The H2G performance troupe is made up of very talented performers from a variety of backgrounds. What do they have in common? Each has completed H2G’s improv training program, are between 3’7” and 7’4” tall, and can be seen performing throughout Long Beach and Southern California.



Tracy, along with her parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents are native Angelenos and their family has been in L.A. since before California was a state, so basically, she believes she’s better than everyone else (which may explain her lack of friends). Having worked with lawyers for the past 25 years, Tracy was in danger of losing all semblance of a personality, so she decided to start taking improv classes to confirm that she still had a pulse. Tracy has never taken any acting classes but believes that pretending to think her husband is funny should count for something.  Tracy has four cats and is currently studying the link between crazy cat ladies and the TV show Hoarders.



Chris is thrilled that such a long and windy road has brought him to the Held2Gether family! Wrongfully imprisoned for a murder he did not commit, Chris made the best out of his time behind bars by befriending Morgan Freeman and building a prison library, before finally escaping to the cozy confines of Zihuatanejo, Mexico. Enjoying his new found freedom, Chris decided to take up the sport of boxing, culminating in a thrilling defeat of legendary pugilistic champion Apollo Creed. When not improvising or lying, Chris fronts the Irish rock outfit, U2 and spends time with his father, celebrated Hollywood “bad boy”, Darth Vader. Should you want to get his attention, Chris also answers to Clancy, Joe, Goose and “Hey Chief”. Chris is passionate about Human Rights and fancy pretzels, and has never met a bagel dog he didn’t like.



Brian was born to a Mexican/German family (Buenos Tag!) on the frozen steppes of Syracuse, New York. Upon graduating college he left the 10-month long winters of upstate NY, and like millions of others, was drawn to the warmth, bright lights, and glamour of Hollywood to make his mark on the exciting world of commercial banking. Brian started out his banking and stage career facilitating bank training classes and reached the pinnacle of the training world by becoming the 5-time winner of the Ambien award by consistently putting classes to sleep. After discovering improv through Held2gether and studying with the Long Beach Playhouse, Brian found that it was more fulfilling to perform for the conscious.

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Emily sprang forth onto this planet amongst cacti and javelinas on a sunny summer afternoon in Tucson, Arizona. She was then taken home and proceeded to live in the same room until she flew the nest to go to college a whole 1.8 miles away. Alas, 6 years – and a degree in architecture later – she made the courageous and exciting move to southern California…. to the Inland Empire…. but THEN to Long Beach, where she now happily calls home. On another life changing sunny summer afternoon she decided to take an improv class instead of jazz dance for grown ups and has never looked back. When not acting like a fool in class or on stage, Emily spends her time acting like a fool building window displays, weaving tapestries, sewing quilts and making other various things.



Zarina Hora was raised on the mean streets of Queens, NY.  She used to be known as  “Z from the block”  and spent her early years kicking other neighborhood kids in the shins and then running away. There are at least two other troupe members from New York but they don’t count because they are from “upstate” which is really not NY at all. Zarina started her career as an elementary school teacher but after doing it for three years, decided  it was way too hard and needed to do something easier. So she went to law school. It was a good decision because she realized that attorneys are not as cruel as 3rd graders. Zarina has a marriage of convenience since she has two cats and doesn’t want to be considered a crazy cat lady (having a husband is a great way to fool others into not thinking you are normal). Zarina enjoys improv because she gets to be different people with different personalities on stage which her therapist tells her is more acceptable than having different personalities in real life.



Darren was cemented into the entertainment industry when he was asked to become Justin Timberlake’s body double. After numerous female maulings and assassination attempts, he decided it was much safer to direct other unsuspecting people into peril on stage. His favorite hobbies are broccoli separating, skipping to “Come on Eileen” and hugging. He’s found all of these things to be extremely helpful when directing his troupe, particularly on the days when Mercury is in retrograde.

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Brigette was born in a little shanty town called Hollywood California. Ever since she was a child she demanded attention from her hesitant family members and asked them to watch her dance, sing and improv a variety of songs. As she grew older she continued to entertain friends and classmates (to the dismay of her teachers). In middle school she began writing and directing skits and plays for classroom projects and fell in love with the arts. After finishing college, she put aside her business degree to become an elementary school teacher. She now uses her creativity to teach children subjects by improvising and writing songs to help them remember difficult formulas, procedures or rules for math. A few years ago, she saw a deal for an improv class and has been hooked ever since. When Brigette isn’t teaching third graders she delves into her creative side as a jewelry designer, a photographer, a producer, an improv performer, makeup artist and other random creative endeavors.



