Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre

Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre has affordable, comedy shows seven nights a week in NYC and LA. Watch the best improv, sketch and standup in the country. Our original comedy video productions have garnered the national spotlight. We also run the first nationally accredited improv and sketch comedy school in the country. For information on our courses, visit the Training Center.

Brooke Tansley

Brooke was last seen on episodic television as serial killer Belle on Law & Order: Criminal Intent and last seen on Broadway as a Belle of a sweeter sort in Disney's Beauty & the Beast. She made her Broadway debut in the original cast of Hairspray, eventually playing sidekick Penny Pingleton. Films include Music and Lyrics (with Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore), My Sassy Girl (with Elisha Cuthbert and Jesse Bradford), Who's the Top? (with Steve Buscemi), Take Care, and Moving Mike. Brooke made her Los Angeles stage debut as Anne Frank in the West Coast Premiere of Michael John LaChiusa's Little Fish (with Alice Ripley and Gregory Jbara) and can be heard on the Original Los Angeles Cast Recording (Ghostlight Records). She followed that with the Los Angeles Regional Premiere of her favorite piece, The Light in the Piazza, as the delicate, innocent, and passionate Clara Johnson, a performance and production much loved by both audiences and critics, with Brooke receiving a Best Performance by a Leading Actress acknowledgment from Stage Scene LA. Brooke has worked with some incredible up-and-coming composers onsome breathtaking new works, including Hurricane by Michael Holland, Hilltop House by David Christian Azarow (book by Stone "Bud" Widney), and Falling for Eve by Bret Simmons (book by Joe DiPietro). Other television appearances: The 57th Annual Tony Awards, Regis and Kelly, The Today Show, The Wayne Brady Show, Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon, VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards, Broadway on Broadway, Christmas in Rockefeller Center, and Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

She can currently be seen on television and in print channeling Annette Funicello in a beach party themed campaign for Keep California Beautiful, and other spots for Yoplait and Orkin. Brooke was a regular performer at Upright Cabaret, currently a regular at Piano Barre, and performs monthly at Upright Citizens Brigade with her sketch team, Oh Brother!. Other Upright Citizens Brigade credits include Maude Team The Space Program, CDR (Comedy Death Ray) Sketch, Quick and Funny Musicals, Sketch Cram, Not Too Shabby, and an appearance with A Kiss From Daddy. Brooke will be appearing in 2011 at The Chicago Sketch Festival with The Space Program.

Finally following the advice of many a friend of the past fourteen years, Brooke has completed the first draft of a screenplay based on her family and set in her hometown of Waterbury, CT and is working on a pilot script mining the same material. She lives in Los Angeles where she enjoys art-making, music-making, photography, renovating a first home, and raising a Yorkie puppy named Fenway (Go Sox!) and a schnauzer/terrier mix named Buddy with her husband, actor/writer Armand DesHarnais.