Instructor Bios

Instructor Bios

Jeff Kinsler:


Jeff has over 30 years of experience as a professional in the Performing Arts.  He has appeared in film and television...and in numerous radio and TV commercials.  He has been an on-air radio personality for several New York stations.  Jeff has done live theatre and has also toured at clubs and colleges (U.S. and Canada) as a stand-up comedian.  He has received formal training in improv comedy at The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, Magnet Theatre (musical improv), The P.I.T. (People’s Improv Theater), and The Annoyance Theatre...and has performed at the UCBT (Chelsea) in New York City.  In the late 1990’s, Jeff founded the Central New York School for the Performing Arts.  Since then, he has taught thousands of people Improv, Stand-Up, Acting, and Public Speaking...and has presented workshops in the U.S. and Europe.  In 2009, Jeff opened...and currently manages...the Salt City Improv Theatre.


Jamie Ashlaw:


Jamie has enjoyed acting and improvisation for over 20 years, while working as an artist as well as an art teacher.  He was part of the long running improv team, “Shawn Cassidy Fan Club” while studying art at SUNY Oswego.  Later, Jamie moved to NYC where he was part of a short lived improv team called the “Boomtown Players” (their run consisted of one performance...don’t ask.)  Soon, Jamie found himself in Chicago with an experimental long-form improv team called “Razor Spirits.”  For the last 3 years, he has been thrilled to be a part of Salt City Improv’s house team, Pork Pie Hat.  Jamie is excited to be working with Jeff Kinsler and the talented gang at the Salt City Improv Theatre.

Crystal Simmons:

Crystal "Pistol" started performing at a young age in local musical theater productions. After a few years of constantly being cast as a part of the scenery (a fork, seaweed) she realized that she could not dance or sing. In 2011, Crystal stumbled upon the Salt City Improv Theatre and everything clicked. She has been performing with the house team, Pork Pie Hat, ever since. Crystal can also be seen performing with the theater's long form team, SkittleFit. In addition to her training at Salt City Improv, Crystal has received training at both UCB and The Pit in New York City. Crystal has not given up on singing and dancing and will often attempt to do one or the other in scenes. You have been warned.