Meet Cardio Spider!
Christopher: After performing his solo puppet act for 30 years (you might have seen him on “America’s Got Talent”) Christopher is delighted to be working with real humans. What he loves most about working with Cardio Spider is … finally, he doesn’t have to carry the entire act. Christopher also performs with the Las Vegas Improvisation Players, often on banjo or guitar.
Dairine “Dee” Dear: Originally from Monrovia, Calif., Dee moved to Las Vegas to attend UNLV and earned her degree in hospitality administration/ management. She worked for several Strip properties, including the MGM and New York New York. Dee improvised with the all-lady troupe 10 O’clock Riot and performed the make-em-ups with her best friend in the duo PG Key Party.
Kris Chung: Kris Chung hails from Las Vegas and is proud to be one of the many legs (or eyes?) of Cardio Spider. He is a voice-over actor by trade, but also has a background in theatre directing, improv, and general pretend-playing. He acquired his love for improv while taking classes at the Upright Citizens Brigade in New York, where he also performed with his long-form improv team Don Carlos, Attorney at Law. He wrote and directed the interactive play “Prom Night of the Living Dead” in New York, as well as productions of “Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Wit” in Beijing, China. He has a BFA in Theatre Directing from University of Michigan.
Paul Lirette: For over 23 years, Paul has been writing and performing on stage and film. He is a graduate of both the famed Second City Improv conservatory and Sketch Writing conservatory and is a member of the Screen Actors Guild. In addition to performing, he has produced several short films, including “Just Like the Movies,” which won the Nevada Filmmaker Award at the 2012 Dam Short Film Festival in Boulder City. Paul also serves as the director of the Las Vegas Improvisation Players, a non-profit organization dedicated to offering a positive, supportive, and entertaining outlet for people to experience the art of improvisation. He offers the diversity that only a white male can bring to an improv troupe, and enjoys regaling his fellow improvisers with tales of his hard-knock life of middle class upbringing amidst a world that only sees him as a member of the majority class. He has persevered through all the obstacles of being born with low levels of melanin and with XY chromosomes to achieve a level of success only found by 99% of other improvisers.
Raul Martinez: Born in Mexico City and naturalized in Las Vegas (please don’t deport him!), Raúl is a proud secular humanist and wedding officiant, a professional computer nerd, and an all-around trouble-maker. He’s also worked as a voice-over professional, amateur magician, juggler, and snorkeling instructor/tour guide (which may not sound like “performing” but everyone in his boat always had a good laugh!). In his spare time, Raúl loves making short films, telling long jokes, and building things in his garage.
Sue Fronczak Kane: Sue is excited to be part of the fun that is Cardio Spider! She hails from Small Town, Illinois, where she may or may not have done a show or two in a cornfield. She achieved her Theater Degree from Southern Illinois University, and after that did anything she could that looked like performing! She worked with Paul Mesner Puppets in Kansas City, had a music show for Renaissance Festivals, sang in dive bars with the Imaginary Band (which, was, in fact, NOT in her Imagination!), dabbled in voice over and even made balloon animals for kids parties! After moving to Las Vegas almost 20 years ago, she realized that every cool job she got here (Marriage Can be Murder Dinner Show, Star Trek the Experience, KA) was improv-based and started pursuing improv for real by taking Second City Las Vegas classes. By her third class, she was cast as an Understudy in the Second City Mainstage Show.
Thea Deley: Thea is a military brat who found a home in high school theatre and speech. After college, she worked in the nonprofit sector for more than 20 years, from higher education to hospice. Thea has performed in several musical world premieres, scored a children’s musical, and wrote/directed a short film that won “Best Comedy” in the 2012 Paonia Film Festival. A few years ago she toured her solo show, “Jesus Loves You! (But Hates Me)” about her exodus from religion, and was invited to perform at both an Atheist convention and a Baptist church. Thea trained with Second City Hollywood and the Vegas Theatre Hub, and has performed with several improv/sketch troupes in Colorado, the Las Vegas Improvisation Players, and the Vegas Theatre Hub’s house team, We Hot Bingo.
Trina Colon: Trina fell in love with performing at the tender age of nine. She spent years in the theatre in the Midwest and then in the San Francisco Bay Area. She satisfies the other half of her brain working in the Real Estate and Mortgage Banking business and promoting health and wellness. She recently appeared in feature films, television, and on the stage at various theatres in Las Vegas working on everything from Shakespeare to zany comedy sketches and performance art. Trina strives to find the art in everything, which contributes to the wellspring of inspiration for her writing, acting, and improv. She is excited about working with the smart, funny and spontaneous members of Cardio Spider.
Natalie Shipman: Currently an improv instructor at the Vegas Theatre Hub, Natalie got her start in Chicago. After training at The Second City Conservatory, ComedySportz and iO Chicago, she performed with all three theatres, most often traveling the country with The Second City’s Touring Company. Natalie has coached and taught improv, and written, performed and directed several sketch revues and solo shows. She recently co-wrote and produced two original comedy musicals, “Mister Wives” and “We’re Here for You” with composer Dr. Mark Wherry. Ask her about Harry Potter.
Mike Maxwell: An IT guy by day, Mike likes to spend nights playing competitive pool or running tech for shows at the Vegas Theatre Hub. He fell in love with filmmaking in college, and has worked as a videographer whenever possible, from an international seminar company to an animal rescue organization. Although Mike has worked as an audio engineer, an associate publisher, and a business consultant, he keeps coming back to theatre and short filmmaking.
OUR co-founding member emeritus!
Charmin Dahl: If not doing improv, Charmin would rather be birdwatching. And sometimes prefers both at once. Who is this guy? “Bob White!” What did he just call you? “Chick-a-dee dee dee.” Did you say anything back? “Kill dear! Kill dear! Kill dear!” Any reason not to? “Poor will. Poor will.” Charmin is a past member of Las Vegas Improvisation Players, and past member and high school improv team coach, National Comedy Theater (Mesa, AZ). She is currently the curator for Paly Foundation, creating conservation-themed exhibits for use by zoos, aquariums, and museums and works to involve young people in the appreciation of Earth’s diversity. She now resides in St. Louis, where she’s joined a choir.