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Dina Stansbury

Ask Dina, “So, what’s your story?,” and she’ll say, “I’m a storyteller.”  Dina wanders through the wonderful world of stories as a kids’ storyteller at the Monterey Public Library.  One day, while wandering in Santa Cruz, she dropped in to the Fun Institute’s “Saturday Morning Live” drop-in improv class.  She wanted more.  Who can blame her?  So Dina took improv classes and wandered in to the wonderful world of improv when she joined Women of Whimsy and The Mirth’O’Matics. Storytelling plus improv?  Simpatico. Detaching from the brain and connecting to the heart, Dina claims she’s the  “Happy Wanderer,” and, as you’ve probably guessed, she also loves Bulgarian dancing.

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Pat Rutowski

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Pat’s love of stage began in the 4th grade, when cast as a sorcerer she had to recite: “When king is queen, and queen is king, When backward forward prince is seen, When all shall be as I have spoken, Then shall the wicked spell be broken.” Thus the spell of a fourth grade acting career was broken, freeing Pat to get a life which is now under the spell of whimsical improvising with Women Of Whimsy. When not spellbound by improv, Pat serves as the Director Of Educational Services at Community Hospital Of Monterey Peninsula (CHOMP) and volunteers at Pacific Grove’s library and museum. Pat is also spellbound by the spectacular, natural beauty of the Monterey Peninsula. She surrenders to this spell by romping in the hills of Carmel Valley, and frolicking in the waves at Asilomar. However due to metaphysical limitations, romping and frolicking occur on separate occasions.

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Allison Yant  

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Improv discovered Allison when working as a Roadie for a bluegrass band.  She wanted to promote the tambourine player.  “Well, there really is a shortage of good tambourine players.”  She pleaded her case.  The band said no-way.  “I get no respect!,” she screamed.  It was the worst Rodney Dangerfield impression ever.  The band said go home.  On her way she stopped off at a comedy club in Sioux Falls, volunteered for one of the games and caught Improv-itis.  The only known cure is more improv.  She joined Monterey iMPRoV.  Oh, and that tambourine player?  He gave up tambourining and became the band’s Roadie.  As for Allison?  She’s getting lots of respect.

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Rich

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Rich Westbrook 

Born with too much energy and not enough impulse control, Rich was the inspiration for Ritalin. Fortunately, he stays busy as a Chiropractor, Toastmaster, Martial Artist, Runner and TV Host. Rich brings a high energy level to the Mirth-O-Matics that goes well with his manic intensity. His lovely wife and two teenage daughters are grateful he discovered Improv two years ago, because now he gets paid to be “special” and gives them another opportunity for a break.

Tis the Season to Be Jolly!

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There is no better way to have a jolly good time than to catch a Women of Whimsy show! It’s the perfect way to send out 2011, especially if you didn’t get enough belly laughing this year. Join us Friday, December 3oth at The Alternative Cafe, 1230 Fremont Blvd in Seaside, CA! The show starts at 7:30 but  if you come at 7pm you’ll get the best seats in the house. And it’s only $10!

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Kira Gray  

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“I was walking to my Japanese class when suddenly I was hit by a ball flying out of an improv class.  Instinctively I returned the ball to the improv instructor and stayed for the entire semester.  Well, what would you have done?”   One of Women of Whimsy’s original cast members, Kira was instrumental in bringing the Whimsies to life.  An avid fan of the performing arts, Kira sings, dances, takes acting and directing classes, writes poetry and songs and loves four legged, furry creatures.   Lucky for Women of Whimsy that Kira was hit by that improv class ball.   She never did make it to Japanese class, but keeps that option open.

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We thought it would be fun to feature a couple of our cast members each month. Doesn’t that sound fun? We’ll start with Numero Uno (yes, that is what he makes us call him), the Director himself, Gerry Orton!


Gerry Orton, Founder & Director, Monterey iMPRoV

Following a career in youth social services during the 70’s and 80’s in Lake Tahoe, Gerry pursued an interest in improv theater.   Why improv?  “It was the next obvious choice.”  In 1997 he co-founded ComedySportz Lake Tahoe.  It evolved into the Tahoe Improv Players and continues making stuff up.   In 2004 Gerry moved to Monterey where he founded and directs, Women Of Whimsy, and The Mirth’O’Matics which includes the other gender.  Why Monterey?  “It was the next obvious choice.”  Gerry’s addiction to improv keeps him teaching, directing and  performing. He refuses all efforts at recovery.  He also admits an addiction to dark chocolate.

iMPRoV JAM ON SATURDAY NOVEMBER 5th, 2011

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Special Mix’n Match

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November 5  –  7:30 pm
442 Central Avenue, Pacific Grove
Map & Directions

Improv performers from San Jose, Santa Cruz and Monterey … all together on one stage!  A recipe for fun.

730 p.m.
442 Central Avenue, Pacific Grove

Map & Directions
$10

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Also on Nov 5 for improvisers, we are honored to have special guests:

Laura and Rick Hall present
A Musical Workshop

Laura, Musical Director for “Whose Line is it Anyway?“, Sweet Potatoes
Rick, Actor, Musician, Second City, “Curb Your Enthusiasm”

10 am – 12:30 pm
12 – 12:30 pm demo

Experience:  1 year minimum of improv experience
$40


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Making A Scene … in a good way!

Jeff KramerComedySportz San Jose
– he’s the one on the left! 

2 – 4 p.m.

Experience. 1 year minimum of improv acting.
$25

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Join us for any and all!

Contact montereyimprov@gmail.com to register.