Beta Theater leadership
Jeromy Barber is a Houston-based producer, director, and educator who creates content and experiences that evoke a sense of playfulness and mystery. Barber’s work encourages a connective relationship with the audience and covers a range of visual media, including independent film, commercial production, interactive web series, IMMERSIVE SHOWS, and live events. He is the co-founder of Dinolion, a production company that develops live action and animated content, as well as immersive experiences. Dinolion is involved with a documentary of legendary Houston music venue, Numbers Nightclub.
Barber’s career began in NYC where he trained in improvisation with THE Second City and produced dozens of independent films, including projectS for New Yorker cartoonist, Matthew Diffee and TELEVISION AND FILM DIRECTOR, Scott Teems. He has worked with Arrested Development’s Tony Hale, Best Friends Forever and Playing House's Lennon Parham, and a host of other talent.
In addition to his film projects, Barber is also the founder of BETA Theater, where he invests in the future of Houston’s creative scene. At BETA, Barber acts as Improv Instructor, Creator of live shows (Stalk Show, Triple Header, Guest Room, Carol et. al.), and Director/Producer of comedic digital shorts (The Dinner Party, Dawn, Dibs on Breakup, Jacky Don’t know Sports, etc.).
Barber is a leader in Houston’s current cultural evolution through his involvement in events such as the Houston Improv Festival (where he served as Producer for 2015 and 2016) as well as a conceptual Creative in many empowering and innovative community art efforts.
Teresa Stranahan is an actress, director, and writer. She is a graduate of Texas Tech University. She has a BA in Theatre as well as a minor in Media Strategies. She has performed, directed and written shows both in Lubbock and in Houston. She began improv classes at BETA in the fall of 2016 and quickly developed a fondness for the craft. She began performing with MAX in 2017, and became more and more involved in the community assisting with shows and classes. Currently she is working as a co- director, acting coach, and technical director at a couple of Houston area high School theater departments where she leads student costume, make up, and lighting teams providing guidance and education in principals of design. Other interests include poetry, dance, and visual art.
Hudson Rains started doing improv at The Hideout Theater in Austin, Texas. After moving to Houston, Hudson took the Level One class at BETA Theater as a way to simply make friends. At the encouragement of his instructors, he took level two. The improv bug had bitten him. At BETA Theater, he helps manage shows and curriculum as well as teaches level one and two. He is a part of BETA’s premiere house troupe MAX.
While not at BETA, Hudson teaches precalculus and does aerial acrobatics. He is often very tired and will always accept a coffee or a Diet Coke.
Kelly Juneau has been organizing and performing comedy around Houston since 2011, and teaching for Beta since 2017. She has extensive experience in dance, musical theater, improv, and comedy.
Pam Swift-Brooks is a former Zookeeper and Zoo Educator with 20 years of experience when improv called her name in 2017. Pam started her improv journey on BETA Theater's student troupe "Four Bear Rage Run"; and was promoted to BETA's house troupe "MAX" shortly after graduating from BETA's curriculum in September of 2018. Pam is an avid improviser and is always looking for new ways to be inspired and to inspire others about improv. She has been in student troupes and taken courses at Station Theater in Houston and Summer intensives and workshops at the Hideout Theater in Austin. Pam began student teaching BETA's curriculum during the Summer of 2018. She enjoys connecting with students on a personal level and helping them to realize and accentuate their improv strengths. When Pam isn't improvising, she enjoys spending time or traveling with her Pilot/Boat Captain/Scientist Husband, along with their two dogs and parrot. She is an avid paper crafter and dabbles in other crafting opportunities that catch her fancy.
Sean Penalber began doing a combination of sketch and improv in high school on a team called "ETC." It was very silly. He enjoyed it so much that in college he auditioned for the school troupe "This, That, & The Other" and fell in love with short form improv. Years after college, he eventually stumbled into the Houston improv scene and began taking classes and volunteering at BETA Theater to expand His knowledge, craft, and community. Currently Sean performS with the troupes "MAX" at BETA Theater, "Subvert Your Yurt" At Station Theater, and is an official player at Comedy Sportz Houston.
When he’s not performing improv, he composes music under the name "Who'd a Thunk?" He worships sound and musical connection. He currently has 40 albums published and no plans of stopping! Look for Sean everywhere you can find music!
HE also collectS art from everyone HE meetS! Check out Drawbook and have a look at over 13,000 original works of art from anyone and everyone! Additionally, Sean takeS photos of ceilings @theartofceilings. He dabbles in performance art, stand up comedy, and has an occasional podcast.
Sean believes improv should be taught everywhere. It teaches you how to listen and Communicate constructively. It inspires creativity, encourages self-confidence, and Creates community as well. It helps you understand how to support both yourself and everyone around you whether it be on or off stage, all while being subjectively entertaining! Improv will change you.