Improv Playhouse is an entertainment organization and full service acting school that specializes in...

Comprehensive acting classes for adults and youth, Corporate and Private Entertainment, Business Training and Development and Talent Management.  

The Improv Playhouse Training Center cultivates programming in...

Comedy, Improvisation, Musical Theatre, Voice Instruction, Commercial Voice Over, Fashion and Print Modeling, On Camera Acting for Television and Film, and Consultation on How to Get Started in the Entertainment Business.

IP's staff and faculty comprise...

Entertainers, Improvisers and Directors and Working Professional Actors, many of whom have earned their advanced degrees from the premiere national and international acting and improvisation conservatories.

Improv Playhouse provides a nurturing, process oriented environment for the beginning actor to the advanced professional fostering growth in the whole person without compromising one's personal integrity.


David Brian Stuart

Founder and Guy in Charge.   A proud performer’s union member of SAG-AFTRA (Scren Actors Guild-American Federation of Television Radio Actors).  Additional association memberships include NATAS (National Association of Television Arts and Sciences) and IFP (Independent Feature Project).  Voiceover and on-camera credits include Sears, American Homes, Oscar Meyer, and R. C. Johnson (A Family Company).  BFA Directing degree from SIU-Carbondale School of Communications.  Mentored in improvisation by Players Workshop of the Second City founder Josephine Forsberg, who nurtured the talents of Dan Castellaneta (Homer Simpson), Bill Murray, George Wendt and Shelly Long, to name a few. Co-taught adult improv workshops with David Murphy (O’Connor Casting and The Green Room) during Players Workshop years.   Second City Conservatory graduate and additional training from the legendary, late Martin DeMaat, Mike Gellman and Norm Holly.  Movement studies with Plasticene’s Dexter Bullard.  Musical Improv with Nancy Howland Walker.   Regular improviser with IP Touring teams.. David Stuart has personally coached and led leadership and team building workshops for hundreds of the least famous people in the Midwest and a number of important, influential head honchos.  Gets a charge out of creating corporate entertainment events, not only through I.P., but his Music Now DJ Group, the custom, interactive DJ company under the I.P. umbrella.  Favorite performance roles (invariably behind a microphone) include the voice of David Hassid in the NY Times Bestselling radio drama series, Left Behind Literature. Regular ensemble member of Unshackled, longest running radio drama in airwave history, directed by the now retired Bob O’Donnel and produced by the Pacific Garden Mission-Chicago allows David to pull off a Robin Williamesque pallete of voices.   Recently played George Bailey in IP's "It's a Wonderful Life".  Sam Spade in "Maltese Falcon".   Directed Joesphine Forsberg's "The Gathering".  Coaches IP House Teams "Tjherapeutic Funtillectuals" and "Lost Not Stolen".  David held the title Associate Producer-Casting Director of the Emeritus Production feature film, "Killing Poe" in 2013.  He is also an active acting coach in the Chicago region.
Little Known Facts: He is affectionately called The Grand Poobah and the Founder of Music Now DJ Group, an interactive, custom event DJ company.

Jon-Michael Armstrong

Jon-Michael Armstrong l is honored to be an instructor, team builder, and touring company member at Improv Playhouse. Jon-Michael is a proud grad of Bowling Green U's Theatre program and one of IP's funniest players. Improv Credits include: National Touring Team Member of Improv Playhouse (over nine years). Coached the Improv Playhouse Teen and Jr Improv Ensembles for two years (grew and nutured the teams from one team of about 6 to two teams of 15-20) with appearances at the National Teen Comedy Fest. Performing and coaching numerous IP House and independent improv teams including: "Lost Not Stolen," "Still Too Soon," "Pop Culture Power Radio," and "Merely Players" Shakespearean Improv. Teaches all 6 Levels of the Improv Playhouse Adult Actors Institute Improv classes (Beginning -Advanced Performance). Acting credits include roles in "Blithe Spirit" (Charles), "It's a Wonderful Life" (Young George), "A Christmas Carol" (Bob Cratchet), and "War of the Worlds" (Orson Welles)..

Little Known Fact:  Jon-Michael is an adept illustrator who has created an original line of comics.

Adam Belcouore

Adam Belcuore is an original founding member of Serendipity Theatre Company and currently serves as Director of Artistic Development. In 2003 he was honored by receiving the first SDCF Mike Ockrent Fellowship, through which he assisted Harold Prince on Steven Sondheim and John Weidman's new musical Bounce. He had previously assisted Mr. Prince on Carol Burnett and Carrie Hamilton's Hollywood Arms. He also served as assistant director to Kate Whoriskey on the Goodman's production of Regina Taylor's Drowning Crow and to Ross Shirley on Serendipity's production of The Day Maggie Blew Off Her Head. He is the executive producer of Serendipity's 2nd Story, a series devoted to the art of wine, music and storytelling. Other directing credits include: Delores Dogan, by Courtney Shaughnessy; Go!, by Jonathan Jacobs and the world premiere of Alcatraz, by Al Letizia. As a casting director, Adam has worked with Lookingglass, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Northlight Theater, and The Goodman Theatre, where he currently casts full time..  Adam has been gracious in his time with Improv Playhouse giving feedback and followup to students engaging in Courtney Shaughnessy's Actor's Arsenal classes.

