YP Studio Theater, 1939 NE Sandy Blvd • February 8-24, 2019

Always a Class Act!

After last season's sold-out shows, Impulse is ready to take the stage again to create fast-paced comedic scenes and games—all based on audience suggestions!  No scripts, no costumes, and no pre-planned scenes. Get ready for quick wits and lots of laughter.

About the Cast

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About the Creative Team


Eli Carey (YP Production Assistant)
Eli Carey is a first year YP and a sophomore at Grant High School. He loves theater and improv holds a special place in his heart, so he is thrilled to be this year’s Production Assistant. He most enjoyed getting to know the cast and watching their improv improve throughout the rehearsal process.

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Katie Witteman (YP House Manager)
Katie is honored to be the House Manager for the incredible cast of Impulse. She started acting when she was seven at Northwest Children’s Theater where she performed in her first plays. She recently joined the Young Professionals Company. You can see Katie in an ensemble performance of Distracted at Oregon Episcopal School in February. When she is not acting, Katie enjoys painting, teaching art classes, writing poetry, and dancing jazz, tap, hip-hop, and ballet at Elite Dance Studio. Katie would like to thank Dani and Blake for their guidance and support as well as her family for their generous hearts and helping hands. She hopes that Impulse brings you as much joy as it does her.


Blake Wales (Director) 
Blake has been involved with Oregon Children’s Theatre since he was a child. He was student and former YP in his early years and is currently a teaching artist and director for the company. Blake is also the Acting Academy Associate at OCT. He received his BFA from Adelphi University in New York and has partnered with various domestic and international non-profits to teach improv and administer arts programming. Blake also works as an American Sign Language interpreter for local improv groups in hopes of making the comedy landscape in Portland more accessible. .


Dani Baldwin (Artistic Director, Young Professionals Company)
Dani is the Artistic Director of the YP Company. She frequently acts, directs, and designs for OCT. At OCT, Dani most recently appeared in Fancy Nancy and directed A Year With Frog and Toad (7 Drammy Awards). Outside of OCT, she has performed with Love Street Playhouse, Sojourn Theatre, Chianti Club Presents, Tapestry Theater, and Miracle Theatre; plus she's a regular improv actor with Kaiser Permanente.