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Jesse Parent

Jesse Parent

In 1992, I started college at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) and was heavily involved in theater, joining the Masque and MW Repertory Theater groups as an actor (and even once a director), as well as being inducted into the national theater honor fraternity Alpha Psi Omega. In my first year at college, I became involved in Chain Link Fence, which was WPI’s improvisational acting troupe. I was actively involved with the troupe until my graduation in 1996, occasionally helping out when they performed at reunions I happened to be at. I moved to Utah immediately after receiving my computer science degree, taking a long break from acting and improv to focus on work and family. In 2001, I took a class with the Skinny Lincoln’s Lincoln Hoppe because I missed improv and I was reintroduced to the art form I loved. I then took workshops with Quick Wits’ Bob Bedore and Knock Your Socks Off’s (KYSOff’s) Joseph Kyle Rogan and was asked to join KYSOff in November of 2001. In September of 2003, Joseph Kyle Rogan and I formed an improv duo called JoKyR and Jesster, based off of our respective nicknames. We had our festival debut at the Phoenix Improv Festival and have since performed and taught in the Toronto Improv Festival, Chicago Improv Festival, and dozens more. In 2005, while conducting an experimental workshop series called "Four Weeks a Form," I created an improvised show using a combination of improvised poetry, music, and scenework called "The Hook" and brought that show to

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