Instructors

Andy Crouch

Andy has been improvising since 2001. He is 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 is The Hideout’s lead facilitator for corporate team building, and professional development.

Email: acrouch@hideouttheatre.com

Caeriel Crestin

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 Up183 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.

Email: caeriel@gmail.com

Danielle Daverona

Danielle 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!

Email: danielledaverona@gmail.com

Kayla Lane Freeman

Kayla 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.

Email: kaylalanefreeman@gmail.com

Mykel Jewel

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. Mykel’s foremost focus is to encourage highlighting the traditionally under-represented voices in all performance arts spaces.

Email: mcslionhair@gmail.com

Rose Frezza

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.

Email: rosemariefrezza@gmail.com