Meet Our Team

Creative Team

Lindsay Goldapp

  • Artistic Director
  • Instructor

Lindsay is the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Stomping Ground Comedy. Lindsay holds a B.S. in Acting/Directing from Texas A&M University-Commerce and is a graduate of Chicago’s Second City Improv Conservatory. She has 20 years of experience performing and teaching improv, sketch writing, comedic songwriting, improvised song, team building, and musical theatre.Lindsay is a former 6-12 Theatre teacher, Psychosocial Specialist, children’s improv instructor, and has directed over 10 musicals with children, most recently at North Texas Performing Arts. She is certified in Youth Mental Health First Aid, First Aid, and is the co-creator of several IFL programs at Stomping Ground. She also works as a marketing consultant and has worked on campaigns for brands like Dr. Pepper, Mission, Purell, Toyota, and more. Lindsay teaches Comedy Writing, Sketch Comedy, Improv, and Improv for Life classes at Stomping Ground and can be seen in Broadway(ish), FYI, and hosting Irregular Nonsense.

Andrea K. Baum, M.Ed, LPC

  • Improv for Life Director

Andrea is the Co-Founder and Improv for Life Director of Stomping Ground. Using her experience as a psychotherapist, she has designed and created Improv for Life (IFL), a series of therapeutic improv classes and workshops for several unique needs populations. She uses her clinical expertise in psychotherapy to implement individualized needs based programming using improvisational comedy. Andrea’s mission within Stomping Ground is to connect with local nonprofits and organizations in the Dallas community to spread the healing power of improv and create custom interactive programming for any group’s needs. She works towards accessibility of comedy training programming for all. Andrea is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Positive Discipline Educator with experience working with children, parents, adults, and people with brain injury, dementia, Alzheimer’s, as well as their caregivers. She received her BS at Texas Christian University and her Master’s of Education in Counseling at the University of North Texas. She has been learning and performing improv since 2014 and recently completed Stomping Ground’s Training Center Program.She is trained in Positive Discipline Parenting, Play Therapy, Rapid Resolution Therapy, Biofeedback, Mindfulness, and Hypnosis–and has implemented all of these modalities in Improv for Life Programming.

Jocelyn Tiner, MSW

  • Director of Development

Jocelyn is Director of Development and oversees all fundraising initiatives for SG. She received her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington and serves as Board Treasurer for the League of Women Voters in Collin County. She has been acting in DFW for the last 17 years; she leads The JIM Experiment improv troupe, and is co-founder of Lots O’ Lazzi, a vaudeville-style clowning troupe. Jocelyn is also leading efforts with Not in Our House DFW to create and implement standards for safety in Dallas Fort Worth regional and community theaters. When she isn’t writing grant applications, you might find her volunteering with one of the Improv for Life classes or serving as Manager on Duty for the night. Jocelyn is grateful to SG for giving her the opportunity to combine her love for theatre and performance with her passion for helping others.

Lindsey Hertel

Lindsey Hertel

  • Operations Director

Lindsey earned her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi with an emphasis in Acting and Directing, before returning home to the Dallas area. After a stint teaching theatre and coaching speech and debate, Lindsey returned to school to receive her Master of Arts in Theatre from Texas A&M at Commerce, where she focused on tactics for the effective management of non-profit theaters. Lindsey also serves as Artistic Director for Pizza Chapel Theatre Company, a production company she co-founded that specializes in found-space theatre pieces which amplify marginalized voices. In addition to her leadership role, Pizza Chapel has afforded Lindsey the opportunity to serve as playwright, resident director, board op, bartender, usher, stagehand and actor as the need arises.

Greg Mihalik

  • Training Center Director

Greg is Training Center Director, Curriculum Lead for the Improv program, producer, and instructor at Stomping Ground. He received his bachelors in theatre from Lehigh University and his MFA in Playwriting from Rutgers University. Greg has his state teaching certification in Texas in Theater Arts K-12 and currently teaches high school & middle school theater at Godley ISD . In 2012, he took his first improv class at the Hideout Theatre in Austin, later moving to New York City where he completed the conservatory program at the Magnet Theater and performed on musical and non-musical house teams, Pyros & Titan. He currently coaches SG’s musical improv team, Sound Garden, performs in Broadway(ish), and has developed curriculum and taught improvisation and musical improvisation for the Training Center. He also co-created Improv for Anxiety with Andrea Baum.

