The First City Revue

The First City Revue


Performed by:

 

Ashley Leisten,
Ben Rameaka, Yazmin Ramos,
Drew Reilly, Jordan Savusa & Jackie Uweh

Director:  Jen Ellison
Associate Director: Alan Kliffer

Musical Director, Original Music
& Sound Design: Jeff Bouthiette

 

Scenic Designer: Mike Mroch

 

Lighting Design: Kurt Cruz & John Kelly

 

Stage Manager: Kayla Freeman

 

Artistic Director, Second City Brooklyn:Alan Kliffer

 

Artistic Director, Second City Chicago:
Jen Ellison

 

Producer, Second City Brooklyn: Matt Prigge

 

Lead Technical Director: John Kelly

 

Technical Director, Second City Brooklyn: Kurt Cruz

 

All actors and stage managers are members of Actors’ Equity Association, the union for professional actors and stage managers. All musicians are members of the American Federation of Musicians, Local 802.


The Ensemble

ASHLEY BLAIR

ASHLEY BLAIR / Ensemble (she/her/hers) is beyond thrilled to join the first ever Second City Mainstage cast in New York! Ashley is a trained ballerina and singer from Texas. She’s a Severn Darden Graduate Program alum and a long-time student and performer with The Second City Chicago and the Annoyance Theatre. She is a former producer of Holy F*ck Comedy Hour and the writer and director of Boyband the Musical. She would like to thank her family, friends, cats and Cole for their love and support. Follow Ashley on all socials @ashblairxoxo,

BEN RAMEAKA

BEN RAMEAKA / Ensemble is an actor and improviser that has been performing in and around NYC since the early aughts. He performed regularly at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theater from 2008- 2020. Some TV and Film credits include Broad City, At Home With Amy Sedaris, Blue Bloods and Martin Scorsese’s Wolf Of Wall Street. He lives in Brooklyn with his dog Kurt Russell.

YAZMIN RAMOS

YAZMIN RAMOS / Ensemble (She/Her) is a Chicago native who most recently wrote and performed with The Second City National Touring Company (Mighty Mighty BlueCo!). Second City Theatricals include: The Revolution Will Be Improvised at the John F. Kennedy Performing Arts Center in Washington D.C. and The Second City’s She The People Tour in Boston at the Huntington Theatre Company and San Diego Rep. Other Chicago credits include: The Holy Fuck Comedy Hour (AnnoyanceTheatre), Burlesque is More (Annoyance Theatre), Hitch*Cocktails (High Stakes Productions). She has also worked as a staff writer/on screen talent for MeTV’s Toon In With Me and is a 2018 NBC Bob Curry Fellowship Recipient. Represented by Grossman & Jack Talent, Management: Aligned Entertainment. 

DREW REILLY

DREW REILLY / Ensemble trained at the Second City Conservatory in Chicago where he also performed on several iO Harold teams. As part of the two-person sketch group Jim and Melissa he has written and performed original sketch revues that went on to Austin SketchFest, Portland Fringe, NYC SketchFest, Miami Improv Festival and others. He is a teaching artist at the Institute of Collaborative Education in the East Village. OFF-BROADWAY: Capt. Lombard in And Then There Were None, Callum in Ectoplasm. OFF-OFF BROADWAY: John Wilkes Booth, The Brutes; Antipholus of Ephesus, Comedy of Errors; Male Actor #3 And Away We Go. You can find him on social media @puffeebaen. 

JORDAN SAVUSA

JORDAN SAVUSA / Ensemble (He/Him) hails from the Great Aloha State of Hawai’i and is very excited to perform in the first ever revue at Second City in Brooklyn! Starting out as a standup comedian for The Laugh Factory in Hawaii, he moved to the mainland to pursue a career in comedy and has never looked back. He has performed at io Chicago, the Annoyance Theatre and at The Kennedy Center in Washington DC. In Chicago, he has been a part of three wonderful mainstage theater revues: Do You Believe In Madness?, Happy To Be Here, and Together at Last, as well as E.T.C. theater’s Great Altercations, Eat Pray Bigfoot in Love, and critically acclaimed Oh! The Places You’ll Glow! He is a proud card-carrying member of Actors Equity Association, is represented by Grossman & Jack Talent, and managed by Emily Herrell at Like-Minded Management! Love you, Sara. Love you, Jett. Love you family. Love you too!

