A rugged band of adventures searching the temperate jungles of the Hudson Valley for the most elusive golden mammal. They embark on many travel montages and dangerous encounters: Raffaela feeds a village, Beth rides a moose, and Patrick gets lost and makes friends with a tree. Along the way they are joined by friends and allies: Michelle, with two Ls and her gnomish cunning, has saved the group more than once, and the Halfling Rogue, Kyle, is quick with a sassy eyebrow and inquisitive glare. Our intrepid heroes, using their sharp wit, disregard for boundaries, and the power of friendship, reach the temple of Vorpmi. Once inside, they prick their fingers on the sacred quill transforming them all into something more.
Patrick is from New Paltz, NY. He started acting, improving, and LARPing in high school. He studied Human Services and Creative Writing in college and graduated with a BA from SUNY New Paltz. Patrick runs on the four cylinders of work, karate, improv, and D&D. He does social work-y things for a living and is an instructor at the New Paltz Karate Academy, where he has studied for over 20 years. He discovered HVI one night, and after one of their shows decided to jump in!
Kyle grew up in a small rural community in Alabama called Bug Tussle.After college, he moved to NYC where he studied improv with Samantha Jones and The Magnet Theater. While in New York, he found an affinity for musical improv and was cast in various period pieces set in the 1950s and 1960s. Now, he lives in Los Angeles where he continues to study and perform improv. Kyle hosts podcast "Not For Nothing..." in which he explores the conversations by which he navigates his life.
Michelle has been trying to make people laugh since she knew what trying to make people laugh meant...so since she was about six. She now teaches her own six year old how to make people laugh, especially the baby of the family, one-year-old, Morrigan. Michelle is a vocalist, an actor and has performed in numerous stage plays here and there. She has also produced, directed, chief, cook and bottle washed Off-Off Broadway and has been delighted to make some new folks laugh with HVI.
Lynda received a B.F.A. in theatre from Ithaca College and an M.S. from SUNY New Paltz. She played classical piano, plays folk guitar and most recently, the ukulele. Lynda was a preschool teacher, a floral designer, an acting teacher, and a special ed teacher. She co-produced two short play festivals. Several of her short plays have been produced locally and she has acted in many area productions. Lynda is happily married and has two talented adult children and one amazing grandchild.
Cricket started working in technical theater and stage managing for Hudson Valley Improv at 12 years old. She has worked on many different productions as stage-manager, props master, board operator and more. She also wrote and directed a short play for Stagedoor Manor’s Dramafest and multiple commercials for HVI. She plans on going to college in the fall of 2021 and is interested in studying psychology, education, and theater.
Raffaela minored in Theatre and Communication and then obtained a Master’s of Science in Communication Disorders from SUNY New Paltz. She's a Speech/Language Pathologist in Cornwall, NY. She's performed in multiple live improv shows and HVI's production, The Truth About Splatter. She's worked in film and appeared as herself in a recent episode of The Doctors on CBS. She now uses it improv in therapy with her students and clients and while raising her actress daughter Victoria.
Beth moved to the Hudson Valley from Brooklyn in 2017. She studied vocal music at the acclaimed "Fame" high school in New York City, History and Acting at SUNY Potsdam & improv at The PIT – NYC. At age 30, Beth finally got her driver’s license and moved out of NYC to the wonderful world known as the Hudson Valley where she continues her love of improv, studying at the Hudson Valley Improv where she is now a founding member of one of the first house team: Por-Q-Pine.
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