Aaron Aryanpur

  • Instructor

Funniest Comic in Texas Winner Aaron Aryanpur has appeared in clubs, theaters and colleges nationwide. Aaron was a semifinalist in both Comedy Central’s Up Next Search and NBC’s Stand Up for Diversity, and his debut album In Spite Of reached number one on the iTunes Comedy charts. While Aaron’s act covers a variety of topics, it’s his experiences as a husband and an exhausted father that landed him on the Minivan Men podcast with Maz Jobrani (Superior Donuts) and Al Madrigal (The Daily Show). Aaron delivers laughs with his unique perspective and expressive, likable delivery. He’s been called “engaging, open; he’s relatable and very funny.” Aaron teachers stand up comedy at Stomping Ground.

Katie Dallas

  • House Teams Facilitator

Katie serves as Stomping Ground’s House Teams Facilitator. She is also an actor and voiceover talent represented by Mary Collins Agency. Katie has studied improv at Upright Citizens Brigade and sketch comedy at The Peoples Improv Theater in New York City; at The PIT, she was a core performer in the ongoing sketch show Bragging Rights, which then headlined at NYC SketchFest. Katie’s comedic sensibilities have proven to be useful in the on-camera and VO commercial world, where she has national and international credits with top brand names. You can catch her on the Stomping Ground stage in Broadway(ish), Rage Demons, Hometown Heroes, The BAT, The Improvised Rom Com, and The Improvised Hallmark Christmas Movie.

Brandon Davidson

  • Mental Health Advocate

Brandon is the Program Director for Substance Abuse and Counseling at Next Step Community Solutions and is a Board Certified Prevention Specialist pursuing his Master’s in Social Work at Stephen F. Austin. Brandon is also a Dad, Husband, and touring comedian. He produces and performs in stand up comedy shows at Stomping Ground.

Joshua Diamond

  • Instructor
  • Musical Director

Joshua has served as Musical Director of Stomping Ground since 2018. Prior to joining the Stomping Ground family, Joshua worked as musical director for The Second City main stage show in Las Vegas, as well as the Dallas based comedy troupe Ad-Libs. Joshua studied Music Composition and Jazz Studies at the University of North Texas and has also written and performed music for local television and film. Joshua grew up in the North Dallas area and currently lives and works as an elementary school math teacher in Far North Dallas. Joshua performs with Stomping Ground’s musical improv team, Sound Garden, along with Broadway-ish and several written-for-stage productions like “Eat, Prey, Love”, and co-teaches the Musical Impov classes at Stomping Ground.

Remington Brice Fenter

  • Instructor

Remington came from a high school theater background and began improvising at Texas A&M University with Freudian Slip Improv Comedy Troupe. He spent three years on Freudian Slip and took workshops at the Hideout Theatre in Austin, TX and with Joe Bill and Craig Uhlir at the iO Chicago. Remington was one of the first students to complete the Stomping Ground training center and now has over 5 years of experience performing as an improviser. In his 9 to 5, Remington works as a genetic counselor helping individuals understand their risks related to hereditary cancer predispositions. At Stomping Ground Remington is an improv instructor and coach. You can also catch Remington performing regularly all over Dallas-Fort Worth, at OKC Improv, and at festivals with long-form troupes The Commüne and Daffodil or short-form troupes FYI: F*ck Yeah Improv and TakeOne Improv.

Jason Folks

  • Instructor

Jason is no stranger to performance, having first stepped onstage at the age of four. During the years that followed, Jason appeared in a number of productions in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. Jason is a graduate of the highly-esteemed New York University Tisch School of the Arts, through which he received his degree in directing. Upon his return to Dallas, Jason resumed his theatrical career – as a director, teacher, and actor. Jason appears regularly with The Band Improv Comedy Troupe. Jason also has years of experience teaching improvisation, performance, and public speaking. He also invented time-travel 28 days from now. Jason teaches improv at Stomping Ground and performs with Broadway(ish) and FYI.

