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The Jesties

JEST Improv's Premier Performing Troupe

Alex Sattler

Troupe Director

Jestie Since 2018

"You’re only given one little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it" — Robin Williams

Since graduating the Conservatory Program at the Second City in Hollywood back in 2018, Alex has dreamed of directing an improv troupe to be able to perform various different formats and have a ton of fun with each other and the audience. Alex is beyond grateful to the Jesties troupe for being so flexible and willing to learn along with crushing every show they do!

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Alex Tron

Jestie Since 2018

"If we treat each other as if we are geniuses, poets and artists, we have a better chance of becoming that on stage." 

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Tron is a lawyer by day, and a (somewhat) functioning member of society by night. He's been doing improv for over 6 years, but has been in comedy all his life. He's taken classes at World's Greatest Improv School in Los Angeles, where he literally dropped a guy one time on stage (lessons learned!) 

 

His idols include Tina Fey, Robin Williams, and that one guy at Rolling Pin who always hooks him up with the freshest doughnuts.

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Dawn Balk

Jestie Since 2018

“Improvisation, to me, is a way to work through a lot of ‘What if’s?’ and to channel a whole lot of
silliness – whether it’s through characters, or situations, or just imaginary scenarios that wouldn’t make
sense anywhere else. Zaniness – It’s very liberating. Freedom, Baby!!!”

Chris Parker Howard

Jestie Since 2022

Chris came to improv in an unconventional way as most of his experience with performing came from his time as a musician. Finding a new passion for improv with Jest was love at first sight. I remember thinking: “It was like being slapped in the face. I went to a show and thought, that looks frightening. I want to be up there with them! I immediately started classes and it’s been more fun than I could have hoped for."

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Carol Cintron

Jestie Since 2023

Carol’s been performing improv throughout groups in Ventura County for the past 20 years, including founding her own group, Wing Nut Improv. Although she did not begin performing until her 40’s she fell in love with the art form and hit the ground running. Make no mistake, scripted work is on her resume, as is playwriting, but improv is her first love. When not doing improv, she’s a software reseller and accountant, raises chickens, pigeons and doves.

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Emily King

Jestie Since 2023

Emily stumbled into her first improv class almost 2 decades ago. She grew up amongst the glaciers, bears, and sockeye salmon of Southeast Alaska, but since relocating to sunny Ventura, she has fully transformed into a 405 loving, tax paying, Californian. Her comedic muses include Jess from New Girl, Trevor Noah, & her former 4th grade student Bryan, who thinks she has a really annoying voice.

Kateri Foos

Jestie Since 2023

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Ryan Lee

Jestie Since 2024

Ryan Christopher Lee has been a part of the entertainment industry for 20 years, beginning his career as a child actor at the ripe, young age of 5 years old. He has portrayed principle and recurring roles on Nickelodeon's "Danger Force", ABC’s “Home Economics", and in the feature film “Tiger’s Apprentice” for Paramount+.

 

In theatre, his favorite roles include Seymour in “Little Shop of Horrors”, Jesus in “Godspell”, and Arpad in “She Loves Me”. Lee is thrilled to be performing with Jest Improv, his first improv venture since moving to Ventura in January.

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