History

Atlas Improv was founded in early 2004 by Mary Parmentier and Bryan Judkins. Their dream was to explore and innovate beyond what was familiar.

Our story goes back further than just a few years though. In the mid 1980s, Dick Chudnow, founder of ComedySportz, brought his brand of competitive improv comedy to Madison, and a figurative seed was figuratively planted.

As ComedySportz - Madison, we performed mainly short-form, a type of improvisational theatre where a show is segmented into five-to-ten-minute scenes and games. We loved what we were doing, and, during that time, we developed one of the show formats that we still perform today. It's as engaging for audiences and performers as ever. Each show is fresh and fun.

As managers, Parmentier and Judkins sought a creative environment that challenged and fulfilled us artistically. They knew that we were capable of more and wanted to push us to new heights. They realized short-form wasn't enough. In 2004, they started Atlas Improv. The active members of ComedySportz - Madison followed Parmentier and Judkins to do something new and amazing.

Today, Atlas Improv fosters an expert in each of its players. In story arc, character building, or pure wit, every performer is a master.


Bios

Dan Row

Dan Row joined Atlas as the winner of The Cut 2015.Growing up in rural Nebraska, Dan developed a love of storytelling, theatre, and puns, which he incorporates into his improv today. Outside of Atlas, Dan curates his ever-expanding collection of soundtracks from movies, TV, and video games, but opts to listen to a single song on repeat for hours on end--like a crazy person would do.


EDMOND RAMLY

Edmond has been with Atlas since winning The Cut in 2013. This university professor moonlighting as an improviser grew up on the Mediterranean and moved to Madison's balmy beaches in 2007. He enjoys acting, writing, painting, dancing, hiking, cooking, and several of the feasible combinations between them.


GRIFFIN LOWMASTER

Griffin joined Atlas in December 2016. Originally from Ohio, he is an avid Cleveland sports fan and would love to talk to you about the Browns or Lebron's homecoming. When not performing in Atlas you can probably catch him dancing at a downtown bar with no discernible rhythm or style.


JON HENDRIX

Jon joined Atlas in Fall of 2013. Originally from the Milwaukee area where he did improv in high school, he came to Madison for school and (for the most part) never left. When not at Atlas or proving facts at his day job, he enjoys many things normal humans like yourself probably would, like using a bicycle, reading a book or futzing around with music. When at Atlas, he enjoys scaring himself, like a new swimmer thrust into a pool of scenework. He recommends that you try the beer on tap at bars, because draft beer is generally better.


JOSH JOHNSON

Josh Johnson has been improvising with Atlas Improv Co. since 2005. Highlights of his career at Atlas include his time on the Shakespeare team, hosting The Cut, and living with three other company members in the hallowed "Atlas House."


LAURA GREGOR

Laura joined Atlas as the *winner* of The Cut 2016 and has been improvising nearly every weekend since then. Her roles at Atlas include performing, teaching, and coaching independent teams. She is the oldest sibling in her family and it shows.


MATTHEW BUCHHOLZ

Matt joined Atlas in the fall of 2016. Before Atlas, he had little experience with theater of any kind save for a confused, one-act Cold War dramedy he wrote for a play festival. (The play definitely didn't end with the line, "Why the long face?".) Outside improv, Matt studies computer engineering at UW-Madison, and he enjoys writing, sipping Riesling, and collecting band t-shirts. Like any good finite automaton, he always knows where he is, though he often forgets how he got there.


MICHAEL THOMAS

Michael joined Atlas in July of 2015. Born and raised in Orlando, Florida, he came to live with the snow and ice but stayed for the sweet Improv. When not working, you can find him playing games wherever he goes or doodling on any piece of paper he can get his hands on. Come speak to him if you are having problems with a riddle.


STEVE HORTON

Steve joined Atlas as the 2014 winner of the Cut. Once a high school history teacher, Steve would love it if you asked him nuanced questions about history that expose how little he has studied it since graduating from college. Also, fun fact: Steve is 100% convinced he has seen a UFO. In addition to improv, Steve is an active member of the Madison stand-up comedy community. He hosts a monthly show at Atlas called "The New Set," an improvised stand-up comedy show. Yes, it's as scary and weird as it sounds. When Steve is not on stage, you can usually find him spending time with his pet cat or snake.


STEVE WYETH

Steve joined Atlas in May of 2014. He has no prior experience in Improv, but an extensive background in theatre. He works in Madison, but isn't really wild about his job, and would prefer that you please not ask him about it. Steve is a wonderful cook, and improvises in the kitchen as well as on stage.


TABATHA WETHAL

Tabatha Wethal joined Atlas Improv in December 2012. Outside Atlas, she is a multimedia journalist, writing and editing for a variety of publications since 2005 about everything from controversial federal legislation to mayo. She grew up in the Madison area, graduated from UW-Whitewater and works as a reporter at a daily news outfit in Madison. She is interested in sleeping late, reading memoirs, time travel and learning how to use the three shells.


Caroline Lynch

After taking a class at Atlas, Caroline was hooked. A few months later, she made the cut (not The Cut, mind you) and joined the Atlas roster in December 2018. Hailing from a small island commonwealth just north of Guam, she made stops at the Naval Academy and U.S. Navy before landing in Madison as an organizational and talent development professional. When not on stage, she's probably walking her dog.


Elayne Juten

Elayne joined Atlas in the Summer of 2018. She has previous improv experience in high school as well as undergrad and grad school where she studied to be an opera singer. Outside of Atlas, Elayne enjoys board games, cats and musical theatre. She also makes sweet, sweet programs on computers for money.


jonathan jibson

Jonathan joined Atlas as the 2018 winner of The Cut. He was quite new to improv and has learned even more since joining the company. He moved to Madison for grad school in linguistics, which doesn’t mean he speaks lots of languages, but does mean he knows some sweet etymologies. He teaches writing to college freshmen and runs an Etsy shop on the side. For recreation, he enjoys listening to audiobooks and podcasts, and he has soft spots for urban planning and despair.


lauren shuster aquino

Lauren joined Atlas in August 2017. She was born and grew up in Paraguay. Moved to Madison in 2011 to further her education. On stage she enjoys long-form improv and exploring new and varied characters. When she is not at Atlas, she likes reading thriller books, watching horror documentaries and adding people on weird social media applications like: Goodreads, YouTube and LinkedIn. She also enjoys dancing to Latin music and making up songs while singing to her dog. If you ever had any questions about Capybaras or even what a Capybara is, she’d be happy to help!


Sean Anderson

Sean joined Atlas in December of 2018. He is a doctoral student in Madison and moved here from Cleveland, Ohio in 2015. While he had no previous experience in improv before taking classes with Atlas. In the past he’s primarily enjoyed storytelling through song writing. You can also find Sean running around in the woods, using his arms too much on a climbing wall, taking pictures of a cool rock, or cooking for his 15 housemates.


Amanda Rogers

Amanda joined Atlas by winning The Cut in 2017. She is from Madison and spends most of her spare time with her husband, Casey, and her dog Sugarbear. Atlas was the first improv she had done and she's sticking to because she's a ride or die type lady. Amanda’s interests include hanging with friends, music, and art projects.


Kevin Disch

Kevin started doing improv in 2014 and joined the company in 2017 after a fine, fun year in the Atlas Indie Team system. In his free time, he loves eating tacos, shopping for used records, and worrying about bugs. He recommends the Atlas Saturday Showcase, Saturdays at 10pm.