Ever wonder what life was like for Cleopatra before she became Pharaoh of Egypt? Or what Nikola Tesla talked about when he first got drunk? Un-Scripted Theater Company exposes the secret lives of the famous or notorious historical figures of your choice in this brand-new show. Be transported back in time and learn what the history books don't tell you!*
*Guaranteed to be historically inaccurate
Fridays & Saturdays
All shows 8pm
Andy Sarouhan is a Bay Area native. His improvisation training began in 1992, when he joined his high school improvisation team. That event started a chain reaction that eventually resulted in a BA in Theatre from UC San Diego and an MFA in Creative Writing from UC Riverside. Since 2003, Andy has improvised professionally with Flash Family and the Un-Scripted Theater Company, joining the Un-Scripted ensemble in 2013. He has also been a busy improvisation coach since 2001, leading courses for ImprovWorks, UC Riverside, American Conservatory Theater, Cal Shakes, BATS Improv, and Un-Scripted Theater Company. Some of his most rewarding work has been with young people in San Mateo, where he has coached several high school improvisation teams, including the team with which he first performed as a teenager. Andy directed the 2014 Un-Scripted show Beloved Strangers as well as 2016's The Short & the Long of It. This summer, Andy will direct Un-Scripted's brand new format Life in SF.
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.)
Derek performs theatre in order to obey the inscrutable exultations of our souls. His long journey into making things up began with his graduation showcase with BATS close to 20 years ago. Since then he is proud to have worked with, and been inspired by, a myriad of talented improvisers throughout the Bay Area. Currently, he can be found performing with Un-Scripted Theater Company and as a founding member of the Traveling Improv Revival. Offstage, Derek lives the life of a buccaneer on Treasure Island, with his wife/captain Jill and Pooka the pirate dog.
Merrill Gruver has been performing with the Un-Scripted Theater Company since 2009, and joined the artistic staff in 2011. She studied acting at Brown University and The Neighborhood Playhouse under Sanford Meisner. Merrill is a graduate of BATS improv and performed regularly with The Sunday Players. She is a member of Shakespeare's Stepchild, which performs improvised Shakespeare in Dolores Park. Merrill teaches drama at Peninsula School.
Bill Stahl is a San Francisco based improviser, and most known for his work in the group 'The Five Deadly Improvisers'; an improv group that performs fully improvised classic Kung Fu movies. Bill was a guest with Un-Scripted Theater Company for the first time in 2015 with the cast of And it All Went to Hell. Bill was a guest with BATS Improv at Fort Mason in SF for the 2012/2013 season. (billstahl.com)
Clare Bierman is a college sophomore pursuing a degree in Environmental Studies. She has been moonlighting as an improvisor for five years in her home of LA and adopted home of San Francisco. She improvises now with the University of San Francisco's improv team, Awkward Silence, as well as by herself in her car because the radio doesn't work.
Eric Kostenbauder has spent the past eight years improvising in his native city of Seattle. There he studied and performed regularly at Unexpected Productions before joining the ensemble at Jet City Improv and the renowned long-form group, Human Propaganda. Eric can currently be seen performing locally as a proud cast member of DASH here at the Un-Scripted Theater Company, as well as at Stage Werx Theatre with the Endgames team, UQAQUA.
Jay Ridler is a historian, writer and improviser. He joined Pan Theater in 2013 as a member of Liquid Mind, and teaches their drop in classes and sketch writing/performing workshop. He directed his first show, Wrestlepalooza, in 2016, and, along with Sid Starr, is a member of The Ambassadors improv duo. He’s stoked about bringing history and improv together with the gang at Un-Scripted Theater Company for Secret Lives! A former punk rock musician and cemetery groundskeeper, Jay lives in the East Bay.
Laura is enjoying her third outing as a guest with Un-Scripted Theater Company, having played in last year’s And It All Went To Hell… and Fog City Noir. She was recently seen at Femprovisor Fest as her alter ego, Lula — half of the improv singing duo Lula & Juicy's Farewell Tour, and occasionally delights in tackling the delicious improv challenge that is DoubleFeature™ with Rafe Chase. When not on stage she keeps busy organizing people’s houses.
Sarah JK Shoemaker is currently an ensemble member at Un-Scripted Theater Company. She teaches at Leela Theatre where she also performs with their Armando Company. She is a founding member of the all-female ensemble Peach Pit and guests with Kari and Company. In 2015, Sarah guested with The Hills are Alive with the Sound of Improv for a cave match at BATS. Her duo troupe, Tall Grande Venti, has been touring the improv festival circuit.