MEET MAD COWFORD!

JOHNNY KALINOWSKI
(Director/CEO/Instructor/Player)
Teams: Ethel MerMan, More Cowbell, Bach
John has been the Director of Mad Cowford Improv since its creation in 2006. He teaches all levels of Mad Cowford classes including "The Harold." John has a theatre degree from the University of Florida and spent four years in University of Florida's Theatre Strike Force.  John was a member of "The Sunday Group, TSF's long-form improvisation group.  He was once the "Alternate Horse" in a stage production of Peter Shaffer's Equus.  John has been performing and directing improv for almost 19 years. 

RACHEL STROMBERG
(Player/Instructor/Head of Training)
Teams: More Cowbell

Rachel Stromberg became addicted to improv, when she saw her first live show in 2003.  She has been performing for 10 years and has had training with distinguished improvisation instructors like Bill Arnett, Danny Mora, and Marla Caceres of iO, Chicago, and Robin Scott, Mary Scruggs, Kerry Sheehan, and Rachel Mason of Second City, Chicago.  

Rachel began her career in improv with Improv Jacksonville from 2004-2006.  She is a charter member and instructor for Mad Cowford Improv. In addition to performing as an Ensemble member of the main cast, Rachel performs with More Cowbell, Mad Cowford's musical improv team, and No Bull, Mad Cowford's all-female improv team.

Rachel is proud to share the stage with her friends.

