Mike is very excited to be playing here at SAK. He started doing improv back at UMass Amherst with Mission:IMPROVable and liked it soo much that he decided to move to Chicago and continue studying. He trained at iO(formerly ImprovOlympic) and played there with The DBC and Revolver. Mike also played at the Playground Theater with FACEPUNCH and the Tigers of Macedonia, as well as independent team The Angry Northeast, who appeared last year in The Del Close Fest in NYC. Mike was also a part of Dysania who put on the popular sketch revue "Make Out Not War" at the Donny's Skybox Theater at Second City. In addition to playing here at SAK, Mike also plays at the Monsters Inc Laugh Floor, Sleuths Mystery Dinner Theater, and very soon, he'll be a pirate!
David Charles - that whacky New Zealander - joined SAK's ensemble in 2004 after relocating to Orlando from Baton Rouge. En route to SAK, he played with such companies as Dunedin Theatresports, Chicago ComedySportz, Players Workshop of Second City, Astor's Beechwood, and Baton Rouge's The Improvisors. In addition to making the SAK stage a little more foreign most weekends, David serves as the Artistic Director of the Impromptu Theatre Company (who made their debut at the 2005 Orlando International Fringe Festival) and Rollins Improv Players on the campus of Rollins College, where he also performs regularly as an Assistant Professor of Theatre. Original improv projects have included: Insta-Musical: Just Add Water, The Lost Comedies of William Shakespeare, E Pluribus Unum, The Renga, (Your) Opera in a Trunk, and FourPlay: The (Improvised) Musical here on the SAK stage. To find out more about David and his current projects, visit http://web.rollins.edu/~DCharles
Chris began performing improv as early as 13 years old for his youth group. Since that time, he has trained extensively with SAK and with iO (formerly Improv Olympic) in Chicago. He has played in a variety of shows such as an improvised Shakespeare, an improvised police drama, and an improvised soap opera. Chris has taught and coached performers at various levels of skill ranging from beginner to ensemble performer, and values an intensive, hands on approach. He is currently producing and improvising in a longform show at SAK called the Early Show, which he developed.
Gina plays, hosts, and also co-manages the SAK High School League. Wowzie! Gina can be seen improvising regularly at SAK, or as the girl next door, Holly Evergreen, in the improvised murder mystery, The Gumshoe Diaries. To answer this FAQ, yes, that is her real voice. Gina played Patty Valines in the improvised movie, The Voice, which is purely coincidental. Gina dabbles in voice-over work (surprised?) and has worked on various productions in town, both writing and directing, including The Vagina Monologue and E Pluribus Unum at the Orlando International Fringe Festival. Gina coordinates the SAK High School League. If you want to get your high school involved, email her at email@example.com
Jimmy Doyle - Is currently an ensemble member at SAK. He began improvising in 1994 and has performed with several companies along the way, such as Just the Funny in Miami and ComedySportz, Poppycock and DCUP in DC. He's also performed at the D.C. Comedy Festival, DC Art-O-Matic, Miami Improv Festival, Dirty South Improv Festival and Toronto Improv Festival. (If you have a free afternoon, ask him about the 2003 ComedySportz Tournament!). Jim has taught improv and sketch comedy classes for all ages and ability levels at ComedySportz DC, Arlington County public schools, the Miami Improv Festival and Wolf Trap Opera.
Charles is known to SAK audiences at the "guy with the hair". After retiring from his career as a hand model, Charles has found tremendous success as a mild-mannered librarian by day, and as an esteemed member of the SAK Comedy Lab ensemble by night!
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John has been improvising since 1992. Besides the incredible instruction he received back in the old days from SAK alumni Wayne Brady and Aaron Shure (producer of "Everybody Loves Raymond"), he also studied with ImprovOlympic in Los Angeles and Seattle Theatersports, as well as taking workshops with Keith Johnstone. In his spare time he enjoys re-furbishing drywall and making broad, sweeping arm gestures. In addition to his regular performances with The SAK Comedy Lab ensemble, John is currently the director of the SAK LabRats program and the SAK High School League.
