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Instructors

Andy Adkins

Andy Adkins grew up in Mount Pleasant, SC and has studied at the University of Miami and College of Charleston.  He enjoys music, theatre, nature, and comedy.  He likes cats and is good at Jeopardy. In 2010 he joined the Theatre 99 company, and is thrilled to be a part of it!

 

John Brennan

John Brennan first started taking improv classes in 2003. He was fortunate enough to be asked to join the house team Fishing with Dynamite and the improv Tour company The Have Nots! Comedy Improv Touring Comany.  He has co-founded a sketch comedy group The Bottom Line, that created a dozen different shows and lasted 3 years.  Currently he is part of Big Dicktionary, a 2 person improv show, performed with Timmy Finch of The Have Nots!  He also is touring his one man show The Banana Manologues, a story about his ex-girlfriend.  He also loves animals.


 

 

TJ Dawe

TJ Dawe is a writer, performer and director of new theatre, whose award winning monologues have been presented at more than one hundred theatre festivals around the world. He has led workshops on storytelling and on developing original theatre, and will soon teach a course on solo shows at Langara College in Vancouver. 

 

Fran Gillespie

 Fran is Awesome!

 

Jason Groce

Jason moved to Charleston in 2001 and upon seeing a Have Nots! show, was instantly amazed and in love. Two years later, he found out others could actually perform with Theatre 99.  Two years after that in 2005, he grew a pair and took the classes with a friend and has been performing ever since. He loves improv like Neckprov and Cats Hugging Cats. He also loves to write and perform sketch comedy and started Foxhole Feng Shui, to the delight of a handful. He enjoys flirting and laughing and is a killer graphic designer and can throw a grown man out of a bar with his bare hands.

 

James Hamilton

 James Hamilton is a comedian and faculty member with the New Movement New Orleans.  He has been performing comedy in New Orleans since 2010 and can be seen performing regularly with the sketch group Stupid Time Machine, improv groups the French Navy, Super Computer, and Quiet on the Set, and solo as a storyteller and stand-up comedian.  He was a member of TNM NOLA's first graduating class and was the first teacher to come out of the conservatory program. 

 

Tommy Hutchins

Tommy is an improviser who has studied at Theatre 99 since early 2008.  He uses his background in math and science to approach performing, as well as life, with an analytical mind.  In his free time, he enjoys watching Bill Murray movies and listening to sports talk radio.   

 

Lee Lewis

Lee Lewis has been performing with Theatre 99 since 2000 and is a proud member of two of the longest running Wednesday night shows on the Theatre 99 schedule.  He is a member of Moral Fixation (along with Greg Tavares) and of the musical improv phenomenon Doppelganger (with Jason Cooper). He also performs regularly at Theatre 99 and frequently is invited to perform with Theatre 99's flagship show The Have Nots!  Lee did his theatrical training at Wofford College and was the resident actor for The Charleston Stage Company form 2001-2002.  When not performing he is a psychiatrist at MUSC, a husband to Amy, and a father to Charlie and Grace.

During his tenure with Theatre 99 Lee has performed in such improv acts as: Fishing with Dynamite, The Weeds, Cage Match, The Pinata, May I Take Your Order?, Improv Bingo and has been a past Improv Smackdown champion!  He also has performed in Theatre 99 productions of Fuddy Meers, The Harry and Sam Dialogues, and Brilliant Traces.

 

Andy Livengood

Andy Livengood's first performance at Theatre 99 was two runs of HOBO the Musical. Soon after this he graduated from the Theatre 99 improv training program.  He is a performer in Cats Hugging Cats.  He is the stage manager for The Banana Monologues and Foxhole Feng Shui and has stage-managed the plays, Eurydice and Horse Tranqs and Carriage People both for PURE Theatre. Andy was a cast member and writer in the sketch comedy troupe Maximum Brain Squad and has appeared with Wackytown, Cabaret Kiki, This is Chucktown, 3 Blind Mice, and 365 Days, 365 Plays at PURE Theatre. When he is not performing, Andy often works the lights and sound for other shows at Theatre 99.

