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The Story Pirates celebrate the words and ideas of young people, turning their original stories into wild sketch comedy musicals. Some of the best improvisers and musicians in the country, recruited from the Upright Citizens Brigade, Second City, the Groundlings, and more, bring to life the unfiltered world of kids’ imaginations. When the curtain rises, cats can fly, hot dogs save the world, and characters are named things like Captain Waffles and Snufflepants. (60 minutes)

Performances held at Washington University’s 560 Building, located across the street from COCA.

“I believe that what the Story Pirates are doing is helping America, nay, humanity—helping humanity itself. It’s crazy entertaining.” – Jon Stewart, The Daily Show


Meet the Cast:

Matt Rogers is excited to come visit St. Louis for the very first time. He is a Brooklyn-based actor, writer, host and director who graduated from New York University and has performed regularly at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in NYC for several years. He is super proud to be a Story Pirate and to direct and host this performance.

Ian Miller is thrilled to return to St. Louis, having grown up studying dance at COCA and performing at the Muny. A 2011 Clayton High School graduate, Ian currently works in New York City as a music director and pianist, specializing in musical theater. 

Mariah Smith is super excited to return to St. Louis with the Story Pirates. She graduated from Clayton High School in 2009, and currently works as a Digital Producer on The Rundown with Robin Thede in New York City. She also writes for various publications online and in print.

Eric Austin can’t wait for St. Louis to welcome him with open, loving arms. He’s originally from Irvington, New Jersey. Now he lives in Brooklyn where he’s a teaching artist and improvisor, hoping to put his theatre degree from Morgan State University to good use.

Will Jacobs is an actor and comedian based in Brooklyn, New York. In addition to performing with the Story Pirates, he does improv with The Upright Citizens Brigade and The Magnet theaters. He received his undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis and is thrilled to be back in the city to perform at COCA.

Sam Reiff-Pasarew is an executive producer and founding company member with Story Pirates. This trip is extra special because Sam is also a 2003 graduate of Washington University.

Dominique Brillon is so psyched to be in St. Louis! Hailing from California, she is now a Brooklyn-based actor, improviser, and musician. She received her B.A. from UC Berkeley.



SAT, FEB 17 | 1:00PM & 5:00PM
SUN, FEB 18 | 1:00PM & 5:00PM


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