Charlotte Frocht

  • Diversity Advocate

Lynsey Hale

  • Instructor

Lynsey is a graduate of Texas A&M University and has improv training from Ad-Libs, Four Day Weekend, Stomping Ground, and has trained with Dean Lewis in stand up comedy. Lynsey is very active in the DFW theatre community, where she has performed in musicals and plays for the past 10 years. She is a Column Award-winning actress who has performed at Theatre Three, Theatre Arlington, OnStage in Bedford, Runway Theatre in Grapevine, Greater Lewisville Community Theatre, MainStage Irving Las Colinas, Lip Service Productions, and more. She most enjoys writing song parodies and bringing crazy and challenging characters to life. She has been a high school theatre instructor for seven years. At Stomping Ground, Lynsey can regularly be seen performing with Sound Garden, the improvised musical comedy group. She has also performed in My F*ed Up Thanksgiving, Baby Cats, and Crush(ed): A Valentine’s Day Variety Show.

Robbi Holman

  • Diversity Advocate

Bio to come.

Vanessa Kenney

  • Marketing Administrator

Vanessa is the Marketing Administrator for Stomping Ground and is a recent graduate of the improv training center. She earned a Bachelors in Vocal Performance from The Boston Conservatory and has been performing in music and theatre productions for over the past 10 years. Although Vanessa is relatively new to comedy, she has taken non-comedic improv over the course of her education and finds that improv has been one of the most transformative and freeing experiences as a performer and as a human. Vanessa is thrilled to be able to contribute to a theatre that gives back to their community in such meaningful ways, and she looks forward to continuing her journey into improv and comedy with them. She can be seen performing with Bath Magic, The Bat, F*cked Up Thanksgiving, and in various shows on the Stomping Ground stage.

Dr. Christine Koehler, PhD, LPC-S, RPT-S

  • Improv for Life Advisor

Dr. Christine Koehler practices functional mental health from a holistic/wellness perspective for children and families in the North Texas area. She was invited to join Stomping Ground after discovering that the guiding philosophy of SG aligned with key principles she practices and teaches to improve and strengthen relationships in her clinical work. She believes that therapists are called to model, educate, and balance the relationship and communication between two (or more) beings and that improvisation is a wonderful avenue to learning because of the fun we can have when we can safely explore how wildly communication can become miscommunication. Working with SG has become her newest project to help others who are looking to deepen their understanding of themselves and other humans from a relational rather than power/control dynamic. Her lecture topics include structure and function of the brain, gut health and microbiome, human personality constructs, targeted communication, decoding human words and actions, personal growth and interpersonal healing, and biological mechanisms in mental health such as epigenetics and nutrigenomics. She is available for workshops or private consultation and enjoys helping others grow insight and enhance effectiveness with especially challenging human clients and colleagues. She volunteers for Texas Husky Rescue and cares for three adopted TXHR huskies, Lilly (CAPT), Timber, tripod Chinook, and off-the-track Thoroughbred rescue/equine assisted therapy partner, Amour. Christine is an instructor in the Improv for Life program.

Natasha Krause

  • Instructor

Natasha Krause is passionate about the healing power of performance and bringing people together through laughter. She has extensive experience in NYC and LA with sketch, improv, and character and has pushed her comedy skill set even further by delving into clown. She has professionally produced events for the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre to bring customized workshops to groups across the country. Through the fundamentals of improv and sketch, these programs focused on creating an inclusive environment to help people get out of their comfort zones and reach a higher place of understanding with others while having fun. She also co-teaches a clown workshop every other week in LA for people interested in exploring techniques that focus on physicality and emotion to give their performance a unique edge. Natasha created and performs in “Send in My Clowns” at UCB Franklin, which is the first-ever clown variety hour at the theatre. In addition to her performance background, Natasha is a certified cacao ceremony facilitator and shamanic life coach.

Jim Kuenzer

  • Instructor

Jim has performed and taught improv for nearly 30 years, about five more than his work in advertising. Jim’s work as an advertiser and copywriter has earned him awards from One Show and DFWIMA. As an improviser, Jim has worked at places like Stomping Ground Comedy, Esther’s Follies in Austin, and the Improv in Dallas and Hollywood. But his true passion has been as a teacher, where he’s had the honor and pleasure of teaching classes such as Improv for All Abilities at the Tolleson Family Center, Improv for Teen Autism, and other classes and workshops through the Improv for Life program.

