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Axel has been with The Basement from the beginning. His acting resume is very long. He's appeared in many TV shows and movies, including SCENES FROM A MALL, VALLEY GIRL, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD and of course MANNEQUIN!
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CALEB PENDELTON
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CHAD BIAGINI
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CHRIS HELLMAN
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DAVE HAMMOCK
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JAY WARD
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JULIE JUMPER
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JOHN CRAVEN
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JOSH HARRIS
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JSTAR
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J* (artistic director / founder / player) started his acting career on the stage his grandfather built for him in his childhood basement.
After returning to Atlanta from New York in 2000,
J* began studying improv with Laughing Matters.
The improv bug bit hard and never let go. He soon joined 2nd Base Improv in Roswell. Then in 2003 he began his own troupe in the basement of 175 West Wieuca. Soon after, on April 1, 2004, he opened THE BASEMENT THEATRE. Since then he has travelled the country performing and seeking out the wisdom of the improv greats.

J* has studied extensively around the country with
Annoyance Theatre (Chicago)
iO (Improv Olympic, Chicago)
Loose Moose Theatre Co.(Calgary)
Second City (Chicago, LA, & Las Vegas)
UCB (Upright Citizen's Brigade, NYC)

Some of his great Improv Teachers are:

Keith Johnstone (Loose Moose)
Charna Halpern (iO)
Mick Napier (ANNOYANCE)
Susan Messing (ANNOYANCE)
Mark Sutton (ANNOYANCE)
Joe Bill (iO & ANNOYANCE)
Liz Allen (iO/SECOND CITY)
Sarah Gee (iO West)
Dan Izzo (IMPROV INFERNO)
Dave Razowsky (SECOND CITY LA)
Anthony King (UCB)
Bill Arnet (iO)
Jeff Griggs (iO)
Jill Bernard (DRUM MACHINE)
Allison Bills (iO/SECOND CITY)
Pat O'Brien, Brian Jack, Shad Kunkle
& Jett Eveleth of THE RECKONING (iO)
Asaf Ronen (YesAnd.com)
and his 1st improv teacher:
Tommy Futch (Laughing Matters)
as well as many other wonderful teachers, coaches, players, friends and teammates!

J* is always looking for new ways to explore the improv craft.

J* spends about 1/5 of the year travelling the world teaching and performing improv. (he gets the flag of each country he visits tattooed on his arm!)

He still finds time for the occasional movie role, or TV commercial...(his most recent scripted film job was as a Frenchman in an Egyptian miniseries for Ramadan, called NAPOLEON, which he shot in Alexandria, Egypt... in French with a Syrian director!) He loves all forms of acting and comedy!

J* also teaches improv with SHENANIGANS (a group he cofounded in 2009) which focuses on kids and adults on the autism spectrum.

In his [spare] time, J* creates art in the form of mixed media paintings, functional sculptures and artistic lighting & furniture pieces.


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MARK KENDALL
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MIKE G
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NEIL VAN LUEWEN
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PHILIP BLACK
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ROBIN HENRY
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SCOTT BANKS
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STACEY SILVERMAN
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