Little Known Fact:  David Stuart and Adam shared the stage as members of "The Flying Chairs" during their Second City Conservatory years.

Brea Beelow

Breannin Beelow is a senior at Carthage College in Kenosha WI. She is a double major in Musical Theatre and Theatre Performance. Brea is Vice President of Alpha Psi Omega the professional theatre fraternity, as well as a member of Lambda Kappa the professional music fraternity. Some of Brea’s favorite roles include Janet in The Drowsy Chaperone, Brea Beloff in The Rail Splitter, and Dorothy Tree-Hapgood in Inspecting Carol. Brea began her training at Improv Playhouse back in 5th grade and exhibits an exceptional gift for working with young people in the Training Center. Brea she is the 2012 Director of the Improv Playhouse Musical Theater Camp in Libertyville.

Little Known Fact:  Brea grew up in Mundelein IL on her family farm, and has shown pigs at the county fair since she could walk.

Diane Christiansen

Diane Christiansen began coaching actors in 1992. This year, CHILDREN IN FILM lists her as the “#1 Top Rated Acting Coach in Hollywood” for kids and teens. She was also named “One of the Top 3 Acting Coaches in Hollywood” by the YOUNG PRESIDENTS ORGANIZATION in NYC. The last three years, Diane was voted “One of the Top 10 most effective Coaches in Hollywood” by Actors Access . Recently selected to appear as Acting Coach on Hit Reality TV shows, “FAKING IT” and Danny Bonaduce’s “MY KID’S A STAR” ON VH1. A graduate of the Strasberg Institute, she was mentored by Academy Award Nominee, Sally Kirkland and the late Joseph Bernard. She has appeared with the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall in NYC; danced with Siegfried & Roy in Las Vegas and on NBC TV specials, she has been featured on the Merv Griffin Show and hit series "Vegas". As a TV & Film actress she has worked with Angelina Jolie, Corey Feldman, Adam West, Orson Welles, Stacy Keach, Pia Zadora, Ann Margaret, Jon Voight, Dom DeLouise, Joan Rivers, Robert Urich, Billy Zane & Fred Durst. Actively coaching "working " actors of all ages, 90% of her student roster book repeatedly and consistently. Among them are series regulars on shows such as LOST, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, 24, ZOEY 101, NED'S DECLASSIFIED, UNFABULOUS, COMPLETE SAVAGES, CHARMED, HOUSE, ALIAS, AMER. FAMILY, ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT, MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE ,PHIL OF THE FUTURE, SIX FEET UNDER , LAW & ORDER , COLD CASE ,NYPD BLUE, E.R., CSI , JUDGING AMY, SCRUBS, GEN. HOSPITAL, DAYS OF OUR LIVES, YOUNG & THE RESTLESS & Disney's LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE, CAT IN THE HAT, BRUCE ALMIGHTY, 13 GOING ON 30, STARSKY & HUTCH, YOU GOT SERVED, & ANTWONE FISHER.  diane is just completing her thrid trip to I.P. from L..A. whree she and our program have creting a unique and lasting synergy.  One note ~ Diane got the big award last year.......2011 - WINNER - Backstage West's Readers Choice Award -   voted - BEST ACTING CLASSES FOR KIDS & TEENS!!

Little Known Fact:  When Diane turned 18 she bagan a world tour with the Rockets!

Michael Crowley

Mike Crowley has been involved in film and television production for 14 years. From Lake Forest, Il, he was a volunteer with Comcast Cable Communication at 13 years old then later interned with them at 16. In the meantime, Mike has made movies on both video and film formats some of which he has received various accolades (ie '2nd place at Chicago International High School Video Festival'). He has worked on various productions including big budget feature films, national television shows, small independent films, short films, music videos, and student films while continuing to work on some of his own films as well. Mr. Crowley has also worked in all areas of production including the art department, gaffing, grip, DP, AC, and crowd control departments. He has worked on everything from super 16 to 8mm film and standard definition to RED ONE and similar cameras. In post production, Mr. Crowley has edited on linear and non linear editing software programs including AVID, Final Cut Pro, and Adobe Premier. Mike specifically worked for the late, Pulitzer Prize winning Journalist and Film Critic Roger Ebert.  His clients have additionally included NBA legends, Charles Barkley and Penny Hardaway. Aside from film making, Mike has completed levels !-E at  Chicago's famed Second City training center where he has developed the sketch comedy troupe, Uncomfortable Alphabet.   Mike is one of the Improv Playhouse Film Camp Directors who also assists with video production and instruction. He is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago with a B.A. in Film and Video Production.

Little Known Fact:  Mike dabbles in Sttand-Up comedy.

