THE ELEVATOR

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Cursed Champagne Productions would like to thank the Hollywood Fringe Festival; Studio C; Matthew Quinn; Bertha Rodriguez; Pam Noles; Mike Lloyd; our talented cast and crew; our incredibly patient roommates, significant others, and pets; and everyone else who helped bring "The Elevator" to life. Our unique improv to script process can be challenging at times, but it's also incredibly rewarding. Lastly, thank YOU for joining us tonight and supporting live theatre in Los Angeles. We hope that you enjoy the show!

MEET THE CAST

  Emily Bell   Emily is a recent transplant from Chicago, where she spent more than six years as a part of the improv/sketch scene. Emily trained at iO and the Annoyance as well as with The Kates, and was a part of the Artist's Lab at Stage 773. She is super excited to be a part of this production, which is her LA debut--as long as you don't count that one open mic she did that one time. Don't count that. That one was rough.

Emily Bell

Emily is a recent transplant from Chicago, where she spent more than six years as a part of the improv/sketch scene. Emily trained at iO and the Annoyance as well as with The Kates, and was a part of the Artist's Lab at Stage 773. She is super excited to be a part of this production, which is her LA debut--as long as you don't count that one open mic she did that one time. Don't count that. That one was rough.

  Sean Cooley   Sean Cooley is from Meriden, Connecticut, the home of Ted’s World Famous Steamed Cheeseburgers (which you already knew), and is a performer and writer based in Los Angeles. His work has been featured on The Onion, Clickhole, Funny or Die, Huffington Post, High Times, and Thrillist. His solo work includes standup at Zanies, solo sketch at UCB and iO West, and storytelling at The Moth Grandslam.

Sean Cooley

Sean Cooley is from Meriden, Connecticut, the home of Ted’s World Famous Steamed Cheeseburgers (which you already knew), and is a performer and writer based in Los Angeles. His work has been featured on The Onion, Clickhole, Funny or Die, Huffington Post, High Times, and Thrillist. His solo work includes standup at Zanies, solo sketch at UCB and iO West, and storytelling at The Moth Grandslam.

  Acquah Dansoh   Acquah Dansoh hails from two states, born in Virginia and raised in Miami, FL he caught the acting bug in junior high and has been living the artist life ever since. After receiving an M.F.A. in acting he moved to LA where he discover avocados and kale and has been living the Cali life. A graduate of both Second City Hollywood and UCB Los Angeles, when he's not doing improv or sketch comedy he is working towards being a cupcake aficionado and whiskey connoisseur.

Acquah Dansoh

Acquah Dansoh hails from two states, born in Virginia and raised in Miami, FL he caught the acting bug in junior high and has been living the artist life ever since. After receiving an M.F.A. in acting he moved to LA where he discover avocados and kale and has been living the Cali life. A graduate of both Second City Hollywood and UCB Los Angeles, when he's not doing improv or sketch comedy he is working towards being a cupcake aficionado and whiskey connoisseur.

  DAISY DONOHUE   Daisy Donohue is an actor (.../production assistant/dog walker/puppeteer/strip club bouncer) who you can see in various web series that have not aired, and in still photos from lots of live theater in Minneapolis. She is thrilled to be making her LA stage debut long with Cursed Champagne Productions! She really is looking for other work. Hire her, please. PLEASE.

DAISY DONOHUE

Daisy Donohue is an actor (.../production assistant/dog walker/puppeteer/strip club bouncer) who you can see in various web series that have not aired, and in still photos from lots of live theater in Minneapolis. She is thrilled to be making her LA stage debut long with Cursed Champagne Productions! She really is looking for other work. Hire her, please. PLEASE.

  Josiah Jenkins   Josiah Jenkins is an actor and podcast host. He has been improvising for more than a decade and is a former member of the professional ensemble at ComedySportz Chicago. Josiah has appeared in projects for Disney Family, Fujitsu, and others. The A.V. Club praised Josiah's podcast, The $8 Game Show, for its "quaintness, humanity, and passion" and Josiah's "glossy, rich timbre" and "abundant charisma." That's probably the nicest thing anyone has ever said about Josiah, so he's really holding onto that.

Josiah Jenkins

Josiah Jenkins is an actor and podcast host. He has been improvising for more than a decade and is a former member of the professional ensemble at ComedySportz Chicago. Josiah has appeared in projects for Disney Family, Fujitsu, and others. The A.V. Club praised Josiah's podcast, The $8 Game Show, for its "quaintness, humanity, and passion" and Josiah's "glossy, rich timbre" and "abundant charisma." That's probably the nicest thing anyone has ever said about Josiah, so he's really holding onto that.

  Brigid Kelley   Brigid Kelley is all about being in this Cursed Champagne Hollywood Fringe Show! You can also see Brigid in her sketch comedy group Glamazon, at The Blank Theatre's Living Room Series, on her podcast TalkinTrek and more! Brigid would like to thank her years as a server, barista, receptionist-I-mean-admin-assistant, and as children's theatre actor/director for providing inspiration for this show!

Brigid Kelley

Brigid Kelley is all about being in this Cursed Champagne Hollywood Fringe Show! You can also see Brigid in her sketch comedy group Glamazon, at The Blank Theatre's Living Room Series, on her podcast TalkinTrek and more! Brigid would like to thank her years as a server, barista, receptionist-I-mean-admin-assistant, and as children's theatre actor/director for providing inspiration for this show!

