Jane Austen Unscripted Cast

Kari Coleman (ENSEMBLE) began improvising with LA Theatresports as a founding member.  She was most recently seen in Rizzoli & Isles, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and The Spoils Before Dying with Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig, as well as reprising her role as Helen Stacy in The Amazing Spiderman 2.  She also starred in the MTV series Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous and played Whitney on Switched at Birth.  Guest star appearances include Scandal, NCIS: Los Angeles, Grey’s Anatomy, Glee, Wilfred, Major Crimes and NCIS. She’s played George’s psychotic girlfriend on Seinfeld and an embittered sex-ed teacher on Veronica Mars. She’s also been a fire-eater with Penn & Teller in Las Vegas, debunked paranormal phenomena on syndicated TV and fallen off a mountain in an IMAX 3-D film T-REX.  She is married to fellow actor Kyle Secor and they have two amazing daughters.  

Lisa Fredrickson (ENSEMBLE) In addition to Impro Theatre, Lisa has been an ensemble member of Seattle Theatresports, SAK Comedy Lab Orlando, Disney’s Comedy Warehouse and Inflatable Betty. She is the resident improv teacher at California Lutheran University. She was an original cast member of Fellowship! The Musical Parody of “The Fellowship of the Ring” in Los Angeles, performed at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival and performed in Boo at New York-New York in Las Vegas. TV credits include Greek, Desperate Housewives and The Tick. She has been in numerous TV commercials, usually as some sort of uptight mother. She loves babies and banjos. 

Madi Goff (ENSEMBLE) is an improviser, writer and actress originally from the Texas hill country. She has performed in Impro Theatre's Jane Austen UnScripted at The Broad Stage and at North Coast Rep, as well as in Fairytales UnScripted at the Lewis Family Playhouse in Rancho Cucamonga. Madison has also been a technical improviser for many of Impro Theatre’s shows at The Broad Stage, Falcon Theatre, Ford Amphitheatre and many more. She also performed in and co-directed Game of Falls, an epic soap opera in the style of Game of Thrones at the Impro Studio. 

Kelly Holden Bashar (ENSEMBLE) was most recently seen on Speechless, and she played Martin Freeman’s wife, Pearl Nygaard, in the Golden Globe and Emmy®-winning hit miniseries Fargo on FX. Some of her other recent credits include Parks and Recreation, 2 Broke Girls, Dog With A Blog and Gilmore Girls. She co-starred with Rita Rudner in the film Thanks and can be seen in numerous commercials. Kelly is also a writer and one of the credits she is most proud of is being the co-writer of, and portraying Pippin in, the critically acclaimed play Fellowship! The Musical Parody of “The Fellowship of the Ring.” In addition to being a main company member at Impro Theatre, Kelly is also part of the teaching faculty. Her best role, by far, is mom to Brooke and Maggie. 

Paul Hungerford (ENSEMBLE) studied acting and film at Emerson College where he appeared in The Baltimore Waltz and Red Noses. He also studied at the British American Dramatic Academy’s summer in Oxford, where he played in As You Like It and Measure for Measure. He has been seen in over 60 commercials and on such television shows as Grey's AnatomyDirty Sexy Money, My Wife and Kids and a recurring role on Bravo’s Significant Others. Film credits include Stark Raving Mad, Happy Holidays and Hate: A Comedy (Best Short Film at Aspen Comedy Festival). His voiceover work includes Blizzard Entertainment's World of Warcraft: Mists of Panderia and the animated short film Nougat (Best Short winner at SXSW After Midnight Film Festival). Paul is director of Impro Theatre's LA Theatresports and is very proud to be working with Impro Theatre. He is from Bridgeport, CT, and lives in Burbank with his wife, two daughters and huge dog. 