JACKLYN UWEH

JACKLYN UWEH / Ensemble (she/her) is an actor, writer, and director. Born and raised in Stockton, CA, Jacklyn started performing in local community theater productions. While at UC Irvine, she double-majored in Film & Media and Drama. Simultaneously she found her comedic voice as a founding member of UCI’s sketch ensemble, The Soulstice League. A performer at heart, Jacklyn’s stage credits include Hairspray (Chance), Striking 12 (Chance), SC Tour Co., and the 2020 CBS Showcase. She’s been spotted in national commercials for McDonald’s, Plenity, and Cricket Wireless and lent her voice to Paladins and Wondery Media. While based in LA, she successfully mounted her one-woman show, Dreamed a Dream. Catch her online across SMOSH YouTube channels IG/TW/YT/TT: @jacklyn_uweh


Production Team

JEN ELLISON / Director / Artistic Director Second City Chicago is a Chicago writer, director, and performer. As a resident director for The Second City Jen has overseen all three National Touring Companies, directed Apes of Wrath for e.t.c., and the Jeff Award Nominated Mainstage Do the Right Thing, No Worries, If Not. Other directing credits include Collaboraction, Trap Door Theatre, and The Neo-Futurists, where she is an artistic associate. Jen teaches screenwriting at DePaul University and is a member of the Comedy Writing and Performance Faculty at Columbia College Chicago. Dave’s #1 fan-crush. Follow @jenjen1138 pretty much everywhere.

KAYLA FREEMAN / Stage Manager (she/her) is thrilled to be fulfilling a lifelong dream of joining Second City! She has been lucky to spend the last decade working at the intersections of tech theatre, comedy, and creative arts therapy. Kayla is an advocate for accessibility in the arts and is excited by exploring how comedy impacts politics and social progress. Alumni of the Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas, Concordia University, and NYU. Love to the best of wives for her endless enthusiasm, coffee, and support, and to Don and Jane for the spark! @kayla.freeman.photography

MIKE MROCH / Scenic Designer is a New York based film & theater director, designer, manager, & producer. Select recent design credits: Shylock & the Shakesperians, Alma Baya (UTC61), Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakesperience), Echoes in the Garden (American Bard), Hurricane Sleep (The Box Collective/IATI), Mary Stuart (Hedgepig), Unsex Me Here (Oblivious Volcano), After Miss Julie (2016 Joseph Jefferson Award Nomination), Charles Ives Take Me Home (Strawdog Theatre), We’re Gonna Die (Haven Theater). www.mikemroch.com

MATT PRIGGE / Producer, Second City Brooklyn is thrilled to be producing The Second City Brooklyn’s inaugural sketch revue. Before starting with The Second City, Matt served as Producing Artistic Director at The Peoples Improv Theater (The PIT NYC), after producing dozens of sketch shows at the theater. Matt’s eclectic producing background includes commercials, narrative short films, audiobooks, web series, and campaign ads. He’s also an experienced arts educator, who has taught hundreds of NYC public school students through organizations such as The Story Pirates. Matt is a proud alumnus of Ithaca College’s Theater  Department, and studied at the Moscow Art Theatre through The National Theater Institute.    

ALAN KLIFFER  / Associate Director / Artistic Director Second City Brooklyn is originally from Canada, and has been producing, writing, directing and teaching comedy for over twenty years. He recently served as Artistic Director of Asylum NYC, where he helped to launch the award winning Off-Broadway sensation Titaniqué. In addition, Kliffer has produced industry audition showcases for Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show, and Just For Laughs, as well as award winning plays and musicals. Aside from his work in New York, Alan has produced and directed shows in Toronto, Los Angeles, London and Edinburgh. Kliffer’s most recent project has been developing a free National high school improv program with the New York City Department of Education. 