Jon Myles

  • Instructor

Jon has been doing comedy for eight years. His first two years were spent writing and performing stand up in Cincinnati where he was Runner up for the Friday Night Young Comics Contest at the Liberty Funny Bone. After relocating to Houston he started studying long-form improv at Station Improv & Sketch Comedy Theater. Jon was quickly placed on Houston’s longest-running improv show, The Supernova, and he is one of the longest-running castmates. Currently, Jon is coaching improv, producing indie films, and killing it with his indie improv team Can’t Tell Us Nothing. CTUN are winners of the Improv 4 Humans Podcast Contest and you can check out their episode on Improv 4 Humans Podcast with Jason Mantzoukas and Matt Besser of the Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theater. You can catch Jon performing at ColdTowne Theater Austin TX, UCBNY or UCBLA, Station Theater Houston TX, and CSz Houston – Home of ComedySportz. Jon’s troupes have performed in a number of several improv festivals, including Chicago Improv Festival, Trill Festival, LA Diversity in Comedy Festival, and the Del Close Marathon.

Alicia Nava

  • Diversity Advocate

Alicia Nava serves as a Diversity Advocate. She is a comedian, filmmaker, and actor, represented by the Grit Talent Agency. She has studied sketch and improv at The Second City, Stomping Ground, and has taken classes with Japheth Gordon. Representation is incredibly important to her; she believes everyone should see themselves reflected on stage or on screen. Alicia started at SG as an intern taking improv and stand-up classes, and was later cast in TGI Fin De Semana, an all Latinx sketch show. She is the creator of ‘Somebodies not Somebody’s’: a meet-up designed to put women of all backgrounds, sizes, and ethnicities on camera. She created this so that women can celebrate themselves in a safe space with no judgement or fear and feel empowered. Currently, Alicia is performing with the all-POC improv troupe Color Guard.

Cory J. Phillips

  • Instructor

Cory is a professional actor and improviser with over 14 years of experience. He is the founder of Take One, a touring improvisational comedy troupe that performs at comic and pop culture conventions across the nation, and has residencies at Stomping Ground Comedy and OKC Improv. He is the lead in the Lionsgate trilogy series, Rufus the Fantastic Pet and is the lead in Konnect, a children’s series. Cory is employed as a voice actor at Funimation and has voiced over 50 characters. His voice can be heard in Fire Force, My Hero Academia, and Tokyo Ghoul among others and at the Kennedy Space Center. Cory has appeared in over 100 national and local commercials. He has trained at The Second City, Comedy Sportz, and with coaches from iO and Upright Citizens Brigade. He has taught at ComedySportz Dallas and StarMan Studios. Cory has seen the benefits of improv firsthand and how it can change lives. Growing up homeschooled, improv gave him the social skills to thrive in this world and achieve his dreams. Catch him onstage at Stomping Ground in Take One, Improvised Hallmark Movie, FYI, My F*ed Up Thanksgiving, and at Comedy Sportz Dallas.

Sydney Plant

  • Instructor

Sydney is a Michigan native who trained at The Second City Chicago and at The Story Studio in New York where her story was featured on the popular RISK! podcast, hosted by master storyteller Kevin Allison. She is a proud member of Gettin’ It storytelling at Dallas Comedy House and is the producer of Women of Candor, a storytelling show featuring African-American women. Sydney believes that EVERYONE has a story.

Brooks Powers

  • Technician

Brooks serves as the Technical Director for Stomping Ground and has worked professionally in theatre for over 10 years predominantly as a Lighting Designer. Brooks received his BA in technical theatre from Oklahoma State University in 2007. He has worked with a number of local theatre companies as well as with universities and community colleges. Brooks is a board member of the Illuminating Engineering Societies Dallas Chapter, as well as a Certified Lighting Specialist for the American Lighting Association. He has consulted lighting for retail stores, clubs and residential venues. He has guest lectured about lighting and the technical aspects of theatre at multiple universities. Additionally he works in the Design District in Dallas at an architectural lighting firm where he assists in designing and reviewing lighting control systems for architectural, commercial and theatrical applications. Brooks enjoys manifesting his creativity through lighting and technical theatre to support the artistic endeavors of every team that comes into the space.