Brian Michael Jones (ENSEMBLE) is from North Little Rock, AR, and getting to play in all the various genre styles with this company has been a joy for him since 2004. His TV/Film credits include Penny Dreadful, City of Angels, Grey’s Anatomy, Black-ish, General Hospital, Speechless, Hail Caesar! and NCIS: LA. He played “Chad” on Disney XD’s A Gamer’s Guide to Pretty Much Everything. His puppeteering work with the Jim Henson Company includes Unstable Fables and the improvised puppet show Puppet Up!  His work with The Muppets includes the film Muppets: Most Wanted and The Muppets on ABC. His additional theatre work includes Frodo in Fellowship! The Musical, The Diviners, King Lear, Romeo and Juliet, Much Ado about Nothing, Oliver, West Side Story and 42nd Street. As a professional mime he’s been seen in various commercials and on Liza On Demand. In addition to teaching at Impro, he directs the Pepperdine Improv Troupe.

Stephen Kearin (ENSEMBLE) began his career with Bay Area Theatresports in San Francisco, where he was a company member for 14 years. He was a founding member of both Improv Theatre and True Fiction Magazine and is currently a founding member of 3ForAll (Celebrating their 20th season). Last year, he served as co-director of Impro Theatre's Twilight Zone UnScripted and The Western UnScripted (Ovation Award nomination for his performance). Stephen is the co-creator of Simlish and was the principal male voice of The Sims, Sims 2.0 and Sims Medieval. He is featured in the DreamWorks Animation films Kung Fu Panda, Kung Fu Panda 2 & 3, Madagascar 2 & 3, Monsters Vs. Aliens, Megamind, The Penguins Of Madagascar and Home. He appears as the terrifying Principal Mitchell on Disney XD’s Kirby Buckets. Stephen has served as an instructor at Stanford University, Dreamworks Animation and Cirque du Soleil. 

Lauren Rose Lewis (ENSEMBLE) has a fond place in her heart for Jane Austen UnScripted. In 2008, she joined Impro as a guest artist for the very first run of Jane Austen UnScripted and has been performing with Impro ever since, officially becoming a company member in 2010. Lauren can be seen on both small and large screens, in films like PixL’s original TV movie Sisters of the Groom, the ‘thriller’ Unforgettable and the indie film First Period. Television credits include: Showtime’s Dexter, Nickelodeon’s iCarly, Presence, Friends with Better Lives, Hit the Floor, Melissa and Joey, CSI: NY, Entourage, NCIS, Two and a Half Men, Rules of Engagement, Ugly Betty, Days of Our Lives, the Hallmark Channel’s movie A Kiss At Midnight and the FOX pilot Inside Jokes. Lauren has also performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, starring in David Mamet’s The Water Engine and John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath.

Nick Massouh (ENSEMBLE) is an actor, improviser and sketch comedian. He is a founding company member with Impro Theatre and head of The Impro Theatre School. Nick is also a member of the comedy troupe Summer of Tears, who won the award for best sketch at the HBO Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen and filmed a sitcom pilot for Warner Brothers. He has appeared in film/television including the Oscar® winning West Bank Story, Intelligence, NCIS:LA, Private Practice, ER, Bones and Californication. Nick has performed on stage at South Coast Rep, The Broad Stage, The Falcon and originated the role of Tommy Marsico in Rita Rudner’s Tickled Pink at The Laguna Playhouse. Nick is a resident of Los Angeles with a BFA degree in acting from USC.

Jo McGinley (ENSEMBLE) has been directing unscripted theatre since 1996. Passionate about a playwright, writer or film style, diving into their world and having the great fortune of working with the most talented improvisers/actors around, is what keeps Jo inspired about live theatre. She directed Twilight Zone UnScripted and Dorothy Parker UnScripted for Impro’s main company. She also loves bringing improvisation into the sports and business worlds, and recent clients include the US Olympic Ski Teams, Cisco, Accenture, Kaiser and Salesforce Worldwide. One of her favorite theatrical credits is playing Superman’s wife in The Legacy, which won best comics-related film at Comic Con. 

