February 10 – 25, 2017
Un-Scripted sellout hit Swipe Right returns! Join us for a fully improvised show about the craziness of online dating and the search for love in San Francisco. Vote to find out what happens to your favorite characters...hopefully leading to love, but definitely leading to laughs!
Opens Saturday, Feb. 10, and runs Fridays & Saturdays through Feb. 25
All shows 8pm
Box Office and Salon open @ 7pm
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 exultation of his soul. He gives thanks to his family, his Treasure Island Pirate dogs, and to all the improvisers who he has worked with, been taught by, and failed spectacularly with; throughout the years.
"Hell is empty and all the devils are here." ~ The Tempest
Melissa is a member of the Un-Scripted Theater Company artistic staff and co-founder of their weekly late-night improv comedy show DASH. She has performed, directed, and taught improv for 15 years in San Francisco, Boston, and New York. She is a former longtime cast member at ImprovBoston, appearing in their Nickelodeon Award-winning Family Show among many others, and has also appeared on the Upright Citizens Brigade and BATS stages.
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.
Paul Holman-Kursky has been a member of Un-Scripted Theater Company since 2010 and helped create its late-night freeform comedy show, DASH. He has performed and taught improv for over 15 years, at theaters in Boston and San Francisco and at workshops and festivals around the world. He began his improv training at ImprovBoston, where he helped found the Nickelodeon award–winning Family Show and performed improv, sketch, and standup comedy for 5 years. Outside the theater he works in nonprofit marketing and is Un-Scripted’s resident trivia nerd.
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.
Susie Sargent discovered and fell in love with improv over 20 years ago and enjoys sharing her passion through training, teaching and performing. She has taught the skills of improvisation to students aged 3 – 80. Susie is an ensemble and staff member of Un-Scripted Theater Company and loves surprising the audience and creating rich and diverse characters. Her ideal evening at home is a dinner party with improvisors who are likely to break into interpretative dance at any moment.
Mona Thompson performed with Un-Scripted Theater Company since 2014 and officially joined the ensemble in 2015. She began improvising in high school in Washington DC, continued in college as a member of the Stanford Improvisors (SImps, for short), and never looked back. She currently lives in San Francisco and teaches improv to theater students and professionals all over the Bay Area. Learn more at monajthompson.com.
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 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.
Dana Cory improvised jazz professionally before discovering theater improv, and has been joyfully combining both for nearly twenty years. An alumna of BATS Improv and ImprovWorks, she has guested with many Los Angeles and San Francisco sketch and improv groups, played for years with SF fave Harold troupe SNAFU, and is a cast member of the Un-Scripted Theater Company’s late-night Saturday hit show DASH. Dana performs and produces music, comedy, and improv in a variety of media.
Eric Kostenbauder started improvising in his hometown of Seattle a lifetime ago and continues to perform around the Bay Area.
Jared Abbott is an Outer Sunset dweller. He improvised on and off in high school and at UC San Diego, but is extremely excited to have gotten back into the improv scene through the Un-Scripted Theater Company. Jared performs with the Un-Scripted DASH cast on Saturday nights and he enjoys messy meals and aimless adventures in his free time. Jared is a Special Education teacher in San Mateo and improv has really acted as the yin to his teaching yang.
Joey has studied at BATS Improv and ACT, and has performed with Lombard Street Experiment (7-time winner of the BATS Cave Match), the San Francisco Improv Collective, and the Un-Scripted Theater Company. He believes the fundamentals of improv can help people open up and thrive off stage. Joey is the Deputy Chief of Staff of Change.org. He enjoys making up silly songs together with his wife Lucy and little boys Jackson and Parker.
Laura has been practicing improv since 2005 and has guested with BATS and Un-Scripted, and was one half of the musical improv comedy duo Lula and Juicy's Farewell Tour. Laura credits improv with a good chunk of her personal improvements in life, and the majority of the fun. She is the founder of ZipLine Improv in Sonoma County, through which she teaches and performs.