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Meet Katy & Ryan!

Husband and wife team Ryan and Katy Chase opened Studio LOL in May 2010, and they generally teach most everything listed on the camp and class calendars, unless otherwise noted.  They are losing their sanity, one child at a time.

Meet Katy!

Katy has been teaching comedy to kids since 2003.  She trained in performing arts at The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts in New York City and has since performed and trained at the following comedy venues:  The World Famous Hollywood Improv, The Groundlings, The Upright Citizens Brigade, The Peoples' Improv Theatre, Chicago City Limits, Complex Comedy, and more.  Katy has worked as a professional actor/comedian in film, television, and live theatre throughout NY and LA.  Her credits include the TV pilot "You're So Dead!", lots and lots of commercials, and an enormously pregnant woman on Last Man Standing.(She was pregnant in real life, but not THAT pregnant.)  You can click here, here, here, and here to watch her star in a series of ridiculous national commercials that make little to no sense.  You can also click here to read her recent interview in VoyageLA, where she discusses improv and the vision for Studio LOL in detail.

Meet Ryan!

Ryan studied the Meisner acting technique at the Joanne Baron/DW Brown two-year conservatory in LA and at Florida State University.  He, too, has worked extensively in television commercials.  (Katy and Ryan met playing husband and wife in a commercial many moons ago!)  He recently appeared on the TV show "Angie Tribeca," taking on a role he was born to play: an intimidating Irish thug.  Ryan's background also includes film and television production, childrens' guitar and tennis coaching, and getting paid to track down hilarious stories on the internet and blog about them.  His expertise in improv comedy, coupled with his ability to make pals with any kid in the world, make him an incredible mentor and role model for many of our students.  Ryan is a longtime Magnum, P.I. fan.  Thank you for asking.

Katy and Ryan have also taught their popular improv comedy program in other venues outside of Studio LOL: The SAG-AFTRA Los Angeles Conservatory Youth Program at AFI, The Archer School for Girls high school and middle school theater programs, Beyond the Classroom summer camp, and as guest instructors at various elementary schools. They were recently profiled on the local CBS Los Angeles news, so they're basically extremely famous now.

Here's some video of K&R during performances and classes:


 

In 2016, The Chases welcomed a baby boy to their family and are now able to experience very high volumes of noise at both work and home. 

 

When they aren't teaching things themselves, Katy and Ryan rely on this terrific staff of talented improv teachers...

 

Meet Noëlle!

Noëlle Lara is an actress/improviser/writer that kids might recognize as the host of Discovery Science Channel's "Science Works," an educational program that explores STEM related jobs. Grown-ups might recognize her from the original live show she produces and hosts at the Upright Citizens Brigade theater called "A Little Advice" where she interviews kids on all kinds of topics. (Watch here!) Noelle is proud to be an actress in Story Pirates, an award-winning children's theatre company that takes stories written by kids and turns them into an awesome show. An avid marathon runner, Noëlle created a popular summer running camp for inner city kids ten years ago in her hometown of Lowell, MA called "Noëlle's Running Camp." The camp is still running today (pun intended), even though she doesn't live there anymore and the current students probably have no idea who this "Noëlle" person is that's on their "Noëlle's Running Camp" T-shirts. She's a living legend, people.  

 

Meet Dan!

Dan Braswell is an improv and sketch comedy ninja guru. *bows.* He wants to live in a world where laughter is actually medicine, hats are made of pizza, and you're funny until proven hilarious. As an actor, he's trained at The Groundlings, I.O. West, and Anthony Meindl's Actor Workshop, while performing improv with Monkey Butler Comedy and his team Brother Teresa. His funny fingerprints are all over the worlds of writing, acting, and directing. He also plays guitar, makes up songs, and gives the perfect high five. You can even find him crafting sketch comedy videos of his own, like this one: Sportball!  Our students love to laugh at his funny physical comedy in improv scenes.  His arms are naturally long, which makes for great monkey impressions.

 

Meet Cristin!

Cristin McAlister is new-ish to LA, having spent the last 15 years in Chicago, livin' the sweet, sweet improv comedian's dream.  While there, she studied at The Second City Conservatory and iO Chicago, where she performed on Harold (longform improv) teams, and she taught on-camera acting classes for kids.  Now that she's in LA, she enjoys things like studying at The Groundlings and not shoveling snow.  Cristin has been working with children for most her life and has been teaching for 14 years.  She's originally from Louisiana, so if you're planning a visit to New Orleans, it's important that you call her immediately for advice and recommendations.  *Please note that any resemblance to Amy Poehler is strictly coincidental.

 

Meet Talia!

Talia is such a fun teacher! She grew up in northern California and after getting her BFA in Acting at Chapman University (where she did all sorts of serious theater) she moved to LA and fell in love with comedy. Talia has been studying at UCB for the past seven years, where she currently performs weekly with her Harold Team. She also performs improv multiple times a week around the LA indie scene. She wrote and produced a one-woman show that ran for a year at the Improv Theater in LA, and she’s been on TV a bunch -- Parks and Recreation, New Girl, Documentary Now!, The League, as well as pilots for CBS, CMT and AMC. Talia taught Sunday school for a few years, and she also volunteers with Art of Elysium, playing improv games with children during their hospital stay. She loves Friends (the TV show) and friends (the real people).


Meet Brittany!

Brittany Ross is adorable.  Our students aren't entirely sure whether she's a Disney princess, a small fairy, or all of the above.  You can link to Brittany's acting credits by clicking here. Most notably, she has been recurring on the hit ABC comedy The Middle since 2011, as Courtney the mean cheerleader. (The "cheerleader" part comes naturally, but the "mean" part is a big stretch -- she's the nicest gal we know.)  Brittany has traveled all over the country to teach sitcom acting to children and teens, and she coaches many successful young actors in Los Angeles.  She began her acting journey at the age of 5 and as a child lived in Scotland, Colombia, Venezuela, Hawaii, Alaska, and Texas.  Here's a picture of Brittany being super glamorous on set:

 

Meet Liz!

Elizabeth Brackenbury is our resident musical comedy genius!  She's a classically trained professional singer who specializes in comedic musical theater.  Liz studied at The American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco and received her BA from USC's Thornton School of Music and School of Theater.  She has performed numerous times at The Hollywood Bowl in such shows as Showboat, The Music Man, and Mame, and has also brought her comedic singing chops to the La Jolla Playhouse stage, the pre-Broadway run of Rock of Ages, and lots and lots of other boring venues like the LA Opera.  Liz plays piano, mandolin, and hide-and-go-seek.

 

Here are some pictures of our staff in action at the studio...