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Aden Nepom

With nearly thirty years of experience on stage, Aden has been winning awards and recognition for her abilities since she was six years old. For the last decade, she has been a fixture in the exploding Austin, TX improv community as a beloved singer, improviser and a faculty member of the Merlin Works Institute for Improvisation, where Aden ran the musical improv training program. Labeled as “The funniest person in Austin,” by former Second City L.A. Director Tom Booker, she is a satellite cast member of two-time B. Iden Payne Award winners, Girls Girls Girls Improvised Musical Comedy, an alum of world famous vaudeville revue: Esther’s Follies (where she spent the majority of 2011 wearing huge wigs, singing big songs and getting massive laughs). Since returning to the trees, rain and fog as a resident of Oregon, and half of Infinite Improv’s husband and wife duo Manacle and has enjoyed performing Funhouse Lounge’s USS Improvise: musical episodes of STTNG, co-directing two successful runs of the Brody Theater’s A Something Kind of Musical and playing with Curious Comedy’s Pipes!

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Betse Green

Betse Green has been an active member of the Portland Improv scene since 2002. She is an ensemble member of ComedySportz Portland and The Brody Theater, as well as performing regularly with Peachy Chicken, B&B, and Gladys Kravitz. Her talents have been showcased at festivals across the United States and Canada, including the CIF, PIF, ASIF, SIF, IFCincy, DCM, SFIT, and HIF. Betse teaches improv classes at various theaters in Portland and is thrilled to join the faculty at Curious Comedy Theater. In her spare time she is the co-owner and Education Director for ComedySportz Boston.

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Carla Cackowski

Carla is an improv and sketch comedy performer, teacher, and director as well as a writer and podcaster. She comes to us from Second City in Hollywood where she has been teaching and directing since 2010. Carla has toured all over Europe, Alaska, and the Caribbean performing comedy with The Second City. She's a member of SAG-AFTRA and has done voiceover work on shows for ABC Family, TBS, and Disney. She wrote and performed five solo shows that were produced in Los Angeles and her comedic monologues were published in anthologies by APPLAUSE BOOKS. Carla hosts "Improv Yak", a shop-talk podcast about improv comedy. When they're not touring their two person improv show "Orange Tuxedo", she and her husband Craig Cackowski co-host a podcast called "Craig's List". Most recently, Carla has written for sketch shows on PBS Kids and Dreamworks TV.

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Dan Humke

Dan began performing with the Sonoma State University Comedy Improv Club in 2008, becoming the primary club instructor and producer in 2011. After moving to Portland in 2014, he joined Curious Comedy Theater as a Technical Assistant, as well as attending the Curious Comedy Training Center. Dan runs lights and sound for most Curious shows in addition to performing with Crater.

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DK Reinemer

DK is an improv and sketch comedy performer, teacher, and coach hailing most recently from Los Angeles where he performed and produced live comedy shows regularly at the Pack Theatre, ACME NoHo, and other various venues around town. In 2004, DK helped open the wildly successful improv theatre, The Upfront Theatre, in Bellingham WA, where he got his improv chops performing short and long form improv. Eventually, DK became the Education Director and helped build the Upfront School of Improv till he moved to LA in 2013. DK has headlined comedy festivals across North America including, Austin, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Vancouver with his various groups and has been a featured ensemble member at a myriad of international improv festivals. DK is currently wrapping up a 7 city Fringe Festival tour of his new solo sketch comedy show, “Help! I’m American,” for which he won ‘Spirit of the Fringe’ and ‘Outstanding Artist’ awards in Montreal and Calgary. DK makes a pretty good lasagna and can also knit.

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Eric Simons

Eric is a writer, improvisor, and producer from the Land of 10,000 Lakes. A proud pupil of Minneapolis’ Brave New Workshop (the United States’ oldest satirical theater) and HUGE Theater, Eric has been honing his brand of nonsensical tomfoolery since 2009. While still a newbie to the Portland improv scene, you can find him performing with groups Broke Gravy, Weekend Dad, and Tall and Smalls.

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F Tyler Burnet

F. Tyler Burnet has been performing improv since 1995, and is the founder of the Dead Parrots Society at Western Washington University. After school, he went to Chicago and studied with iO (Improv Olympic), Annoyance Theatre, Comedy Sportz, and 500 Clown. He is a graduate of the prestigious Directing Program at Chicago's Second City--where he served on the faculty for 3 years and hosted the student/faculty show "The Jam." He also has his MFA in Performance from the University of Georgia, has numerous scripted and musical theatre credits, and comes to Portland after performing in the North-American tours of "West Side Story" and "Sister Act."

