Jet City Improv Staff
Mario Orallo-Molinaro (he/him) – Artistic Director
Mario is a proud biracial performer, director and teaching artist. He graduated from Western Washington University in 2013 with a degree in Theatre Management & Theatre for Social Change. He recently worked at WWU in the admissions department focusing on multicultural outreach, access, and inclusion. Mario was the Sales & Marketing Director and former ensemble member for The Upfront Theatre. He looks forward to leading Jet City Improv in its new critical chapter.
Oliver Trimble (he/him) – Business Manager
Oliver joined the Jet City Improv staff in September, 2016; he had been a Volunteer and House Manager since 2009. He holds a BA in Theater from California Lutheran University and brings an extensive background in customer service, database administration and a passion for people to this position. By day, Oliver administers the theaters box office and customer relations management services. By night, you will find him at our shows working with our amazing front of house team. The JCI volunteer staff make our shows and outreach work possible and Oliver is in charge of the recruitment, recognition and retention of this team; it is his favorite part of the job!
Mike Christensen (he/him) – Associate Artistic Director
Mike has over 37 years of theater and improv experience teaching, directing and performing. Originally from Genoa, Nebraska, Mike joined the US Army in 1976 while still in High School. In 1985 Mike received his BFA in Theater Arts from the University of Nebraska (Kearney) and later his MFA in Acting (Supporting Area: Directing) from the University of Idaho – spending summers performing summer stock across the Midwest. He began his Seattle improv career at Seattle Theatersports in 1989 and in 1992 he and Andrew McMasters founded Jet City Improv. Mike is currently Associate Artistic Director, director of Twisted Flicks, Outreach Director, Comedy-To-Go Czar as well as a performer and teaching artist.
Brandon Jepson (he/him) – Production Director
Brandon has been a part of Jet City Improv for over 20 years. He’s directed eight shows on the JCI stage, including Clues, World’s Fair (with Randy Miller), Over and Through and The Monster Hunters. As an improviser, he’s performed over 500 times in our flagship Jet City Improv show, as well as has been an ensemble member in such JCI Presents shows as The Startup, The Irish Wake, Reunion Tour, and Twisted Flicks. He is also an improv instructor, has a BA in Drama from UW, and has performed in scripted theater around Seattle. He has been the Production Director of JCI since 2007, and the Executive Producer of the Seattle Festival of Improv Theater since 2009. As Production Director, he believes in creating a stage for our artists to craft their amazing concepts of improvised theater.
Odessa Wauneka (she/her) – Marketing Manager
Odessa is originally from Arizona and has five years of experience working with brand marketing and computer graphics design.
Kate Drummond (she/her) – Education Director
Kate is a graduate of the Seattle Children’s Theatre Teaching Apprenticeship, and has a BA in Drama from Washington University in St. Louis, where she explored acting and directing. Since moving to Seattle, she has created and hosted the all-female improv show Improvatron, and performed with Unexpected Productions and several independent improv groups. Kate is an Artistic Director and co-founded Dacha Theatre, and has performed with and directed for that company consistently for the last 3 years. Kate has appeared on Jet City stage in Claim of Thrones, Black Flag, and Periods in History, among others, and directed both iterations of The Bechdel Test. Kate teaches for several organizations in and around Seattle, including Seattle Children’s Theatre, Bainbridge Performing Arts, foundry10, and Seattle Shakespeare Company.
Joe Viscia (he/him) – Technical Director
Joe has been a technical improvisers for 3 years. In addition to Jet City Improv, he has performed at the Pocket Theater, 18th & Union, and Comedy Sports. He has worn many hats at JCI including Volunteer, Production Manager, Assistant Director and Set Designer. As the Technical Coordinator of JCI, he spends a lot of time there
Maintenance Superviser Dave Budbill
Accountant Catherine Muth
Office Dog Took