Director of Operations
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Steven M. Saltsman
Roger is a comedy improv performer, instructor, and coach in the Houston area.
He has performed with Station since it’s inception and was a member of Station’s inaugural Harold Troupe, Structure.
He is an improv program graduate of both The Upright Citizens Brigade Theater LA and The New Movement Theater based in Austin. Roger has attended workshops and been coached by dozens of mainstage performers from the UCB, iO, Annoyance and Huge theaters.
He has performed at such venues as The Second City LA, iO West, The Clubhouse (LA), TNM Austin/NOLA, Houston Improv Festival, Trill Comedy Festival, and TNM’s Megaphone Marathons.
Jessica oversees PR & Marketing and the Applied Improv program for businesses. She is an instructor and coach for Station Theater and serves as Producer and Director of Marketing for the Houston Improv Festival, Trill Comedy Festival, and BeachProv Women’s Improv Retreat. Jess has recorded two audio books and several radio commercials for Texas destinations.
Jessica completed the training programs at ComedySportz Houston in 2009 and The New Movement in 2010. She has continued her improv and sketch comedy education with inspirations from Kids in the Hall, iO Chicago, Annoyance Theater, Huge Theater, The New Movement and more. Jess toured nationally with TNM’s Tourceratops in 2012 and has performed at the Chicago Improv Festival, Trill Comedy Festival, Houston Improv Festival, Improv Wins, Megaphone Marathons and Houston Fringe Festival.
Past Troupes: Heroes of Milkton, Fematoma, Jousting Bieber, Crash Atlas, Space Mutt, Unwilling Voyeur
House Troupes: Structure Presents: The Harold, LaRonde, Eric Hungerford, Crash Atlas
Steven started improvising at Purdue University, where he earned his B.A. in Theatre-Acting. Steven is also a graduate of the Station Theater Conservatory.
He has performed and taught both long form and short form improvisation, since 2006 and 2008, respectively.
Steven has performed at the Trill Comedy Festival, Houston Improv Festival, Improv Wins and Houston Fringe Festival. He regularly performs with several house troupes at Station Theater as well as This Infinite Closet, The Mockumentalists, Padded Cell, Matt’s on Stage, Like-Minded People, Space Mutt, Red Hot Mammas, The 9s, Unwilling Voyeur and his solo improv show Prolific.
Steven has trained with Jill Bernard, Joe Bill, Tara DeFrancisco, the staff of ComedySportz Indianapolis, Holly Laurent, Chris Trew, Purdue’s Ship of Fools, much of the Purdue University Theatre staff and many others. Steven also received mentorship under Richard Stockton Rand.
Steven teaches forms, coaches, and produces shows/troupes at Station Theater.
He can also help you with your questions about upcoming classes, internships, how shows are run, troupe formation, and conservatory policies.
Aaron Garrett Contact Aaron: Email Aaron Garrett studied long form improv to con people into being in his sketch comedy (it didn’t work.) He graduated Station Theater’s conservatory program in 2014 with a major in Long-form improv and a minor in pottery. He co-founded Be Kind To Strangers sketch comedy which can be seen often at Station theater, and, so far, no where else. In 2014 he founded and has since run Anchor Sketch Comedy Collaborative, a group dedicated to bringing Houston sketch writers together outside of their normal troupes. He’s a homebody who rarely ventures outside Houston, but has performed at the Hideout Theater in Austin, and has worked with Stages Theater, Black Lab Theater, Houston Shakespeare Festival, and the Rice Players.
Current Troupes: Magical Lying Hour, Be Kind To Strangers (Sketch), Anchor (Sketch), 2H Club
Angela Mayans Lee – Instructor Contact Angela: Email
Angela Mayans is a teacher and coach at Station Theater. In a past life, Angela studied musical theater at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC and did things like tour the country as the Little Mermaid singing and dancing for children. Then she went to Columbia University and got a “real degree”, which she has used to become a video producer, writer and voiceover actor (things you really need an ivy league degree for, I swear, mom). After moving to Houston in 2012, Angela began her love affair with long-form improv comedy, graduating from Station’s conservatory program in 2013, continuing study at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade in Los Angeles, and participating in workshops with Chris Gethard and Joe Wengert.