JEFF BOUTHIETTE / Music Director  (They/Them/Theirs) is incredibly excited to be a part of Second City’s first New York revue! Most recently, Jeff served as musical director for two Chicago mainstage revues: Do the Right Thing, No Worries if Not and Together at Last. Jeff has worked with the Second City since 2004, including serving as musical director for the Touring Company, at sea aboard the Norwegian Spirit and the Norwegian Gem, and with the Training Center, where they were also the Head of the Music Program for a decade. Jeff is a composer and lyricist, and their recent musical Mary Rose was produced by Black Button Eyes Productions in Chicago and nominated for a Joseph Jefferson award for Best New Work. Jeff would like to thank their husband Allen for all his love and support.

KURT CRUZ / Technical Director & Lighting Designer is a musician, comedian, and Technical Director. Previously, he was the Technical Director at the Upright Citizens Brigade – Hell’s Kitchen and Caveat NYC. He is also a freelance audio mixer, podcast editor, and live-stream technician. When he’s not behind the tech booth, you can find him performing improv and music at various venues throughout NYC. Check out his solo indie music project, Kuko, on all streaming platforms. kukomusic.com

John Kelly / Lead Technical Director & Lighting Designer (he/him/his) is incredibly excited to oversee the technical and design elements of his fifth revue with The Second City and to be making his New York lighting design debut. Previous revues as Lead Technical Director include Chicago MainStage: Don’t Quit Your Daydream, Chicago e.t.c.: Eat, Pray, Bigfoot in Love and Oh, the Places You’ll Glow!; Toronto MainStage Revues: Skylines the Limit and Chaos Menu: Disorder Up. Previous lighting design credits include Skylines the Limit and Chaos Menu: Disorder Up (The Second City Toronto), Great Expectations, D.O.A., Damascus, The Effect (Strawdog Theatre Company, Chicago), I Am My Own Wife, This Bitter Earth (AboutFace Theatre, Chicago) and Trust Us/Screw You, Food Show, Tangles & Plaques, Empty Threats (The Neo Futurists, Chicago). He wants to thank the amazing team of designers and technicians for their amazing work. John has also been an ensemble member for Chicago’s Strawdog Theatre Company since 2014.  For his design portfolio, please visit www.johnkellydesigns.com


Understudies 

TRISTAN LEE GRIFFIN

TRISTAN LEE GRIFFIN is a NYC-based comedic actor and writer, originally from Rome, Georgia. From 2017-2020, he was a house sketch comedy performer at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theatre.  In 2019, Tristan performed at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal as a New Face: Characters. He’s very excited to be part of Second City’s NYCo cast. Tristan’s acting credits include: Dickinson, White House Plumbers, That Damn Michael Che, American Horror Story, WeCrashed, The Politician, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and The Intern.

PATRICK McCARTNEY

PATRICK McCARTNEY is an actor and director from New York City. He moved to Chicago when he was 18 to be a part of the Second City and is beyond thrilled to be an actor at its first NYC location. He has been a part of just about every major improv theater in one way or another for almost 20 years. When not at Second City NYC Patrick can be seen improvising with his duo partner Jenny Bareilles, teaching acting and improv classes and directing “Lifestyle” a new live show for Hyperobject Industries. He dedicates this and every performance to the memory of his mother Nancy who loved to laugh.