RICK SPRUIELL
(Player/Director of Finance)
A student of improv since '04, you'd think he'd have learned something by now. Extremely timid and easily frightened, Rick will usually come out of his shell long enough on Friday nights to help his cast members have enough people to put on a show. He belongs to a paranormal investigation team and loves to investigate the paranormal because spirits don't judge. Rick works by day repairing medical diagnostic equipment because electricity doesn't judge. The rest of his spare time is usually spent making movies for festivals, making commercials for foreign countries or just generally waiting for his real life to begin. If you should see the cover of the book that is Rick, don't judge.
NICK DAVIS
(Player/Instructor)
Teams: Beastwood, More Cowbell, TugBoat
Nick Davis is a drummer who never attends a formal occasion unless he's dressed in a cat t-shirt and/or a set of Nintendo power gloves. Firmly obsessed with never holding a world record in anything, Nick brings his three and a half semesters of being a drama major to the mainstage, and his communications degree to the job fair. He enjoys calling his own cell phone from random landlines and having long conversations with himself, discussing dinosaurs, Stephen Baldwin movies, and the state of Delaware (he's such a good listener). Nick is overjoyed to be a member of Mad Cowford, but is "extremely irritated with the new fax machine at work." 
SHAVONE STEELE
(Player/Instructor)
Teams: Beastwood
Shavone started her stage life in an awful 8th grade production of A Christmas Carol. Her return to the stage came nearly 20 years later when she moved back to Jacksonville in 2010 and took an improv workshop.  It was love at first "Yes."
BOBBY PARKER
(Player)
Teams: Ethel MerMan
Bobby is painfully shy and is a mild stutterer.  He is overweight and nearsighted.  The most embarrassing moment of his life is updated on a day to day basis.  Bobby is willing to use all of these gifts to amuse you.
STEFANIE NICHOLSON
(Player)
Stefanie, former member of the Jamaican Bobsled Team, has traded in her uniform and helmet to join the improv scene. A household name to many (because of her current reign as Macarena Queen), Stefanie is a dancing member of Mad Cowford. When Stefanie is not traveling the world in her magic bobsled, she spends time with the Mad Cowford troupe in efforts to change the lives of those in Jacksonville- One Laugh at a Time!
MATT SHUMAN
(Player)
Matt Shuman is more or less a native of Jacksonville and has been with Mad Cowford since 2007.  After graduating from William M. Raines Sr. High, he became involved with acting while studying theatre at Jacksonville University under the instruction of Debbie Jordan and Devlin Mann.  At JU he was involved in such productions as "You Can't Take It With You", "The Threepenny Opera", "Twelfth Night", and "Buried Child" for which he received the honor of the best actor of 2005 from Jacksonville University's fine arts department.  During a brief absence from the stage he studied art as well as stage lighting.  He returned to the theatre scene in "Biloxi Blues" at the Limelight Theatre in St. Augustine and "Home On Deranged" at Players by the Sea.  
LYRA HALL
(Player/Tech)
Teams: More Cowbell, Evening Chill
While Lyra didn't had any formal improv training, she has followed the route of most Americans and received her improv education from television. As a child growing up in St. Louis, she became a fan of SNL, Second City, Monty Python, Kids in the Hall, The State and many other ensemble comedy troupes. Lyra's love for improv and impressions have both entertained and annoyed friends and co-workers as they never truly know if they're talking to Lyra or another co-worker. She's glad to be among the herd at Mad Cowford!
MATT FLAGLER
(Player/Instructor)
Teams: Beastwood, Ethel MerMan, More Cowbell
Matt mistakenly joined Mad Cowford after originally searching for organizations that shared his anger at cows and the Detroit auto giant, Ford.  After several awkward meetings/rehearsals, Matt caught on and learned the trade of improvisation.  Matt would love to perform with you, hopefully during our performances.  Matt also would love to discuss our nation's crippling cow lobbyist group as well as the ridiculously low miles per gallon of a Ford Escort.
JACK BISSON
(Player/Instructor)
Teams: MeeMaw
A self-described improv junkie, Jack began making his improvisational bones on the mean streets of Orange Park.  He attributes his street-wise improv persona to the more than 10 years he spent as a stay-at-home dad (S.A.D.) to his two sons: Kyle and Lucas.  When not doing the home school thang, Jack entertains himself by reading improv books and going to improv festivals.  Performing improvisational theatre led to Jack performing in community theater performances, including his first lead role in  Arsenic and Old Lace.  Jack is thrilled to be part of Mad Cowford as he makes his way to total improv enlightenment. 
JAMIE ARMSTRONG
(Player/Instructor)
Teams: Beastwood, More Cowbell
Jamie is an incredible actor that started his performance journey by having his McDonald's cherry pie microwaving job outsourced to India and being embarrassed by singing the Polish version of Divinyls' "I Touch Myself," on Germany's version of American Idol.  Jamie is also a former member and instructor of University of Florida's Theatre Strike Force and The Sunday Group. 
SEBASTIAN INKS
(Player/Instructor/Tech)
Teams: Bach, Dutch
Sebastian would like to say hello everyone reading this! He likes improv, pulp fiction and never going to the beach. Sebastian is a fan of trying to get out of plans and avoiding unnecessary social situations. When it comes to improv sebastian treats it like he does food; getting as much of it as he possibly can as often as he can. His favorite types of improv are Italian and Greek and his favorite type of food is Longform. Sebastian would also like to say goodbye to everyone reading this.
PATRICK SNYDER
(Player)
Teams: Beastwood
Patrick is from the great state of New Jersey, where he once played Ali Baba in a grade school presentation of that medieval Arabic legend's eponymous folk tale, but is pretty sure his only line was "Open Sesame.'  Then, Patrick had to get glasses, so he figured that he would become an engineer, which took him through Pittsburgh and Delaware on his way to Jacksonville.  Then, he got hipper glasses, so Patrick decided to try his hand at improv.  Ever since, he's been improv-ing, and finds it interesting that improving and improv-ing are the same word.  He thinks Mad Cowford is awesome, and is incredibly excited to have the opportunity to entertain or upset y'all.
BRAD BERGHOF
(Player)
Teams: Beastwood, Ethel MerMan, TugBoat
Brad is originally from Spring Hill, FL and considers himself to be a true Floridian; having lived in each major region of the sunshine state. When it comes to sports his loyalties lie as follows:  Florida Gators, Tampa Bay (Buccaneers, Rays, & Lightning), Chicago Bulls, and Tottenham in the EPL. He has been practicing improv since 2008 and is a graduate of both Theatre Strike Force and the iO Training Program in Chicago, IL.  He loves performing, and is proud to be part of such a thriving improv community in Jacksonville!
MIKE SMITH
(Player)
Teams: Mike's One Man Show
A native of Gainesville, FL, Mike moved to Jacksonville after a 7 year stint in Connecticut.  He is excited to be back in Florida and enjoying life near the beach.  Mike once took a theater class at a community college, so he's practically a professional actor.  He is, currently, taking applications for president of the Mike Smith Fan Club.  He likes chocolate, the Gators, grilled bovine, and green pictures of Benjamin Franklin.  Mike is excited to be a part of Mad Cowford Improv and hopes that he can make you laugh as much as he cracks himself up.
JASS LAXER
(Player)
Teams: Evening Chill
Born the love child of "In Loving Color" and Nickelodeon's "Roundhouse", Jass was then raised by "The Golden Girls" quenching her thirst for knowledge and her times tables with the product formally known as Pepsi Vanilla. She enjoys rubbing elbows with the Mad Cowford crew, laughing at lemons, and crying in the presence of clowns. By day, Jass is the President of the company in her head, collecting old issues of Teen Beat, BB, and Tiger Beat. Whether she is losing her mind, gaining perspective, or singing/rapping in her car, Jass has her eye on that bowl of ice cream and keeps regrets to a minimum.
PATRICK DALTON
(Player/Instructor)
Teams: Dutch
Patrick is an enigmatic man and little is known about him. He makes a mean guacamole and also performs stand-up at venues around Florida and beyond. He currently runs "Comedy Uncorked" every Wednesday at the Wine Bar in Jacksonville Beach. He would prefer it if you refer to him as "Jamie Armstrong." 
DELLA WEAVER
(Player/Instructor)
Della has had the pleasure of improvising since 2005 and playing with such fine troupes as Improv Jacksonville, Milk Comedy Crew, and Exploding Bishops Improv Comedy Crew. Della was also personally responsible for the extinction of the Dodo Bird, the Great Auk, and the Passenger Pigeon as well as the simultaneous invention of the world's first turducken, known then as the 'doaukon'. 
CHELSIE YORK
(Player/Instructor)
Teams: MeeMaw
Chelsie is a crazy plant lady from Alabama who wins people over with her southern charm and warm hugs. She started using improv as a form of therapy to give the voices in her head a creative outlet. In the process, people decided she was just weird enough to be funny. She is greatly appreciative to Mad Cowford for taking her in because her plants stopped speaking to her about six months ago, and she was starting to get paranoid.
EUSTACHIUS ROBERTS
(Player)
Teams: Tire Swing
Eustachius joined Mad Cowford in 2016 through his charm and wit. Able to switch from deadly serious to winning smile at a moment's notice, he is a player to be reckoned with. If you look for him on social media, you won't find him, because he'd rather get to know you in person.
ROBERT WATERS
(Player/Tech)
Teams: MeeMaw

