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2017, 2016 & 2013
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2016 Motif Award

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Main Cast
Alan Austin - Member Since 2015
Alan is super excited that you are doing your research on each cast member…and he is also super excited to be part of the BYOI cast! He has enjoyed improv comedy for a long time and tries to improvise whenever he can (after work shenanigans, phone calls, and cooking by not reading the directions!). At college, he was part of the improv troupe “Production Under Construction” for four years. Alan enjoys marine science, animals, walking, desserts, spontaneous day trips, hiking, canoeing, planets, puns, jogging, trees, videos where animals do funny things, sparking up conversations with strangers, eating at Chipotle, and listening to music with violins. Enjoy the show and, if you get a chance, feel free to bring up your favorite dessert to him!
Jonathan Breindel - Member Since 2016
Jonathan originally hails from New York, and has been both working behind the scenes and on stage since early childhood. For those times when he is not making people laugh at Bring Your Own Improv, Jonathan's grown up job is as a Mad Scientist teaching children that science isn't just educational but entertaining. When not "edutaining", he can often be found singing or sword fighting at renaissance faires and pirate reenactments throughout New England.
David Brunell - Member Since 2014
Dave found his way into improv the old fashioned way, he lost a job. What’s a sales pitch other than some scripted stuff at the beginning and then improvising the rest. The rest as they say, is history. Classes led to performing with another short form improv troupe. Then on into short films, one act plays, and full length theater productions. Yes, improv was his gateway drug, and he loves it!
Audrey Dubois - Member Since 2017
Audrey has always had a place in her heart for performing arts, right between the two ventricles. At Wheaton College, Audrey improvised with The Dimple Divers, who won ImprovBoston's 2016 College Comedy Festival. She also participated in multiple original theatre productions such as Wheaton Words, A GATRA Named Desire, and Air Bud: the Musical. Audrey currently serves as executive director for Swamp Meadow Community Theatre. In her free time, she plays the french horn, watches Star Trek, and ponders the concepts of "freedom" and "time."
Erich Gottschalk - Member Since 2011
Erich got his start in Improv back in High school at LaSalle Academy and dabbled through college at Bradley University where he got a theatre minor in just 2 semesters. After college, he applied to the Second City's Conservatory program on a whim and on 2 weeks notice, was accepted and moved to Chicago. After two years he graduated and got a job in the real world but has performed with Those Meddling Kids, The Speed of Thought Players, and Bring Your Own Improv, the latter of which he has recently rejoined after a 3 year hiatus to help raise his daughter. He's glad to be back!
Amy Kahn - Member Since 2014
Amy grew up with the desire to make people laugh. In college, she co-hosted a comedy talk show on Penn's UTV, helped start a sketch comedy group, and performed standup at local comedy clubs before assuming her secret identity as a data analyst. Years later, after suffering from major comedy withdrawal symptoms, she intended to return to standup when a referral to an improv comedy workshop lured her away with the appeal of unpredictability. She's been hooked ever since, performing intermittently with Speed of Thought Players, and is now excited to join BYOI! Amy comes from a long line of Shetland people and refuses to act her age.
Barbara Kessler - Member Since 2016
Barbara Kessler is an award­winning singer and songwriter and former touring and recording artist. After the birth of her second daughter and no longer able to tour, she was bit by the theater bug, which soon led to the improv virus. Barbara currently teaches voice, guitar and ukulele out of her recording studio. She is thrilled to have been invited join the BYOI family because make­believe is the best!!
Josh Pelletier - Member Since 2013
Josh Has been an active member of the theater arts since the 4th grade. He was an active member in his college theater troupe, starting an improve group known as "The Knights of Amprov" at Anna Maria College. After a year hiatus he has returned to the comedic stage as a member of BYOI. Josh also regularly performs with the Gateway Players in Southbridge MA when not teaching show choirs and looking for work as a music teacher.
Ian Sokoloff - Member Since 2012
In a prior improv life, Ian performed with San Diego Theatresports and co-founded the Subatomic Jenkins Clan (also in San Diego). Since arriving in New England, Ian discovered long-form improv (in addition to discovering weather), performing irregularly at ImprovBoston, training in and performing with the IB Harold On Deck program, and spending a stint with the IB Harold team Plan B. He's pleased to be returning to his playful short-form roots with BYOI. Excelsior!
Emily Taft - Member Since 2015
Emily began testing the waters of performance in the 6th grade where she was involved in a theater workshop and performance program that put on plays. After catching the performance bug and being encouraged to continue in comedy by her mentor, who was none other than the fabulous Daniel Lee White, she decided to look for more performing outlets. During her 9th and 10th grade years, she participated in an improv group, called Frozen Dynamite. When she was informed about the BYOI Youth Collective, she couldn’t wait to join! Now an alumni of the BYOI Youth Collective after roughly a year and a half of training, she is more than excited to graduate to the big leagues of BYOI.
Daniel Lee White - Producer - Member Since 2008
Daniel Lee White is an award winning director and actor with over 20 years of experience, including his feature film Cost of the Living, numerous plays, short films, commercials, and industrials. He is currently the Theatre Artist in Residence at the Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts and a producer and performer at Bring Your Own Improv—an audience-participation improv comedy show. He also regularly directs performances at the Newport Playhouse. He lives in Rhode Island with his wife Kerri and their dog Captain Jack Harkness.
Our Staff
Kerri Baggesen - Door Chick Since 2011
Kerri is the self proclaimed door chick of BYOI. She blogs almost every show recap and will never be seen on stage. Sadly, hanging around with funny people has not given her any comedic skills. She likes hanging with friends for game nights, watching movies and spending time with her one-eared cat.
Cyn Brunelle - Door Geek Since 2014
A former performing member of BYOI, Cyn just couldn't help but come. She misses being on stage with again live audience, both with us and as a Mad Scientist. Cyn has been spending her vast amounts of free time gardening, creating art, raising her kids and performing as Associate Producer/Assistant Director and panelist of The Qualk Show, an Internet-based talk show focused on LBGT+ parenting and families.
 
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