Maria is a senior Art Administration major at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe. She loves SCIT and all the fun, friendly, wacky people she works with! At school, Maria has been involved in several theatre groups on campus both on stage and behind the scenes. She worked at the Saint Vincent Summer Theatre for three years in as an assistant stage manager and the box office manager. She also spent time working in the box office and as a house manager at the Palace Theatre in Greensburg. Now Maria is an employee of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust in downtown Pittsburgh. In her spare time, Maria can be found at Yough Intermediate/Middle School where she is the director of the drama department. When she is not working at a theatre, Maria enjoys going to see shows, reading, and playing with her crazy cats!
Deonna is a grad student at Point Park University with hopes of attending NYU’s Performance Studies Doctoral Program this fall 2017.
Bethany Swan is a graduate of California University of Pennsylvania who currently works at the University of Pittsburgh as well as SCIT. She likes hiking, biking…..wait. That’s not right. She likes her bed, food, and dogs. There that’s better. Anyway, she hopes to see you at SCIT soon.
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.
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.