Staff

Producers

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Jeremy Sweetlamb

Executive Producer

Jeremy Sweetlamb is a native Texan who has been producing, directing, and performing comedy for nearly 20 years, having lived and trained in Chicago, LA, and New York. Touring the nation with the venerable Available Cupholders, Jeremy has taught improv in nearly half the United States and performed in well over half. He has also toured as Bearded Lamb, an award-winning solo improv act. He has been given silly awards by his peers, produced and released a solo country album, directed and starred in a full-length feature sketch comedy film, starred in Backpack Picnic, an internationally touring sketch series, wrote and starred in his own TV pilot, starred in several Shakespeare plays, and currently teaches theatre full-time during the day. Jeremy has just had a daughter that everyone is tired of hearing about all the time. He prefers a serious bio in a comedy setting.


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Dave Buckman

Producer

Dave Buckman was a director for Amesterdam’s Boom Chicago (1999-2002), The Second City (2002-2004) and ColdTowne Theater (2006-present). While there, Dave has Asst. Directed, Co-written, Performed in and Directed Live sketch and Improvisational Productions with the likes of Seth Meyers, Ike Barinholtz, Jordan Peele, John Lutz, Kay Cannon, Dave Razowski, Mick Napier, Maribeth Monroe, Stephnie Weir and Jason Sudeikis and dozens more whose faces you know but don’t know by name.

In 2002, he culminated his run in Europe with directing “Boom Chicago: RockStars” only the second stage-swap with The Second City’s Main Stage in its 50+ year history. After Europe, Dave worked as a director and teacher at The Second City in Chicago and Cleveland, directing Cleveland’s Main Stage revue, “Who’s yer Baghdadi?”. He also has performed on The Norwegian Pearl Cruise ship for The Second City in 2013-14.  And he directed “Austin Translation” in 2015 for ColdTowne’s Mainstage.

Since 2005, Dave has been living in Austin, TX with wife and creative partner Rachel Madorsky, teaching and performing with their award-winning troupe The Frank Mills and helping to establish Coldtowne theater as a hotbed for Austin’s alternative comedy scene. He also has helped produce the Ladies are Funny Festival and Austin SketchFest. Dave has won two B. Iden Payne Awards for Excellence in Improvisational Theater, one with The Frank Mills in 2006 and one individually in 2008. He directed the Awards Ceremony in 2009 & 2011 and is proud to be named a member of the B. Iden Payne committee in 2015-16. The Frank Mills have been awarded “Best Troupe” by the AIC in 2006 and 2008 and won Best of The Fest from The Frontera Festival in 2007.  Dave also performs with the troupes Brain Trust, You’re Not My Real Dad and Rachel & Dave who won Best of the Fest at 2015 Forntera Fest for their two-person sketch show, “Late Bloomers”.

Dave has appeared in several short and feature films. One short, “Make-A-Wish” and one feature “Ultimate Guide to Flight” were both accepted into the Austin Film Festival in 2011. You can also see his butt and hear him yelling in ABC’s American Crime.


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Roy Janik

Producer

Roy Janik is the Artistic Director (and a co-owner) of The Hideout Theatre. As such, he plans and schedules all of the Hideout’s shows, troupes, showcases, and special events. He has performed in many of The Hideout’s mainstage productions, and is the creator and director of the critically-acclaimed show ‘Austin Secrets.’ As one of the Hideout’s core teachers, Roy teaches improv levels one through six. His favorite class to teach is level four, a personal feedback class he helped create the curriculum for. As a member of the improv troupe Parallelogramophonograph, he has traveled to perform and teach in over 30 cities, including Toronto, Montreal, Chicago, New York, and London. He spearheaded the creation of the Improvised Play Festival, the world’s first festival devoted exclusively to theatrical, narrative improv.


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Jon Bolden

Producer

Jon Bolden is a freelance photographer and web designer living in Austin, TX. He loves coffee.

After moving from Ohio in 2006, he has become completely enamored with improv ultimately resulting in teaching, coaching, and performing weekly. Jon has had the honor of directing Manhattan Stories: Improv in the Style of Woody Allen and Nothing & Everything: Improvised Anton Chekhov Plays. He is a member of The Hideout Theatre faculty and can be seen performing with Bad Boys, Squirrel Buddies, The Big Bash, and The Randy Meisner. He is in charge of the Out of Bounds Comedy Festival website and the creator of the OoB iPhone / Android mobile app.

He’s taught workshops in Alaska, Oklahoma, Seattle, Washington DC, Ohio, Rhode Island and loves to talk about theater. Hang out with him during the festival!


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Ruby Willmann

Producer

Ruby Willmann is an Austin improviser and Hideout teacher. She recently married another Hideout teacher and is very happy with all the laughs. Ruby is a founding member of The Escorts, and she is also basically married to them. In short, if you improv with Ruby, you two are married.

