OUR TEAM

HAYLEY KELLETT has spent most of her life celebrating two things: ontario peaches and the joys of improv. Naturally she was filled with pride to be nominated for a Canadian Comedy Award: Best Female Improviser (2015) as well as NOW Magazine's Best Female Improviser (2015). Hayley has a long history with the world renowned Second City with select credits including Holidazed and Confused (Tour Co.), Miracle on Mercer Street and cruising the improv-seas with the Norwegian Star and Dawn. Other career highlights include kissing Colin Mochrie on the mouth. (Photo by: Vanessa Tignanelli)

HAYLEY KELLETT has spent most of her life celebrating two things: ontario peaches and the joys of improv. Naturally she was filled with pride to be nominated for a Canadian Comedy Award: Best Female Improviser (2015) as well as NOW Magazine's Best Female Improviser (2015). Hayley has a long history with the world renowned Second City with select credits including Holidazed and Confused (Tour Co.), Miracle on Mercer Street and cruising the improv-seas with the Norwegian Star and Dawn. Other career highlights include kissing Colin Mochrie on the mouth. (Photo by: Vanessa Tignanelli)

JAY REID is a Co-Founder of The Making-Box and a Regional Director with the Canadian Improv Games (CIG), a nationally recognized non-profit that gives high school students a platform to explore theatrical improvisation in a fun and supportive environment. Jay has had the absolute pleasure of teaching, studying and performing improv across Canada (and in Chicago) as a National Trainer for the CIG, through The Making-Box’s Improv For Business program and at improv festivals. Jay once did stand-up comedy for the former mayor of Guelph and twice wondered if she liked it. (Photo by: Vanessa Tignanelli)

JAY REID is a Co-Founder of The Making-Box and a Regional Director with the Canadian Improv Games (CIG), a nationally recognized non-profit that gives high school students a platform to explore theatrical improvisation in a fun and supportive environment. Jay has had the absolute pleasure of teaching, studying and performing improv across Canada (and in Chicago) as a National Trainer for the CIG, through The Making-Box’s Improv For Business program and at improv festivals. Jay once did stand-up comedy for the former mayor of Guelph and twice wondered if she liked it. (Photo by: Vanessa Tignanelli)

ROB LEWIN is an improviser and (don't tell his girlfriend) former magician. He and the other members of his troupe Fanny Pack have been the youngest headliners of the Big City Improv Festival for the last three years in a row, and were featured last year in the Young Stars Showcase produced by Bruce McCulloch of Kids in the Hall. In 2015, Rob produced his show The Symposium for the Festival of new Formats and it was featured later for Best of the Fest. Career highlights include being booed before even taking the microphone at a stand-up show where he was introduced as being originally “from Vaughan.” (Photo by: Vanessa Tignanelli)

ROB LEWIN is an improviser and (don't tell his girlfriend) former magician. He and the other members of his troupe Fanny Pack have been the youngest headliners of the Big City Improv Festival for the last three years in a row, and were featured last year in the Young Stars Showcase produced by Bruce McCulloch of Kids in the Hall. In 2015, Rob produced his show The Symposium for the Festival of new Formats and it was featured later for Best of the Fest. Career highlights include being booed before even taking the microphone at a stand-up show where he was introduced as being originally “from Vaughan.” (Photo by: Vanessa Tignanelli)

If variety is the spice of life, PATRICK CIESLAR's mouth will forever be a fiery hot disco inferno. As an engineering, theatre school and Second City Longform Conservatory graduate Patrick’s long list of passions range from water resources management to classics, playwriting to activism, and working with people experiencing homelessness. Among his greatest joys in life has been working with The Making-Box as a student, Brigade member, intern, musical apprentice and now as the first instructor to have come up through The Making-Box's training program. Patrick's greatest wish is to help welcome new friends from marginalized communities into the improv family. (Photo by: Vanessa Tignanelli)

