Un-Scripted Theater Company’s beloved classic returns! There’s no other holiday entertainment like it. Each night, Un-Scripted’s skilled improvisors create a brand-new, wholly original ensemble musical from audience suggestions. The show serves up classic holiday themes in fresh combinations you’ve never seen before. The result is a little familiar and a lot magical…just like the holidays themselves.
Fridays & Saturdays, Nov. 24 – Dec. 16
All shows 8pm
Christian Utzman is a full time actor, teacher, and an original founding member of the Un-Scripted Theater Company. Christian spends much of his free time writing about the improvisational theory behind the work here at the Un-Scripted Theater Company. You can find out more about his writings at improvactor.com. If you have any questions about how we do what we do, or you need help choosing a drink at our concessions counter, please feel free to speak with him before or after the show. (He's also our concessions buyer.)
As member of Un-Scripted Theater Company’s ensemble, David Boyll has improvised over one hundred plays and musicals since 2013. His indie troupe Improv Lab has performed at festivals in San Francisco, San Diego, Austin, Santa Monica, and SF Sketchfest. David was called “entertainingly stodgy” as Professor Alfred Billington in Partition at Indra’s Net Theater and he “delivered a full load of crazy” as Bernard B. O’Hare in Kurt Vonnegut’s Mother Night at Custom Made Theatre Company. He trained at SF State, BATS Improv, Voicetrax, and Waterfront Conservatory. Having been in love with San Francisco since 1968, all David asks is that you don’t call it “San Fran.”
Karen got her improv start with Pan Theater, Oakland, in 2013 and has been a musician most of her life, playing drums, keys, guitar and singing with various bands from synth pop to 60’s go-go to prog rock. She’s a member of the indie troupe Jurassic Pope and coaches and facilitates corporate improv gigs throughout Bay Area. Karen is also an associate producer for both the San Francisco Improv Festival and West Coast Musical Improv Fest and can sometimes be seen performing with the stand-up/improv combo YES, stAND Up! In her free time, Karen is honing her musical chops to become an improv accompanist — super fun!
Michael Fleming got his first taste of staged improvisation some years ago and has been hooked ever since. He is delighted to be part of the Un-Scripted Theater Company, and has also performed with Out of Line, on the BATS stage, and at a variety of other venues in the Bay Area. Michael has an enduring love of song, stories and making things up and feels unreasonably lucky to be able to do so with such a talented group of folks.
Molly Robertson is a Bay Area tour guide. She studied marketing at Wagner College and improv at Upright Citizens Brigade for over four years in New York. Following school, she headed back to the Bay where she began performing with Un-Scripted. She took a few years to travel around the world with Up with People and finally made her way back to the Bay again. She is happy to have a place to improvise since she is not allowed to make things up on tour.
Olivia Puerta first discovered improv at age 9 as a student of First Stage Theater Academy in her hometown Milwaukee, WI. A dedicated theater kid, she continued to study and perform theater and vocal music in all her formative years. Olivia has been studying and performing improv in San Francisco since 2012, training primarily with Endgames Improv, where she now teaches. She performs regularly with San Francisco Tonight and Flash Mob Musical, and is thrilled to be having her Un-Scripted Theater Company debut.
Vanessa Speed is originally from New York but calls the Bay Area her forever home. She grew up participating in any musical that would have her, but didn't stray from scripted theater until 2009, when she began her improv training at Pan Theater. She originally thought that improv would lead her towards a career in stand-up comedy, before discovering her true love, theatrical improvisation, at the Un-Scripted Theater Company. She first performed with the company in 2011, and joined its ensemble in 2012. She enjoys bringing music, characters with unspoken histories, and dynamic relationships to her work. Her most recent improvisational efforts center around making up songs, games and stories for her young daughter.
A Bay Area native, Amber Dyson is an award-winning children’s theatre director and teaching artist. In January, her production of Honk Jr. for Bay Area Children’s Theatre was recognized for Excellence in Dance at the Junior Theatre Festival in Atlanta. Amber just taught teen improvisers Creatures of Impulse the structure of Joseph Campbell’s The Hero’s Journey for their upcoming superhero show. She recently galvanized a cast of young Shakespearean actors with her popular workshop, Midsummer Night’s Meme. She will return to Un-Scripted’s DASH in March.
Offstage, Kate Wing works in ocean conservation, a career that's taken her across the country and back again, improvising all the way. She's studied, taught, and performed in Seattle, DC, Chicago, and Yosemite, and with Bay Area troupes like The Mitch Green Show and Pure Moxie Players. She loves performing with Un-Scripted, where she's been a regular guest for Let it Snow, the holiday musical. If you're distracting yourself before the show starts, she recommends you get to know the bobtail squid.
Wendy grew up in Connecticut and has been performing since her debut community theater role at the age of 8 as a frog in a well where she literally had to sit most of the play inside a tight container emerging only to ask for kisses. Other theater stints include found-object puppetry for Lunatique Fantastique and writing/performing sketch comedy for the Farce Side Comedy Hour at Arizona State University. She's thrilled to be pursuing her current passion, improv, and performing at the Un-Scripted Theater Company where she's sat in the audience and watched for many years (emerging only to ask for kisses).
Jessia Hoffman is a Bay Area-based performer, educator, freelance writer, and arts administrator. With over ten years of improv experience, Jessia has taught for BATS Improv, directed the Stanford Improvisors, coached the Aragon Improv Team, and studied on both coasts. Select theatre credits: writer/director of Sheila, an original play; co-creator of Gravity: A New(tonian) Musical; guest improviser in Un-Scripted’s Foglandia; Lisi in The Man in the Ceiling workshop; Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray; Dot/Marie in Sunday in the Park with George. Jessia holds a B.A. from Stanford University in English with a focus in Creative Writing, a minor in Spanish, and Interdisciplinary Honors in the Arts.