Mick Napier is an award-winning director and renowned teacher, corporate facilitator, author and improviser.
In addition to being the founder of Chicago's acclaimed Annoyance Theatre and Annoyance Productions, Mick is also an Artistic Consultant for Second City, where he has directed more than 10 reviews including the 40th, 45th and 50th anniversary shows, and their Las Vegas premiere at the Flamingo Hotel. For the 1996 production Paradigm Lost, he earned a prestigious Joseph Jefferson Award for his direction. Mick also directed David Sedaris’ award-winning Off-Broadway production of One Woman Shoe, and Martin Short’s Martin Short & Friends.
Mick's experience in television, film, and theatre includes work as an actor, writer, and director. He appears in the Harold Ramis film Ice Harvest and appeared as himself in the PBS-aired documentary Second to None, and as a judge in the Canadian reality series Next Comedy Legend. He served as Writer/Director for Cable Ace nominated Exit 57 for Comedy Central, was Creative Producer on the nationally-syndicated sketch TV show, Sports Bar, and directed the live pilot for HBO/Comedy Central's T.B.A. Mick is author of the books Improvise. Scene from the Inside Out and Behind the Scenes: Improvising Long Form.
Ed is a co-author of the wildly popular “Rod Balgojevich: Superstar”, Lanyard Skynerd, and the cult hit “Rush Limbaugh: The Musical” with Mr. TJ Shanoff He also co-wrote Chicago’s longest running musical “Co-ed Prison Sluts” (Annoyance Theatre) and has written sketch material for NBC. He has co-written shows in conjunction with theatres in Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Philly, Arizona, Baltimore, Dallas, and more. He also wrote and performed in three Mainstage Second City revues. Since leaving the Mainstage he has co-written two children’s plays, a very adult play (Doublewide Lust), a best-selling book (Cube Monkeys – Harper-Collins), and numerous scenes, short films and commercials for Corporate America.
Patrick Schaller has studied film at North Carolina School of the Arts (’96), New York Film Academy (’98), and the University of Michigan where he earned a B.A. in Film Studies in 2002. Since founding Fox on a Hill Productions, LLC in 2006, Schaller has worked with independent musicians in various capacities as well as producing film projects. Film projects include: Rogues Gallery: Blame it on Toby (TV Pilot, Executive Producer, 2018); La Curacion “The Healing” (Documentary, Executive Producer, 2008); The Rotting Tales of Marcus Spencer (Web Pilot, Writer/Director, 2017); Musical Comedy Whore (Live Performance, Executive Producer, 2019); Oscar's Fruit (Animated Short, Executive Producer, 2019)
Executive Producer & Co-Creator
John Terendy has over thirty years of professional experience as a cinematographer. Since 1984, he has shot countless music videos, independent films, corporate videos, and television commercials. Terendy holds a BA in film from Columbia College Chicago. Most notably, Terendy’s cinematography can be seen in Annoyance Theater founder Mick Napier’s Fatty Drives the Bus, author and journalist Adam Langer’s The Blank Page, and Jim Sikora’s Bullet On A Wire. Terendy also travelled the world as the Director of Photography for the award-winning television program Culinary Travels, filming 103 half-hour episodes across five continents. Terendy has mastered not only the creative side of Cinematography but the technical as well, maintaining a presence on the cutting edge of technology in digital filmmaking.
Director of Photography & Co-Creator
Danielle Montana has 25 years of professional experience as a producer and editor. For five years she travelled the world as co-producer and editor of the award winning PBS cooking show Culinary Travels, overseeing 103 half-hour episodes across five continents. Montana began her filmmaking career in the kitchen, making meals for crews of indie films, moving on to production assistant and a variety of other onset jobs, moving into the editing suite, and eventually overseeing entire productions. Montana has edited everything from music videos to corporate and industrial films over the past 23 years. Concurrent with the Rogues Gallery project, Montana produced and edited the forthcoming Aurora, an indie sci-fi western feature short which Neil Gaiman has hailed as a “Fascinating homage to 1950's Science Fiction.”
Producer & Editor
Since attending The University of Michigan, Clay Ebert has spent 15 years pursuing a number of ventures with a particular focus on the artistic spectrum. He is a Co-Founder of Fox on a Hill Productions and worked with dozens of musicians to assist with production and distribution of independent music. More recently, he has worked in various producing capacities on projects such as a TV pilot (Blame it on Toby, 2018), a live action short (The Rotting Tales of Marcus Spencer, 2018) and a live recording of a one-man stage show (Musical Comedy Whore, 2020). He is currently producing and co-directing an animated short called Oscar’s Fruit. An avid quilter, Clay is also co-owner of an online fabric business called Quilting Muse that has catered to the arts and crafts industry for the past two years.