Alissa JessupAlissa is a writer, director, and actor with over 20 years’ experience creating and working in theater, film, and television. She has worked with some very funny people in her day, Kristen Wiig, Mindy Kaling, J.K. Simmons, to name a few.In 2015, Alissa founded Growly Pictures to produce content that is made by women for women. Alissa wrote, directed, and stars in the comedic short film, ‘chickadee’, which she produced with an all-female cast and crew. As an actor, she has performed and developed new plays with Sundance Theatre Lab, The Flea Theater, ACT Theatre, 13P, Soho Rep, P.S. 122, and Playwrights Horizons. Selected T.V. credits include The Mindy Project (Hulu), True Blood (HBO), Grimm (NBC), and The Mentalist (CBS). She has written and performed comedy at The Groundlings, Upright Citizen’s Brigade NYC and U.C.B. Los Angeles.
Chris CanigliaChris has performed at The Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, The Magnet Theater in New York, where he was a member of House team Sweet Crude and was on the faculty at The Peoples Improv Theater. While at The P.I.T., he founded improv team, Big Black Car (Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) Kristen Schaal(Last Man on Earth, Bob's Burgers) Matt O'Berg(VEEP), UCB LA, I/O West the Chicago Improv Festival, and the D.C. Improv Festival. and was on the faculty at The Peoples Improv Theater. He founded improv team, Big Black Car (Ellie Kemper(Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) Kristen Schaal(Last Man on Earth, Bob's Burgers) Matt O'Berg(VEEP).
Chris owes everything he knows to the many great teachers who helped him along the way, including Ali Farahnakian, Armando Diaz, Craig Cackowski, Kurt Braunohler, Michael Showalter, Kevin Allison, Ed Herbstman, Ian Roberts, Dave Pasquesi and TJ Jagodowski. He has appeared on an episode of 30 Rock with Kristen Wiig and multiple feature films.
Dan KitrosserDan Kitrosser is a playwright, screenwriter and children's storyteller. He recently co-wrote the screen adaptation Justin Torres' national bestselling novel WE THE ANIMALS with Emmy Nominated Director Jeremiah Zagar, which won the NEXT Innovator Award at Sundance, as well as Best Feature at OUTfest. He was a script consultant on jordana Spiro's Night Comes On (released by Samuel Goldwyn) and finished a screen adaptation of The Bridge Between for Tony winning producer Una Jackman.
As a playwright, his plays include The Mumblings (optioned by Fox and Fabrik Entertainment), Dead Special Crabs (off Bway at the Barrow Group) and Tar Baby (Off Bway at DR2, Edinburgh Fringe), which won the First Fringe Award at Edinburgh and the Amnesty International Citation of Excellence. He is the recipient of of the 2018 Peter Shaffer Award from Fundamental Theater Project, which will produce his musical Homos! As the World is Ending Off-Broadway in 2019.
Most importantly, Dan was Flaubert Frog, New York's premiere children's storytelling amphibian, having been the resident storyteller for Bryant Park, Central Park and the New York Public Library, wearing the tightest green spandex you can imagine, and entertaining thousands of kids and their adults during his ten year tenure.
Dan is the Artistic Director of Writopia Lab's Worldwide Plays Festival, a national festival of plays by young playwrights, which he founded in 2017, and has produced over 500 plays by young playwrights from across the country in that time.
He lives in Portland, Oregon with his dog, Daisy and his husband, Jordan.
Ali MarroccoAli Marrocco is an improviser and actor based in Portland, OR.
Specializing in grounded long form, Ali has come up through the ranks of the Liberators Training Center, Curious Comedy, Brody Theater and Endgames Theater in San Francisco.
You can see her improvise every week as a member of Cashmere - an Ape house team, on String Theory - a Portland indie team, as well as producing her monthly show, Key Party.
In addition to her work on stage, Ali also serves as the Ape’s Event & Sponsorship Coordinator and volunteers with the Humane Society of Oregon. She adores adorable cats and dogs.
Courtney RainwaterCourtney has been performing improv comedy since 2012 where she trained at the Steel City Improv Theater in Pittsburgh, PA and quickly moved onto their house musical team. Since coming to Portland she has been on a number of house teams in the area and is thrilled to be a member of the Ape.
Courtney has also created her own indie improv groups ranging from all female to made up musicals and everything in between and has been performing around PDX since 2015. She is passionate about pushing women forward in comedy and being a part of projects that empower women to share their stories and point of view. Improv has opened many doors for her and has allowed her to move seamlessly into sketch comedy, writing, directing, and producing her own projects, as well as appearing in filmed projects. Her most recent endeavor was a sketch show for her grandmother called Grandma's in Town which debuted to sold out audiences and one happy grandmother. Her latest project has her composing music for a local play write on his piece Living Things.
Courtney was a former Peace Corps volunteer working to promote creative writing in schools in Paraguay and is currently a worker bee at a local non-profit that provides at risk youth with mentors. Courtney enjoys exploring the outdoors in and around Portland, doing anything creative, and eating all the food.