Creative Directors

They're like the A-Team of theater management

Abby Fudor

Abby is a graduate of The University of Pittsburgh where she earned a degree in theatre arts and communications (credits include: Death: A Play, The Boundary , and Bat Boy! The Musical). In May of 2008, Abby graduated with top honors from the Heinz College of Carnegie Mellon University, earning a Master’s Degree in Art Management. Following graduation, Abby worked as Marketing Director of Dance Alloy Theater. Since 2005, she has been increasingly involved with the leadership of the once-New York based summer classical theater company Bakerloo Theatre Project, holding such positions as general manager, special events coordinator, marketing director, and currently President of the board of directors; she was integral to the company’s move to Pittsburgh in 2012.

Abby can be seen weekly performing and producing Friday Nite Improvs, Pittsburgh’s longest running improv comedy show; she also takes part of several ongoing projects at the Cabaret at Theater Square, most notably as founding member of Pittsburgh’s first all-girl comedy variety act Frankly Scarlett. Abby works actively as a freelance marketer with various non-profits and theater troupes to successfully promote their productions.

Jethro Nolen

Jethro Nolen has been performing and teaching comedy for 20 years. A Texas native, he has performed, scripted & improvised comedy in Chicago (IO Theater & The Noble Fool), Los Angeles (IO West, UCB & Furious Theatre), and Amsterdam (Boom Chicago) as well as at festivals throughout the country. For many years, Jethro taught improvisation at Chicago’s famed venue, Second City. He was fortunate to take classes from numerous legends of the Chicago Improv scene: Charna Halpern, Mick Napier, Susan Messing, Joe Bill, Craig Cackowski, Rich Talarico.

Jethro performed with the Lindbergh Babies (directed by Del Close), the house team Preponderate (directed by T.J. Jagadowski) and the Armando Diaz show.  He then went to Amsterdam to write, perform and teach for Boom Chicago (with Seth Meyers, Josh Meyers and Ike Barinholtz).  He has attended numerous improv festivals performing and taking workshops with other great improv teachers:  Gary Austin, Adam McKay & David Koechner.

Kristy Nolen

Kristy started her career in Chicago, where she trained, performed and taught improvisational comedy at legendary improv venues such as the Annoyance Theater, The Playground, The IO Theater, and The Second City National Touring Company. She’s appeared at the Kansas City Improv Festival, the Big Stinkin’ Improv Festival in Texas, the Chicago Improv Festival and Amsterdam’s hit improv venue, Boom Chicago.

Her theater credits include The Furious Theatre, Bailiwick Theater, Carnegie Mellon Studio Theater and Pittsburgh Theater Laboratories. She’s trained with The Marymount College London Program, The La Jolla Playhouse Conservatory and received her BFA in Acting from Ohio University. Television credits include ER and Early Edition, as well as the film credits, On Becoming BlondeLiar’s Club, and the improvised film, Crushed. At IO West, she improvised with Foster Kids and IO Rep and ImMEDIAte Improv with the Furious Theater at the Pasadena Playhouse.

Mike Rubino

Mike is a performer, graphic designer, writer, and filmmaker. He graduated from Seton Hill University in 2007 with a degree in graphic design and creative writing, and spends his weekdays working as a designer for a Pittsburgh-based marketing firm. He’s also the co-creative director & programming director at Arcade Comedy Theater.

Rubino began learning sketch comedy and improv at the age of 13, when he joined the Beaver County non-profit arts organization The Outlet for Creativity. Out of that, he became a leading member of the Rochester-based comedy troupe the Cellar Dwellers, where he worked as a performer, writer, and show producer for over 15 years. He is the co-creator of Dodge Intrepid and the Pages of Time, a scripted radio drama & podcast; writer & co-director of award winning short films and documentaries; founding member of the Arcade’s rep team Player One; and a current member of the Arcade house team Warp Zone. Rubino is also an original cast member of the popular Dungeons & Dragons stage show Knights of the Arcade.