Sept. 22 – Dec. 22, 2018
Every Saturday at 10pm, Super Scene will turn the Un-Scripted Theater into an improvised genre battleground. A group of grizzled directors will step into the arena each night, directing stories in the style of their favorite genre. After each round of scenes, the audience will have the power to choose the stories they’d like see continue and to vote off the directors who are missing the mark. As the rounds go on, the audience will make its way towards crowning the best director/genre and seeing the final Super Scene!
Derek Cochran is enjoying his twentieth year performing improvisation in the Bay Area. Throughout those years, he was inspired by and fortunate enough to work with some of the most talented improvisers in the country. He credits his love of long form improvisation to his early instructors, Diane Rachel and Carol Hazenfield, for showing him that improv can go beyond a simple funny game and create a rich tapestry of all kinds of stories. Currently he is proud to work with the Un-Scripted Theater Company ensemble, where they allow him to obey the inscrutable exultations of his soul. He gives thanks to his wife, the brothers idiot, and to all the improvisers who he has worked with, been taught by, and failed spectacularly with; throughout the years.
Peter Chapman crunches numbers by day and is an avid improviser by night. He grew up writing and performing plays and was introduced to improv by the Stanford Improvisers ("SImps"). He currently performs regularly with DASH and Boarding Party, a San-Francisco based three-person improv troupe. When he's not improvising, Peter can be found somewhere on the Californian coastline or cooking with a lot of butter.
Shara Tonn is an improviser, actor, clown and teacher based in San Francisco. She has been an ensemble member at Un-Scripted Theater Company since 2015. An alumna of the Stanford Improvisors and San Francisco Circus Center’s Clown Conservatory, Shara also performs with her duo Mona and Shara Do Improv as well as a variety of Bay Area comedy shows. When not bathed in stage lights, she works with the Medical Clown Project of San Francisco, acts and clowns in local gigs, does freelance science writing and teaches with a number of organizations including Stagebridge, Circus of Smiles, Aragon High School, and BATS Improv. This is her first time directing a show, and she is pumped for you to see her cast tear up the stage.
Allison began doing improv in college, with Roadkill Buffet (MIT's premiere—and only—improv group), after which she branched out to perform with Post-Modern Avengers and Improv Boston on the east coast, and with DASH, Hobofish, the Pear Improv Troupe, and Pure Moxie Players in the Bay Area. She has taught improv to management consultants and cybersecurity professionals, both of whom found that it allowed them to invent technical expertise more easily. When not performing, Allison works in cybersecurity research; if you work in security and are interested in performance art, ask her about joining her comedy group Security Theater.
Brad Gottesman is thrilled to perform in Super Scene at Un-Scripted Theater Company. Brad studied improv at UCLA and UCB Theatre and has performing for one ten years. Since moving to the Bay Area, Brad has performed in numerous shows through Endgames Improv, Un-Scripted Theater Company and Pure Moxie Players.
Former director of BATS’ Improv @ Work corporate engagement programs, Chris has led applied improvisation sessions for more than 100 workplaces, including Genentech, UCSF, and Google. Chris delights in facilitating teams to develop leadership, presence, creativity, adaptability, communication, storytelling, teamwork, and collaboration. He has taught improv for 11 years at BATS’ School of Improv and has performed on ten different BATS’ CaveMatch improv ensembles. A Benjamin N. Duke Leadership Scholar graduate of Duke University, Chris enjoys German strategy-based board games, Texas Hold’em, and writing poetry for life-work balance. Actually, his whole life centers on play.
Jessia Hoffman is a Bay Area-based performer, educator, and freelance writer. With over a decade of improv experience, Jessia has directed the Stanford Improvisors, coached the Aragon Improv Team, studied on both coasts, and currently teaches for BATS Improv. 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; 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. She is thrilled to return to Un-Scripted for Super Scene, one of her very favorite formats!
Brittany is excited to be performing with Un-Scripted for the second time! Her previous work includes performing improv with multiple troupes, plays, and musicals. When she is not practicing improv she is a scientist in the Bay Area.
"Would I rather be feared or loved? Easy. Both. I want people to be afraid of how much they love me." —Michael Scott, The Office
Joining Un-Scripted Theater Company for the first time, Rachel has been performing in improv theater officially since she was 13, and performing unofficially her entire life. While offstage, she enjoys knitting sweaters of variable quality, eating foods that include salted caramel, and watching corny true crime television shows from the 90s. Rachel will also be performing with Un-Scripted this summer. Unfortunately, Pluto the Shih Tzu (pictured) did not make it through auditions and will not be performing in any Un-Scripted shows.
Bela Evans trained at BATS Improv in the mid-1990s, first hitting the stage on a graduate Theatresports team. Since then, he has been in performance groups at BATS, Made Up Theatre, and Pear Theatre. Bela is also a founding member of the improv troupe Charmers Market, which plays monthly as the house team of SF Barprov and performs regularly at indie night shows throughout the Bay Area. When not improvising, he usually spends his spare time playing chess online or pondering the Fermi paradox.
Evan has been performing long-form improv and sketch comedy for more than ten years, and has received training in Chicago, New York, Seattle, and San Francisco. He has performed at theaters in New York, Chicago, Seattle, and San Francisco, and is a founding member of Seattle long-form group, Mr. Snake. This is Evan’s second show at Un-Scripted, and he is thrilled to be here. When he is not performing, Evan is a law student at UC Berkeley.
Christina Marie has been improvising for over 12 years in San Francisco and Los Angeles. She studied in San Francisco with Bay Area Theatre Sports, Sue Walden and Company, and Endgames Improv. In Los Angeles she studied with the Groundlings and The Second City. She has performed with several groups in San Francisco including the Riffingtons (Cobbs comedy club house improv group), Liquid soap, and Nightcap theater. In Los Angeles she has performed at The Improv in Hollywood, The Icehouse in Pasadena, and the Comedy Store on Sunset Boulevard. She is psyched to be working with Un-Scripted!
Ali Balfantz started her formal improv training at BATS Improv in 2014. She has taken countless classes, performed in many shows, and loved every minute of it! Her favorite improvisational style is narrative long-form, and her favorite genre is a tie between rom com and soap opera. Ali enjoys spending time with her husband and their kitty, and taking a ridiculous amount of adorable cat pictures. She is thrilled to make her Un-Scripted stage debut as a guest performer in Super Scene!
Ivan has been involved in stage theatre for more than ten years and has done improvised comedy for the past seven years. He first learned the style at Ohlone College, under the tutelage of Jeff Kramer, founder of Comedysportz. Before joining the Super Scene cast at Un-Scripted, Ivan was a main stage performer at Comedysportz, and was a part of their San Jose team. During his tenure there, he performed at their world championships, facing off with 22 other improvised teams from around the globe.
Will Funk began his improv journey as a member of the Stanford Improvisors. Since then, he's enjoyed coaching a ragtag gaggle of high schoolers on the San Mateo Improv Team at SMHS. On his other foot, Will is an analyst at a foundation and works with a variety of camps. Will is thrilled for his first performance with Un-Scripted Theater Company!