Instructors

Ciarán O’Conaire

Originally from Dublin, Ireland, Ciarán discovered his passion for the art of improv at SCIT back in 2013. Since then he has been performing regularly on various teams: From house teams (Smack & Cheese, Thunderpants, Fervor, One Hand Luke), to independent teams (Yeah Those Guys, USS Improvise). You may also find him dressed in black, wearing a beret as he performs with Remy Porter in the bombastic faux-art duo, Gestalt. Outside Pittsburgh, his teams have performed at improv festivals in New York (DCM) and Chicago (CIF).
Ciarán has coached house teams at SCIT (I Dream of Feeny, Vintage Quaid) as well as independent teams (The Deep End, Classy & Relevant) and several duos. His improv philosophy is the same as the sign that greets you in the SCIT lobby: “You are enough!”

Chris Wright

Chris began his acting career in college, receiving minor degrees in film and theater while performing in stage productions in college and then later at his local community theater. He then moved to Pittsburgh from Buffalo, NY (GO BILLS!), began taking improv classes at the Steel City Improv Theater in December 2011 and hasn’t looked back since. He was a member of the former SCIT house teams Boldwagon and Panic, along with the improv/sketch/musical show The Treehouse Lounge and various one-off shows. He is currently a member of the improvised sitcom show Midseason Replacement, the freestyle rap improv group Yo, Gloria!, and is a member of the inaugural Cagematch tournament champs, Radish Collective. He absolutely loves improv and is very thankful to have met so many fun and talented friends along the way.

Kasey Daley

Kasey is an an actor, improviser and singer. Soon you can catch her in the second season of the WGN series Outsiders as Carol and the movie Aftermath, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. A veteran of a whole bunch of improv groups, she has performed at bagillions of locations around New York City. She was a member of the Musical Improv group, “8 Bar Cut,” which featured seasoned Broadway and Musical Theater vets creating a completely improvised musical and a cast member of Sunday Night Improv, the long running improv comedy jam at the 78th Street Theater Lab.

Kasey is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy and holds a Bachelor of the Fine Arts from the New School University. She has studied at the Upright Citizens Brigade, The Magnet Theater and The People’s Improv Theater with Shannon O’Neil, Ben Schwartz, Kurt Braunohler, Mark Sutton, Matt Donnelly, Joe Bill and Ali Farahnakian and Armando Diaz.

Film/TV credits include: Father & Daughters with Russell Crowe, Not Cool (Starz), Z Rock (IFC), Supah Ninjas (Nickelodean) and in the 2016 PA Lottery “All About The Benjamin’s” Campaign. Theater/Improv credits include: Originating the role of Polly Pry in the New York premier of Trey Parker’s “Cannibal! The Musical!”, a founding member of the musical improv group “The LuPones (Del Close Marathon, NY Musical Improv Festival, NY UnScripted Festival). She also once played Judas in an all lady version of “Jesus Christ Superstar”, which was awesome. You can currently see her with the Union at the Steel City Improv Theater.

She lives with her husband, Justin Zell, their two cats, Madeline Jackson and Maxwell Edison and their dog about town Murray Berkowitz Daley Zell.

Justin Zell

Originally from upstate New York, Justin is a graduate of BinghamtonHigh School’s Rod Serling School of Fine Arts and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater Arts from SUNY New Paltz.

During his ten years in New York City, he primarily studied and performed at The People’s Improv Theater (The PIT),  The Upright Citizens Brigade Theater and The Magnet Theater. For two years, Justin taught and coached improv at The PIT while performing weekly on a PIT house team, The Wilhelm.  He co-created and co-hosted a podcast about improvisation entitled “Improvised New York” with Elizabeth Quinn.

In 2010, Justin co-founded Steel City Improv Theater (The SCIT) with his wife, Kasey Daley, in 2010. Since then, they have taught of over 1000 people improvisation and have conducted workshops for organizations such as THE UNIVERSITY of PITTSBURGH, CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY, BAYER and KRAFT HEINZ.  He is currently the Education Director of Steel City Improv Theater Training Program.