  Nick Johnson*   Nick started doing improv in 2004 in Rochester, NY and has since trained and performed at iO and The Second City in Chicago, as well as the Pack Theater and UCB here in Los Angeles. This is Nick's second appearance at the Hollywood Fringe Festival, previously playing Mario in "The Video Games" in 2015. Nick loves you very, very much.

Nick Johnson*

Nick started doing improv in 2004 in Rochester, NY and has since trained and performed at iO and The Second City in Chicago, as well as the Pack Theater and UCB here in Los Angeles. This is Nick's second appearance at the Hollywood Fringe Festival, previously playing Mario in "The Video Games" in 2015. Nick loves you very, very much.

  Paul Meyd*   Paul Meyd's involvement in 'The Elevator' marks his second collaboration with Cursed Champagne, but his first as a core company member. He has enjoyed many roles in his past sixteen years of theatre experience, with his favorites including Sir Andrew Aguecheek in Twelfth Night, Prospero in The Tempest, and John Delacroix in Cyberpunk Opera. He has studied Elizabethan Theatre at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London, graduated with a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland, and has graduated from and performed at The Second City, ImprovOlympic, and The Annoyance improvisation training centers in Chicago. Paul is represented by AB2 Talent in both Commercial and Voiceover respectively. He would like to thank Cursed Champagne for having him once again, his family for their encouragement, and to Hannah by whom he is uplifted beyond his limits.

Paul Meyd*

Paul Meyd's involvement in 'The Elevator' marks his second collaboration with Cursed Champagne, but his first as a core company member. He has enjoyed many roles in his past sixteen years of theatre experience, with his favorites including Sir Andrew Aguecheek in Twelfth Night, Prospero in The Tempest, and John Delacroix in Cyberpunk Opera. He has studied Elizabethan Theatre at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London, graduated with a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland, and has graduated from and performed at The Second City, ImprovOlympic, and The Annoyance improvisation training centers in Chicago. Paul is represented by AB2 Talent in both Commercial and Voiceover respectively. He would like to thank Cursed Champagne for having him once again, his family for their encouragement, and to Hannah by whom he is uplifted beyond his limits.

MEET THE Crew

  Maggie Gottlieb (Co-Writer)*   Maggie Gottlieb is an LA based performer, writer, director, and producer. A native Chicagoan, she’s long-time improviser and sketch comedian, with training from iO, The Second City, ComedySportz, and The Playground Theater. Maggie’s master’s thesis on the 1983 Sesame Street TV special “Don’t Eat the Pictures” currently sits collecting dust on a library shelf at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. You can usually find her stress baking or talking in silly voices to her dogs, Dodi al Fayed and Lieutenant Ellen Ripley.

Maggie Gottlieb (Co-Writer)*

Maggie Gottlieb is an LA based performer, writer, director, and producer. A native Chicagoan, she’s long-time improviser and sketch comedian, with training from iO, The Second City, ComedySportz, and The Playground Theater. Maggie’s master’s thesis on the 1983 Sesame Street TV special “Don’t Eat the Pictures” currently sits collecting dust on a library shelf at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. You can usually find her stress baking or talking in silly voices to her dogs, Dodi al Fayed and Lieutenant Ellen Ripley.

  Elizabeth Williams (Co-Writer)*   Elizabeth is an actor living in Los Angeles. Before moving west, she spent a decade learning and performing on Chicago storefront theatre stages and with long form improv ensembles. Elizabeth has an acting degree from Columbia College Chicago and also received training from iO Chicago, Second City Chicago, The Chicago Improv Den, and Acting Studio Chicago. A native of Ohio, Elizabeth was heavily involved in Ice Dancing and Synchronized Skating in her youth. Now, she enjoys exploring the scenery of California.

Elizabeth Williams (Co-Writer)*

Elizabeth is an actor living in Los Angeles. Before moving west, she spent a decade learning and performing on Chicago storefront theatre stages and with long form improv ensembles. Elizabeth has an acting degree from Columbia College Chicago and also received training from iO Chicago, Second City Chicago, The Chicago Improv Den, and Acting Studio Chicago. A native of Ohio, Elizabeth was heavily involved in Ice Dancing and Synchronized Skating in her youth. Now, she enjoys exploring the scenery of California.

  Julie Pearson (Director)*   Julie Pearson was a founding member of Cor Res Theatre, which provided the basis for Cursed Champagne Productions, and has directed productions for Cor Res, the Annoyance Theater, and Focal Point Theatre. As a writer, her work has appeared on platforms including Reductress, WhoHaha, Hello Giggles, and her parody lifestyle blog My Adequate Lifestyle. She performs comedy around Los Angeles.

Julie Pearson (Director)*

Julie Pearson was a founding member of Cor Res Theatre, which provided the basis for Cursed Champagne Productions, and has directed productions for Cor Res, the Annoyance Theater, and Focal Point Theatre. As a writer, her work has appeared on platforms including Reductress, WhoHaha, Hello Giggles, and her parody lifestyle blog My Adequate Lifestyle. She performs comedy around Los Angeles.

 

*denotes company member