“The Stumptown Improv Festival is officially a thing now, and word’s getting out!”
–The Portland Mercury
The Stumptown Improv Festival’s first three years have been bonkers (or, as Jed likes to say, “bonkerz”). We’ve sold out shows and forced audience members to sign up for obscenely long waiting lists. We’ve attracted some of the most well-regarded improv groups performing today from LA, NYC, San Franscisco, Vancouver, BC, Minneapolis, and, of course, Portland. Performers who are vets on the festival scene have raved that “this is one of the best festivals we’ve ever been a part of”. We’ve offered huge gift bags to our comedians and gave people leather coasters embossed with our logo. We are OUT OF CONTROL.
Will we “rock steady” again in 2017? Answer: we will “steady rock all night long”. Stay tuned…
A shout-out to festival co-founders Leon Anderson, Jed Arkley, and Erin Jean O’Regan. Three times as sweet, three times as sassy.
Leon Anderson is a co-founder and producer of The Stumptown Improv Festival. He is a graduate of the Second City Conservatory in Los Angeles. In addition to being a main stage performer at Curious Comedy Theater, Leon is a member of numerous independent improv groups, such as Whiskey Tango, Black By Popular Demand, and, most recently, Broke Gravy. He has performed both individually and with groups at festivals around North America, including Rapid Fire Theatre’s Improvaganza, San Francisco Sketchfest, and Vancouver International Improv Festival. Leon is also a stage and screen actor, as well as an Engineer and Product Manager, earning his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from The University of Southern California. Get to know him.
Jed Arkley is a co-founder and producer of The Stumptown Improv Festival. His 20-year improv career includes performing and directing in Providence, RI, Seattle, and Portland. Jed is a member of improv groups Whiskey Tango and J Names, who regularly perform and headline at festivals around the country (SF Sketchfest, Out of Bounds-Austin, Del Close Marathon-NYC, Vancouver International Improv Festival). He’s also onstage quite often with Bad Reputation Productions (‘Wade Garrett’ in Road House: The Play!, ‘Rudolph’ in Rudolph: On Stage!). Recently, Jed was a featured panelist for the City Club of Portland’s forum on ‘The State of Portland Comedy’. And he’s been on numerous commercials looking sketchy and/or spokesperson-y. When not onstage, Jed teaches kids stuff. You should know him as well.
Erin Jean O’Regan is a co-founder and producer of The Stumptown Improv Festival. In addition to years of experience as an improviser, she’s also known to dazzle audiences on stage and on film. Maybe you recognize her from her time spent on stage at The Brody Theater, or was it that stint she spent performing at Curious Comedy? Perhaps you remember her solo sketches she’s done at Portland Center Stage or a was it at The COHO? WHO KNOWS?! It’s also possible you recall her curls bouncing around one of the seven after school arts programs that she manages as her “day job”, Assistant Director at Art4Life. Knowing her? Good idea.