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The foundation for Unexpected Productions was laid when TheatreSports™ was first performed in Seattle in 1982. In 1983, Seattle TheatreSports™ began performing on Monday nights at Swannie’s Comedy Underground. From there, with a small but loyal audience, the Troupe moved and/or added shows at Pioneer Square Theater, Scoundrel’s Lair, and The Group Theater, where our audience increased.

In 1988, with the founding of Unexpected Productions as a Non-Profit Theater, the company moved from the Group to the Intiman Playhouse.

In May 1991, Unexpected Productions moved into it’s own home at the Market Theater in the Pike Place Market, where sell out crowds have enjoyed their work ever since. In the last ten years, they have produced three ongoing shows, over forty original season shows, and over forty long form improvisational shows.

Unexpected Productions is Seattle’s oldest, and most successful Improvisational Theater Company. Today, Unexpected Production is producing a wide array of improvisational-based theater for Seattle audiences, and has developed a worldwide reputation for high quality improvisation. Comedic in style, Unexpected Productions focuses on the art of storytelling in its work. They have performed in New Zealand, Australia, Holland, Germany, Canada, and all over the United States.


Jill Farris
Artistic Director
Jeff Grayson
Technical Director
Laurel Ryan
Co-Artistic Associate
Jay Hitt
Managing Director
Rob Cook
Bar Manager
Tony Beeman
Asst. Artistic Director
Kent Whipple
Marketing & Development Director
Ron Hippe
Outreach Specialist
Nicole Ruiz
Video Production Superviser
Guy Nelson
Musical Coordinator

Board of Directors

Jennifer Christison
Ashley MacMillan
Selena Whitaker-Paquiet
Zack Goldberg
Jake Nonis
Tom Johnson
Aditya Sriram