Past Troupes: Sorry Mom, Beef Donkey, Rungeliad, That Special Torment
House Troupes: Supernova Armando, Structure presents : The Onion, Soundtrack, La Ronde 2, Crash Atlas, and Youngbloods
Monica began studying (and loving) improv at Station Theater in the summer of ‘13. From there, she joined Station’s first ever student troupe, graduated it’s conservatory program and currently coaches and teaches improv. Previously Monica spent much of her time performing musical theater with local and regional theaters around Houston. She has performed improv at Upright Citizen’s Brigade – Sunset, iO West, and participated in the Houston Fringe Fest, Houston Improv Festival, Trill Comedy Festival, and Funny Women Festival.
Past Troupes: This Infinite Closet, Unwilling Voyeur
House Troupes: Youngbloods, Supernova Armando, Structure Presents: La Ronde, The Harold, The Slacker, Pretty Flower, The Onion, Dinner for 6
Matt Graham’s improv instruction muddles delightfully with his daytime work as a middle school writing teacher. Matt is a graduate of The New Movement Conservatory. Some of his favorite improv instructors include: Shyla Ray, Joe Bill, Jill Bernard, Tammy Nelson, Chris Trew, Mike Spara, CJ Hunt, Tim Soszco, Jet Eveleth, and Jimmy Carrane. Matt has performed in several festivals and toured nationally.
Past Troupes: Blink, Heroes of Milkton, This Infinite Closet, Matt’s on Stage, The 9’s
Jim loves teaching. When he’s not teaching his high school math courses by day, he’s at Station teaching the Level 0 and Level 3 classes by night. Jim’s improv career started in January of 2012 when he began classes with and later graduated from The New Movement theater. Since then, he’s been the regular host of the Friday night shows at Station Theater and has performed in too many Supernova shows to count. He’s performed in several festivals both in Houston and across the states, written and performed in multiple sketch comedy shows, and participated in numerous variety shows.
Past Troupes: Blink, Day Girlfriend, The Legend That Never Was, Red Hot Mamas, The 9s
House Troupes: Supernova Armando, Supernova
Current Troupes: Standards, Like-Minded People, September
Bryan Cruz – Former Instructor
Bryan Cruz started his improv career in 2000 with ComedySportz High School League. Upon moving to Austin in 2003, he co-founded GigglePants Improv, the premiere college improv troupe of The University of Texas at Austin, which is still in existence. Bryan trained for nine years in Austin; focusing on Narrative Improv at Merlin Works, the Harold and Gamework Improv with Coldtowne and Institution Theaters, and at the UCB Theater in New York. He was cast in weekly shows with the Puppet Improv Project, and the Institution Musical Harold Troupe. He has performed in New York and Atlanta, GA with Dusk improvised Tween Erotica for a 2-year run. He has performed with Mark Sutton, Joe Bill, Jill Bernard and Asaf Ronin. His troupes have performed at the Oklahoma Improv Festival, Houston Improv Festival, and the Houston Improv Festival. Bryan is also a trained actor with a focus on Meisner. He is SAG eligible with film and commercial credits.
House Troupes: Structure Presents: The LaRonde, Movie Troupe
Shyla has taught improv classes, camps, and corporate and festival workshops since 2009 and currently teaches improv with Station Theater and Rice University. She’s the creator of the Trill Comedy Fest!
Shyla has a Masters in Art History from American University. She has studied improv with Tami and Chris of The New Movement Theater, at IO Chicago, and from instructors hailing from the Dallas Comedy House, Coldtowne Theater, the Annoyance Theater, and The Second City.
Shyla has performed and taught on tour across the country, at over a dozen major national festivals, opened for Tig Notaro, Aphasia, The UCB Allstars, The Tim & Micah Project, The Chris Gethard Show, and performed in shows with Jason Chin, Jill Bernard, Matt Donnelly, Mark Sutton, and Joe Bill.
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