The foundation for Unexpected Productions was laid when TheatreSports™ was first performed in Seattle in 1982. In 1983, Seattle TheatreSports™ began performing on Monday nights at Swannie’s Comedy Underground. From there, with a small but loyal audience, the Troupe moved and/or added shows at Pioneer Square Theater, Scoundrel’s Lair, and The Group Theater, where our audience increased.

In 1988, with the founding of Unexpected Productions as a Non-Profit Theater, the company moved from the Group to the Intiman Playhouse.

In May 1991, Unexpected Productions moved into it’s own home at the Market Theater in the Pike Place Market, where sell out crowds have enjoyed their work ever since. In the last ten years, they have produced three ongoing shows, over forty original season shows, and over forty long form improvisational shows.

Unexpected Productions is Seattle’s oldest, and most successful Improvisational Theater Company. Today, Unexpected Production is producing a wide array of improvisational-based theater for Seattle audiences, and has developed a worldwide reputation for high quality improvisation. Comedic in style, Unexpected Productions focuses on the art of storytelling in its work. They have performed in New Zealand, Australia, Holland, Germany, Canada, and all over the United States.


Randy Dixon

Artistic Director

Jay Hitt

Managing Director

Kent L. Whipple

Marketing & Development Manager

Jill Farris

Education Director

Ron Hippe

Outreach Specialist

Kristen Sutton

Front of House Manager

Chris Last

Custodial Supervisor

Jason DeLeo

Education Coordinator

Pam Jonson


Board of Directors

Nathan Garland
H.B. Siegel
Rich Hawkins
Rebecca Wirtel
Andrew Pritchard