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What is the Loop?


The Loop is a club for people interested in practicing and performing long form improv comedy. Members enjoy the opportunity to attend weekly practices where they are guided by a professional coach to hone their skills in this art form.


The Loop is also a ‘show generator’. Members are assembled into ensembles in order to gain performance opportunities at CSz Seattle’s Other Theatre. Training is largely format-focused (ie. Montage, Harold, Armando, Pretty Flower etc)


The Loop’s purpose is to produce and curate high-quality long form improv shows in CSz Seattle’s The Other Theatre in weekend primetime slots. In order to accomplish this, The Loop trains improvisers to be bold risk-takers who demonstrate resilience and energy, to offer hilarious performances with honesty and heart.


When is it?


Practices are Sundays from 6pm-8pm at CSz Seattle.


How long is the commitment?


The Loop operates in “seasons” of 3 months.


Are there any Prerequisites?


Anyone who auditions must have taken a minimum of three course levels with an established improv comedy theatre organization.


How do I join?


Members must audition. Here's the audition form.


How many people will be in it?


The Loop will have a maximum of 35 performers.


Once I audition, do I need to re-audition for future seasons?


No, you don’t. However if it’s determined that your involvement isn’t a good fit, you may be informed you may not re-join, or that you must re-audition on a future date.


If I get in, how much does it cost?


$60 per season ($20 per month)


What am I getting for my money?


  • Professional coaching with individual-specific feedback.

  • A bunch of new friends.

  • Being a member of The Loop removes many of the burdensome aspects of being in an improv ensemble, The Loop provides:

    • Regular weekly practices

    • Space to practice

    • Coaching

    • Performance opportunities


How are groups decided?


Members of The Loop will pitch ideas for shows. A number of those shows will be selected. Selections will be based on the number of people in The Loop, their availability, and the available performance slots. The Loop’s Artistic Director and Steering Committee will divide the members of The Loop into groups to perform one of the selected show pitches.



Meet the Head Coach!


Alex Grindeland is the founder of CSz Seattle. He performs weekly in our long form and short form improv shows. Alex has been improvising for 17 years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Theatre-Education and enjoys teaching, coaching, and directing improvisers of all ages and experience levels.


Meet the Assistant Coaches!

Cagney Ortiz

Elena Martinez

Erica McIntyre

Ethan Smith

Jess Lampe

Yolanda Suarez





Photo Credit: Yolanda Suarez

Erica McIntyre


Erica McIntyre is an improv and sketch comedian, and all around comedy nerd. She is a member of long-form improv teams Captain and Yeah Okay, as well as a CSz Seattle Pro Player. Erica has performed at the Del Close Marathon, Women in Comedy Festival, and has headlined with her sketch team, Doesn't Even Rhyme, at Seattle Sketchfest. Erica loves teaching improv and sharing her passion for comedy with others.






Ethan Smith


When Ethan was in the third grade, he wrote an eleven-page-long Harry Potter fan fiction and read it out loud at the school talent show. Now, he’s a somewhat less awkward artist. Ethan is a huge proponent of the Seattle improv scene. He’s studied longform improv under Kevin Mullaney, the former Artistic Director of the Upright Citizens Brigade, and he’s worked as the Improv Coordinator at The Pocket Theater and as the Marketing and Communications Manager at Jet City Improv and the Seattle Festival of Improv Theater. Today, he’s a longform improv coach, teacher and performer. Ethan can’t wait to work with you!






Elena Martinez


Elena start doing improv about 5 years ago, originally in the pursuit to gain more confidence onstage as a stand up comedian.  She started taking classes at Jet City Improv, while spending two summers in Chicago at Second City enrolled in their sketch and improv immersion program.  She spent two years with her, now defunct, team Hell Yeah studying UCB game theory under the tutelage of Kevin Mullaney. Elena improvises all over town in a myriad of couplings and configurations






Cagney Ortiz

Cagney’s improv life began in 2013 in Austin, TX. As a graduate from the Hideout Theater and a core cast member in several main-stage productions, his early experience focused heavily on long-form narrative as well as short-form in Keith Johnstone’s Maestro format. Through the years he has explored countless other forms with his long running troupes Bingo & G, Channel 2, Discard After Use, Mr. Snake, Tom Does The Good Work, and the Unstoppable End.






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A typical practice at The Loop would look like this:


6pm-6:15pm: Group warm-ups

6:15pm-7:15pm Main Lesson w/ Head Coach)

7:15-7:20 BREAK

7:20-8:00pm Break-off Practices w/ Assistant Coaches


Season 2 Dates:


Audition: May 5th 2019 6pm-8pm


Practices on Sundays 6pm-8pm May 12th-July 28th


Last Sunday of each month is a show/jam 6:30-8:00pm, featuring one or two Loop groups, followed by a jam for any Loop members.


Questions? Email Alex Grindeland. ALEX@CSZSEATTLE.COM


Here's that audition form one more time :)

Photo Credit: Yolanda Suarez


Yolanda Suarez


Yolanda studied improv at UCB in NYC, is a member of CSZ Seattle, Co-Founder of Captain and a lover of karaoke!






Jess Lampe


Jess loves long form and has performed in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, DC, Brisbane, Canberra. He has taught and coached for over 15 years. During that time, he was the producer of the Australian Theatresports Grand Championships and numerous long form groups. He got his start at USC as part of the Groundlings coached Commedus Interuptus.






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Photo Credit: Yolanda Suarez