You control the action in this Un-Scripted original production! An audience favorite since its premiere in 2003, The Short & The Long of It uses your suggestions and votes to create a totally improvised, totally different show every night. It's you who decides which stories stay short and which one goes LONG!
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.)
Ian started his improv career at the sprightly age of eleven with an improv class at Philadelphia's Walnut Street Theater! Since then, he's performed in various improv and sketch comedy groups in Philadelphia and the Bay Area. He's currently an active member and leader of the Stanford Improvisers (SImps). Along with performing, Ian coaches through the SImps and BATS Improv. He teaches improvisational theater at Hillsdale High School with the HIT Squad, who share a name with the 90's hip hop collective. In his free time, Ian studies English at Stanford University where he's a senior.
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.
Steven Anacker first caught the improv bug in the mid-‘90s as a member of Short Order Theater in New York City. In San Francisco, Steven has been lucky enough to play with the Leela Theatre, Secret Improv Society and BATS, as well as experimenting with new formats as a founding member of BoyGirlBoy, TwoXFour and the Improv Artists. Steven is thrilled to join the talented members of Un-Scripted Theater Company.
Susie Sargent discovered and fell in love with improv 17 years ago and enjoys sharing her passion through training, teaching and performing. She and has taught the skills of improvisation to students aged 3 – 80. Susie is an ensemble member of Un-Scripted Theater and loves surprising the audience and creating rich and diverse characters. She also performs in Un-Scripted’s late night, freeform improv show DASH. Meow.
David Madison (San Francisco, CA) first took the plunge into improv in 2004. He directed a weekly improv jam for many years and has performed with the Un-Scripted Theater Company, BATS main company, Out of Line and a variety of other groups, and is now the artistic director of the San Francisco troupe Well Endowed.
David is also an internationally renowned dance instructor, as well as Time Magazine's Person Of The Year in 2006.
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.