Kristie Koehler Vuocolo has been creating and performing and teaching professional empowering theatre for children and adults since 1997. She is a native to central Ohio but has spent two decades working professionally in Chicago theaters and across the country as a performer and teaching artist with an emphasis on comedy, improvisation and clown theater.
actor. Kristie was a member of the critically acclaimed Neo-Futurists theater company where she wrote, performed and directed for Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind (30 Plays in 60 Minutes) on most weekends and on tour for a decade. There, she also facilitated and developed course curriculum for theater professionals and enthusiasts in writing and performance. Kristie has worked with Available Light Theatre, CATCO, 500 Clown, The Factory Theater, Blair Thomas & Co., and is a lead actress with Project Murder Mystery.
monkey. Kristie is a founding member and former executive director of Barrel of Monkeys, a wildly successful arts education program that works to build literacy skills and self-esteem through writing and theater. Kristie served not only as a performer, but also developed curriculum for at-risk students in Chicago Public Elementary schools and professional development curriculum for teachers and educational professionals.
clown. As a physical theater artist, she was supervisor and performer with the premier hospital clowning program, the Big Apple Circus Clown Care Unit, where the performance team brought circus arts and improvisational theater to bedsides and waiting rooms at children's hospitals and elderly facilities. Additionally, she served as the Camp Director and lead clown instructor for CircEsteem Summer Camp. Kristie has trained in commedia dell'arte, slapstick comedy and she naturally falls down a lot. So there's that.
smarty pants. Kristie holds a B.S. from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and a Masters in Mass Communication from Kent State University. She served as associate instructor at North Park University for 11 years where she taught various communications courses in theater, writing and journalism and now teaches at Central Ohio Technical College. .
Oprah. Kristie is also a recipient of the Oprah Winfrey Civic leadership award that honored her continued work in creating theater that serves and nurtures community.
The Good Medicine Specialists Angie Austin (Dr. Cara Cature) Angie has been discovering, creating and collaborating in professional theatre since 2010 when she graduated from Kent State University with a BA in Theatre Studies. She has studied and performed at the Nest Theatre and Improv Olympic in Chicago and has taught improv classes in schools, day camps and senior living facilities. She is a vastly experienced interactive performer and has worked at the Ohio Renaissance Festival, the Florida Renaissance Festival and the Great Lakes Medieval Festival. She believes passionately in the healing power and of laughter. Comic inspirations: Robin Williams, Weird Al, Tina Fey, and Ryan Stiles
John Beeler (Dr. Croc) John majored in theater at Capital University and has been doing interactive theatre work for several years. He works with Project Murder Mystery and the Ohio Renaissance Festival as well with Columbus Civic and Actor's Theater. Comic Inspirations: Robin Williams, Abbott and Costello, Lucille Ball, and the Marx Brothers.
Kristie Koehler Vuocolo (Nurse Nutze) performed professionally in Chicago for almost 20 years before moving back to Columbus to be closer to family. Kristie has trained in commedia dell’arte, slapstick comedy and she naturally falls down a lot. Kristie was a founder and ensemble member of Barrel of Monkeys Theater company, an ensemble member with the Neo-Futurists theater company as well as the Big Apple Circus Care Unit. She has also worked with CATCO, Available Light Theater, 500 Clown & Blair Thomas and Company. Comic inspirations: Carol Burnett, Robin Williams, Amy Poehler & Miss Piggy.
Xema Whitley (Dr. Gooey) has been traveling, improvising, acting and creating theatrical experiences for all ages since 1989. She worked with Lampost Theater Company in Cedar Falls, Iowa where she toured with various national troupes and lead workshops in camps and for an international street performance program. Later, she worked with the improvisational troupe Off The Cuff in Lexington, Kentucky area. She has incorporated her love of drama and improv into her role as Director of Youth Ministries at Church of the Messiah in Westerville, Ohio where she is also the Director of their Puppet Team. Comic inspirations: Carol Burnett, Tina Fey, Will Ferrell, Robin Williams, Ellen DeGeneres, Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Fallon.
Christina Yoho (Ralph, the Therapy Dog) has been actively performing on stages around Columbus since returning from Santa Fe in 2010 with a degree in philosophy and historical mathematics. Productions of the last couple years include The Tempest (Ariel/Iris), The Winter's Tale (Camillo, The Bear!), Richard III (Lady Anne), All the Great Books, Abridged (Coach) with Actors' Theatre of Columbus(Schiller Park), The 39 Steps (Clown #2) with SRO, Fool for Love (May), Slow Dance on the Killing Ground (Rosie), Mother Courage and Her Children (Kattrin), and You Never Can Tell (Dolly) with Columbus Civic. Comic inspirations: Animaniacs, Harpo Marx, Whoopi Goldberg, and Elwood Blues.