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Festival Director

Kristin Henn teaches, produces and performs Improv in Austin, Texas. You can catch her performing weekly with What’s the Story Steve at ColdTowne Theater and at libraries throughout Texas. She has taught Improv and Creative Drama to children and adults for 8 years and holds a BFA in Directing Theatre and an MA in Theatre History and Criticism. She is a proud graduate of the ColdTowne Conservatory and has taken classes and workshops from countless visiting artists. This is her second year to direct Excused Absence and she is excited to see where we’ll go this year!

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Producer, Outreach and Registration

Chris originally hails from Louisiana, but has lived in Austin long enough to consider himself a local. He can be seen on Austin stages as both an improviser and a musician. As one of the founders of Excused Absence Fest, Chris is dedicated to seeing the event grow into a lasting and important part of  the youth performing arts landscape.



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Producer, Marketing and Events

Mason is one of Austin’s busiest performers. He can be seen almost daily on any of Austin’s comedy stages and spends the rest of his time teaching, producing, directing and talking about the Spurs.


Head IllustrationJosephh Stahlman

Associate Director

Josephh is a performer and teacher who can be seen almost any night of the week on the ColdTowne stage. His enthusiasm and commitment, along with his non stop ability to entertain the people around him, make him a valued member of our team.