If variety is the spice of life, PATRICK CIESLAR's mouth will forever be a fiery hot disco inferno. As an engineering, theatre school and Second City Longform Conservatory graduate Patrick’s long list of passions range from water resources management to classics, playwriting to activism, and working with people experiencing homelessness. Among his greatest joys in life has been working with The Making-Box as a student, Brigade member, intern, musical apprentice and now as the first instructor to have come up through The Making-Box's training program. Patrick's greatest wish is to help welcome new friends from marginalized communities into the improv family. (Photo by: Vanessa Tignanelli)

CHRIS NEW is The Making-Box’s musical director. Chris worked with Second City for 6 years with some of his credits including Miracle on Mercer Street, The Bench, and Second City Goes BOOM! and continues to play countless shows across the Canadian improv community! Chris scores the award-winning improvised podcast Illusionoid and not only that, he wrote the music for the Canadian Comedy Award-winning film Chere. (Photo by: Paul Aihoshi)

CHRIS NEW is The Making-Box’s musical director. Chris worked with Second City for 6 years with some of his credits including Miracle on Mercer Street, The Bench, and Second City Goes BOOM! and continues to play countless shows across the Canadian improv community! Chris scores the award-winning improvised podcast Illusionoid and not only that, he wrote the music for the Canadian Comedy Award-winning film Chere. (Photo by: Paul Aihoshi)

ZOË BARRETT-WOOD is a founding member of The Making-Box Brigade and an accomplished environmental scientist, actor, and writer. Zoë facilitates Theatre for Living workshops that use theatre as a tool to share struggles, build connections, and imagine new possibilities. She also works with Indigenous communities on projects related to the protection of the environment and promotion of Indigenous rights. Sometimes she studies birds and small mammals. Only ask her about squirrels if you are prepared to talk about them for a very long time.

ZOË BARRETT-WOOD is a founding member of The Making-Box Brigade and an accomplished environmental scientist, actor, and writer. Zoë facilitates Theatre for Living workshops that use theatre as a tool to share struggles, build connections, and imagine new possibilities. She also works with Indigenous communities on projects related to the protection of the environment and promotion of Indigenous rights. Sometimes she studies birds and small mammals. Only ask her about squirrels if you are prepared to talk about them for a very long time.

TOM BROWN’s love affair with improv started at the tender age of fifteen when he was given the life changing opportunity to captain his high school team. Having now been an improviser for over fifteen years Tom seeks to give others the chance to discover improv from themselves as a Co-Founder and Technical Director of The Making-Box. Tom has traveled across Canada, the United States, and Europe as a performer and filmmaker and has helped promote the arts in Guelph as a Director of the SharpCuts Indie Film and Music Festival and The Guelph Comedy Festival. One time Tom almost died in a haunted house accident. 

TOM BROWN’s love affair with improv started at the tender age of fifteen when he was given the life changing opportunity to captain his high school team. Having now been an improviser for over fifteen years Tom seeks to give others the chance to discover improv from themselves as a Co-Founder and Technical Director of The Making-Box. Tom has traveled across Canada, the United States, and Europe as a performer and filmmaker and has helped promote the arts in Guelph as a Director of the SharpCuts Indie Film and Music Festival and The Guelph Comedy Festival. One time Tom almost died in a haunted house accident. 

BRAEDEN ETIENNE has recently been delighted to find out he can make a career out of being creative and hanging out on the internet. As an entrepreneur and freelance writer, he’s worked with organizations like the TD Toronto Jazz Festival, Toronto Yoga Conferences and other start-ups and local businesses across Ontario. Braeden’s excited for this new opportunity to put all the wonderful things that happen at Making-Box on the internet. When he’s not liking your posts on Facebook and Instagram, Braeden likes playing guitar, going outside, and writing pretentious third-person autobiographies. 

BRAEDEN ETIENNE has recently been delighted to find out he can make a career out of being creative and hanging out on the internet. As an entrepreneur and freelance writer, he’s worked with organizations like the TD Toronto Jazz Festival, Toronto Yoga Conferences and other start-ups and local businesses across Ontario. Braeden’s excited for this new opportunity to put all the wonderful things that happen at Making-Box on the internet. When he’s not liking your posts on Facebook and Instagram, Braeden likes playing guitar, going outside, and writing pretentious third-person autobiographies.