Meet the Cast
Parker Bach has been improvising since the ripe age of nine. Since then he has performed with groups in several cities starting with C (Chicago, Cincinnati, and Charlottesville) and is thrilled to perform with Actors Improv Theater and to add Carrboro to the list. Offstage, Parker is a PhD student at UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Media and Journalism, an avid board gamer, and an average but enthusiastic guitarist.
Hailey Brown has been performing improv and standup since 2018. She was a performer and assistant producer at The PIT in Chapel Hill and is currently focused on songwriting, releasing her first album, Church Street, in 2020, and now developing her second. She has performed as a musician at Local 506, Carrboro Century Center, Cat’s Cradle, local radio stations, Johnny’s Gone Fishing, the Hog Festival, Chapel Hill Farmers’ Market, Carrboro Century Center, and elsewhere. She has been a part of the Tarpeggios a capella group, the Alley Cats a capella group, and the Ukulele Orchestra. She spends her days as a software implementer at Huron Consulting Group and nights playing D&D.
Greg Hohn joined Actors Improv Theater in 1989 and became its director in 1996. He is a professor at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, where he started teaching Applied Improv in 2000 (named one of the country’s top 50 undergrad business professors in 2022), and presents FIZ Applied Improv programs in academic settings, corporations, and organizations across the country and occasionally outside it. He also taught improv and acting for the camera in Duke University’s Theater Studies Department for five years.
Greg sings with the Triangle Jazz Orchestra and other jazz groups and other theater work includes performances with Archipelago, Manbites Dog, Shakespeare & Originals, Temple Theatre, and Long Beach Playhouse and acting and directing with the 10×10 Festival at The ArtsCenter, Activated Ackland, and Redbird Festival of One-Act Plays. He has also worked in film, television, radio, and industrial/corporate media.
Greg graduated from UNC with a degree in English and has written fiction and for stage, radio, and periodicals. His book, Putting Improv to Work: Spontaneous Performance for Professional and Personal Life, was released by McFarland Press in 2022.
Juliet Kaplan joined Actors Improv Theater in 2014. She is a co-founder of Curious Theatre Collective, a nonprofit that writes, produces, and commissions new plays for young audiences and has taught improv to kids and adults at The People’s Improv Theater, Rashkis Elementary School, and The ArtsCenter. When not messing around on stage, she can be found at work, where she is a product manager, at home playing with her two kids, in the woods running with her husband, or, her very favorite place to be, on the move traveling abroad.
A member of Actors Improv since 2021, Dana Marks is a stage and film actor, musician, teacher, and director based in Durham. She devoted 16 years to creating, performing, and producing original and adapted work for her company Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern (2005-2019). Dana did her master’s work at The American Repertory Theater/Moscow Art Theater Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University and performs, teaches, and trains internationally with fellow theater artists and students. For 12 years she taught acting in the Theater Studies Dept. at Duke and she has been a guest lecturer and director at NC State and UNC-Chapel Hill.
Steve Scott rejoined Transactors in 2014 after being in the company from 1997-2006. He (most happily!) moved back to Durham in 2020, works in the Clinical Skills Program at the Duke University School of Medicine, and has been acting and doing other improv as time permits. Steve says his meditation practice has helped him be more in the moment, which is crucial for improvisers. Namaste.
Former Cast Members
- Jeff Alguire (City of Medicine, 2007-11)
- Regina “Q” Bartolone (2001-04) earned a Ph. D. in comparative literature at the University of North Carolina.
- Mike Beard (1998-2014) technician extraordinaire, continues to work his magic everywhere from control booths in recording studios to underneath churches throughout the Triangle.
- Joe Brack (2004-05) works as an actor in Washington, DC.
- Anoo Tree Brod (1997-2003, 2005-20) teaches improv and public speaking in Chapel Hill and everywhere online.
- Martha Brown (1983-86) an original Transactor, is a speech pathologist in Chapel Hill.
- Peter “PC” Cashwell (1990-91) wasn’t the company’s first musician but his piano work made us realize the potential of having an accompanist. His books The Verb ‘To Bird’ and Along Those Lines are available at www.petercashwell.com.
