About Zoo Radio

Zoological Radio is a production of the Santa Barbara Zoo and other people who are really, really into animals. Our wild and crazy team really puts the “ham” in radio.

Zoo Radio Staff

Dr. Estelle Sandhaus
Director of Conservation and Research, Santa Barbara Zoo
An alumna of Georgia Tech, Dr. Estelle Sandhaus conducted her MS research at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in China and her PhD research on nesting California condors in the southern California backcountry. Estelle oversees the Santa Barbara Zoo’s field conservation programs and collections research, and her favorite animals to work with in the wild are the California condor, island fox, California red-legged frog, and southern sea otter.

Dean Noble
Director of Marketing, Santa Barbara Zoo
When Dean was a boy, he traveled the globe with his father’s Hawaiian choir and hula troupe. The impact on audiences was amazing. Zoological Radio and the live IMPROVology shows are experiments using the power of live comedy, storytelling, and music to encourage stewardship and inspire environmental problem-solving.
The beautiful Santa Barbara Zoo has been kind enough to allow Dean to develop and experiment with these formats on company time.

Stephen Kearin
Main Company, Impro Theatre and IMPROVology Player, Santa Barbara Zoo
Stephen is a founding member of both Impro Theatre and True Fiction Magazine. Stage appearances include the stilt-walking Iago in San Francisco Opera’s Otello and the role he originated of Blaine Bustier in An Evening With Dirk & Blaine.  Stephen is the co-creator of “Simlish” and was the principal male voice of The Sims, Sims 2.0 and Sims Medieval, and is a visiting instructor at Stanford University and Cirque Du Soleil.

Brian Lohmann
Main Company, Impro Theatre and IMPROVology Player, Santa Barbara Zoo
Brian has directed four shows for Impro Theatre, appeared Off-Broadway, and made numerous appearances in film and television. Stage credits include American Conservatory Theatre, The Old Globe, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Laguna Playhouse, and The Magic Theater. Brian taught for the American Conservatory Theatre’s MFA program, Stanford, Pepperdine, The Guthrie Theatre, The Public Theater’s Shakespeare Lab, The Old Globe/USD, Oregon Shakespeare Festival and The Huntington Shakespeare Lab. Awards include Garland, Drama-Logue, and StageScene LA.

Jo McGinley
Main Company, Impro Theatre and IMPROVology Player, Santa Barbara Zoo
Jo has been directing unscripted theatre since 1996. She co-directed Twilight Zone UnScripted at The Falcon Theatre, and has directed other unscripted genres in San Francisco and Los Angeles, including Mid-Century American Drama, Passion Noir, Soap Opera, Romantic Comedy, Buddy Cop, John Hughes, Quirky English Comedy, and more. Jo directed Dorothy Parker’s Laments of the Living in San Francisco, and is currently collaborating with Impro Theatre Company Member Paul Rogan on Dorothy Parker UnScripted.

Mike McShane
Main Company, Impro Theatre and IMPROVology Player, Santa Barbara Zoo
A regular cast member of Whose Line is it Anyway?, Mike is also a company member of The American Conservatory Theatre and The California Shakespeare Festival. Mike’s TV credits include Seinfeld and The Drew Carey Show, and film credits include Robin Hood (with Kevin Costner) and Drop Dead Gorgeous (with Kirsten Dunst). Mike has also voiced many animated characters in film and TV, including A Bug’s Life, Vampire Hunter D, and King of the Hill.

Dan O’Connor
Main Company, Impro Theatre and IMPROVology Player, Santa Barbara Zoo
Dan’s television directing credits include ABC’s critically acclaimed Sons and Daughters and Campus Ladies for the Oxygen Network. He was a writer and improv director for The Wayne Brady Show, and co-created NBC’s World Cup Comedy, which ran for two seasons on PAX. Television acting credits include Seinfeld, VEGAS, Malcolm in the Middle, The Tonight Show, and Law & Order: LA. Dan is also co-founder and Producing Artistic Director of Impro Theatre.

Edi Patterson
Main Company, Impro Theatre and IMPROVology Player, Santa Barbara Zoo

Edi’s recent TV credits include The League, Black-ish, and Partners with Kelsey Grammer and Martin Lawrence, on which she was a series regular. She has written for Saturday Night Live, is a member of the Groundlings Main Company, and is 1/2 of the improv duo Mitch & Edi Making Love. Other TV credits include Californication, 2 Broke GirlsCurb Your Enthusiasm, and Weeds. She stars in the upcoming horror comedy film You’re Killing Me.

Konrad Kono
Co-Director of Kamp Kono and IMPROVology Player
Konrad Kono is a preeminent performer in the Santa Barbara area. He teaches music at Crane School and is co-founder and co-director of Kamp Kono, which celebrates its 14th anniversary in 2017.