JAY REIDImprov for Business Director
HAYLEY KELLETTImprov Incubator Director
TOM BROWNTechnical Director
BRAEDEN ETIENNEMarketing Manager and Live Comedy Coordinator
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 Accademy 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.
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 North America as a National Trainer for the CIG, through The Making-Box’s Improv For Business program. Jay once did stand-up comedy for the former mayor of Guelph and twice wondered if she liked it.
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.”
LUKE STEWART was a student in the very first improv class run by Making Box, and hopes to share the same joy he experienced in his first class with other new improvisors. Since then, he has performed with both the Making Box Brigade and Making Box Battalion. He is also a co-founder of the University of Guelph’s current improv club. Luke is currently a student at the Ontario Veterinary College, but continues to study the best medicine of all at the Making Box (it’s laughter).
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.
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