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Curious Comedy improves people’s lives through the art of comedy – with an emphasis on providing a platform for underserved voices, including those of the BIPOC, Women and Genderqueer, LQBTQIA+, differently-abled, and/or economically disadvantaged individuals of all ages.

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NATHAN LOVELESS

Nathan has been a part of Curious Comedy since the early days. Nathan was an original cast member when Curious opened its doors and has consistently performed at Curious ever since. Nathan officially joined the Curious board in June 2011 and became the Board Chair in fall 2013. Nathan serves as Regional VP of Sales at Kryptiq and combines his marketing and business management skills with his perspective as a performer to bring incredible value to the Curious board.

STACEY HALLAL

Artistic Director

Stacey founded Curious in 2008 – establishing the organization as well as acquiring and building out the space. She has served as Artistic Director ever since. She also served as Board Chair from 2008-2013. Stacey works closely with the Board, its committees, the Managing Director and the staff to develop and implement the theater’s five year strategic plan. Artistically, she is responsible for working with the theater’s teachers, performers, producers and tech team to develop the artistic voice of the theater’s classes, shows and outreach programs to ensure fulfillment of our mission and artistic satisfaction for performers, students and our audience.

KAREN VICKERS

Karen Vickers has been representing public and private employers for nearly 23 years. Her practice includes employment counseling as well as representation of clients in adversarial proceedings up to and including trial. A large portion of Karen’s practice involves representation of school districts and other public entities in civil rights and tort claims. Additionally, Karen has years of experience defending churches and other non-profit entities in sexual abuse litigation. Karen currently is a Partner at Mersereau Shannon LLP.

Staff,

NATE MAY (he/him)

Director of Food and Beverage

Nate May hails from New Jersey and has been living in Portland, OR for the past seven years. He has been working in the service industry for 23 years, working every position known from a dishwasher and line cook, to a bartender and manager. His passion for food and beverage has been a life long journey which has honed his skills in the restaurant industry and as a food and beverage manager. A few of Nate’s specialties include Vegan cuisine, Pizza and liquor infusions, as he takes pride in creating a balance of unique flavors. Aside from Nate May’s experience in food and beverage, he has worked as a Massage Therapist, Flooring Specialist and woodworker. He has been performing Improv with Curious Comedy for the past three years(first with classes, and then with the house team and special projects). His hobbies include camping and hiking, dancing, woodworking, playing music, and getting together with his weekly D&D group.

ANTHONY ARNISTA (he/him)

Technical Director

Anthony Arnista is a lighting designer, actor, and photographer. He graduated with an M.F.A in Ensemble Based Physical Theater from Dell’arte International in 2013. He co founded the company White Collar Crimes Theatre, which has created two original vaudeville inspired works that have toured the Canadian Fringe Festivals. He had also worked as a touring technician for both fringe festivals and touring companies in places like: Alaska, Australia, Canada, Scotland and South Africa.

LUKE ZWANZIGER (he/him)

Director of Video Production

Luke comes to Curious Comedy Theater as an award winning Director, Cinematographer, and Creative Writer. He has edited for Adobe, Apple, Jordan, and more. He is excited to bring his skills to Curious Comedy’s video content development!

He has performed in many improv festivals around the world including Edinburgh International Improv Festival, Detroit Improv Festival, MI Westside Improv Festival and more! He began improvising in 2004 with Hanover College’s Evil Petting Zoo. He has studied under improvisers from across the country including UCBLA, IO West, MI Westside, and Magnet Theater (NYC).

He currently preforms with Curious Mainstage Team Filbert and produces the indie improv night WILDCARD with Step/Sisters. He is also the co-host and co-producer of Portland’s Funniest Videos.

He occasionally posts his personal comedic projects live under the Luketopia Comedy banner which includes video sketch and the podcasts “Luketopia” and “Luketalkia.” He is most excited being a part of Curious Comedy’s leading influence bringing up the next wave of comedy talent here in Portland and making use of our television studio to bring Curious Comedy to the masses!

Find more about Luke and upcoming shows at www.LukeZwan.com

Nick Condon

Instructor

Nick has been improvising,teaching and coaching for over two decades, and has performed in nearly every state in the union. A Minneapolis native, he studied and performed at The Brave New Workshop,where he first discovered long form, and was a founding member of Five Man Job. In 2006 he moved to Talkeetna, Alaska where he served as Creative Director of Denali Drama and Iditaprov. While in Alaska he produced, directed, taught, and performed all over the state. He moved to Portland in June of 2016 to work with Curious Comedy and Oregon Children’s Theater and is thrilled to have found such a great home in the Portland improv community. He is currently a member of Curious Comedy Mainstage team Battleax, Curious Comedy Showdown, Rhapsody, the Improvised Musical, Solitaire, an improvised one man one act, and The Nancy Boys Mysteries. He is also the creative director of Conscious Comedy, socially relevant comedy for a cause, whose mission is to raise funds and awareness for local nonprofits through comedy. When not teaching or performing here in Portland, he can be seen performing, teaching,and creating customized shows, workshops, and events for festivals corporations, and nonprofits all over the country.

