Amy Billroth-MacLurg is overjoyed to be join Right Between the Ears. In Kansas City, she has performed with KCRep's OriginKC Festival as Caesar in Antony & Cleopatra, and with UMKC Theatre as Layley and as Roe in Desire. Amy directed a small clump of one minute plays with the Fishtank for The Every 28 Hours Plays. She has worked regionally as an actor and with management at TheatreWorks and the Livermore Shakespeare Festival (San Francisco); The Portland Revels, The Portland Opera, Artists Repertory Theatre, and Mock's Crest Opera (Portland); Balagan Theatre (Seattle). Upon earning her MFA in Acting & Directing in May 2018, Amy will continue pursuing a stage and voice over career.
Michael Foster is a local improviser, comedian, and voice actor who is excited to be joining Right Between The Ears! Foster is a long-time ensemble member and instructor with the KC Improv Company and can be seen performing regularly at the Kick Comedy Theater in Westport. He is known for his variety of characters onstage and in the recording studio. You can also see him in the interactive and family-friendly All Star Detectives at this year’s Fringe Festival. When he is not performing, Michael enjoys leading corporate improv training through his company Yes, Co.
David has been, for more than 20 years, the tall guy in the cast, which merits him having his own microphone—which he shares with great reluctance. In his day job, David is founding principal of Convergence Design, an architecture firm dedicated to designing a more beautiful built environment. While with another firm, David was the lead designer of Major League ballparks in Pittsburgh, St. Louis and Houston, most of which are still standing.
Brie Henderson is thrilled to be in the cast of Right Between the Ears! A native of Kansas City, she is a local actress in stage, film, commercial, and voiceover. Although she has been acting professionally since she was 16, she graduated from UMKC with her B.A. in French and Psychology, not Theatre. Making people laugh has always been a huge part of her life, and she loves to share that part of herself with a group of like-minded individuals. On the rare occasion that she is not in the middle of a show or gig, she loves to work out like a fiend, curl up with her three cats and dog, or spend money she doesn't have on things she doesn't need.
On the high plains of the Nebraska Panhandle, our mostly retired all-hat, no-cattle rancher John Jessup hikes his little patch of paradise in the Wildcat Hills, searching for the elusive mountain lion he knows is lurking there; he's seen the huge pawprints! When not looking for big cat tracks, he records voice tracks for Kansas City Public Television from his home studio, sings and plays with the Green Valley Homesteaders bluegrass band, shoots pool in 8-ball league and 9-ball tournaments from Cheyenne to Deadwood and occasionally climbs aboard the motorcycle to ride the Rockies, the Black Hills or even to the coasts. But Right Between The Ears is still the most fun of all!
Dave Martin joined the RBTE crew in 2015 after several years of stalking them. He works all around the KC area acting, directing, coaching, and performing with the KC Improv Company. Some of his favorite roles include Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Applegate in Damn Yankees!, and Garry/Roger in Noises Off. By day, Dave works as a financial advisor for Prosperity Advisory Group. Given what can happen in finance, being able to make people laugh the rest of the time is a high priority. He also has two cats that are better than your pets.
Julia Moriarty is a doctoral candidate and adjunct professor of theatre at Wayne State University in Michigan, which is convenient, as she has great aspirations to live up to her namesake by becoming an evil-genius professor. A Kansas City native, she has worked as an actor, director, and teacher in Boston, Detroit, and Chicago, as well as locally. An avid baker, ukulele enthusiast, and full-time cat mom, Julia is thrilled to put all that on hold to join Right Between the Ears!
This just in…Andi Meyer, (known to her friends and accomplices as "Andi Meyer") is returning for yet another season of RBTE. Reports say that she is still in residence with wonder cat Mr. Friendly. She has recently been seen in the presence of another cat said to be young, easily agitated, and carrying dangerous weapons. Andi has been known to frequent grocery stores late at night perusing the frozen foods and singing Joni Mitchell songs. If you should see Andi, take no action yourself but contact the Bureau For Sightings Of Asian People In The Mid-West, or the BFSOAPITMW. Andi has been seen onstage at the Unicorn Theatre, Theatre for Young America, The Missouri Repertory Theatre, the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, and The New Theatre Restaurant.
In over 30 years as a professional actor, Kansas City native (and KU Alum) Kip Niven has appeared on Broadway, off-Broadway, in regional theatres and summer stock, as well as in feature films, on network television, and in numerous commercials. As a young actor, Kip dreamed of tackling the challenging roles of theatrical literature -- Hamlet, Richard III, Henry Higgins, and Willy Loman. Thirty-three years later, he takes great pride and joy in getting together with several of his best friends at RBTE to make rude noises and talk in silly voices--all the while making grown people laugh 'til they hurt.