Dan O’Connor (CO-DIRECTOR / ENSEMBLE / IMPRO THEATRE’S PRODUCING ARTISTIC DIRECTOR) For Impro Theatre, Dan has directed Chekhov UnScripted and co-directed Jane Austen UnScripted, Fairytales UnScripted, The Western UnScripted, Shakespeare UnScripted and Sondheim UnScripted. Collectively, these shows have performed at The Broad Stage, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Laguna Playhouse, North Coast Repertory, Falcon Theatre, Carrie Hamilton Theatre at The Pasadena Playhouse, Lewis Family Playhouse, New Vic Theatre, Odyssey Theatre and many others. Stage acting credits include Improbable Theatre’s Life Game (Off-Broadway) and shows with ACT and A Noise Within. Television directing credits include ABC’s Sons and Daughters and Oxygen’s Campus Ladies; acting includes Seinfeld, VEGAS, Raising Hope, Campus Ladies, Starstruck and Malcolm in the Middle; he also co-created and starred in NBC/PAX’s improv show World Cup Comedy. Dan has taught and directed improvisational theatre to universities and companies worldwide including USC, Duke, Pepperdine, UT Austin, Dreamworks, Disney Animation and Cirque du Soleil. He is a graduate of the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London and he gave a TED Talk about teaching the world to improvise. His book, Life Unscripted (co-written with Jeff Katzman), was recently published.  

Edi Patterson (ENSEMBLE) plays Judy Gemstone on HBO’s The Righteous Gemstones and is also a writer for the series. Other credits include Rian Johnson’s Knives Out, Troop Zero and Between Two Ferns: The Movie, Vice Principals and The Last O.G. She plays Mertha and Anna Nanna on the upcoming Cartoon Network series The Fungies and has guest written for SNL. In addition to Impro Theatre, Edi is also a Main Company member of The Groundlings. @EdiPattersonHi

Mike Rock (ENSEMBLE) is a Wisconsin native whose TV credits include Black-ish, The Goldbergs, Modern Family, Chelsea Lately, After Lately, The Mentalist, Monk, Conan O’Brien, Law & Order and many commercials & voiceovers. Mike’s extensive background in theatre, improv and sketch comedy includes being the former Artistic Director of Madison, WI TheatreSports and co-founding/co-producing the NYC sketch group The Bert Fershners, seen on Comedy Central, MTV, VH1 and Ch4 UK. He has worked with the Educational Theatre Association and International Thespian Society for many years, presenting improv, acting and voiceover classes at festivals and schools all over the U.S. Mike performed as a guest artist with Impro Theatre for over 5 years before joining the main company in January 2017, and he is also a faculty member at the Impro Theatre School.

Paul Rogan (CO-DIRECTOR / ENSEMBLE) Originally from London, Paul has worked with all of the UK’s major improv groups, including the Comedy Store Players and with Eddie Izzard and Friends. He joined Impro Theatre to co-direct and perform in Jane Austen UnScripted. U.S. TV includes Castle, Timeline, KC Undercover, I Didn’t Do It (as snarky science teacher Mr. Jenkins), Anger Management (two different roles), Legit, My Name is Earl, Big Love, Cougartown, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Sleeper Cell and Cory in the House. Film includes Miss March, Thunderpants and A Knight in Camelot. Theatre includes George in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Emcee in Cabaret and Malvolio in Twelfth Night. He has been on lots of BBC Radio comedy shows, including 6 full series. As a stand-up comedian, Paul has played the Improv in Hollywood and hundreds of live, TV and radio gigs. 

