PHIT is excited for our upcoming auditions on October 26th to cast three brand new Improv House Teams, and we wanted to formally introduce the three directors that will be taking the helm! They are talented, experienced performers, and will bring three fresh and interesting points of view to our House Team family.
Nicholas Mirra was introduced to improv comedy at Haverford College when a UCB harold team came to campus. After that galvanizing experience, he joined Haverford’s The Throng and began learning the art of collaborative make-em-ups. After Haverford he moved to Philadelphia, where he co-founded (and performed in – otherwise that would be sad) two indie teams, Illegal Refill and Leo Callahan. Nicholas is currently a member of PHIT Improv House Team Davenger. Outside of improv, Nicholas is a freelance sports contributor for The Onion and maintains a long distance relationship with the Seattle Mariners.
Jessica Ross attended the Southern New Jersey Academy of Performing Arts at G.C.I.T in 2004 and received her B.A in Theater with a minor in Anthropology from Ramapo College of New Jersey in 2009. In the summer of 2011 she graduated from the IO Summer Intensive Program in Chicago. Jessica performs regularly with the PHIT house team Asteroid!, voted Best Improv Team by the 2013 WitOut Awards for Philadelphia Comedy, and the improv duo Hot Dog with Luke Field. Past improv shows include Stage Fright: An Improvised Homage to Hitchcock, Twenty-four, Adrift, and Myths & Monsters. Jessica is also a member of PHIT’s first sketch house team, The Flat Earth and indie sketch team ManiPedi. Past festival appearances include the Philadelphia Improv Festival, Philly Fringe Festival, Duofest, F. Harold Festival, North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival, Toronto International Improv Festival, The Del Close Marathon, the Chicago Improv Festival, Women in Comedy Festival, and the Baltimore Improv Festival. She has studied with Rich Talarico, Barry Hite, Jet Eveleth, Susan Messing, Brett Lyons, Joe Bill, and Lyndsay Hailey and received the Best Female Improviser Award at the 2013 WitOut Awards for Philadelphia Comedy. Offstage, Jessica likes to paint, travel, and work towards her life goal of becoming a cat lady by spending time with her kitties Black Betty Bam-a-Lam and JoJo. Jessica is currently Philly Improv Theater’s Variety Producer.
Caitlin is a proud member of the PHIT house team, Asteroid! A graduate of the Capital Area School for the Arts in Harrisburg, Caitlin began improvising with her college performance team, Fowl Play, in her sophomore year at Temple University as a way to curb her marathon napping habits. While at Temple, Caitlin was the headwriter for the student-run sketch show, Temple Smash, which airs on TUTV. In her free time, Caitlin enjoys hot gluing things to other things, planning theme parties, and incorporating goat cheese into every meal.
Please join us in welcoming these three great performers into their new roles! Click here to read more about our upcoming auditions.