These are some of the faces behind the Superlative Theater. And we're always interested in meeting new improvisers! Head over to our contact page and drop us line if you're curious about playing with us.
Brian Bagot discovered improv with the local art and theater group Embark Peekskill. In summer 2018, he was featured as Juror #10 in Twelve Angry Men presented by YCP TheaterWorks. Brian appeared as Herman in Hendrick Hudson Free Library Theater's production of It's About Forgiveness in October of 2018.
Brett Eidman is an award winning comedian/writer/actor who is best known for his song parody Shaft, Barack Theme and his comedy album What’s So F#@k’n Funny? A graduate of The Second City and UCB, Brett has been seen on Saturday Night Live, Netflix’s Daredevil, Law & Order, CollegeHumor, and more. Recently, Brett co-starred with Bruce Willis in a Funny or Die promo for the film Death Wish. For over three years, he has been a company member of Hudson Valley Improv.
Jillian Kermani has trained at UCB in New York City, where she learned the art of long-form improv. She has been a member of several indie teams, but got her start in Syracuse with Salt City Improv performing short-form improv comedy. She's excited to be able to play with both these styles and looks forward to sharing that excitement with the local community.
Carrie Loveland has trained in short-form improv with Hudson Valley Improv and continues to perform with them. She recently trained in long-form improv with Superlative Theater and loves playing with different styles of improv! Her career passion is learning through play—she’s been a professional swim instructor /coach since 1999, holds an M.S.Ed in Elementary Education, and has taught children and adults in a variety of recreational and academic settings.
Jeff O’Leary is an improviser, actor and writer currently residing in Beacon, NY. Jeff received his improv training in Los Angeles at Second City and IO West, and in New York City at The Magnet and UCB. He has been a member of numerous indie improv teams, such as Goodnight Everybody and Jackson Trollop. Jeff is creator and star of his own improvised web series, Principal O’Leary.
Lindsay Ostrander found her start in improv in the Mount Saint Mary College troupe, Improvology. She became president and director of the group in fall of 2017. Lindsay has performed both short and long form improv and starred in productions of The Laramie Project, Midsummer, and The Women of Lockerbie.
Elisabeth Preisinger just recently discovered improv as a favorite hobby. She made her start by taking classes with ComedySportz in Buffalo, NY and later joined their Minor League short form performance troupe. She has since moved to the Hudson Valley and began exploring long form improv through Superlative Theater's classes. She is excited to join forces with the improv community here!
As a small child Karen Rubin had a dream: a dream of something similar to theater, but more ephemeral, with no lines to memorize, and where truth could be spoken uncensored! Now, after a few thousand hours combined of training in ballet, hip hop, jazz, acting, writing, and improv, her dream is finally coming to fruition. She is proud and thrilled to have the opportunity of working with the other talented artists at Superlative Theater.
Artistic Director Michael Short has been performing improv and comedy for nearly 18 years. He’s trained with such notable improv theaters as the Upright Citizen’s Brigade, the Magnet Theater, the Annoyance Theater, and the Second City. In 2014, he worked for Second City Theatricals performing sketch and improv aboard the Norwegian cruise lines. He’s excited to bring his experience to the improv community in the Hudson Valley.
Tim Trewhella has performed with YCP Theater Works. A folksinger, he frequents open mics around the Hudson Valley. He still remembers his lines from when he appeared as Snug the Joiner/Lion in A Midsummer Night’s Dreamin seventh grade. For years he owned and operated TreatStation, a beloved retail store in Peekskill, and prior to that he worked as a newspaper reporter.
Paul Vergun has trained in both short and long-form improv at Providence Improv Guild in Providence, Rhode Island. He is an alumnus of U.C. Berkeley and Mahopac High School, and has appeared in a variety of productions, portraying characters ranging from Teddy Brewster in Arsenic and Old Lace to Judas in The Last Supper. Paul’s ambition is to invent a clean energy bar with all of its nutrition harvested from solar and wind power.