Meet Our Cast
Tane has been performing, directing, and teaching improv comedy since 2003. After stints working for the state, local and international nonprofits, and some political campaigns, he thought, “Isn’t there some way to bring improv into all this?” The Theater of Public Policy was born! Tane still has a tough time explaining what he does for a living to his parents.
Brandon has been performing improv for over a decade and in the meantime has lived in South Korea, worked in affordable housing through AmeriCorps, and interned at the Center for Victims of Torture. He recently got married and has a French bulldog named Kimchi. He never apologizes for being from Iowa.
Andrew Haaheim is a biology teacher at Fridley High School, where he coordinates a high school improv troupe and various arts performances for the district. Andrew also participates in musical groups around the Twin Cities as a drummer and percussionist.
Matt Slater is an improvisor, comedian, and musician. Originally from Washington State he performed at The Upfront Theatre, where he founded the group Under Pressure which toured all over the country. After moving to Chicago he performed at The Second City, as well as IO and the Annoyance Theatre. Matt is excited to do improv that puts a funny edge on important issues from many different perspectives. When he’s not doing improv you can catch Matt playing with his band The Smokes!
Kelly Kohlbacher has been improvising for over 10 years in the Twin Cities, along with that one time in St. Cloud. She is a copy editor by day and whiskey drinker by night. When not performing with The Theater of Public Policy, you'll find her brewing beer, making smoothies, and celebrating the Oxford comma.
Alexis Camille began her theater and improv studies in Oakland, CA. Currently, she is a pre-school literacy educator and improv actress in Minneapolis; focusing on diversity and representation within those communities. She works with HUGE Improv Theater as a teaching assistant, host, and improviser. Alexis is a cast member Blackout Improv and the sketch comedy group, The Assembly. She remains impassioned with highlighting voices of underrepresented communities of color.
Heather Meyer is an improviser and writer in Minneapolis. Heather creates the yearly sketch comedy game show, Women's History Month: The Historical Comedybration (with fabulous prizes). She likes animals and traveling and has an MFA in playwriting. www.heathermeyeronline.com
Jim Robinson is a veteran of the Brave New Workshop, Disney Cruise Lines Off-Beat Comedy Club, and 30 years of teaching at various colleges. He loves improvising, which lead him to say "yes, and" to being the English voiceover for the aged monk and corrupt cop (and "thug-in-yellow") in the Nepalese martial arts film "Gorkha Protector" (available on YouTube, etc).
Denzel Belin is an improviser, actor, writer, and director currently based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Denzel teaches improv for The Brave New Workshop Student Union, HUGE Theater, Blackout Improv, and freelances as an improv coach. He currently writes and performs with The Brave New Workshop as a member of their Mainstage team and for Minnesota Tonight. Denzel has worked with Uprising Theater Company, Phoenix Theater, Freshwater Theater, and Gadfly Theater.
Samantha Haeli is a Minnesota native who has been performing locally for more than 20 years (no, she's not a Time Lord). Samantha is a full-time Pre-Kindergarten teacher and Spanish specialist, and teaches both private and group improv/theatre workshops on the side. A feminist and lover of classic literature, Samantha performs with an all-female Improvised Jane Austen troupe (Manners & Misconduct), as well as an improvised Shakespeare show (Juliet & Juliet) with her brilliant duo-partner. Her other hobbies include traveling, learning languages, global politics, and drinking coffee or whisky (depending on the day).