB in New York, BATS in San Francisco, and SCIT in Pittsburgh where she also performed with the team Mercy Ghosting. After a brief career as a software engineer and a yearlong residency at a modern Buddhist monastery, she moved to Austin in 2022 and joined The Hideout community. She loves being creative, having fun with others, and connecting with her inner child. Outside of improv Kish works as a personal development coach and relatefulness facilitator.
Kristen Drenning (she/her) is an improvisor and storyteller in Austin. She has trained locally at The Hideout, Merlin Works, ColdTowne, and Fallout Theater. She also completed the advanced studies programs at UCB, Groundlings, and Second City Conservatory. She has been a frequent performer at storytelling events such as Testify, Stories on the Lawn, The Moth, and Fallout Storytelling Hour. You can often find her performing with her troupes, Sorry for Partying, 48, Trouble, and Antisocial. She was in the cast of numerous shows including Blvd. Q, Murder They Improvised, Into the Metaverse, and The Emma Dilemma. She teaches improv to children through Coldtowne’s Excused Absence program and to neurodivergent teens through Hideout’s Building Connections program.
Mallory (she/her) has more than a decade of improv experience. A native New Yorker she performed on the Magnet Theater house team The Jezebelles from 2013-2015. Since moving to Austin in 2017 she’s directed multiple shows at The Hideout, including Grand Misery, That! Big! 80s! Musical! and the B. Iden Payne-nominated The Sound of Made Up Music. She wrote the book, lyrics, co-wrote the music, and directed the B. Iden Payne award-winning virtual production Human Resources: The Musical in 2020. She is SUPER passionate about musical improv and loves nothing more than spreading the joy to all who want to stand center stage and sing!
Margaret Hunsicker (they/she) has been improvising on and off the stage for 16 years. Along with her Theatre BA from UCF, she minored in Interactive Performance with a focus on improvised narratives and audience participation. She began at the Hideout in 2014, diving headfirst into the Austin improv community by participating in and creating several award-winning shows. She also worked classroom programs at Creative Action, a local arts nonprofit. She then spent 3 years in Chicago, studying and performing at Second City and The Annoyance Theaters. Margaret returned to Austin in 2023 and currently works from home using her background in social justice and interactive acting to train corporate teams in DEI, classroom education, and human resource management. She is a member of the core American Berserk Theatre company. Margaret also enjoys sculpting, painting, and everything about cats.
Mickey May (She/Her) is an original Austinite, pre-planned Virgo, and likes long walks in the woods (as long as it’s under 85 degrees). She started improvising in 2015 on her college troupe as has been playing at the Hideout since a serendipitous Maestro in 2017. (Technically she started improv in high school but we don’t talk about those years.) She has a B.F.A and an M.F.A in creative writing and focuses on character and story on and or stage. From working on devised plays on mental health, improvised musicals, to writing award winning scary stories, Mickey lives for the artistic side of life and wants to make everyone feel welcome in this space.
Mykel Jewell (he/him) originally hails from NYC and has been living in Austin since 2014. A fervent and die hard sponge of all the wonderful benefits of improv since 2020, Mykel has trained internationally with theaters in the UK, Germany, Bangladesh and many more theaters across the world and right here in Austin. Being exposed to such a variety of voices in the improv space has fostered a deep passion in Mykel for advocating for the promotion of diversity in the arts. As the Hideout’s Head of Diversity Outreach, Mykel’s foremost focus is to encourage highlighting the traditionally under-represented voices in all performance arts spaces.
Paulina (she/her) was terrified of acting without a script until she took her first class at The Hideout in 2018. Since then, she’s been making stuff up and performing in shows like Maestro, Love on Deck, Out of This World, and more. Paulina is a professional actress and studied at The Groundlings in LA, Beverly Hills Playhouse, Carol Hickey Acting Studio and Fallout Theatre. She teaches acting and Dance at Zach Theatre.
Rebecca East (she/her) is from Houston and has been living in Austin since 2016. She came to Austin to pursue her B.F.A. in Theatre Education from the University of Texas and has since taught kids of all ages at Zach Theatre, The Paramount Theatre, and as a middle school teacher in Austin ISD. She has been a performer and theatre artist her whole life but is most passionate about all things improv. She has been practicing improv off and on since 2012 and has been a part of multiple productions at The Hideout as a student, actor, and technician. It is one of the greatest joys of her life to be able to share laughter with others.
Rose (she/her) 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.
Stephanie Vasquez Fonseca
Stephanie Vasquez Fonseca (they/she/him) is a queer Afro-Latinx immigrant originally from Santa Marta, Colombia. They find joy in a variety of mediums of artistic endeavors and are excited about sharing what they love and value about improv. An agent of fun and a facilitator of good times, they are grateful to be in this present moment with you.