Laura Sams

Instructor

Laura is an improvisor, writer, director, composer and filmmaker who has created original content for the Jim Henson Company, Animal Planet, the Smithsonian Channel, PBS KIDS, Sesame Studios and more.

STACEY HALLAL (she/her)

Artistic Director

Stacey founded Curious in 2008 – establishing the organization as well as acquiring and building out the space. She has served as Artistic Director ever since. She also served as Board Chair from 2008-2013. Stacey works closely with the Board, its committees, the Managing Director and the staff to develop and implement the theater’s five year strategic plan. Artistically, she is responsible for working with the theater’s teachers, performers, producers and tech team to develop the artistic voice of the theater’s classes, shows and outreach programs to ensure fulfillment of our mission and artistic satisfaction for performers, students and our audience.

KRISTEN SCHIER (she/her)

Co-Artistic Director

Kristen Schier is the Co Artistic Director of Curious Comedy Theater in Portland Oregon and was the former long time Improv Producer at the Philly Improv Theater. Kristen was also the long time Artistic Director of the Philly based short form ensemble The N Crowd for 13 years. In addition to teaching and directing Kristen brings extensive performance experience in both scripted and unscripted theater, as well as clown. She has  worked regularly as an actor with various professional theater companies in Philadelphia. Kristen has toured both internationally and around the country performing, teaching and headlining at improv festivals in Seattle, Edmonton, Chicago, Toronto, Vancouver, Boston, Montreal, Providence, Austin, DC, Baltimore and Detroit –  to name a few. Kristen has a BFA in the Performing Arts from The University of the Arts Ira Brind School of Theater, where she was a Senior Lecturer having taught Acting for Non-Majors, Freshmen Acting Studio and Improvisation for the Actor. In addition to training she received at UArts Kristen continued to pursue her education in  long-form improvisation with intensives at The Second City in Chicago, The Annoyance Theater in Chicago and The Magnet Theater in New York as well as workshops in physical theater through Pig Iron and The Movement Theater Studio in New York City.

Jessica Zodrow (she/her)

Associate Managing Director

Jessica has been in the entertainment business since she was a kid. She holds her Master’s in Theatre Education (N.Y.U). Since moving back to Portland in 2014 she has been working in the Improv Comedy world as a performer, host, teacher and coach. Currently Jessica teaches several different improv classes at Curious Comedy Theater & coaches The House Team (Pearl!). For the past almost four years, she has had the great pleasure of creating hilarious & thoughtful Improv with FILBERT (Curious Comedy Main Stage Team) traveling the country and the world to festivals and entertaining home audiences at Curious Comedy Theater. She also enjoys being part of the rotating cast of Showdown (Friday/Saturday night shows). She also loves working behind the scenes as a part of the administrative team as the Associate Managing Director. She has taught workshops all over the country and tends to focus on connection, character creation and finding the “fun or unusual thing” to follow to the end of the scene or set. She believes laughter is the best medicine and that through using your imagination with other people you can make the world a better place. She loves a thematic HAROLD, a juicy MUSICAL set, a LA RONDE that is rich in characters, heart and comedic game.
“Humor is just truth, only faster!”-Gilda Radner

MORGAN CLARK-GAYNOR (they/them)

Administrative Assistant

Morgan started at Curious Comedy Theater as a House Manager and is now helping the Theater’s administrators run the Training Center, Justice Equity Diversity & Inclusion Council, and fundraisers. They graduated from Lewis & Clark College in 2019 with a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Theater. They spent years studying the ways improvised theater can serve as a window into how gender works. They are passionate about improv and the many ways it can serve our communities.

Betse Green

Instructor

Betse Green has been a very active member of the Portland Improv scene since 2002. Currently, she is an ensemble member and teacher at Curious Comedy Theater and CSz (ComedySportz) Portland. She also performs regularly with the acclaimed indy teams B&B, B.A.B.E., Broad Selection and Unbreakable Chain. Her talents have been showcased performing and teaching at Improv Festivals and Theaters across the Globe. Her studies have included ComedySportz, IO Chicago and under Master Class instructors including Jill Bernard, Susan Messing, Joe Bill, Dave Razowsky and Tracy Burns. As a Certified Applied Improvisation Architect/Teacher she has created and facilitated applied improv curriculum in classrooms and corporate business.

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about Us

Curious Comedy improves people’s lives through the art of comedy – with an emphasis on providing a platform for underserved voices, including those of the BIPOC, Women and Genderqueer, LQBTQIA+, differently-abled, and/or economically disadvantaged individuals of all ages.

Info

Curious Comedy Theater

5225 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Portland, OR 97211

(503) 477-9477

info@curiouscomedy.org