Bob Kodzis is a freak of nature and a force of nature who loves the art of improvisation almost as much as he loves his cat named “You.” A graduate of SAK U himself, Bob has been a part of the SAK family since the turn of the century. Bob has worked and work-shopped with some amazing improvisers in Orlando, Chicago and L.A., including Ryan Smith, James Newport, Jay Hopkins, Jeff Wirth, Tracy Burns, David Razowsky, Jason Lee and Bill Arnett. Bob believes that improv is one of the most useful and valuable skills that we can learn, so he teaches improv to all kinds of people; kids, senior citizens, leaders of industry, aspiring superheroes. In every case, connections were made, minds were opened and fun was had by all.
When he is not teaching, performing and hosting improv shows, Bob is a professional artist, writer, speaker and teacher who runs a small, twisted and wildly successful business called Flight of Ideas, Inc. Check out Bob’s cool website at www.flightofideas.net or follow him on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/bob.kodzis
Lyle has served as Artistic Director of the Vancouver Theater Sports League before coming to Orlando in 1992. He currently serves as Park Entertainment Show Director for NBC/Universal Studios Orlando. He is also a regular SAK Comedy Lab ensemble member.
Richard has performed with SAK Comedy Lab since 1996. In that time, he has worn many hats as an actor, volunteer, writer, producer, and instructor. In 2002, Richard performed in the Fringe Festival hit, La Putain Avec La Fleur which received numerous awards including Best Show. Richard has taught improvisation at SAK Comedy Lab, The Orlando Shakespeare Company, Seminole Community College and has facilitated clinics for independent improvisation troupes. Richard has also taught improvisation for teen outreach programs with the Center for Drug Free Living and logged 1000 volunteer hours in service to the community. Currently, Richard teaches Improv III at SAK Comedy Lab. You can see him perform at Disney's Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show at the Polynesian Luau Resort as the loveable, yet always hungry, Howie and at SAK Comedy Lab.
ROBYN PEDRETTI KELLY
Robyn was most recently seen as Nurse Gracie in the smash hit - and Patron's Pick - The Screw You Revue, Starring Linwood Sassy at the 2007 Orlando Fringe Theater Festival. Additional Florida stage credits include Haley Walker in Bad Dates, a one-woman show at Mad Cow Theatre; Amy in Company (a benefit for hurricane victims); Joan in Dames at Sea at The Winter Park Playhouse and Phoebe Craddock in Jester Theater Company's Romantic Comedy. California stage credits include Adelaide in Guys and Dolls; Lady Jacqueline in Me and My Girl; Mrs. Potiphar in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; Anytime Annie in 42nd Street; Ziegfeld's Favorite in the West Coast Regional Premiere of The Will Rogers Follies and Frenchy in Grease.
She studied sketch comedy and improvisation with the prestigious Groundlings in Hollywood, CA, and now performs improv with the main ensemble at here SAK Comedy Lab. Robyn is also a Level 2 Improv instructor at SAK and a youth acting coach at the Master Class Academy in Winter Park. Her television credits include roles on Friends and West Wing.
Currently, she can be seen in both the Fear Factor Live show and Horror Makeup Show at Universal Orlando, as well as 1940's Starlet, Kitty Calico, at Disney/MGM Studios. Look for Nurse Gracie and Linwood Sassy in the next installment of their show this Christmas, entitled Screwged!
Jose joined SAK in 2004 and made his way from classes through Lab Rats and Gen S to Ensemble player. Along the way he studied formats and techniques with improv gurus such as David Razowsky, Mark Sutton, Bill Arnett, Marla Caceres, Susan Messing, & Joe Bill. For the past 18 years Jose was a YMCA Director, where he lead team building workshops using the "Yes...and" philosophy. He is also a founding member of the Orlando-based OFFSIDES Improv long form improv troupe, which has performed and conducted workshops in numerous Improv Festivals around the country.
DAVE RUSSELL Dave has been improvising for 25 years, has taught improvisation for 23, and has enjoyed it for 21. He is a founding member of the SAK Theater Comedy Lab and serves as the Artistic and Managing Director. He is also a founding member of the Houseful of Honkeys in Los Angeles and has performed with Wayne Brady (Whose Line Is It Anyway?) in Wayne Brady and Friends. He currently focuses on teaching Quantum Improv which has led him to develop the Quantum Vision - a program for individuals, groups, teams and companies to create a lasting and attainable vision and realize their maximum potential.
Greg likes to do improv. He also likes to do things and other stuff too. He finds it funny when things happen, and then he laughs. Have a good day.