Improv Shows

American Stage Improv has grown to three House Teams! Our original HAWK & WAYNE combine a unique mixture of the Chicago and West Coast long-form improvisation styles through Hawk’s training at Second City Chicago and Wayne’s training at Los Angeles’ Groundlings. Performances are the first Sunday of each month!

The 2016-17 season premieres two new House Teams made up of graduates of our Improv Training Program:
AS PER USUAL and SEPARATE CHECKS perform the third Sunday of each month!

Now in their 7th Season with American Stage, Hawk & Wayne present


Totally Live. Totally Improvised. Seriously Funny
Performed at 6pm every 1st Sunday of the Month
in the American Stage Cabaret Lobby


Here’s what the critics say about Hawk & Wayne:

Heidi Lux-Gillon, Tampa Bay Informer

“Perhaps the success of Hawk & Wayne is due to their ability to blend two uniquely different improv styles: Wayne spent years performing and studying at The Groundlings in Los Angeles, while Hawk studied at The Second City and The Annoyance Theatre in Chicago. Much could be written on the differences between the two styles, but in essence west-coast improv is rooted in character work, while Chicago improv is relationship-based, seeking the “truth in comedy”. Hawk & Wayne bring them together beautifully.”
–Heidi Lux-Gillon, Tampa Bay Informer

Mark Leib, Creative Loafing

“They find more humor in their unscripted hijinks than most actors ever find in the most celebrated of comic texts. If you love to laugh, you ought to give them a look.”
– Mark Leib, Creative Loafing

Mina Abgoon, Creative Loafing

“Just two months in, Gavin Hawk and Ricky Wayne’s News of the Weird: Live is already a comedy hit, providing a new entertainment go-to at the acclaimed American Stage — and quite possibly, a reason to believe in live local improv again.”
– Mina Abgoon, Creative Loafing

“Surprising, daring and totally original.”

About Hawk and Wayne

is a native of the Los Angeles area. He trained in improvisation and sketch comedy at The Second City and The Annoyance Theatre in Chicago. In addition to improvisation, he currently serves as  Artistic Director of A Simple Theatre in St. Petersburg. Acting credits include Barefoot in the Park and The Foreigner (American Stage),  Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (freeFall Theatre), Hate Mail (Studio@620), Cider House Rules: Parts I & II (California Repertory Company), Gross Indecency (Huntington Theatre) and Over the Tavern II: King O’ The Moon (Studio Arena/Pittsburgh Public). He is the Associate Professor of Theatre at Eckerd College and a graduate of The Juilliard School. Gavin is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.

was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Ricky trained in sketch comedy and improvisation at the famed Groundlings in Los Angeles. Ricky is proud to call American Stage his artistic home. AS audiences might remember him as Marc in Art and Carl in Opus. Other regional theatre credits include Congratulations, Joe! (A Simple Theatre) and Speed-the-Plow (Tampa Bay Players). Some film credits include Real Steel, The Chaos Experiment, SWAT: Firefight, Free Ride, Love and Honor, and Who is Delsin? Television credits include Low Winter Sun, Revolution, Army Wives, The Glades, Charlie’s Angels, Treme, Burn Notice and many made for television movies for Syfy Channel, TNT and MTV. He is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA and Actors’ Equity Association and currently is on the Board of Directors for the Gasparilla International Film Festival and the Central Florida Member Representative for SAG-AFTRA Southeast Board of Directors. He is represented by Brevard Talent Group.

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