Ruby Willmann is the Executive Producer of the Out of Bounds Comedy Festival. A born-and-raised Austinite, she now lives in Los Angeles and manages the fest from out there. If that sounds crazy, it’s because it is absolutely 100% insane. Either way, Austin will always be her home and the Austin Comedy Community will always be where she grew up. Now, Ruby strives to create positive impact by focusing on creating space for the comedy community to shine.
Festival Schedule & Submissions
Dave Buckman was a director, performer and teacher for Amesterdam’s Boom Chicago (1999-2002), The Second City (2002-2014) and ColdTowne Theater (2006-present). Dave has worked in live sketch and improvisational productions with the likes of Seth Meyers, Ike Barinholtz, Jordan Peele, John Lutz, Kay Cannon, Dave Razowsky, Rebecca Drysdale, Mick Napier, Maribeth Monroe, Clton Dunn, 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. 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. Dave also performs with the troupes Brain Trust and Rachel & Dave. and 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 and is proud to be a member of the B. Iden Payne committee. He has also been in two productions named best of the Fest at Frontera fest: The Frank Mills in 2007 and “Rachel & Dave: Late Bloomers” in 2015. He is currently the Executive Producer and co-owner of ColdTowne Theater.
Asaf Ronen is the Education Director for Out of Bounds and for The Institution Theater where he also regularly performs, teaches, directs and produces. He was also producer on Trust Us, This is All Made Up, a documentary on legendary improvisers TJ & Dave that premiered at Austin’s 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-eight of The United States and toured even more with such groups as the B. Iden Payne award-winning 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.
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).
Graphic Design & Art Director
2017 marks the 14th year that Craig has had the honor of creating the look and feel of the Out of Bounds marketing materials, including shirts and trading cards. Craig has been doing improv in Austin since 1998 (and co-founded the award winning The Knuckleball Now in 2004.) By day, he is the in-house designer for HIGH BREW COFFEE, while at night, he’s a singer-songwriter (with two full releases available on most online music stores) or at home watching the Chicago Cubs game with his awesome wife. Positivity is his fuel, and he has a full tank! See his work on CraigKotfasCreative.com OR theknuckleballnow.com
Website & Technology
Tyler Lane has been doing improv in Austin for four years. He is currently an instructor at Merlin Works, a regular performer in Maestro at the Hideout Theatre and is in two troupes: Channel 2 and Golden, the latter of which does improv without speaking. A graduate of Eckerd College, Tyler plays multiple instruments, builds custom web applications for fun and is trying really hard to learn how to draw.
Carina Magyar is an Austin-based comedian, journalist, mother, and aging starlet. But basically she’s just a girl who used to be a boy. Some people find that pretty funny. For everyone else, she tells jokes.
Venues & Hosts
Malina Panovich is a filmmaker and comedy aficionado in Austin, TX who can often be found teching at her favorite improv and comedy theatres. One of her favorite memories of Out of Bounds is winning the entire DVD box set of Kids in the Hall signed by Mr. Kevin McDonald himself. This is her first year as Venue Director for the festival.
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, sound, costumes, and props for shows including B. Iden Payne award winning ‘Hurly Burly’ and the Hideout’s mainstage productions. She is Co-Technical Director of the Hideout Theatre, and a founding member of Tech Nightmare. Her rare appearances on stage usually feature a puppet, musical instrument, or both; as a member of Indigo Shift, one quarter of the Tiny Cute Trio, and the non-felt bassist for NPR Tiny Desk-featured puppet emo band Fragile Rock. In her spare time she makes things.
Britney is an Austin-based artist. Her day jobs include wedding coordinator, life coach, and special events host. Film is her passion. OoB is that boyfriend she just can’t bring herself to leave.
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 5 year-old daughter with wife, Starly.
Ellen Pizarek grew up on a farm in Indiana and learned to drive a manual transmission at age 9. After graduating from Purdue University, she moved to Austin and took up improv classes at the Hideout Theatre. Ellen has also graduated from the Institution Theater’s training program, and is currently participating in Advanced Studies at ColdTowne Theater. She is a founding member of all-female troupe The Matriarchy, which performs regularly around Austin. She is also currently a member of WITCH and improv duo, Animalia. Ellen works as a Medical Laboratory Scientist when she’s not performing, and enjoys traveling with her spouse, Tom, and cuddling their two cats, Louis and Morris.