Brent Unger

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Brent Unger

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Primary Theater The Hideout Theatre
Years Active 2011-Present

Brent Unger is an improv performer.


Brent dabbled in theater in high school and college performing in various stage productions including Oklahoma and You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown. His focus in college was vocal and instrumental music (French Horn) and he worked as a band director, private instructor, drum & bugle corps director and instructor, brass arranger, marching band clinician, drill designer and adjudicator for almost 20 years.

While working as an extra on the Friday Night Lights television series, Brent befriended Michael Ferstenfeld who introduced him to the robust improv scene in Austin. Brent started classes in May 2011 with Shana Merlin and Ted Rutherford at Salvage Vanguard Theater. He later transferred and finished classes at The Hideout Theatre with instructors Andy Crouch, Roy Janik, Lisa Jackson and Josh Gill.

Brent is an accomplished sound improviser scoring for numerous shows at The Hideout, Salvage Vanguard and Zach Theatre. He is the assistant sound improviser for Get Up and accompanied the troupe at the Montreal Improv Festival in October 2012. Most recently he scored for The Hideout Theatre's production of Fandom: Star Wars and Fandom: Harry Potter.

Brent is the founding director of Taxi Cab Impressions, a predominantly short-form Armando-style troupe with a rotating cast pool. Brent shares his own experiences as a taxi driver and audience members share their own experiences in taxis and those stories are used as inspiration for improvised scenes.

Mr. Unger has been a taxi driver in the Austin area since 2008 and he is a member of the Austin Facial Hair Club which is featured regularly on the reality T.V. show “Whisker Wars”.