Chris Anger

Chris Anger

CHRIS ANGER is a writer, improviser, actor and teacher. He is Co-founder and Artistic Director of the Louisville Improvisors, and has been a professional actor working in improvisation for over 25 years. With the Louisville Improvisors over the last 15 years, Chris has written or co-written their concept shows, including, "Like The Dickens", "Ricketts and Randy" and their tribute to old time radio comedy "The Buddy Gilm Show".

While performing regularly throughout Kentucky and Indiana over the last 15 years, Chris has also done improv shows in cities around the country including, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Chicago, St. Louis and Nashville.

As artistic director, Chris heads up the Louisville Improvisors Training Center and facilitates both corporate and private workshops. He also teaches improv in schools and universities throughout the Midwest and Southeast.  Chris has written and performed a one-man show "Dead Astronauts" which premiered at The 2013 Slant Culture Theatre Festival and the followup to that show "Jim Thorpe - All American" which premiered at the 2014 Slant Culture Theatre Festival.

Alec Volz

Alec Volz

Alec is co-founder of the Louisville Improvisors. He is co-writer and a performer on The Buddy Gilm Show, an original radio show for the web and LI’s podcast What Happens Next. For the company he is most proud to have directed the world premieres of Chris Anger’s Dead Astronauts and Jim Thorpe, All – American at the Slant Culture Theatre Festival.
He is in his fourteenth season at Walden Theatre where he is the production manager, directs, and teaches several forms of improvisational theatre. At Walden, Alec is most proud to have directed the regional premiers of My So-Called So-Called Life, When In Disgrace (Haply I Think On Thee), Phantom Band, In The Pony Palace/Football and Jane The Plain all as part of The Slant Culture Theatre Festival. He has also directed Henry V, The Taming Of The Shrew, Coriolanus, Richard III, Troilus and Cressida, Antony and Cleopatra, and The Two Noble Kinsmen as part of Walden Theatre’s Young American Shakespeare Festival.  Alec is an artistic associate of Savage Rose Classical Theatre where he most recently directed Chris Anger in Lear seen in last summer’s Kentucky Shakespeare Festival. He has also directed and acted with The Necessary Theatre. Alec has spent the past seven summers working as an instructor/director at The Idyllwild Arts Summer Program in Idyllwild, CA.  He is a Talking Books narrator for The American Printing House For the Blind where he has narrated over 200 books and a commercial voice/over actor. He is the author of Sonny’s House Of Spies published by Playscripts and co-author of the play …psychobabblish… . 

Brian Hinds

Brian Hinds

Brian Hinds is teacher at YPAS/DuPont Manual where he teaches freshmen theater majors and playwriting. Originally from Maine, Brian spent ten years with The Children’s Theatre of Maine where he served as an actor, instructor, and director. He was also a member of Mad Horse Theater Company. Since moving to Louisville Brian has worked as an outreach artist with Kentucky Shakespeare. As an actor Brian has performed with Kentucky Shakespeare (MacDuff in Macbeth, Caesar in Julius Caesar, Richard in Richard III), Stage One Family Theatre (The Odyssey, Tuck Everlasting, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever), The Bard’s Town (Ten-Tucky Festival, Rx), and Savage Rose Classical Theatre (Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Blunt in The Rover, Malvolio in Twelfth Night, and Prospero in The Tempest) He is also a member of The Louisville Improvisors. Recent directing credits include The Comedy of Errors and The Crucible at YPAS, Love’s Labour’s Lost at Kentucky Shakespeare and The Gardeners and Blizzard of '92 for Marrow Street Theater.