Robert started his performance career in the 5th grade after being cast as Narrator in "Where the Wild Things Are," and never looked back! That is, in the sense that he never appeared in another play. He is aware that plays keep coming out but figures "been there, done that."

He has, for real, eaten a live octopus. He is still not truly certain if it was a cultural delicacy or a common prank on foreigners but nevertheless claims he is 1/128th octopus on his tax returns so he can write off beach trips.

He currently sells 25% of his life to a large corporation to sustain the other 75%.


JERED JACKSON
(Player)
Teams: Tire Swing
Jered gets his hair cut by the first available lady at Supercuts and his wardrobe is assembled at Belk's. He turns his Mini Wheats frosted side down before laying them on his tongue and he nibbles the edges off his Kit Kat before starting on the wafer. He's been known to roll through stop signs and accelerate beneath yellow lights.  Have you ever sneaked a quick little three-step jog at the public pool when the lifeguard was looking the other way? Well, guess what. Jered has. His exhilarating life experiences and unwonted lust for danger underscore all of his Mad Cowford performances. Sometimes the palpable emotion becomes so great that patrons walk out on his performances early, no doubt to regain their composure. 
GABS MAGID
(Player)
Teams: Tire Swing
Gabrielle Magid was basically born on stage. Her acting career began at age 7 when she burst onto the scene as Gretl Von Trapp. Born and raised in Jacksonville, FL she briefly ditched Duval to attend the University of Florida and perform with Theatre Strike Force and the Treble Makers. Now she's back in Jax and way too excited to be a part of Mad Cowford. She's a big fan of eating guacamole and writing thank you notes. Neither of which she anticipates doing on stage. But, never say never.
SARA GOLDSMITH
(Player)
Teams: Tire Swing
Human woman Sara Goldsmith was born in Boston, MA and raised above Rafiki's arms to take her rightful place as The Lion King. A graduate of The Second City Hollywood Training Center, she has written/performed in numerous sketch revues and has performed with several longform improv troupes in Los Angeles. She can be seen in OBGY Not? Comedy's original webisodes, some of which have been featured on Elizabeth Banks's WhoHaha . She is thrilled to join the Mad Cowford family and is psyched to rep the ladies in the Jax comedy scene #ladyprov.
TERRY RAY WIRTH
(Player)
Teams: Tire Swing

Terry Ray has been on and off the stage since he started singing and dancing for Ne-hi grape sodas at the Polaski Hall at the age of 4. He spent much of his youth watching SNL, Steve Martin, Peter Sellers, etc, and every Sunday watching Abbott & Costello, Laurel & Hardy and Martin & Lewis.  This lead to many unauthorized performances during class in High School, followed by many after school detentions of cleaning floors, washing black boards, and clapping erasers.  

He continued performing and training during a brief 25-year stint in Corporate America, in which his dance and comedic talents were honed through training at Princeton University, numerous dance/comedic instructors & venues, and most recently with Atlantic Beach Exp. Theatre, The Comedy Zone, and of course Mad Cowford, among others.  

He is thrilled to be performing improv, an art form that closely resembles his life: full of variety, wonderful to share and experience, and jumping off and never knowing what’s going to happen next!!!

SERAH BENNETT
(Player)
Teams: Dutch
Serah Bennett is proud to be a part of Mad Cowford Improv when she isn't improvising at the University of Florida, where she performs with Theater Strike Force as part of "The Sunday Group." Besides Improv she loves the theater. She has been in many theater productions in Jacksonville, including Letters to Sala (Young Sala), Room Service (Hilda Manny), and more. She is a Theatre Major at the University of Florida.
Put your email in the box. Get our weekly newsletter.