Main Stage Performers
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Grant Bojarski has been with Whole World Theatre since July of 2009. Before moving to Atlanta, he worked in educational children’s theatre in Pittsburgh, PA. Grant graduated from Point Park University in 2007 with a BA in Theatre Arts with a Musical Theatre focus.
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Drew’s time in the spotlight began at a very early age, when she won the Least Hair Award at her diaper derby. She was then recruited as a baby model and earned a greater hourly wage than she’ll probably ever see again. Oh, to be young forever. Drew spends most of her free time doing improv and volunteering with the Grammar Police. When she’s not busy with those things, strangers are asking her how old she is and if she’s a legal midget. There has never been a day in Drew’s life that she didn’t crave queso or gummy bears.
close Carlos GironName: Carlos GironAliases: Deathboy, KickDragon, DJ Chubbs, NachoEducation: The Streets.Birthplace: Unknown (Believed to be from the Earths’ core).Strengths: Is a Level 5 trained acrobat with skills of agility, balance, and gymnastics. His “Los Sense” is triggered whenever there is a pan of lasagna within a three mile radius. Has the ability to read minds whenever someone tells him what they’re thinking. He can bench press a pressed bench. He can talk to animals long enough for someone to call the police.Weaknesses: Bullets and strawberries.Allies: Bartenders. Dark lighting. The number 14.Known Enemies: The pronunciation of the word “Massachusetts”. Laundry. Pickle jars.Current Location: Whole World Improv Theatre. It is the longest relationship he’s ever had.
close Eric Goins
Originally from Tampa, FL, Eric has been with Whole World Improv Theatre since 1998. In addition to being a Main Stage performer, director, and manager at Whole World Theatre, Eric is co-founder of Yes And Films, LLC working with clients such as Turner Original Productions and GPB. He is also an accomplished actor with multiple film and television credits including The Family That Preys, Halloween 2, Army Wives, Meet the Browns, Drop Dead Diva, and The Watch. Follow Eric at www.ericgoins.com and on Twitter at @EricLGoins
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Originally from Hartford Connecticut, Chris Cap Hayes is an Actor, Comedian, and Puppeteer now based here in Atlanta. He was featured in the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s “LOL” segment for his stand up in 2010. He has appeared on MTV’s Teen Wolf, CW’s Vampire Diaries, Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim and (for the love of God) hopefully more shows by the time you read this. On stage, he has been featured with The Madcap Puppets, The Center for Puppetry Arts, and of course Mainstage here at Whole World Improv Theatre. Follow him obsessively at www.chrisvscap.com and on twitter @Chrisvscap.
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Kirsten is a proud child of a military family who graduated from Auburn University in 2006 and then studied at the Circle in the Square Theatre Conservatory in Manhattan, NY. Directly after finishing her studies in NY, she moved to Georgia and began her Atlanta career working with Georgia Shakespeare. Her additional credits include The Alliance Theatre Education Dept., The Rosewater Theatre, The Blackwell Playhouse, Blank Stage Prod., The Essential Theatre, Actor’s Express, Ansley Park Playhouse, The Center for Puppetry Arts, and of course Whole World Improv Theatre. Outside of the theatre you can often find Kirsten immersed in her love of the other arts too, as she spent 3 years playing viola with the Atlanta Philharmonic Orchestra. She also loves pull ‘n’ peel twizzlers, popcorn, pink lemonade, bananas, and those egg-shaped reese’s that come out in the spring.
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Chip started his training at the age of eight in Savannah Georgia at the Little Theatre Company. He has studied with the Armstrong Masquers and toured with Robinhood Players and Small Change Original Theatre Company. Worked in different techniques including Meisner, Improv, and Musical theatre. As Artistic Director, he Directs, Teaches, and Acts in improv for Whole World. He writes in his spare time. He recently acted in the One Minute Play Festival at Actors Express, and the Issues Project with Pinch ‘n Ouch Theatre on the Hertz Stage at the Alliance.
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Lauren Revard was born in New Orleans, LA. She graduated from Georgia State University as a Theatre major and Film minor, after growing up in Forsyth, GA. While at Georgia State, she founded Twinhead Theatre Company and began classes at Whole World Improv Theatre. She is now a professional improvisational actor and Student Program Director for Whole World Improv Theatre. Besides multiple theatre stage productions, Lauren’s resume includes commercial, voice over, television, and film credits. In 2010, she co-founded Yes And Films, LLC and has worked as a writer, producer and art director for clients such as Turner Original Productions, Golden Girls, LLC, Preparis, Georgia Public Broadcasting, and Whole World Improv Theatre.
close Emily Reily Russell
Emily is a native Atlantan, Actress, Director, Producer and a radical mother that radiates awesomeness. She has won lots of awards for her awesomeness including the funniest person in her house. She is a founding member of Whole World and although she looks old she is older. When she is not spanking her kids, she is spanking the stage with her comedic prowess.
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Bryan has been a native of the Atlanta area for over 25 years, after moving here from Miami, Florida as child. A few years after graduating from the University of Georgia, with a degree in television and film production, the creativity bug was still a very large part of him. A conversation with a close friend would lead him to discover Whole World Theatre, and in 2007, Bryan signed up and began the Six-Month Adult Improv class. Since then, Bryan has been a part of the Tuesday night cast, an Apprentice to the Main Stage, and in 2010, he was made an official member of the Main Stage Cast at Whole World Theatre. In 2011, Bryan joined the ranks of the regular emcee rotation for our weekly shows, and in 2012, he became an instructor of one of our ongoing six month adult improv classes. Bryan truly enjoys the thrill of performing in front of our live audiences each and every weekend, but loves being around his Whole World Theatre family, even more.
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Ethan’s first introduction to improv comedy came way back when in the year of our lord 2004 when he began taking classes at Whole World. Eight years, several gray hairs, and a few pounds later Ethan is still up on stage at Whole World making people laugh – or at least trying to at every opportunity. By day, Ethan works in the not-so-exciting field of construction managing…stuff. He is extremely glad to have Whole World Improv Theatre as his outlet to just be the goofy, stupid person he really longs to be. Aside from improv and construction, you’ll usually find Ethan with a beard, wearing plaid and playing with his dog.
David Webster, Whole World Theatre founder, creator, and original artistic director (1993-2004), trained with several improv comedy troupes in Chicago including The Second City. In 1992, Webster left Chicago to live in a tent on the island of Kauai for six months where he designed the original vision for Whole World. In 1993, Webster moved to Atlanta. He began teaching his style of emotional, experiential, and often times long form improv. After several months of training, Webster named the group Whole World Theatre, and booked the troupe for their first performances at Eddie’s Attic in Decatur, Georgia. In December 1994, Webster wrote two plays, “Pimps, Queens, and Dope Fiends” and “Bloodclot Bingo,” He directed and emceed two nights per week of improv and produced a dinner theater of “Crimes of the Heart” on Saturdays. By 1995, Webster secured Whole World’s present location at 1216 Spring St. For seven years, he continued to write, direct, teach and emcee the shows. By 1999, Whole World was making comedy for television. Webster sold the show to Turner South. Webster was fortunate enough to write and direct a 35 mm piece for TBS which won two Regional Emmy Awards. Eventually, the show was sold to Castle Rock Entertainment. In 2002, Webster started a new troupe back on the island of Kauai. In 2004, he and Jennifer Horne moved to Virginia where she runs a comedy troupe and Webster makes independent films.
Lauren McGowen Barash
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