MEET THE STAFF

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Ian Caruth

Ian Caruth

Founder & Artistic Director

Ian Caruth was born and raised in Dallas. He began performing onstage with the nation’s longest continually-operating college sketch group, the University of Arizona’s Comedy Corner. Ian went on to learn longform improv in New York City at the Magnet and UCB Theaters, performing with The Future, Moxie, Dunk, and many other groups. He has performed and taught at workshops, festivals, universities, schools, and theaters in the US and internationally, and once played a piece of ham in a vending machine. He is way stoked to continue the tradition of theatermaking in Dallas with the Dallas Comedy Club (DCC).

As Founder and Creative/Artistic Director, Ian is responsible for conceiving, developing, implementing, and sustaining the artistic vision of DCC. He also serves as the primary spokesperson for the organization's artistic purpose via speaking engagements, public and social appearances, and, as requested, at fundraising events and solicitations

If you have questions about theater programming, booking DCC talent, or have feedback or issues with theater programming or classes, please contact Ian Caruth: ian@dallas-comedyclub.com

Rosie Caruth

Rosie Caruth

Founder & Executive Director

Rosie Caruth grew up in the Denmark-themed tourist town of Solvang, California, where she raised goats and turkeys until she saw an episode of MADtv and became obsessed with sketch comedy. She began performing improv with San Diego State University’s Iota Eta Pi her freshman year, and has never stopped. She moved to New York City after college to work for horrible bosses in fashion PR and study improv at the UCB and Magnet Theaters — where she and Ian met. Rosie subsequently studied at the Dallas Comedy House, the PIT NYC, The Second City, and the Pack Theater, and is probably the country’s leading expert in Zoom comedy classes.
As Founder and Executive Director for DCC, she is responsible for the overall business management of the club and the coordination of all marketing, public relations, advertising and promotional activities on and off-site. Rosie also supervises and manages the operations and administrative staff.

If you have questions about the club at-large, marketing, social media, corporate sponsorships, or student internships, please contact Rosie Caruth: rosie@dallas-comedyclub.com

Kim Alu

Kimberly Alu

Director of Education

Originally trained in theater, Kimberly Alu has performed and written for venues across New Jersey and New York including Count Basie, Princeton University, The Player's Club, and The Duke on 42nd Street. After moving to Los Angeles, Kimberly continued to write for several sketch comedy groups and has performed on countless improv teams including Sketch Time Strangers and Sweet Tweets, which was presented at The Second City Hollywood to Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele. Additionally, her short play Jumper received best original play at the Manhattan Repertory Theatre and the Midtown International Theatre Festival. Her original full length play Carnival Games also won best play at The Thespis Theater Festival. Kimberly has studied at The UCB LA, The Second City Hollywood, iO West, and The Peoples Improv Theater. Since moving back to New York, she has immersed herself in the improv and sketch world, taking up work at The Peoples Improv Theater and Gotham Writers Workshop as well as starting her own digital improv network Socially Distant Improv when New York went into full lockdown mode in March of 2020.

In the last two years alone, she has completed over 40 original sketch comedy pieces, a half hour comedy pilot, two docu-series, and countless plays. She has performed on dozens of improv house teams in dozens of theaters and has developed her own line of improv classes, Approach to Dramatic Improv and Advanced Dramatic Improv, directly inspired by her background in acting. She prides herself on working with individuals who are eager to learn and grow and nothing excites her more than developing a new form or new idea with a group of passionate individuals.

If you have questions about class registration, auditions, scholarships, or volunteer student committees, please contact Kimberly Alu: kim@dallas-comedyclub.com

Jamie

Jamie Leigh Hogan

General Manager

Jamie’s no stranger to comedy. From stand-up stints to running both the front and back of the house, her experience seems to have all-things-comedy covered. Prior to joing Dallas Comedy Club, Jamie served as the assistant general manager for a North Dallas Improv Comedy Club for several years and is now our resident expert for herding cats, spinning plates and creating great guest experiences day and night. Her background reaches beyond the operations , sales and marketing of a comedy club–with experience promoting nationally-recoginzed product brands, new business development for a premiere organization in the wholesale beverage alcohol industry and much more!

As General Manager, Jamie works closely with the club’s founders in managing, steering and shaping the company in a time of exciting growth. She’s responsible for contracts, bookings, financials, HR and facilities oversight and oversees multiple departments within the organization.

If you have questions about the venue, bar, or kitchen, or are interested in applying for a job as a server or bartender, please contact Jamie Hogan: gm@dallas-comedyclub.com