I have always loved the theatre and acting in general. In college (WPI), I joined an acting group called Masque and did some work with another student theatre group called M.W. Rep. I even directed once for WPI's summer theater festival called Sunburns. Eventually I was invited to join the national theatrical honor fraternity Alpha Psi Omega. I wish I had kept up with it after college, but time is a commodity, nowadays.
I actually made an attempt at writing a play, once. It was my humanities project in college. The name of the play was All the Non-Conformists Are Doing It and it was WAY too serious. I have been using my experience in Solo Improvisation to get out of my head, and actually had a play accepted by my college's 21st New Voices Festival for 2003 titled "Of Mice and Mensa". (Word format) I am going to try and use this page as motivation to actually write some more plays and sketches.
Improv comedy is one of my favorite things to do. It's a great way to stay quick and exercise your brain. When I was in college, I worked with a group called Chain Link Fence (notice black shirt above) which has since evolved into Guerilla Improv. Recently, I took a class with a local group called the Skinny Lincolns. It was a blast, but they didn't do it very regularly at the time and it costs money. I then tried a free class with Knock Your Socks Off (or KYSOff) and Quick Wits and enjoyed that immensely. After going to a few workshops, I was invited to perform with the KYSOff troupe for two shows on November 10, 2001 at Trolley Square Live and it was a LOT of fun!
Since then I have performed regularly with KYSOff and Quick Wits, performing at the showcase of the fifth annual Chicago Improv Festival in 2002 with KYSOff. I also travel a lot to perform, learn, and teach improv. In 2003 I attended the Chicago Improv Festival (and performed at Improv All Night), the Del Close Marathon in NYC(performing with the team The Saint), and Dirty South Improv's 24:Live (performing with The Saint and as a rotating ensemble player) in North Carolina. Most recently, Joseph Kyle Rogan and I have formed JoKyR and Jesster, a two man improv group that travels around Utah and to different festivals.
Below are links to the video of the show I was in during the Chicago Improv Festival in 2002 (Windows Media - 30 mins). Pick your bandwidth and click away.
Here's a pic of me with the rest of KYSOff at the fifth annual Chicago Improv Festival.
I have now started up a new Web site to showcase the improv community in Utah called UtahImprov.com. It is a brainchild of my friend Ryan and I inspired by the growing improv community in Utah. Hopefully, it will be a success.