Diana Brown - Co-founder and Company Member


Diana is delighted to be part of bringing Radiostar out of our studio and before live audiences. In addition to her work with Radiostar, Diana is co-producer of the Southern Railroad Theatre Company. She was co-founder/co-creator of the improvised sitcom Futurestyle '79. Diana originated the role of Red in the world premiere of Susan Jackson's Blessing Her Heart, for which she received a Bay Area Theatre Critic's Circle Award nomination. She played Elizabeth in Expression Productions' NYC and SF premieres of Marcus Lloyd's two-handed thriller Dead Certain. Other favorite stage credits include Annie Wilkes in the San Francisco stage premiere of Misery with Expression Productions, Inez in No Exit with Expression Productions. Dr. Livingston in Agnes of God, Beth in Box Conspiracy with George Coates Performance works, The Fairy Godmother Magee in Cinderella Waltz, Lucifer in Barry J. Weir's The Demon Pope. Diana also performs with the improv ensemble Submergency. She hosts The Studio Interviews on the Radiostar Network.

Christopher DeJong - Artistic Director of Improv, Company Member


Christopher DeJong was last seen onstage improvising with Leela at the 2011 SF Improv Festival. He first proposed the idea of an improv podcast to his friends a few years ago, and when Dan Wilson offered to produce it, agreed on the sole condition that it be called Radiostar. He then let Dan do all the hard work, and served as Artistic Director for the first few years of the project until heading off to volunteer overseas. Besides Radiostar, he created Submergency!, an improv comedy water show, which he coproduced with Dan and others. He has cofounded other improv ensembles in the Bay Area, as well as performing scripted theater, teaching improv, and appearing in the occasional short film. He studied improv in Chicago with Del Close, Charna Halpern, Mick Napier and others at IO and the Annoyance Theater, and Mesiner acting technique at the Artistic Home. He has worked in the Bay Area with Cassandra's Call, CAFE, Triple Shot, Bare Bones/First Scene, Center Rep, California Conservatory Theatre, and others. Thanks to Dan for making this possible and producing almost 200 episodes of Radiostar, and to Ann for too much to list.

Dan Ronco - Company Member

Dan is an improviser and educator in the bay area. He began studying improv in Chicago in 2003, and has enjoyed performing it ever since. In addition to working with Radiostar, he has been a troup member of Cool Kids Leave the Party, Quincy, Submergency, and Middle School Poetry (with whom he recently performed in Black Cat, part of the Creepshow series at the Darkroom). When he's not performing, Dan can be seen on a large boat with small children, thoroughly convinced that its 1906.

Dylan Russell - Company Member


Dylan is a professional director, actor and playwright. Favorite productions directed include – Future Me (TheatreFirst), World Music (TheatreFirst), Cassandra (A.C.T.), Aaah! Rosebud (Thunderbird Theatre), Persistent Vegetative State (Dog² Productions), David Ives' Ancient History (Hannah Productions), Speed-the-Play (Berkeley Rep), as well as adapting & directing two of Roald Dahl's works, A Lashing of Malice…(Alchemy Works) and the U.S. Premiere of Dahl's hit children's book, Matilda (New Conservatory). Dylan was Artistic Director of TheatreFirst and Managing Artistic Director of California Conservatory Theatre. She has served as Assistant Director to Richard E.T. White on numerous productions, including his acclaimed production of Albee's The Goat or, Who is Sylvia? She is Chair of Visual and Performing Arts as well as head of the Drama program at Jewish Community High School of the Bay. Currently, she is Artistic Director & Co-Founder of Dog² Productions.


Sharon Rylander - Company Member


Sharon Rylander velcro'd herself to Radiostar Improv just over a year ago and has been happily rip-free ever since. She may look familiar as the fake Kathryn Bigelow from Point Break Live which ran for 2 sold-out years across 4 San Francisco theaters. Other theater performances include multiple episodes of The Twilight Zone, Moon Over Buffalo, Oedipus The King, and many original SF works destined for Broadway (or at least cult favorites). In her spare time she helped found New Works West, which produced original works for the SF Theater Fest. Improv highlights include performing with Beatnik Syndicate as the only Bay Area troupe accepted into the 2006 NYC Del Close Marathon, a whacky annual event produced by Upright Citizen Brigade founders Amy Poehler & friends. She's also an original member of SF improv troupe Middle School Poetry and is directing them in Breakfast Fight Club, an original scripted play opening Sept 30th at The Dark Room.* In TV, she scored a "famous Hollywood death scene" on a popular Japanese TV show and later supported inventors on the History Channel. Film credits include Carrier, nominated for Best Picture at LA's FAIF film fest and Alexander Alejandro's Canary, which drew much critical acclaim at Cinequest. When not performing, Rylander geeks out with techy startups, neener-neener.

Brian Schirmer - Company member

Brian is Radiostar Improv's only homebrewed member. After serving as their squire and mascot for a couple of years, the company knighted him an active performer in January 2008. Brian is also a teacher, a writer of comics and screenplays, and a (retired) filmmaker. He is the writer/director of the no-budget feature films Medium Gray and Fools of the Game. His original graphic novel, White Tower, will ideally see the light of day in 2012 via Committed Comics. He is never bored.


Dan Wilson - Executive Producer, Company Member, Improv and Studio Interview Sound Engineer

Dan is the founder of Cassandra's Call Productions, and a member of Triple Shot Productions, and is an actor, playwright, director, filmmaker, puppeteer, and artist. He is the author of In a Distant Country, Pinch, 411, Vagina Dentata, Get it? Got it. Good!, Sweetie Tanya: the Demon Barista of Valencia Street, Harvesting the Lost, and All That and a Box of Donuts. His films From Goode to Greate and The Adventures of Tom Sup: The Courage Squad versus The League of Blame are used for leadership training in school districts across California and his short church dramas continue to be performed across the world. He has worked with many ensembles in the San Francisco Bay Area, including C.A.F.E. and Lunatique Fantastique. Dan was on the Board of Directors for the San Francisco Improv Cooperative (2004-2005) and performs with Pharmarsupial, The Legal Briefs, Submergency and has appeared as a guest with the Sam Shaw Show, and Improv Revolution.

 

Nolan Cook - Musician (Theme and selected episodes)

Ava Jackson - Emeritus Member

Jennifer Jajeh - Emeritus Member

Julie Kurtz - Emeritus Member

Janna Sobel - Emeritus Member

Brianne Kostielney - Emeritus Member

Zack Stern - Emeritus Member

Maggie Smith - Guest Artist

Anastasia Elizondo - Guest Artist

Bryce Byerley - Guest Artist

Trish Tillman - Guest Artist

Deb Wade - Guest Artist

Barry Weir - Guest Artist

Sarah Eismann - Guest Artist

Emily Jordan - Guest Artist

Julia Brothers - Guest Artist

Marcus Sams - Guest Artist

 


 

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