Jeff Quintana

  • Instructor

Jeff has been performing since 2003 and has trained and performed at some of the biggest comedy theaters including iO Chicago, Magnet Theater, Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre NYC, The Peoples Improv Theater NYC, The Annoyance Theatre Chicago, The Second City and more. Jeff has been an instructor for Annoyance Theatre, iO Theater, and the Playground Theatre in Chicago. He was the co-founder, original Artistic Director, and created the original shows, programming, and curriculum for Villain Theater before moving on in 2017. He continues to work in Miami to create new and innovative theater through emotional vulnerability using his Chicago training with Speak Easy Theater Co. Follow Your Fear and grow.

Byron Stamps

  • Instructor

Byron is a Mississippi native who has been performing standup, improv, and sketch all over the country for nearly 10 years. He taught high school Algebra for 11 years and was a three-time Teacher of the Year at Sachse High School before he decided to take the leap into full time comedy performer. He is a graduate of the school at Four Day Weekend and has also completed standup training with well-known Dallas comedian Dean Lewis. He has performed at the Out of Bounds Comedy Festival, Comedy Exposition of Chicago, Memphis Comedy Festival, San Francisco Sketchfest, and many more. In 2016 Byron created Truth in Comedy, a groundbreaking show which combines emotional personal stories with poignant standup comedy. Byron spends most nights performing standup comedy throughout the country, and his days speaking to local high school students about using comedy to motivate.

Ashley H White

  • Instructor

Ashley H. White leads the movement and physicality training program at Stomping Ground. She is an award-winning director, fight & intimacy director, and teaching artist, with fifteen years of professional theatre experience. With seventeen years of stage combat and movement training, Ashley’s physical performance background plays a major factor in all her work. She has trained extensively in all areas of staged combat, in intimacy for performance, and in dance. As a director, she has helmed dozens of full-scale productions, in both North Texas and New York City, where she began her career. Ashley’s Fight and Intimacy Direction experience spans more than forty productions across North Texas, receiving recognition and awards for her work. Ashley is one of only 18 Intimacy Directors certified by Intimacy Directors International. Ashley is the only certified Intimacy Director in North Texas and was the first Intimacy Director to ever be hired by the Tony Award-winning Dallas Theater Center. She is an Advanced Actor Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors, with recommended certifications in every weapon discipline. She is the founder of SCDallas (est. 2012), North Texas’ only open resource for Stage Combat & Movement Instruction, and acts as the group’s President. SCDallas has over 700 members, is host to an annual Regional Workshop (The Lonestar Smash), and mounts regularly scheduled “Fight Nights” and workshops. Ashley is the Artistic Director of the award-winning IMPRINT Theatreworks, coined “Dallas’ Hottest New Theatre Company” by Broadway World. IMPRINT garnered major praise for its 2018 Season, including 12 DFW Theater Critics Forum Awards and a staggering 40 column award nominations. She has been recognized for her work, most recently winning an outstanding direction award from the 2019 DFW Theatre Critics Forum. In 2018, she won three outstanding direction awards as well as a design contribution award for outstanding fight & intimacy direction from the DFW Theater Critics Forum. She also won the 2018 Column Award for Best Director of a Musical – Equity, and was featured on 2018 year-end best lists for TheaterJones, Culture Map, and the Dallas Voice. Learn more at www.ashleyhwhite.com.

Kristy Oliver West

  • Corporate Learning/Improv for Work

Kristy hails from Atlanta, GA and has been an improv performer since 2000. In 2009, she started teaching improv for stage as well as teaching the application of improv applied to helping teams and people tap into critical human to human skills for business. Along with her improv experience, Kristy has spent over 15 years in B2B Sales and Corporate Training. She blends her unique experience in improvisational comedy, corporate sales, and training to help teams and individuals communicate in more meaningful ways in the moments that matter the most in work and life. At Stomping Ground Kristy serves as the Facilitator and Head of Corporate Learning/ Improv for Work.

Jamie Zeske

  • Instructor

Jamie Zeske is a graduate of the improv program at Dallas Comedy House, where she performed for two years in the all-LGBT+ show Let’s Get Busy Tonight. At Stomping Ground, she has appeared regularly in the Bat, Drunk Book Club and as a co-host and writer for The D Word. Jamie plays with improv troupes Separate Checks, The Cabinet and co-hosts the Improv Student Lotto at DCH. She also served as a writer for Stomping Ground’s all-womxn sketch show Eat, Prey, Love.

