Chase Padgett has been a musician, actor, writer, and improviser for nearly 15 years. He studied music at the University of Central Florida while learning improv at the SAK Comedy Lab. After graduating in 2007 with a BA in Music he became a full ensemble member at SAK in addition to working for Disney and Universal in various comedic actor roles. After producing a sketch comedy troupe in 2008 and 2009 he premiered his first solo show ‘6 Guitars’ in 2010. It was met with rave reviews, sold out crowds, and multiple awards. Not long after that he found great success touring this show and across North America in performing arts centers and theater festivals. In 2013 he premiered his other solo theatre show, ‘Nashville Hurricane’ which has also received glowing feedback for its top notch writing and furious finger picking.
After moving to Portland OR in 2014, Chase was selected to perform a sketch comedy showcase for NBC which lead to further auditioning and the opportunity to work with several stars from the hit comedy show ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway.’ During this time of touring & auditioning, he was also instrumental in designing many of the creative and technical elements for the Curious Comedy Theatre in Portland during a massive makeover in 2016 which featured nearly $250,000 in renovations.
Recently, Chase has released his first studio album, ‘Change of Heart’ and has written a brand new show called ‘Heart Attacks & Other Blessings.’ He is also a guest performer with Disney Cruise Line where he gets to stretch his musical and comedic talents for audiences from all over the world. He loves guitars, his family and his fiancé, Christina, who is way… way out of his league!
Jessie Funk holds a leadership certification from the University of Notre Dame, is a certified life-coach, holds a B.S. Degree in Psychology, as well as a M.A. in Theater- emphasizing in how to use the arts as a healing modality for teenagers. Jessie is a former leadership facilitator for Franklin Covey and has also been a professional youth speaker for fifteen years, speaking for high schools and leadership conferences all over the country.
She is a 6-time published author and her passion to help teens led her to start an international non-profit organization called “Ivy Girl Academy,” a confidence and leadership training program for teen ladies.
As a professional vocalist she has released five solo albums, has toured 36 states with the Broadway musical “Footloose,” has also been hired for hundreds of recording sessions as a studio vocalist including songs heard on TV’s “America’s Got Talent,” ESPN and “The Biggest Loser.” Jessie has walked away from three record deals unwilling to sell her soul for fame. She chooses to use her voice to lift and inspire in positive ways.
She also just began a life-long dream of pursuing a doctorate degree. She is earning her license as a clinical social worker and focusing on therapeutic leadership training practices for her dissertation. Jessie’s favorite role in life is that of adored wife and mother to two.
Born and raised in Bulgaria, Svet has played the violin since the age of 3 and constantly evolving within his talent. Coming to America, Svet was exposed to new styles of music such as hip hop and dance. He was immediately drawn to breakdancing and Salsa where he excelled as a performer. After graduating from The University of Rochester, Svet began merging his skills on the violin with the sounds of today and magic was born. Performing and transforming himself into the song, Svet is unique that he not only plays the violin, but he adds a third dimension, dance!
Svet has performed with superstars such as Jamie Fox, Kanye West, Shaquille O Neil and Jay Z while also constantly touring, visiting Children’s Hospitals and performing for the kids.
Svet is a cancer survivor. In 2016 he was diagnosed with a rare form of brain tumor which is more common in children and only about one in two million adults such as Svet. Surgeons had no choice, but perform a 4 hour brain surgery on him to save his life.
After the surgery, Svet woke up eager to get back on his feet and the next day, he went out front of Strong Memorial Hospital and played “Let it be” by The Beatles.
His video went viral and touched the hearts of millions, once ABC World News made a story on his perseverance.