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 Development
Beth is delighted to work with Arcade Comedy Theater as the organization’s first Director of Development. She received her Master of Arts Management degree from Carnegie Mellon University, and has previously worked for Pittsburgh Musical Theater, City Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, and Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama. Beth began performing improv in the 4th grade in Edmond, Oklahoma and never stopped. A proud member of the Arcade community since 2016, Beth performs regularly as a cast member of the family-friendly improv team Penny Arcade and the musical improv show Your Life: The Musical.
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 currently a member of Warp Zone and Knights of the Arcade. Most recently, Mike has produced productions of “Sex a.k.a. Wieners and Boobs,” as well as 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.
Director of Improv & Education
Kristy has taught and performed comedy for over 20 years in cities including Chicago, Los Angeles, Austin, and Amsterdam. Teaching and coaching new improvisers is her joy and life’s work: passing on the wealth of comedy knowledge acquired working with acclaimed teachers and directors including Del Close, Martin DeMatt, Jeff Richmond, Armando Diaz and Susan Messing and performing at legendary venues such as the Annoyance Theater, Boom Chicago, UCB and Chicago’s Second City Touring Company. Beyond stage, her television credits include ER, Early Edition, Those Who Kill, Castle Rock and One Dollar. Co-founder of the Arcade Comedy Theater, Kristy improvises and produces the Arcade Hootenanny and the award winning Dinner with the Nolens with her husband Jethro.
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.
Youth Outreach Coordinator
Bonus Stage Coordinator
New Artist Liaison
Social Media Coordinator
Bonus Stage Coordinator
Student Team Coordinator
Individual Giving Coordinator
Board of Directors
Jay Evans — President
Attorney and Partner, Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP
Margaret Hannapel Ogden — Vice President
Policy Attorney for the Interbranch Commission for Gender, Racial, & Ethnic Fairness
Vicki Mayowski — Treasurer
Treasurer, Foster Holdings, Inc
Val Shafer — Secretary
Senior Talent Specialist at Thermo Fisher Scientific
American Heart Association
University of Pittsburgh
Project Manager, UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital