Matthew Krevat (Director/Performer)
Matthew started his improv training in 1980 under the founding cast of New York’s Chicago City Limits improv company. Matthew has been a founding member of and artistic director for ComedySportz of Chapel Hill, The Stand-Up Guys, The Product, and Mid-life Crisis. In 2005 he appeared as CK Dexter Haven in NRACT's production of The Philadelphia Story and as Eliot Garfield in a scene from The Goodbye Girl in NRACT's History of the Theatre. He is the creator of (and half the performing cast of) Comedy Out of Context. In joint productions presented by the Idiots and NRACT, Matthew was one-third of the performing cast in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) in January and September 2007 and The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged) in March 2009. Matthew discovered he was an Idiot in 1997.
Wade Newhouse (Asst Director/Performer)
Wade performed with ComedySportz
of Chapel Hill for three years, and has appeared in
local theater productions of Desire Under the Elms, Rosencrantz
& Guildenstern are Dead, and Assassins.
While teaching at Cary High School, Wade directed student
productions of The Tempest, The Merchant of
Venice, Macbeth, and Hamlet. In joint
productions presented by the Idiots and NRACT, Wade was
one-third of the performing cast in The Complete Works of
William Shakespeare (abridged) in January and September
2007 and The Bible: The
Complete Word of God (abridged) in March 2009. Wade
discovered he was an Idiot in 1997.
Romni Rossi (Performer)
Romni is the touch of class for the Idiots, as an accomplished instructor and actress (in both improvisational and scripted work), and a professional singer (currently performing in venues around the Triangle). She has been a local television producer and a television street reporter for such events as Artsplosure. She has appeared in The MouseTrap, Noises Off, and NRACT’s productions of Harvey, Wait until Dark, The Wizard of Oz, The Odd Couple, The King and I, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Harold and Maude, The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail, The Philadelphia Story, Clue: The Musical, the Laramie Project, and as Antigone in a scene from Antigone in NRACT’s History of the Theatre. Romni was "Bob the light guy" for The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) in the September 2007 joint production presented by the Idiots and NRACT. She is working on beating Debbie's "undressing Idiots record" and is off to a great start after being the stage manager, prop mistress, and backstage assistant for The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged). Romni discovered she was an Idiot in 1998.
Mikey West (Producer/Performer)
Mikey was a founding member of The Product and Mid-life Crisis and has performed with ComedySportz of Raleigh. He is one half of the performing cast for Comedy Out of Context. He appeared in a staged reading of Broken Blossoms and the NRACT productions of Harvey, The Wizard of Oz, The King and I, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Harold and Maude, The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail, Dracula, The Philadelphia Story, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Run for Your Wife, the Laramie Project, Diary of Anne Frank, and as the Pirate King in a scene from The Pirates of Penzance and as Duke Theseus in a scene from A Midsummer Night’s Dream in NRACT’s History of the Theatre. He was the Assistant Director for NRACT’s production of Picasso at the Lapin Agile which prepared him for his directorial debut with Clue: The Musical (which was so successful that it became one of the few shows to get a second run at NRACT). Don’t upset him, as he is currently the Weapons Master for NRACT. In joint productions presented by the Idiots and NRACT, Mikey was one-third of the performing cast in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) in January and September 2007 and The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged) in March 2009. Mikey discovered he was an Idiot in 2000.
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John Vettel (Musical
Singer/songwriter John Vettel was one half of the musical duo Uncle John and Mikey. The duo performed at day cares, preschools, and children’s events in the Triangle throughout the 1990s. Ask him about his new CD! Since the start of the new millennium, John has been performing and teaching (music theory and guitar) to children at area day cares and recently joined NRACT’s staff as resident music teacher. John ventured into the world of "tech" by assisting "Bob the light guy" for The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) in the September 2007 joint production presented by the Idiots and NRACT. John discovered he was an Idiot in 2000.
Katie started her improv career in the Wake County Public School System. The improv bug bit her when she was a member of the high school based troupe Teen Co. inspiring her to continue her studies with ComedySportz of Raleigh, where she met Matthew. Most of Katie’s improv career, however, was international as she studied and performed with Second City in Toronto, Canada. She appeared in NRACT’s production of Harold and Maude, and has been seen on local television in a commercial for AM850 The Buzz. Katie discovered she was an Idiot in 2003.
Brian came from Minnesota to Raleigh to be a graduate student
in the Operations Research program at North Carolina State
University, but first he had make a four year stop at Oberlin
College. During this layover, he
majored in mathematics and theater (which is easily the most useful liberal arts major). He's done a lot of theater, creative and technical, but the damage was done when he discovered improv in Minnesota. Since then he has been in Primitive Streak, a long-form group from Oberlin College, and he interned with Stevie Ray's Improv Company in Minneapolis. Brian discovered he was an Idiot in 2007.
Kevin is the founder of Tuesday Night Improv, which has been performing weekly in Portsmouth NH since 1994. He has performed all over the country as a stage actor, performing in more than 100 shows. Highlights include: Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar, Rum Tum Tugger in Cats, Jerry in The Full Monty, Harold Hill in Music Man, Danny Zuko in Grease, and Scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz (in 5 separate productions). Kevin was a Guest VJ on MTV in the Late 90’s, performing on shows such as the Matt Penfield Suite, Pauly Shore, Bill Bellamy Jams, and 12 Angry Viewers. He had appeared on television on SeaQuest, Out of the Blue, and Law and Order. He has been a spokesperson for Kelloggs, Mattel, Hasbro, the group N SYNC, Entertainment TV, Madison Square Garden and was known in the Disney world as a whole Bunch of Crazy Characters, including Jett Dexter, a DJ for Radio Disney. Kevin wrote and directed 2 educational touring shows for The Walt Disney Company, and produced three Off-Broadway shows. Kevin discovered he was an Idiot in 2010.Return to Top
Laura Parker (Performer)
Until recently, Laura could only be found behind the scenes. From 1999 through 2007, she spent her days creating historic and fantasy costumes for Renaissance festival performers and patrons. Since then, she has branched into theatrical costuming - designing and creating the costumes for the NRACT production of Charlotte's Web. She is currently the only lawyer working as a draper and costume technician at NC State's University Theatre. Although she dabbled in improv in high school, Laura didn't start formal improv training until 2009 when she took a class taught by Raleigh's Village Idiots, and the rest is history. Laura discovered she was an Idiot in 2010.
Alexa Ortiz (Performer)
Alexa discovered her love for improv while attending nursing school at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. It is there she became a member of the Tablespoon of Talent improv team for the next 3 years (a group sponsored out of the university's theater department). Upon graduating she moved to the Cary/Raleigh area in 2009 to save lives over at Wake Med and promptly showed up at the Idiots' doorstep to serve her time as a Half-Wit. When not healing people through the art of laughter and narcotics, Alexa also can occasionally be found showing off her stand-up comedy skills at local clubs and annoying her neighbors by playing her cello at all hours of the night. Alexa discovered she was an Idiot in 2011.
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