JAY REIDImprov for Business Director
HAYLEY KELLETTImprov Incubator Director
TOM BROWNTechnical Director
BRAEDEN ETIENNEMarketing Manager and Live Comedy Coordinator
KATY WARREN is both an improviser and a math and tech person, two categories of people she believes need more overlap. She is an Instructor at The Making-Box Incubator's Kitchener classroom as well as a performer in The Making-Box Brigade. She has been teaching improv for 6 years, including at the Canadian Improv Games' National Festival and Improv U.
LUKE STEWART was a student in the very first improv class run by The Making-Box, and hopes to share the same joy he experienced in his first class with other new improvisors. Since then, Luke has performed with both The Making-Box Brigade and Battalion. Luke is also a Co-Founder of the University of Guelph’s current Improv Club. Luke is a student at the Ontario Veterinary College and continues to study the best medicine of all at The Making-Box (it’s laughter).
CAS KNIHNISKY is an improviser, axe-throwing coach, rock-climber and doughnut witch. She spends all of her waking hours aiming to spread the joy of improv and the joy of sugar highs. Cas has had the pleasure of performing throughout North America with The Making-Box Brigade and the privilege of being politely laughed at by Paul F. Tompkins one time.
JAY REID is a Co-Founder of The Making-Box and a Regional Producer with the Canadian Improv Games, a nationally recognized charity 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 North America. Jay is also a recipient of Guelph’s Top 40 Under 40 Award (2015).
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). She is honoured to be recognized as a Woman of Distinction (2018), Guelph's Top 40 Under 40 (2016) and is a Rhyze Academy Mentor. Hayley has a long history with the world renowned Second City, has taught and performed across the globe and has kissed Colin Mochrie on the mouth. Twice.
DAVID STEIN is a Musical Director at The Making-Box and can be seen as part of the ensemble for Royal City Heroes. David is also the owner and operator of Copper Sound Recording Studios.
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.
Katy Warren, Simone Dorie, Sam Miller, Emma Currie, Justin Chan, Josh Loewen, Luke Stewart, Jason Dalgleish and Matt Beard
Top Row: Spencer Dunn, Jason McNutt, Oliver Pavia, Josh Anderson-Coats and Tom BrownBottom Row: Jay Reid, Cas Knihnisky, Kate Ethier, Hayley Kellett, Zoë, Barrett-Wood, Monica Granados and Rob Lewin