Michele Spears (ENSEMBLE) is a founding member of Impro, is an actor, improviser, stage director, choreographer and arts educator. Her work has been presented at the Edinburgh Theatre Festival, London’s Covent Gardens, The O’Neill Theater Center, The Ojai Playwrights Conference, The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, L.A.’s Musical Theatre Guild at the Pasadena Playhouse, The New York Musical Theatre Festival, Disney/ASCAP Workshop, REDCAT, Cornerstone, The El Portal, The L.A. Gay Men’s Chorus, Jacaranda and the Migrant Youth Theatre Project, among others. She has received New York Nightlife, LA Weekly, Saturn, UNIMA, StageScene L.A., Dramalogue and Santa Barbara Independent awards, as well as Ovation and American Choreographers Award nominations. Most recently, she guest starred in the Fox/Hulu pilot The Ms. Pat Show. Michele is a graduate of NYU/TISCH, a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab West and teaches theatre at Harvard-Westlake School.


Leigh Allen (LIGHTING DIRECTOR) is a multi-award winner for lighting design, and is a recipient of the Career Achievement Award from the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle. Leigh returns to Impro Theatre after her highly acclaimed designs for Stop Kiss, Half of Plenty, Razorback and American Dead. Other credits include: Beauty and the Beast (Musical Theater West), Champagne (Regent Cruise Lines), Shimmy! (Princess Cruise Lines), Snoopy On Ice, The Red Road (Native Voices), Killer Joe (Ovation Award: Production of the Year), The Fab Four (South Bay CLO), The Prince of LA (The Old Globe in San Diego) and Vincent in Brixton (Pasadena Playhouse). Leigh also received the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle and LA Weekly Lighting Design Awards for Johnny Got His Gun.

Rick Bernstein (MANAGING DIRECTOR) has worked with many arts organizations throughout Los Angeles over the last 15 years. He has been the Managing Director at Rogue Machine Theatre, Road Theatre Company and Elephant Theatre Company, and he also worked for several years at Boston Court Pasadena, The Colony Theatre and LA Stage Alliance in various areas of arts management, marketing, fundraising and administration. He has also consulted on and managed several independent productions throughout southern California. Rick’s film and television production credits include The Tonight Show, K-PAX, Tomb Raider and Frozen Assets (which critic Gene Siskel named “The Worst Film of the Year” on his national TV show). Rick is a graduate of Stanford University.

Sandra Burns (COSTUME DESIGNER) is an award-winning artist based in Los Angeles. She designs costumes and sets for theatre, dance, TV and film. Past collaborations include work at DouglasPlus, REDCAT, South Coast Rep, La Jolla Playhouse, The Broad Stage, Fountain Theatre, LATC, Odyssey Theatre, The Falcon Theatre, St. Ann’s Warehouse and PS 122. Sandra was the costume designer for the Academy Award-nominated short film New Boy. She is currently designing costumes for the TV series Last Man on Earth and Lopez. Sandra received her MFA from the California Institute of The Arts (CalArts).

Trefoni Michael Rizzi (ORIGINAL SCENIC DESIGNER) Off-Broadway/Regional: A Woman of Will at The Daryl Roth Theater NYC; The Little PrinceA Child’s Christmas in Wales; and The Inspector General at The Colorado Shakespeare Festival. World/West Coast Premieres: Maltby/Shire’s A Time for Love at Arena Studio Theatre; P.J. Barry’s Bad Axe at Foothill Theatre Company; Stephen Legawiec’s Peru in Africa at the Miles Playhouse; Melanie Marnich’s Quake at Theatre Pangea; and Lee Blessing’s Chesapeake at Venice Theatre Works. Local: Parallel Lives at the Falcon Theatre; Copenhagen at Rubicon Theatre; Sex and Education at Laguna Playhouse and Colony Theatre; Two Boys From Brooklyn at The Palace Theatre; and Marilyn, Madness and Me! at the El Portal Theatre. Awards and Honors: Ovation Award - Songs for a New World at Rubicon Theatre. Guest Designer: Lincoln Center Theatre’s Director’s Lab, Member of United Scenic Artists Local 829. Award Winning Author and Publisher of Teddy’s Travels - America’s National Parks -