 

Jessica Mickey

Jessica has been performing in various shows with Theatre 99 since 2002. She is a founding member of Mary Kay has a Posse, The Weeds, and Fishing with Dynamite, as well as the now defunct 4-Play. She also co-created, co-wrote and performed "Men are from Goose Creek, Women are from Savannah" and wrote and performed with the sketch comedy group The Bottom Line. Jessica has co-hosted morning radio shows on 96Wave and 98X, as well as wrote the weekly column "The Chase is On" for the Charleston City Paper. She regularly performs improv on Friday and Saturday nights at Theatre 99 and stand-up comedy in various venues around Charleston. Her most recent project is the two-person improvised show Little Miss Codependent with Brandy Sullivan.


 

Henry Riggs

Henry Riggs is a native of Charleston, SC who started improvising at Theatre 99 in 2004, making him the youngest company member in their history.  His first show, HOBO: The Musical, which he wrote and directed, was voted "Best non-Piccolo performance" of 2006 by the readers of The Charleston City Paper.  Henry hold a B.S. in Acting from The College of Charleston and completed the summer intensive at iO Theatre in Chicago. 

Other notable groups include:  The Sofa Kings (performer), Affirmative Action Jackson (writer/performer), The Measled Knights Sketch Comedy (co-creator/writer/performer), Ebony and Ivory (performer), Maximum Brain Squad (creator/writer/performer), Bear Trap (co-creator/performer) and the final performances of Cabaret Kiki (writer/performer).  He has also performed in Improv Inferno, Improv Smackdown, T99 Improv Jam, Cage Match, Improv Riot, holiday shows and several others.

Henry currently resides in chilly Chicago, IL where he is pursuing a career in starvation.

 

David Roach

David Roach has been a member of Theater 99 since it's founding in 2000.  David enjoys the constantly fresh challenge of creating dynamic, entertaining improv scenes.  David has done a number of shows as part of The Have Nots! Touring Company, and he frequently performs with groups such as Fishing with Dynamite, Neckprov, My Favorite Cult, and Outside Looking In, as well as in Improv Riot and Improv Smackdown.  David began exploring stand up comedy in January of 2008, and is a regularly featured stand up performer as part of This Is Chucktown.   David is known for busting up folding chairs and throwing out very specific and obscure references. He also lifts heavy things.

 

Brandy Sullivan

As a founder of The Have Nots! Comedy Improv Company (1995) and Theatre 99 (2000), Brandy has performed in over 1400 improv shows with Greg and Timmy in 26 states and is a Co-Producer of Piccolo Fringe and The Charleston Comedy Festival.

She is a proud member of Mary Kay Has a Posse, Neckprov, Full Love Throttle, Hot Pants, Little Miss Codependent, Shattering Pearls, and Men are from Goose Creek, Women are from Savannah.

She received a B.A. in Theatre and Speech from The University of South Carolina and is Theatre 99’s Co-Artistic Director.

She is happily married to Sean, the cute guy in the booth.

 

Greg Tavares

Greg started The Have Nots! with Brandy and some other friends in 1995.  He co-founded Theatre 99 with Brandy and Timmy in 2000 and has been improvising since 1985.  He wrote the curriculum taught in Theatre 99's training program and gets as much out of teaching as he does from being on stage.  He has a BFA in acting from USC and an MFA in directing from the Univ. of Nebraska, but still has nightmares that he never finished high school.  When he is not acting or directing he is hanging out with his best friend and wife Sara.

 

Additional Information

Currently Offered

Developing a Creative Practice

Saturday, Nov 1st @ noon

Special Class (cost is $35)

Instructor: TJ Dawe

Drop In Improv Class (adults only)

Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m.

Next class October 15

Instructor: Henry Riggs

Heighten or Die with the New Movement

Sat. Oct. 18th @ 2PM

Special Class (2 hours)

Instructor: James Hamilton

Level 1 Intro to Improv DAY CLASS

Wednesdays @ Noon

Starts Wednesday, Oct. 29th (advance payment in full required to hold a spot)

Instructor: Greg Tavares

Level 1: Intro to Improv - SOLD OUT

Mondays @ 7PM

Starts Wednesday, Oct. 29th (advance payment in full required to hold a spot)

Instructor: Andy Livengood

Level 2: Character Building in Improv - SOLD OUT

Tuesdays @ 7PM

Starts Tuesday, October 21

Instructor: Brandy Sullivan

Level 3: Five Scenic Elements, Relationship and Longform - SOLD OUT

Tuesdays @ 8:30 PM

Starts Tuesday, October 21

Instructor: Greg Tavares

Special Class with Greg Tavares: Playing Objective - SOLD OUT

Tuesdays @ 8:30 PM

Starts Tuesday, August 12

Instructor: Greg Tavares