KIHRESHA REDMOND

KIHRESHA REDMOND is a Cleveland native. She has been immersed in the world of improvisation and comedy since 2016. She has studied improv and sketch at Florida Studio Theatre, The Peoples Improv Theatre, and with various instructors (including Stacy Smith, Joe Bill, Will Luera, etc). She received her BFA in Acting from Ohio University. You may have recently seen her in Titan Theatre Co production of Genesis. When Kihresha is not on stage, you’ll probably find her playing a co-op RPG video game, cooking a gourmet meal, or deep in a true crime podcast. Speaking of which, don’t forget to check out hers, Sounds Funny Radiowww.kihresha.com IG: @redefinedby_k

COLIN ROURKE

COLIN ROURKE Hailing from Chicago, Colin Rourke is an actor and writer who has trained under and performed for The Second City, Brooklyn Comedy Collective, iO Theater and Logan Square Improv. He’s been featured in Buzzfeed and Comedy Central’s “The Gag” and was selected as one of the creators to watch at the 2022 NY Comedy Festival, along with his sketch team “Please Stop Crying”. You can catch him improvising weekly with his best friends “The Good Time” at BCC, and follow him on social: @ballin_rourke. He wants to give a shout out to his nieces and nephew, even though they cannot read yet. Oh well, Uncle Colin loves you!

MIRANDA ROZAS

MIRANDA ROZAS is a Brooklyn-based improviser, musician, and actress. Originally from Louisiana (and she won’t shut up about it), Miranda moved to Chicago where she trained and performed with The Second City, the iO Theater, Logan Square Improv, and CIC theater for 6 years. When she’s not performing with Second City, you can catch her improvising every Thursday night with “The Good Time” at 7pm at BCC, or around the city singing and jamming original songs with her band “Spare Room”. Follow her on instagram @sexydragonbuttmuncher or Tiktok @thesexydragon. She accepts any and all discussions about crawfish and how good it is.

WINNIE STACK

WINNIE STACK moved to New York in 2019 and was cast on the Upright Citizens Brigade Maude Sketch team “Peaches.” In 2021 she developed her one-woman comedy show “@JennaFischer” which features original journal entries from her tween years about how “The Office” actress was her gay awakening. In the last two years Winnie has performed “@JennaFischer” to sold out audiences in NY and LA, and the show received a rave review in The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Winnie performs with her sketch groups “One Bad Egg” and “Sleepover” throughout New York, as well as her improv team “Scubsy.” Winnie is thrilled and honored to be a part of the “NYCO” team and perform the best of Second City sketches! (She’s actually so excited that when she heard the news she was cast she forgot where she was and ran directly into a wall and broke her toe! It still hurts sometimes!)


Mel Ryan / Stage Manager is thrilled to be working with the inaugural production of The Second City Brooklyn. She is a New York City based stage manager who has worked from Broadway to the high seas on Norwegian Cruise Lines. She would like to thank her partner Bradley and her family for all their unwavering love and support. And thank you to The Second City for welcoming me into the family!


JONATHAN WAGNER / Musical Director is an actor/musician based in NYC. He made his Broadway debut in 2015 as the original understudy for “Dewey Finn” in School of Rock: the musical, performing the role over 140 times. Off-Broadway and Regional Credits include: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Tuacahn – 1st Regional Wonka!), #DateMe (Westside), 25th Annual …Spelling Bee (TATC), The Last 5 Years (Steel Beam), High Fidelity (Route 66) and The People vs Friar Laurence (Second City/Steppenwolf 2nd Stage).Jonathan has been with The Second City on and off since 2001, both teaching and music directing various “Co’s” (including: two of their National Touring Companies, SC Cincy: Pride and Porkopolis, two tours on NCL Second City at Sea and the Severn Darden Graduate Program). He was the MD for the Chicago Improv Festival and their house team Storybox, from 2006-2010. He has also music directed improv teams Baby Wants Candy, ComedySportz (Chicago and NYC), RIFF, Mansical, GULP! and Anarchy: the Improvised Rock Opera. Jonathan has also composed and collaborated on several musicals. His most recent project is a musical adaptation of Ryan Andrews’ illustrated fairy tale, Sarah and the Seed with book-lyricist Juliet Mazer-Schmidt.


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