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Stevie Ray

Stevie is a successful keynote speaker, corporate trainer, entertainer, author, happy husband, and frazzled stepdad.

In addition to his role as Executive Director of Stevie Ray’s Improv Company, he has been a nationally recognized speaker and corporate trainer for over 35 years. The author of eleven books, he was a national columnist for the Business Journal Newspapers for twenty-five years.

Stevie has traveled the country helping organizations master the art of influence and sharpen professional skills. His clients include Fortune 500 companies and small organizations alike.

Stevie performed his first comedy show at the age of nine and has been making people laugh ever since. Touring the country as an improvisational and stand-up comedian, he has opened for such stars as Paula Poundstone, Marsha Warfield of Night Court, Rich Hall of Saturday Night Live, and “Weird Al” Yankovic. He also serves as master of ceremonies for fundraisers and major events.

More fun facts about Stevie Ray:

  • The only person in the country to design his own college degree in Theory and Performance of Comedy at Minnesota State University-Moorhead
  • A martial artist since 1977 and holder of four black belts
  • A former bodyguard for Pee Wee Herman (yes, really)
  • The owner of Steve’s Bees Minnesota Honey, producing natural honey from his own beehives (actually, the bees do all the work)
  • A volunteer for the Minnesota State Services for the Blind, recording books for the blind and visually impaired
  • An award-winning blues harmonica player
  • His home-made baklava won 3rd Place at the Minnesota State Fair.

Pamela M. Mayne

A pioneer in Twin Cities comedy, Pamela began her association with Stevie in 1988 when they co-directed a Minneapolis comedy- variety club. They eventually took over the club to create Stevie Ray’s Improv Company. Over the years, Pamela has directed thousands of performances at Stevie Ray’s Comedy Cabaret. She has also taught hundreds of new improv artists, giving new funny folks their start in the business. She helped produce three Comedians Who Care comedy marathons for charity, and two Minneapolis Improv Festivals that brought troupes from across the country to the Twin Cities.

Pamela holds the distinction of being the only person allowed to tell Stevie he’s not as funny as he thinks he is. As Director of Operations, Pamela oversees all aspects of Stevie Ray’s Improv Company.

Joe Harstad

Joe Harstad’s first improv class was at the ripe young age of one. Though he didn’t pick up much at that time, crawling around the classroom space was just the beginning of his improv career. Growing up in a household with Pamela Mayne, improv was a daily activity.

Joe took his first real improv class at the age of fifteen, and he has been in a class every week since then. He soon began teaching improv classes. In the fall of 2015, Joe moved from performing to directing. As Associate Director, Joe directs performances at Stevie Ray’s Comedy Cabaret, and directs the School of Improv; training new instructors and continuing to teach classes himself. You will often find Mr. Harstad in the sound & light booth during shows; lending his talents as a technician (it also allows him to keep an eye on the troupe).

 

joseph@stevierays.org

Jonathan Fogel

Jonathan Fogel is recognized by Mpls. St. Paul MagazineTwin Cities Business Monthly, and Minnesota Law & Politics as a “Super Lawyer” and a member of the top 6% of attorneys in Minnesota. He is the author of the book, Preparing for Divorce While Happily Married, and was the host of a call-in radio show called “Family Affairs” on myTalk107.1. He has guest-starred on other television and radio programs to discuss issues of divorce, including weekly appearances on 101.3 KDWB’s War of the Roses. Jonathan also served as the Legal Correspondent for KMSP Television Channel 9.

Jonathan has been performing with Stevie Ray’s Improv Company since 2016. “I joined the board of directors because I have a deep passion for comedy and a desire to support the local entertainment scene. Being a part of the leadership allows me to contribute to its growth, help organize hilarious events, ensure that laughter keeps flowing in our community, and provide a platform for talented comedians to shine.”

Andrew Kueppers

AJ’s journey to the Stevie Ray’s Board of Directors is a story of two parallel tracks: his love for numbers and his love for the arts.

His love for numbers began in kindergarten, where he discovered the joy of learning 2+2=4. This enjoyment of math continued through his education, culminating in an Accounting Degree. From there, he joined the “Financial Management Leadership Development Program” (say that five times fast) at Travelers Insurance in St Paul, Minnesota. Currently he is a Senior Accounting Manager at The Ambr Group, where he enjoys the challenge of turning raw data into an accurate financial story.

Meanwhile, AJ’s love for the arts began with a stage debut singing at age 2. This led to many musical theater performances, as well as directing and performing with his college a capella group (before Pitch Perfect made it cool.) In 2016, he took his first ever improv course at Stevie Ray’s, and he’s been hooked ever since. As a touring company performer, he loves to delight audiences with fully improvised songs.

As a board member, AJ is thrilled to combine his shared love of numbers and the arts, to support Stevie Ray’s Improv Company, and to help grow both audiences and performers in the Minnesota community.

Kelly Moore

Kelly lived in Los Angeles for more than a decade working in film/TV in various roles in business & legal affairs and finance.  She earned her MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, where she focused on financial modeling and entrepreneurship.  She relocated to the Twin Cities in 2019 to be closer to family and she has never felt more at home.

Kelly currently works in corporate strategy with Optum Frontier Therapies, a rare disease pharmacy.  Over the last two years, she has fully immersed herself in the improv comedy community around the Twin Cities, taking numerous classes with Stevie Ray’s and other theaters around town.  Kelly is passionate about live theater of all forms — from stand-up to musical theater — and she is thrilled to help shape the direction of Stevie Ray’s and to provide a platform for the immensely talented Twin Cities comedy community.

Kaitlyn Worner Kueppers

Although Kaitlyn’s professional background is numbers-focused, she is no stranger to the arts.  Kaitlyn graduated from the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma with a BS in Mathematics and a BS in Business Administration. She has been employed by a Fortune Five company and is currently employed by a Minnesota-based nonprofit insurance carrier.

Kaitlyn’s passion for music and performance date back to elementary school when she attended her first live musical, and later when she began playing the clarinet. Kaitlyn performed in the premiere of Lowak Shoppola’ (Fire and Light) with the Oklahoma Youth Orchestra in 2009. Today, she is a member of the Minnesota Freedom Band and is involved in She Rock She Rock, a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering individuals through music. Kaitlyn attended her first Stevie Ray’s show in early 2018 and has been their self-proclaimed biggest fan ever since. As a board member, Kaitlyn is eager to grow the Stevie Ray’s community and strengthen the Twin Cities comedy scene.