EDGE IMPROV ENSEMBLE
Frank has spent all of his life in the entertainment business in one way or another, this year celebrating his 66thyear (!) of gainful employment in show biz. His professional acting debut...by“professional” he means he got paid ($75.00 a week)...was in summer stock with the legendary Buster Keaton. He has produced, written, and directed many television series (The Odd Couple, Happy Days, Mork and Mindy)and has appeared in feature films, TV series and TV movies. Here at BPA he’s been in Noises Off, Our Town, Music Man, My Fair Lady,You Can’t Take It With You, The Man Who Came To Dinner, Inspecting Carol, As You Like It,Macbeth andTwelve Angry Men. He knows John Ellis personally.
John loves living life the improvised way, making it up as he goes along. He loves his fellow improvisers, loves his community, and loves to make people laugh. “Thanks Bainbridge for supporting the EDGE for all these years.” Besides Improv, John has appeared on this stage in Noises Off, Annie, Born Yesterday, Guys and Dolls,A Midsummer Night’s Dream,As You Like It, ‘Art’ and Sylvia. He’s really proud of being co-author of the book (with Andrew Shields) for the original musical “Harry Tracy, a Bainbridge bandit”which was produced here at BPA to great acclaim.
Ken is one of the founding members of the Edge and was the leader and mastermind behind all things Edge for over a decade, but has now retired into a performer position where he can concentrate on making the funny and leave the menial tasks, like writing his bio, to the rest of us. Ken has also developed and led many corporate Improv trainings, and has been performing in the Seattle area for over 30 years. You may have seen him onstage, in commercials, and if you were alert at a few low budget movies, you may have spotted him. Ken also practices Karate and is a master chainsaw artist.
Susan began improvising in 1983 and has not stopped since. She was a founding member of Seattle TheatreSports/Unexpected Productions and has worked with Seattle Improv, None of the Above, and has been a member of The EDGE since the Dark Ages. In her spare time she is a Postpartum Doula using her improv skills to calm new babies and the parents of new babies. And if that weren't enough, she also uses her improv skills at another job - cooking breakfast for the folks staying at an all treehouse B & B in Issaquah - owned by Pete and Judy Nelson, who have their own reality show "Treehouse Masters" on Animal Planet. She loves Bainbridge Island and camps at Fay Bainbridge Park in her vintage British caravan despite havingto pay more for 1 inch of extra height on the ferry. Her only daughter seems determined to be a Geo-physicist.
Andrew Shields has performed everywhere from his mother’s living room to Carnegie Hall. An award-winning composer, he has a degree in Music from Stanford, and wrote the music, lyrics, and script for the original Reefer Madness: The Musical as well as music, lyrics, and (with fellow EDGE member John Ellis) script for the musical Harry Tracy: A Bainbridge Bandit. He has music-directed shows at ACT, Village Theater, Tacoma Actors’ Guild, the Bathhouse Theater, Second Story Repertory, and Bainbridge Performing Arts, among others, and played Harold Hill in a production of The Music Man at BPA. He has enjoyed every minute of his seventeen years with this wacky bunch.
A Seattle native, Matty has been performing here for over 20 years at such venues as Annex Theatre (The Women), Alice B Theatre (The Holiday Survival Game Show), and Rebar! (Dina Martina, Pirates of Lesbos, Deflowered in the Attic). He’s been with The EDGE since the year one, and offers up the most outlandish characters and situations to our proceedings. Matty is also a voice-over talent and has worked closely with SandLot games for many years doing character voices for video games. Most recently he has worked as the voice for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus on T-Mobile’s website.
Bhama started doing Improv at age 16 when she joined the Improv Troupe at Booker T Washington School of the Arts in Dallas, TX. She moved to Seattle in 1997, and joined The EDGE in 1999. In addition to Improv, Bhama appears regularly in local and regional theatre, on the hit web shows Cookus Interruptus (along with fellow Edgers Cynthia Lair and Frank Buxton) and Wrecked, for which she received an Indie Series Award for Best Actress in a Comedy. In Los Angeles, Bhama performed at Bootleg Theatre, the Hollywood Improv, MBar, and El Cid, as well as appearing in an episode of Grey's Anatomy. Recent stage appearances include Dorine in 'Tartuffe' at Seattle Shakes, and upcoming: Quincy/Bart in ACT Theatre's production of 'MrBurns'. Keep an eye on the interweb for 'The Bhama Show,' a revamping of material from 2013's 'Hippiecrit' Solo Performance and latest collaboration with the Island's own Honey Toad Studios. When not performing, Bhama is a freelance audio producer for casual games and online learning. You can follow Bhama on Facebook at The Bhama Showand on Twitter @bhamaroget.
Cynthia has worked as an actress in commercials, film, radio, and stage in both New York and in Seattle. She leads a double life as an assistant professor at Bastyr University and as the author of two cookbooks, Feeding the Whole Family and Feeding the Young Athlete. Visit Cookus Interruptus www.cookus.tv where over 175 short videos feature super good food and improvised antics from her online “family,” Bhama Roget, Matt Smith, and Frank Buxton. All her selves merged to present the Tedx Rainier talk “How to Cut an Onion” which can be seen on YouTube. She’s currently busy cooking up a new 4th edition of Feeding the Whole Family due fall 2016. She claims, “Being in the Edge balances real and imaginary life for me. With the real part being what happens on stage.”
Chris has been performing and teaching Improv in Boston, L.A., Seattle and Bainbridge for over 20 years. He has appeared in commercials, TV (7th Heaven, Arli$$) and movies (Coyote Ugly). He received his best reviews when he played the title role in The Revolt of the Foolish Molar in Mrs. Gedney’s third grade class. He was a tooth. Find out more about Chris on his new website, chrissoldevilla.com.
Nathan Whitehouse is a writer, director, actor and improvisor. Growing up in the woods of Connecticut gave him lots of time to read stories and start writing a few of his own. That passion expanded to acting and directing, which he pursued at Hampshire College while completing a degree in video game programming and design. He adapted and directed Honey Toad's first feature film, Semi-Secret. On-set, when not directing, he can be found handling the audio engineering duties. He is a member of The Edge improv troupe on Bainbridge Island, and he worked on children's mobile sandbox game DinoTrucks.