Board of Directors

Mary Ellen Quiceno, M.D.

  • Vice President
  • Acting President until October 2020

Dr. Quiceno is a Behavioral Neurologist who specializes in caring for people with neurodegenerative diseases and dementias. Improv For Life Program Director Andrea K. Baum introduced her to Stomping Ground as they both share a passion for helping caregivers and people with dementia through innovative interventions. She is currently Vice President of the Board of Directors and is helping connect the theater with researchers, physicians, allied healthcare professionals, educators, and other organizations with the same dedication to neurodiversity.

Joseph Ferguson

  • Treasurer

Joseph is a Certified Financial Planner™ who specializes in working with business owners and individuals. He has been in business for 10 years and has been named to the Million Dollar Round Table (the top 1% of financial advisers worldwide). He resides in Southlake with his wife Sophia and his son Noah.

Lindsay Goldapp

  • Artistic Director
  • Instructor

Lindsay is the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Stomping Ground Comedy. Lindsay holds a B.S. in Acting/Directing from Texas A&M University-Commerce and is a graduate of Chicago’s Second City Improv Conservatory. She has 20 years of experience performing and teaching improv, sketch writing, comedic songwriting, improvised song, team building, and musical theatre.Lindsay is a former 6-12 Theatre teacher, Psychosocial Specialist, children’s improv instructor, and has directed over 10 musicals with children, most recently at North Texas Performing Arts. She is certified in Youth Mental Health First Aid, First Aid, and is the co-creator of several IFL programs at Stomping Ground. She also works as a marketing consultant and has worked on campaigns for brands like Dr. Pepper, Mission, Purell, Toyota, and more. Lindsay teaches Comedy Writing, Sketch Comedy, Improv, and Improv for Life classes at Stomping Ground and can be seen in Broadway(ish), FYI, and hosting Irregular Nonsense.

Andrea K. Baum, M.Ed, LPC

  • Improv for Life Director

Andrea is the Co-Founder and Improv for Life Director of Stomping Ground. Using her experience as a psychotherapist, she has designed and created Improv for Life (IFL), a series of therapeutic improv classes and workshops for several unique needs populations. She uses her clinical expertise in psychotherapy to implement individualized needs based programming using improvisational comedy. Andrea’s mission within Stomping Ground is to connect with local nonprofits and organizations in the Dallas community to spread the healing power of improv and create custom interactive programming for any group’s needs. She works towards accessibility of comedy training programming for all. Andrea is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Positive Discipline Educator with experience working with children, parents, adults, and people with brain injury, dementia, Alzheimer’s, as well as their caregivers. She received her BS at Texas Christian University and her Master’s of Education in Counseling at the University of North Texas. She has been learning and performing improv since 2014 and recently completed Stomping Ground’s Training Center Program.She is trained in Positive Discipline Parenting, Play Therapy, Rapid Resolution Therapy, Biofeedback, Mindfulness, and Hypnosis–and has implemented all of these modalities in Improv for Life Programming.

Ashli McLeod

Ashli is a Change Management and Communication Professional, and organizes departmental change for HR and IT. She has over 10 years of Board experience. She resides in Dallas with her husband, children, and two dogs.

Martin Mussey

Martin has been involved in local DFW Theater for 27 years as an actor and lighting designer after receiving an Applied Arts and Sciences degree from the University of North Texas with an emphasis in Theater and Human Behavior. After several years freelancing and touring with the Dallas Children’s Theater, he settled down to raise a family (2 adult girls now) and get a “grown up” job. That adult job began a 16-year corporate career,12 of which were in various HR roles. He came to his senses and found more fun endeavors to pursue! Among those were ventures in business ownership as a Travel Advisor and Business Coach Martin earned his coaching certification and moniker of “Coach Martin” as a part of the global franchise Action Coach. Those two worlds came together where he is now in his third year as Business Development and Education Manager for a major travel company. He has always remained involved in local theater with one 5-year stint as Artistic Director and board member of The Colony Playhouse youth theater. Most recently he has been seen on stage or backstage at Allen’s Community Theatre and Theater Coppell. With a love of comedy and improv he has also been fortunate to perform locally with improv and sketch comedy troupes The JIM Experiment and Dark Night Players.

