Hear It Again, For The First Time
Aug. 10 – Sept. 21, 2019
The cute goth in the back corner of science class. The basketball player you pined for across the cafeteria. Your never-ever-gonna-break-up-till-college first love. Who did you make mixtapes for? Relive your glory days (or someone else’s) with Mixtape, an hour of musical improv inspired by all the funniest, most embarrassing, and most adorable teen memories our audience can dredge up.
Saturdays at 10 p.m., Aug. 10 – Sept. 21
Directed by Dana Cory
Kate Wing has been making things up since her college days with the Smith Improvisational Comedy Organization of Smith. She's a regular guest at Un-Scripted Theater Company and SpeechlessLive and musical improv is her absolute favoritest. One time a guy called her and sang and played keyboard for Stevie Wonder's "I Just Called to Say I Love You," which wins boldest mixtape.
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).
Bonnie Kate Wolf is a Bay Area native who recently moved home from London. She's been doing improv since middle school, and likes to think she's improved. At Un-Scripted Theater Company, she guested in Let It Snow 2018, In Case You Missed It, Oregon Trials, Mixtape, World Premiere, and Remote Control Freak, with Holly Jolly coming up this winter. She performed with Un-Scripted at the West Coast Musical Improv Festival 2019. She performs regularly with Well Endowed, a local improv troupe, and trained at BATS Improv. Professionally, Bonnie Kate is a brand designer at OpenTable. For fun, she knits sweaters, sings a cappella, and plays with her puppy. She plays ukulele because guitars are too big for her hands.
Joe Balfantz is a Bay Area improviser focusing on strong storytelling and fun characters, throwing in a dash of singing along the way! Joe was trained at BATS, starting in 2014, and has been making things up ever since! Joe is currently a member of All That Jazz and the director and co-producer of On Tap, in addition to guesting with RagTag Improv.
Natalie Ernst is thrilled to be part a part of Mixtape! She is currently an improv instructor and performer with Leela in San Francisco. She has a background in musical theater and is excited to continue combining her love for improv with her love for musical. She currently has the pleasure of performing in a duo called “Musical Story time with Natalie and Sid,” which is a musical Armando-type format, often featuring puppets. She is also in a group called “Giraffe Town” that performs the Deconstruction format, created by Miles Stroth, as well other groups known as “The Leftovers,” and "Leela’s Armando Company.” Natalie has her own small face painting company, “Paint a Face Designs,” where she has the opportunity to express her creativity through face painting, and body art. Natalie is very grateful for all of the amazing people she has met through this incredible art form.
Eric is super excited to rock out for the first time at Un-Scripted Theater Company in Mixtape. He can be seen regularly with Flash Mob Musical, SF's longest running musical montage group, creating scenes and songs with some of his favorite people! Eric has studied acting at ACT and improv with BATS, Endgames, Jim Cranna, Pan Theatre and too many workshops to count. He lives in SF with his wife, Stephanie, and enjoys board games, sci-fi and being weird.
Christine Kwong started performing improv in 2011, but considers her entire life an improvised performance. She has trained and performed at the National Comedy Theatre (San Diego), BATS, Leela, and is thrilled to be part of the Un-Scripted Theater Company’s Mixtape.
When not engaged in her improv comedy career, she enjoys daydreaming about opening for Ali Wong, picking colors for a living (as a marketer), and looking for love in all the oblong places.
Patricia Pearson is an alumna of BATS and as if regular old improv were not wonderful enough, the day Patricia discovered improv singing fifteen years ago she could not believe the joy! From then on any time an opportunity to improvise songs comes her way, she takes it, and is thrilled to be doing music improv with the Un-Scripted Theater Company in the new Mixtape show.
Zoab Kapoor has been making people laugh for almost as long as he’s been talking — sometimes even intentionally! After beginning his comedy career in standup, Zoab realized that the “telling jokes” part is much more fun than the “preparing to tell jokes” part, and pivoted to improvisation. He has been improvising since 2013, performing in Los Angeles, Budapest, and San Francisco.
This is his first show with Un-Scripted Theater Company, but he thinks it will be the beginning of a beautiful relationship.
Brian Ogata performed off-off Broadway at the Theatre for the New City, New York, NY. He has performed in several improv troupes including Blue Blanket Improv, the Peninsulators, and the Jesters of Yes. He studied with notable instructors including Joe Bill, Zoe Galvez, Susan Messing, Mick Napier, David Razowski, and Todd Stashwick. He received his MA, Theatre Arts and MA, Speech Communications. Currently, he is the Lynbrook High School Head Coach of Speech & Debate.
Brian began his musical improv journey in 2019. That March, he joined Major Sixth, Leela Theatre’s musical improv performing ensemble. He performed in the Leela-sponsored 2019 Femprovisor Festival and the 2019 Un-Scripted Theater Company-sponsored West Coast Musical Improv Festival. And, now, he performs in the Mixtape ensemble.
“When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” Brian thanks Christopher Eickmann, Steven Burnett, and Dana Cory for starting him on his journey.