Jacque Arend

Jacque Arend Actor

Jacque grew up in theater and performance. She went into college as a film major. Moving to Phoenix in 1999 she continued film studies as well as theater at SCC. She started a dedicated focus in improvisation and comedy in 2005. She had a three year run in Bloody Mary Christmas playing an original character from 2010-20I2. In 2016 Jacque started focusing on dramatic work at Arizona Actors Academy. She was cast as the lead in TheaterWorks’ Red Velvet Cake War in 2018 & a virtual production of Zombie Girl in 2021. She was cast in six student films in 2019, two lead roles and four supporting roles. Jacque has done a series of teleprompter segments for online classes through Arizona State University. She has also produced her own web content with a comedy trio called Hot Mess.

Jacque Arend Improvisor

Jacque Arend started improvising in 2005 and never turned back. Her first dose of education came from IO Chicago’s summer intensive. She co-founded Phoenix’s Torch Theatre in 2007. There she was an original operations board member, one of the engineers of the six level training program, as well as the organization’s artistic mission and vision. She began as an improv instructor in 2007. She is a regular performer at the Torch and at Second Beat Improv Theater. Jacque performs regularly with MuChuChu, JaxN Reed, Birds & Broads, Light Rail Pirates and with the Skewed News Hour at Second Beat. Jacque has played on Mainstage of the Phoenix Improv Festival for 11 straight years. She has performed in the 2016 District Improv Festival, 2017 Del Close Marathon and three years at the San Diego Improv Festival 2016-2018. Jacque has been to the Tucson Comedy Arts Festival from 2019-2022.

Jacque Arend Instructor

Jacque Arend started improvising in 2005 by attending the iO Chicago Summer Intensive. She co-founded The Torch Theatre (Phoenix, Arizona) in 2007 and was a collaborator on their training program along with the organization’s artistic mission and vision. Her focuses include applied improvisation, ensemble performance, grounded scene work, advanced formats, as well as various workshop focuses including longform performance and dramatic improvisation. Jacque was the administrator for The Torch Theatre’s Training Center from 2007-2019 and lead instructor for their Corporate Team Building program from 2012-2019. Jacque is currently the main instructor for the improv/comedy programs for actors at Arizona Actors Academy, building her own program in 2013. She is the registration coordinator for Camp Improv Utopia and was an elective instructor at Camp East in 2017, 2018, 2021 and a Master Instructor in 2019. Jacque also offers coaching and has coached a number of groups in Phoenix to improve specific focuses, help build strong ensemble and overall improvement to create more interesting performances. She is a regular performer with a handful of ongoing troupes, such as Light Rail Pirates, JaxN Reed, Birds & Broads, MuChuChu and Skewed News Hour. Jacque has played on main stage of the Phoenix Improv Festival for eleven straight years. She has brought her workshops to the Washington DC, San Diego and has taught at the Tucson Comedy Arts Festival from 2019-2022.

Jacque Arend Team Building & Corporate Training

Jacque Arend has been an improvisational instructor since 2007 and specifically using applied improvisation for team building and strong leadership skills since 2012. She has custom built workshops for various groups from corporations to outreach programs. Most recently building an ongoing Medical Improv workshop for first year med student at the University of Arizona. Some of her recent workshops have been with the Wendy Hernandez Family Law, Mosaic, Garcia Group, Valley Wise Speakers Bureau, Goodwill and The Gold Foundation. She has also worked with ASU Leadership Academy, the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at ASUthe President of ASU’s Staff, Federal Bureau of Investigation, City of Phoenix, Mayo Clinic School of Medicine, Aetna, American Express, Foundation for Blind Children and Cape Girl League. Jacque led the Torch Theatre’s corporate training department until 2019 and now offers her expertise through Arizona Actors Academy and Second Beat Improv. Most recently Jacque partnered with Dr. Howard Silverman to build Professional, Purposeful Play a focus of using Clinical Improv to benefit medical professionals and their patients.

Jacque Arend Administrator

Jacque Arend was acting as the training center’s administrator and daily operation manager of the Torch Theatre from the very beginning and continued those duties until 2019. As a co-founder of the non-profit organization in 2007, she was also one of the architects of the curriculum along with building both the team building (2012) and youth programming (2014). She was an active board member until 2016, fostering the growth of the organization and it’s community. In 2013 Jacque became the improvisation instructor within the program at Arizona Actors Academy, offering ongoing improv for actors along with focuses in auditioning and sketch. She joined the staff in 2015 as the administrator of their program. That year Jacque also became the registration coordinator for Camp Improv Utopia. She has incredible organization skills and has volunteered from 2012 to 2018 as the Phoenix Improv Festival’s Managing Director. In 2020 Jacque took on Improv Utopia Operations Manager, Education Manager & Assistant Camp Director In 2022 she became Camp Director for Camp East & Yosemite. She continues to apply her skills to operating another non-profit organization and seeing it to sustainable success. Jacque has built tools and systems to manage data for her organizations and has proficient skills to maintain as well as build spreadsheets, websites and forms for working smarter. She has handled project management, invoicing, billing, registration and volunteer coordinating. She has also produced a number of events, performances and managed theater operations. Recently Jacque became an accounting assistant and member of the grants team at Arizona Foodbank Network where she applies her skills to auditing, management & payments of applicants.

Jacque Arend Hobbist & Collector

Travel. Adventure. History. I love the idea of craft brewing & distilling. I collect pressed pennies, brothel coins and monument/attraction tokens. I collect buttons, stickers & patches. I love books but don’t read much. Love Vinyl, and also have VHS, Cassette Tapes & CDs. I keep every notebook. adore Architecture. attract Magazines. Gaga for Music. Dancing. etc, etc, etc… drawing. Writing! Comedy, film. Fun! Always be having fun.