Meet the Team
Managing Artistic Director
Abby is a comedy performer, teacher, director, and nonprofit arts manager. Since graduating from the Theater Arts program at the University of Pittsburgh and obtaining a Master’s Degree in Art Management from the Heinz College of Carnegie Mellon University, she has pursued a career in marketing and management for arts organizations such as Dance Alloy Theater (Pittsburgh) and Bakerloo Theatre Project (Troy, NY). All the while her passion for improv and sketch comedy grew. She honed her improv skills at Pittsburgh’s fabled Friday Nite Improvs, and went on to co-found the all-female sketch comedy troupe Frankly Scarlett. In 2013, Abby was part of the team that founded Arcade Comedy Theater, Pittsburgh’s first nonprofit theater dedicated to the art of comedy. As Managing Artistic Director, Abby oversees all departments: education and outreach, programming, development, and operations, to ensure the organization stays mission-focused and producing the highest quality products and services. You can see Abby at the Arcade on stage with Frankly Scarlett, as a member of the improv team Warp Zone, co-producer and host of the live game show You’re the Next Contestant, or directing the Arcade’s kid-friendly comedy show Penny Arcade.
Jason has nearly 20 years in business operations and his love for the art of comedy goes back to earlier than he can remember. After visiting the Arcade for the first time in 2013, he felt the need to become more involved and started volunteering behind the scenes. As the theater grew, so did Jason’s love of Arcade’s ever-growing community. He is dedicated to ensuring that the Arcade continues to reach as many individuals as possible so that they can also experience the art of comedy at its highest levels.
Director of Programming
Mike is a performer, writer, and visual artist. A graduate of Seton Hill University, he spends his days as a visual designer and instructor for LUMA Institute. Mike has been involved with sketch comedy and improv since 1998, and helped to co-found the Arcade in 2013. He’s a member of Knights of the Arcade. As a producer, Mike has overseen the productions of “Sex a.k.a. Wieners and Boobs,” “Bubble Boy: The Musical,” as well as the various iterations of Sketchville, the theater’s sketch comedy mini-festival. As Director of Programming, Mike hopes to empower artists to raise their productions to new heights and to expose audiences to the wide array of funny people in Pittsburgh.
Manager of New Programming
Nia is Arcade’s Manager of New Programming, as well as a comedian, actress, and improviser. As a graduate of Arcade’s improv program, her love of improv and Arcade grew with the theater when she became a house manager in 2017, with the move to 943 Liberty Ave. Nia has been a member of Arcade max team Change Machine, as well as a cast member of such beloved shows as Playlist and The Smallest Show in Town. She also co-produced a month-long live-read series for Arcade’s first-ever Black History Month celebration. Nia is excited about the possibilities of this position and committed to expanding the Arcade audience and community
Robin is Arcade Comedy Theater’s Academy Manager and has taught Improv 101, Intro to Sketch, and Advanced Sketch at Arcade. She began as a sketch writer and performer with Frankly Scarlett in 2012, and although she didn’t think she could ever be comfortable on stage without a script, she started taking improv classes as a way to make friends after moving to Cape Town, South Africa for her husband’s career. To her surprised delight, she not only could improvise, but loved to improvise, an experience she strives to re-create for her 101 students. As Academy Manager, Robin administrates Arcade’s comedy classes, seeking to run the program in a way that is efficient and rewarding for all of Arcade Academy’s students and teachers.
New Artist Liaison
Social Media Coordinator
Online Programming Coordinator
Student Team Coordinator
Board of Directors
Matt Lancaster — President
Keiretsu Forum Mid-Atlantic
Dr. Nilesh Shah — Secretary
Assistant Professor, Biostatistics
University of Pittsburgh
Maher S. Hoque — Vice President
Christa Lerch — Treasurer
Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital
Dr. Reed Van Deusen
Assistant Dean for Human-Based Simulation Education;
Assistant Professor of Medicine
University of Pittsburgh
Jay Evans — Board Emeritus
Attorney and Partner, Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP