LEADERSHIP

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TAYLOR BRUNEAUX
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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Taylor manages Kismet's finance, marketing and business operations. She has 10 years experience as an improv performer, teacher, director and producer. She has proudly executive produced over 100 improv shows, and all of them were very, very funny. She is also a digital marketing consultant and MBA who, weirdly enough, is extremely passionate about search engine optimization. As for improv, she loves teaching the Harold, advanced techniques and bringing audiences into to experience improv for the first or thousandth time.

LUKE BRUNEAUX
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

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Luke manages Kismet's shows and artistic operations. He is an artistic leader with extensive experience in improv, music and theatrical production. Trained in technical theatrical arts at the University of Pennsylvania, Luke continued studying improv at the legendary iO Chicago and completed his training at ImprovBoston. Luke is passionate about developing the independent improv scene and served as the founding producer for Cage Match (ImprovBoston) and Indie Night (Riot Theater). Luke has performed, directed and produced live comedy since 2008.

AYLA AHLQUIST
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS & EDUCATION

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Ayla runs Kismet's day-to-day operations and oversees all our comedy classes and teachers. Ayla is a Providence-raised filmmaker, writer, and performer who has been on the comedy scene since 2017. A film producer and teacher by trade, her passion is helping others find a story they want to tell and figuring out exactly how to bring their vision to life. In the improv classroom, she tries to use this skill set to remind students that their unique voices and experiences are stories worth sharing. In her own work, she is most excited by vivacious characters, unexpected endings, and deeply emotive, personified food.

 

INSTRUCTORS

 
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TARA JANE BESSETTE

Tara Jane has a passion for working with children of all ages, and particulairly enjoys helping them to find their silly side. She is currently a Summer Camp Director and Pediatric Occupational Therapist and has been studying improv since 2017. She was part of the first graduating class trained by Wage House Comedy Theater, has taken multiple workshops on varied improv styles, and has performed at the Ocean State and Providence Improv Festival. She has previously taught improv to middle and high school aged children, and is excited to have the opportunity to continue teaching young performers at Kismet Improv!

PERFORMERS

 
 

SUPPORT TEAM

MELODY BEACH

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Melody Beach is a human resources professional with more than 20 years experience. She handles our employee relations, conflict resolution and code of conduct violations. She can be reached at hr@kismetimprov.com.