The improvisers of Freak Pony are true to their name: so majestic and strong that it’s almost freaky! With unique senses of humor and infectious energy, these women use longform improv to showcase their talents and the fact that they can all pull off the jumpsuit look. Each Freak Pony show hosts a variety of guest performers, so keep your eyes peeled to see who might be joining the cast for the next show!
MEET THE CAST:
Allison Summers, Coach
Allison was born and raised in Mount Juliet, TN. She graduated from the University of Maryland and studied improv at The Second City, UCB, and iO West. She has performed at numerous improv festivals across the country with her one woman show, “Collections”. You can watch her on Netflix in Hollywood Sex Wars where she plays the adorable, fun loving, and homeless crack head, Ash. She also performs regularly with LOL Nashville. Allison fears Raw Head Bones.
Becky Hughes, Ensemble
Becky moved to the Nashville area at the tender age of 3 and hasn't figured out how to leave. She performs regularly in her basement apartment and at Third Coast with the lovely ladies of Freak Pony. She cannot be captured on film, so please, no pictures.
Catherine Schwartz, Ensemble
Catherine is from Austin, Texas but now lives in Nashville, a different bachelorette-party-littered, live-music-infused, hipster populated Mecca. You can see her performing with LOL Nashville, Infinity Etc., Crash!, or Freak Pony. Or standing by the bar eating other people’s popcorn. She isn’t particularly fond of these pictures of herself!
Elizabeth Banks, Coach
Elizabeth Banks has two loves in life: sandwiches and comedy. She began performing professionally at the age of 17, making her the funniest underage improv actress in Miami at the time. After moving to Nashville, she immediately became immersed in comedy. You may have seen here in the well-loved and short-lived sketch group, Blue Lotus Comedy. Feel free to show your appreciation for her performances by laughing, clapping, and bringing delicious sandwiches to share.
Katie Davis, Ensemble
Katie is a sweet ole Georgia peach turned Nashvillian after she moved here three years ago to go to Belmont University. Since then, she has become a member of Belmont's sketch and improv group, Fall Follies, and studied at the UCB in LA and NY. She has been thankful to have Third Coast Comedy Club as a space where she has been able to play on indie and house teams, one of which is LOL Nashville! Katie enjoys doing things that are free and also involve free refreshments. She doesn't really like eggs, but she wishes she did. Maybe one day.
Kim Dalrymple, Ensemble
Originally from Dallas, Texas, Kim got her start in comedy as part of Belmont University's best and only sketch and improv group, Fall Follies. She is proud to be in the inaugural class of graduates from the Third Coast Training Center, and currently a member of Third Coast house teams Crash! and Freak Pony. Kim is also the Assistant Producer of the annual Third Coast Improv Fest. Kim enjoys drinking prosecco and getting things in the mail. She lives in west Nashville with her fiancé, Danny, and their beloved dog, Hallie.
Leigh Truemper, Ensemble
Leigh is from Little Rock, Arkansas and graduated from the University of Missouri. She got her start in improv at Third Coast Comedy Club after to moving to Nashville in September of 2017. It has since become a passion of hers, and she quite frankly can’t get enough of it. Third Coast Comedy Club is her favorite spot in town, and she can easily be wooed by a breakfast sandwich.
Mary Claire Reynolds, Ensemble
Mary Claire grew up in Nashville, so it’s unsurprising that her first professional acting gig at age 14 was playing a mermaid in a country music video. Many moons later, she got her start in live improv while she was in Chicago for a commercial casting & decided to sign up for a Second City intensive on a whim. Hooked, Mary Claire went on to train at UCB Theatre in Los Angeles. While in LA, she performed with her long form team Bacon Marmalade all over town including the iO West and the Clubhouse stages. Upon her return to Nashville, she jumped into all the improv she could find and now she’s super excited to be playing the Third Coast stage with Freak Pony and Gnu Tales. When Mary Claire is not on stage, she can be found chasing her two preschool age daughters around and/or staring into an empty mug, wondering why the coffee’s already all gone. And she always double knots her sneakers.
Mary Roberts, Ensemble
Mary Elizabeth Roberts is a Nashville native. She’s been seen around town with companies like Nashville Shakespeare Festival and Blackbird Theatre. She describes her sense of humor as stealthy and offbeat. She loves to make people feel comfortable and laugh.