Megan Rowe, MPS

Megan Rowe is a Kansas native who received her bachelor’s degree in psychology and fine arts from the University of Kansas. She then headed east, and received her master’s degree in Creative Arts Therapy from Pratt Institute where she began working with individuals with neurodegenerative disorders and cognitive impairments. After relocating to Dallas in 2010, she began directly working with families impacted by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia. Currently, she is a Program Manager for the Alzheimer’s Association, Dallas and Northeast Texas Chapter. Megan’s proven expertise is focused on quality education and support services for families, preserving dignity, and enabling families and professionals to foster supportive environments throughout the disease process. Additionally, she takes a special interest in increasing community accessibility for families impacted by dementia. Prior to joining the Alzheimer’s Association in 2017 as an employee, Megan served as a volunteer trainer and facilitator for the Association. Additionally, she served as the regional dementia-care trainer for Emeritus Senior Living.

Shanti Shahani de Venegas

Shanti Shahani de Venegas is the owner and founder of Artisan Luxury, a socially responsible company committed to helping artisans in developing countries and giving back to DFW nonprofits. Ms. Shahani is an enthusiastic volunteer, and has vast experience working in nonprofit Management and Development. She strongly supports Stomping Ground’s mission to entertain, educate and empower their community and connect people through comedy, though she is not all that funny herself. Having been raised in Mexico by an Indian father and a Mexican mother, married to a half Russian half Mexican, and raising her (very mixed) kids in Texas, she was born into Diversity and is a passionate advocate for Equity and Inclusion. She lives in Plano with her husband, Ian and their two sons, Andrei and Julian. Her most important mission in life is to get her kids to speak Spanish and eat their veggies. She doesn’t always succeed at the latter.

Jim Shields

Jim has had a 25-year passion for comedy filmmaking ever since he discovered that he could combine the images he was drawing (pastels mainly) with sounds he’d captured in jars. More recently he turned to making simple comedies for the “interweb” helping companies achieve notoriety despite their crushingly dull products and services. He owns and runs Twist & Shout Communications, based in Leicester and, of all places, Dallas, Texas. His stand up career seems to have peaked at “reassuringly mediocre”. A self-confessed disciple of new- marketing Guru Seth Godin, Jim tries to spread the word at every opportunity that we, the people, have the means of production at our fingertips. We no longer need a mill owner to employ us – we can make things on our own out of zeros and ones. He has written two books (one bestseller) about the relationship between creative individuals and the companies they work for. https://www.threeguysbook.com. Jim also likes to sing Karaoke when away from home of course, and continues his search for Arne Saknussemm’s map to the centre of the earth, to prove his point that chocolate and gravity are, in effect, the same thing.

Angela Vaughn

Angela is a Board Member at Stomping Ground as May 2020. She worked for Women In Need, a nonprofit dedicated to helping domestic violence victims along with educating the community about healthy relationships. Her position was that of Education Specialist and Educational Theatre Director which took her into the middle schools and high schools in Hunt County using a theatre production format to educate students on teen dating violence followed by in class curriculum. During her employment at Women In Need, Angela was able to get involved with several organizations and was able to serve on the board of CASA for Hunt County for 2 years before moving out of the county.

Angela is a theatre artist which includes acting, directing and teaching. She has worked with several theatre groups teaching workshops most recently Fine Arts on Main in Farmersville. Previously, she taught dance and drama for 6 years at Timbrel School of the Arts in Greenville. Angela is currently finishing her degree at Texas A&M Commerce and is excited to finally be able to have that completed after years of waiting to go back to school. Going back to school has offered her many opportunities to include interning with Stomping Ground and taking her first Improv class after having had a little introduction to improv in her previous training in Chicago. She looks forward to taking several more classes.

Angela was born and raised in Chicago which is where her love for theatre began. She has been married for 19 years and has lost count of how many kids she has. “It’s a lot and most people think we are insane.” Angela says her enthusiasm for theatre continues to grow and especially in learning all the different ways it can be used to educate and heal. The exploration of theatre in unconventional ways is something she is committed to as an artist and Stomping Ground is at the front of the line with their programs and she wants to be a part of that. Angela’s passion for diversity comes from first hand experience as a woman of color.