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Jason Rouse

Jason Rouse is a Portland, Oregon based writer, actor and director. He’s been writing sketch comedy since joining the acclaimed, long running group, The 3rd Floor in 1999. He co-founded the groups Sweat and Wonderland and has performed at the Seattle Sketchfest, New York Sketchfest, Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival and the San Francisco Sketchfest. He’s currently heard weekly as announcer and writer for Live Wire w/ Luke Burbank from Public Radio International. As an actor, he’s appeared onstage in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Detroit and Time a Fair Hustler and on television in Grimm, Leverage, MANY commercials involving gambling, cars and the "computer industry". He was in one dodgy remake of the film, Cabin Fever and this fall he’ll appear in, Lean on Pete, from director Andrew Haigh (45 Years), starring Steve Buscemi and a horse.

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Jay Flewelling

A native of Portland, Jay is a multi-talented improviser and storyteller who showcases his broad comedic prowess in several different rodeos around town. Jay is not only a cast member of Curious Comedy Theater but also performs in the power house troupe, J Names (Vancouver International Improv Festival, Seattle Festival of Improv Theater). Jay has been featured on NPR’s LIVE WIRE! Portland Center Stage, The Moth, Mortified, and performed with Kevin McDonald (The Kids in the Hall) and Colin Mochrie (Who’s Line is it Anyway?). Work Shmerk, Jay’s one-man storytelling show received rave reviews from The Oregonian and The San Diego Reader. In addition to being a performer, Jay currently produces Friday Night Fights at Curious Comedy. His most recently produced film short won Best in Humor at Dan Savage’s HUMP! Film Festival.

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Julie Harrison

Julie began her improv training in 2005 with ComedySportz-Portland, and quickly fell in love. Needing to feed her improv habit, she branched out by taking more classes & work-shops at Curious Comedy in 2008. Julie lives in Salem where she also performs with Capitol City Theater�s main-stage improv ensemble. Other improv experience includes performing with indie improv ensembles �Lady Parts� and �Sound Asylum Musical Improv�, as well as 5 years coaching/performing with the Magenta Improv Theater troupe. In addition to improv, Julie has worked on numerous staged theater productions in the Salem & Portland Metro area, including directing �Arsenic & Old Lace� (2001) at the Pentacle Theatre in Salem, and �Barefoot in the Park� (2014) at Magenta Theater in Vancouver. Julie is a recent addition to the Curious Comedy Theater company, joining in June 2015, and is very excited to be part of such an amazingly talented group of performers.

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Matt Lask

In Chicago, Matt simultaneously studied and learned improv at the original iO and sketch writing at Second City, then got his performing chops on the patios of cafes and on the second floors of sports bars. Upon moving to Portland, Matt joined the Brody Theater ensemble. In 2016, he became a member of the Curious Comedy ensemble, playing on one of the two Mainstage House Teams, Hood. Aside from Hood, he can be seen performing in Showdown at Curious, as well as all over town with his group The Honeytones. He's very excited and gracious to be a part of the Curious community, and the Portland improv community as a whole, as well as to have found an art that allows him to devote his stupid amount of energy.

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Nate Smith

Nate has been performing professional improv, sketch, and stand up comedy since 2000. He has performed improv with ComedySportz and The Brody Theater. Nate was one of the founding members of the Curious Comedy Theater and is now a teacher and House Team coach.

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Nick Condon

Nick Most recently hails form Talkeetna, AK where he served for several years as Director for Denali Drama. While there, he also founded "Iditaprov, Alaska's hilariously fast paced improv comedy". When Iditaprov went to ASIF in Juneau in April 2015 he met Stacey and Chase and was lured to the bright lights and big city of Portland which he now proudly calls home. He started improvising way back in the nineties in Minneapolis where he was first introduced to improv through Comedy Sportz. Later he found the magical world of "long form" and sketch comedy at The Brave New Workshop where he studied, taught, performed, and toured with several productions including "Minnesota, It's not Just For Lutherans Anymore!" He also toured with the Minneapolis based, National Theatre for Children off and on for over fifteen years. Nick is thrilled to be part of all the amazing things happening here at Curious!

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Sarah Shoemaker

Sarah JK Shoemaker is the Associate Artistic Director of Curious Comedy in Portland Oregon. She is an alumi ensemble member at Un-Scripted Theatre and Leela Theatre in San Francisco. 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.

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Stacey Hallal

Stacey founded Curious in 2008 - establishing the organization as well as acquiring and building out the space. She has served as Artistic Director ever since. She also served as Board Chair from 2008-2013. Stacey works closely with the Board, its committees, the Managing Director and the staff to develop and implement the theater’s five year strategic plan. Artistically, she is responsible for working with the theater’s teachers, performers, producers and tech team to develop the artistic voice of the theater’s classes, shows and outreach programs to ensure fulfillment of our mission and artistic satisfaction for performers, students and our audience.