Aimee has spent her life as a resident of the great City of Long Beach (woot woot!), and never intends to live anywhere else. She began her acting career at a young age by performing in her church’s annual Christmas Pageants, but her passion for acting really flared as she entered high school. It was then, during a very memorable turn as Belinda/Flavia in the production ofNoises Off, that she realized her love of making people laugh (on purpose). But after graduation, the sad reality of “real life” cast a dark shadow on things like playing dress up and make believe. Aimee adopted a daytime alter ego as an account manager for an insurance brokerage in Orange County, specializing in insurance for Architects and Engineers. But she could never fully suppress the performing bug, so she took up her mantle of hilarity again in 2011 when she found Held2Gether improv classes, and has been mainlining giggles directly into her veins ever since.


Ann has underwear older than many of her troupe members. Yet she still refuses to act her age.  Settled here in Long Beach for seven years, Ann is thrilled to have found her kooky comrades of Held2Gether.   Ann spent her early years in New York City where for 35 years, she wore mostly black, got everywhere on the  Subway and leased a succession of rent stabilized apartments.  Now in California, Ann can be seen wearing actual colors.  On the rare occasion that Ann in fact walks somewhere, she marvels at herself waiting for the WALK light before crossing the street. Ann would like to thank the Long Beach Unified School District for her salary and her union for collectively bargaining on her behalf.  Deep bows to Darren, Scott and the Held2Gether Company for their faith and patience.  Lastly, Ann would like to thank the universe for locating the Company in Long Beach where she can exercise her performance muscles without ever having to get on the 405.



Richard Martinez loves Improv. He loves acting, writing, and directing theatre. He loves wearing t-shirts and jeans. He loves watching TV. He loves sunflower seeds. He loves ribeye steak. He loves taking hikes and posting pictures of himself on hikes so his friends will know he’s adventurous. He loves sweet drinks. He loves gummy candy. He loves practicing for his VH1 Storytellers episode in the shower. He loves writing about himself in the third person. He loves his friends. He loves autumn. He loves bacon. He loves The Talented Mr. Ripley. He loves Alanis Morissette. He loves karaoke. He loves taking naps. He loves finding a good parking space. Richard Martinez loves.

He hates pickles.

He. Hates. Pickles.

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The Neil is a humanoid creature that exists to eat, sleep, and consume memes.  The Neil is native to the San Gabriel Valley but has been seen as far out as the wilds of Sacramento.  Current migratory patterns have seen the Neil in the Long Beach area integrating itself with the indigenous improv scene.  If you see one, don’t panic.  He is relatively harmless and will only approach if he is foraging for food or video games.  The Neil is a good source of nerd lore and is a good sacrifice on any adventure to show that the story is getting serious.


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From her fourth year until her third decade on this planet, Sarah masqueraded as a shy, demure wallflower. Then, she stumbled into a held2gether class wherein the dammed-up reservoir of insanity began to pour forth from her. Now, she delights in playing with other “grown-ups” on stage and in her self-ordained role as an improv evangelist. She loves held2gether and all the humans in it for allowing her to exorcize her demons with them on stage.

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Cael tells us he comes from Saratoga Springs aka “Upstate” New York. For some reason he thinks anyone cares about there being parts of New York other than the big city. Spoiler alert: we don’t. In 2008 Cael decided that he needed to find some adventure, so he packed up his car and just started driving. Eventually he made it to San Diego and finally found his way to his new Held2gether home in Long Beach in 2011. Like a fool, he first enrolled in classes at Cal State Long Beach to become an “engineer.” In 2015, once he was done wasting his time getting his “engineering career” in order, he finally got his head about him and stumbled into his first level 1 improv class with the legend herself: Kendra Nicholson. From there it has been a whirlwind of a ride full of laughter, tears, drama, intrigue, and more laughter. Also, he has a cat, and enjoys indoor rock climbing and outdoor camping.