Ruby has performed consistently in Hideout main stages for the last three years, directed the sold-out run of What the Fuck, and coaches regularly around Austin.



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Asaf Ronen

Education Director

Asaf Ronen resides in Austin where he is the Education Director of The Institution Theater. He was also producer on ‘Trust Us, This is All Made Up,’ a documentary on legendary improvisers TJ & Dave that premiered at Austin¹s South by Southwest Festival in 2009. He is creator and Editor-in-Chief of YESand.com, a website devoted to improvisation, and the author of ‘Directing Improv: Show the Way By Getting Out of the Way.’ He has taught improvisation in Canada, Great Britain, Norway and in twenty-three of The United States and toured even more with such groups as Confidence Men (improvised plays in the style of David Mamet), and imp (mostly silent improv). In 2000, Asaf worked with Cirque du Soleil as a scout for improvisational talent.


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Cindy Page

Technical Director

Cindy Page is an Austin improviser and inveterate member of the Tech Ninja Death Squad. Since 2011, she has made her home in the tech booths of the Hideout and Institution theaters; providing lights and sound for shows including B. Iden Payne award winning ‘Hurly Burly’ and the upcoming ‘A Deed So Dark.’ She is a founding member of Tech Nightmare. Her rare appearances on stage usually feature a puppet, musical instrument, or both; as a performer with BatShyt Crazy Puppets, one quarter of the Tiny Cute Trio, and the non-felt bassist for Fragile Rock.


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Matt Pollock

Box Office Manager

Matt took over the OOB box office in 2007, and has dreamt steadily of tickets, passes, and online payment systems ever since. Matt is a veteran of the Austin improv scene since 2005 and also a two-time winner of the O Henry World Championship Pun-Off.


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Cassidy Santaguida

Volunteer Coordinator

Cassidy Santaguida is an Austin improviser, story-teller, and stand up comedian who also works in IT Management at the University of Texas. She’s been an Austinite since 1997 and joined the Austin Improv scene in 2010. Cassidy has studied improv at The Hideout Theatre and stand up at The Institution Theater.


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Heather McConochie

Hospitality Coordinator

Heather McConochie took her first improv class in 2013 and has been a fan of Austin improv ever since. She especially loves the festivals and special events, including Hideout’s Improv Marathon and of course Out of Bounds. She loves how improv creates community and enjoys all the social fun connected to Austin’s improv scene. By day, she works as an emergency nurse, and yes, you can ask her if you think you’re dying and or if you need a BandAid. Her other passions include CrossFit, sharing her recipes on Instagram and discovering restaurants, food trailers and coffee shops in Austin. Feel free to ask her for recommendations while you’re here in the city!


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Rose Frezza

Promotion / Social Media

Rose Frezza is a native Austinite, improvisor and communications specialist. She was kind of boring until she took a life-bending improv class at the Hideout Theatre in 2013 and has since trained all over town and in Chicago. When she’s not performing with her lady-troupe, Physics Curse, she’s rolling around in the grass, snuggling with kittens and tap dancing (simultaneously).


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Craig Kotfas

Print Design

Craig has had one of the best OOB jobs of them all, the graphic design. Since 2005, he has been grateful to have the task of bringing the logos, posters, shirts, stickers, post cards to life. Come festival, his work is done, and he can sit back and enjoy the people and shows.. He does graphic design for a living at a local ad agency MOSAK in west Austin. He expends his remaining creative juices on stage with one of Austin’s favorite troupes THE KNUCKLEBALL NOW. CK is also singer/songwriter and performs around Austin with his trio… “Seeing people wear the various OOB shirts year round is such a mental HIGH 5 to my day, every time.”


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Kaci Beeler

Set Design

Kaci Beeler is a visual artist, improviser, and stage and film actor based out of Austin. As a visual artist her true passion lies in painting, and within that she is driven to create realistic, representational works in oil on canvas. Kaci is also a prolific scenic painter, muralist, and graphic designer. Kaci has been creating unique sets for improv shows in Austin since 2007, both for individual productions and festivals like Out of Bounds and the Ladies Are Funny Festival. She has been intensively studying and performing improvisational theatre since 2002 and is a company member with the award-winning ensembles Parallelogramophonograph, Available Cupholders, and the duo troupe The Amazon & The Milksop. Kaci has toured to over 45 cities nationally and internationally to perform and teach improvised theatre. Kaci is a regular performer, show director, and the Director of Design at The Hideout Theatre in Downtown Austin.


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Dave Alley

Photography Director

Dave Alley is an improviser and photographer from Austin, Texas. Dave began studying improv with The Hideout Theatre in 2011 and has since studied with the Institution Theater and Merlin Works. Along with performing in various improv shows, Dave was cast in GNAP Theater Project’s 2013 production of The Cherry Bowl,  a commedia-inspired adaptation of Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard. When not improvising, acting, or taking photos, you will find Dave raising his 4 1/2 year-old daughter with wife, Starly.