Trace Gamache is an alumna of McHenry County College and Illinois State University where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in performance art. Trace made her debut at age 8 and fell in love with the stage. Since graduating she’s had the opportunity to reach audiences in Bloomington and Richmond Illinois as well as New York City. Her recent addition to the WSRep Comedy has been incredibly rewarding as a new challenge and learning experience. Laugh loud and prosper!
Matt Hellyer developed a strong appreciation in his early schooling for “winging it” during class presentations, thriving when projects culminated in a skit. Never particularly known for the gift of gab, he nonetheless found success ad-libbing in between readings of liturgy and as the MC to many Boy Scout Courts of Honor. Matt’s talents were cultivated and cultured during his study of the liberal arts at Carthage College. There, a hobby in amateur videos led to a more refined improviser. WSRep Comedy is the newest outlet for his little white light of improv and sketch.
Brian Freeman lives and Woodstock with a roommate, one of his four daughters and a cat that he is deathly allergic to. In recent years he discovered improv and WSRep Comedy has become a great outlet. “I have been made to feel very welcome. It’s like a second or third family really. And I’m so proud to work alongside some of the greats like what’s his name and blonde girl. Yes, I plan on being with the improv team for many, many weeks. Unless, of course, I get bored or something better comes along.”
Natalie La Voie would never have fathomed that an extemporaneous speech senior year in high school would have been her key to the amazing world of theatre, thus instilling a passion within her that goes far beyond any dreams imaginable! Some of her most memorable roles have included Sally in “Drinking Habits”, Detective Tupolski in “The Pillowman”, Ynez in “Oscar & Felix”, Emily Brent in “And Then There Were None”, and Lois in “Wonder of the World”. Natalie joined WSRep Comedy in June 2017. Always inspired to learn something new, it’s guaranteed that she’s got far too many Google tabs open from the plethora of things she been looking up! Always seeking an adventure, there’s likely to be a 5k mud run on her calendar and a plane in the horizon she’s about to jump from! Thank You to her parents, this especially includes you!
David Marr grew up watching comedians like Eddie Murphy and Robin Williams and admired their style of comedy and impersonation. He’s been involved with theater and the performing arts since childhood. He enjoys improvisation and is learning a lot from the group. He hopes you’ll have as much fun watching as he has performing.
Julie Ostrow trained at The Second City Improv Conservatory program in Chicago and has performed in several improv troupes in the Chicago area. She produced and performed in comedy shows at The Listening Room in Crystal Lake. Julie is a member of the Applied Improv Network (AIN) and has conducted applied improv workshops at The Applied Improv Network Conference in Montreal; Grand Rapids (MI) Improv Festival; Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor Conference. Julie teaches organizations and corporate teams to use improv skills to improve Creativity, Communication, Team Building, Problem Solving, and Productivity with their clients and within their organizations. She believes in the art of play and improv and, most importantly finding the funny.
Jess Smith(aka The Other Jess) has been improvising since 2008. She is thankful for having the opportunity to perform at the Raue Center with a talented group of friends. Clearly, the stars have aligned, Venus is in retrograde, and the gypsy curse didn’t work. Jess currently teaches theatre and improvisation in South Elgin.
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