- J Chachula (1996-99) is a founding member of Flying Machine Theatre in Raleigh and acts, directs, and teaches in the Triangle and is a member of Third Date improv.
- Monifa Chamble (1999-2003) lives and works in New York where she earned an MFA in theater.
- Steven Cragg (1987-89, director 1988-89) lives in Los Angeles, where he is an actor, writer, and visual artist. He wrote for and performed on Mad TV.
- Rob Dator (1986-87, 1996-97) is an actor and writer based near Greensboro.
- Sarah Froeber (aka Sally Nussbaumer, 1983-85), an original Transactor, lives near Chapel Hill and is involved in educational theater.
- Peri Hope Goldberg (1989) is speech-language pathologist living in Orlando.
- Susan Goodnight (1993-94) runs a philanthropic foundation in the Triangle.
- Jill Greeson (2003-11) is a teacher in Chapel Hill.
- Sandy Gribbin (2002-04) is currently living and performing in Toronto.
- Zannie Gunn (1997) is an improviser in the Triangle.
- Zach Hanner (1999-2001) lives in Wilmington where he performs improv and is a screen actor and a writer.
- Allison Heartinger Connor (1988-93) lived in LA for several years after leaving Transactors. She appeared in several national commercials, did voice overs, and wrote for television. Her favorite Hollywood jobs included appearing in two episodes of HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm and writing Looney Tunes comics. Allison lives in Dallas, where she writes radio and TV commercials, does voice overs, and hosts a local TV show, Makeover Marvels.
- Bart Hubbard (2013-2022) is an IT specialist and cat lover living in Durham.
- Tim Johnston (1987-96, director 1989-96) is a facilitator working in Washington, D.C.
- Rachel Klem (2004-11) is a theater professor at NC State.
- Mark Lewis (1992-2004) plays music of all sorts in the Triangle, including at PlayMakers Repertory Co.
- Ann Linge (1996-99) is an actress and director living in New York State. She earned an acting MFA from Hunter College.
- Tom Marriott (1983-85) is an actor in the Triangle area, working with companies such as Archipelago and Little Green Pig.
- Gilly Macnee (1988-89) is living the pastoral life in the bucolic setting of Ashe County. As seems to be a trend with former company members, he’s taken up birding.
- Mark Miller (1983-87, director 1983-87) an original Transactor, lives in Asheville and makes a living acting in TV and movies and on stage (visit his website).
- Cynthia Mitchell (1986-87) is an actress and writer living on Ocracoke Island.
- Jeffrey Moore (2005-11) is an actor and writer involved in theater and film. He lives and delivers US mail in Raleigh.
- Jay O’Berski (1999-2000) is earning a master’s degree in psychology.
- Nancy Pekar (1999-2012) is active in the Chapel Hill community. She is an editor and a member of Third Date improv.
- Carol Parker (1999-2001) is a dancer, actress, and Pilates instructor based in Durham.
- Rachel Reyes (2021-22) is an improviser and singer living in Durham.
- Shirley Ritter (1985-87) is an actress in LA.
- Mary Ruth (1983-87, director 1983-87), an original Transactor, is an arts educator in central North Carolina.
- Susan Saunders (1983-85) was Transactors’ first musician.
- Eric Singdahlsen (1996-2000) completed the MFA acting program at Catholic University in Washington, D.C., and now uses theatrical techniques in medical education.
- Dan Sipp (1988-98, 2006-12) is a major figure in the Triangle improv scene, teaching, directing, and performing in many settings, including Third Date improv. He teaches medical improv at Duke University.
- Michele Vazquez (1998-99) earned an MFA in acting at the University of California at San Diego and is now a touring actress based in New York.
- Callie Warner (1985-87), a former company musician, is active in the Triangle music scene.
- Kathy Williams (1998-99) is a member of PlayMakers Repertory Company in Chapel Hill and a professor in and chairperson of UNC’s Dramatic Arts Dept.
- Jane Allen Wilson (1998-2001, 2013-22) continues to create and explore in theatrical and musical settings.
- Annie Zipper (2011-13) is a graduate of the master’s architecture program at NC State University.
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