Zachary D'Antonio

Zachary D'antonio hails from Stone Mountain, Georgia, and is a proud graduate of Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA. He was most recently seen performing in Colorado with Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre, as well as Assistant Directing and Choreographing for their Teen Theatre Academy. Other regional credits include A Class Act (Theatre Factory), Ragtime (Carrnivale Theatrics), and Seussical (Playhouse Jr.).  In Pittsburgh, he ran Clambake Productions and produced many new works along with assisting Charles Repole directing summer stock at Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera. In Chicago, he has worked with the students at Aurora University and the Citadel Theatre Youth Ensemble.

Little Known Fact:  Zach was raised in a performing arts family. Both parents are Musical Theater artists; Mom teaches High School dance/ choreography and Dad is a professional actor. His parents met on the national tour of West Side Story!

Jack Thurston Farrell

Jack Thurston Farrell graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Madison with a degree in film and psychology. He has written and or produced for ABC, Fox, and Jim Henson Productions. Jack started a short film video site called shortvision.com and a webseries entitled Dollop(Maybehip.com) He completed the Second City writing, music, and conservatory programs.  He has completed the I.O improv program.  In addition to Co-Directing the Improv Playhouse Junior and Teen Improv Ensembles, Jack has been a teaching assistant for four years at The Second City for the teen and youth program. He currently teaches with After School Matters and Play On. He has completed two screenplays and is working on two pilots concurrently. He performs with the Improv Playhouse Touring Teams, Jack and the Wolf (2man show), Strange Soldier independently, as well as Chemically Imbalanced Comedy.  Along with his buddy, Wolfgang "Eric" Stein, jack is the Co director of the Improv Playhouse Junior and Teen Ensembles.

Nicole Frier

Nicole draws on her study of the human condition, as well as everyday observations, to inspire her character work.  She graduated with highest honors from the University of Notre Dame, majoring in Psychology.  Thereafter, she completed a master's degree in Social Science at the University of Chicago, specializing in the anthropology of food.  But don't worry - she won't analyze your meal choice.  Go for that sandwich. Also a graduate of the iO & ComedySportz training centers, Nicole has performed at the Chicago Improv Festival and Sketchfest.  Favorite improv and sketch teams include Funny Bones Improv, Happy Karaoke Fun Time, and ComedySportz's BattleProv.  She's a lyrical pro, and is particularly skilled at music and rap improvisation. In the corporate arena, Nicole's work has focused on customer service improvement and training.  She has found improvisation to be indispensable there, as well as with her busy toddler at home.  At the Improv Playhouse, you can find Nicole on the travel team, on stage with Pop Culture Power Radio, and teaching and coaching.
Little-known fact: Nicole sang in a cover band in Illinois,  danced hula in Indiana, was drum major of a marching band in Pennsylvania, and sat on a killer whale in Ohio.

Sherrie Gearheart

Miss Glen Ellyn, Professional Model, 2012 Miss United America and Editor in Chief for Tiara Magazine, is FASHION WEEK CAMP DIRECTOR and consultant to Improv Playhouse regarding the fashion and pageantry industries!.  Sherrie is also the President of the Live Out Loud Charity, a non-profit organization focused on suicide awareness and prevention through core character development. Several of the additional titles Sherrie has held include but are not limited to: Miss Northern Suburbs MAO 2009, American Image National Miss 2010 (also awarded top interview of all contestants and super model award), NISP Elite Queen 2010 (awarded highest interview, speech, and formal wear), NISP Royal Achievement Queen (for all of her charity work).  Sherrie mentors Preteens and Teens at Improv Playhouse on how to break into the fashion industry while cultivating healthy body image. 

Courtney Kotloski


Courtney Kotloski is a Senior Writer for AbbVie (formerly Abbott Laboratories). She writes anything that needs words; brochures, commercials, radio spots, websites, training, speeches, videos and the list goes on. Along with be a writer for big pharma, she has been teaching at the Improv Playhouse for over seven years. She helped to develop the Improv Playhouse Acting Conservatory for Teens (ACT) and has been an acting coach, director of several plays, and improv teacher for numerous teams over the years. Before moving out to the suburbs nearly a decade ago, Courtney was a professional actress and voice over artists (AEA, SAG, AFTRA). She has appeared in several professional stages plays. Including a tour in London at the Theatre Royale, Edinburgh (Scotland) as part of the Fringe Festival, The Goodman Theatre (Chicago) and The Steppenwolf Theatre (Chicago). She has been the voice for hundreds of radio spots and is the author of several plays including Being 11 which was voted one of the best plays to see by Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune. Her play Chordless premiered as a staged reading at the Goodman Theatre and was accepted into the New York Fringe Festival in 2006. Most recently her play Delores Dogan has been performed in L.A. at The Second City, The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre and Comedy Central Stage. She lives in Ingleside with her husband Jon and their two children Matthew (6) and Mae (4). She is living proof that you can find happiness and balance and still get paid to do what you love. You just have to go after it.

Little Known Facts: Courtney has completed two sprint triathlons .and Courtney was prom queen and powder puff QB in high school.

Jake Lindquist

Jake is a director, actor, playwright, improviser, and> general arts enthusiast.  He graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a BFA in acting.  While there he founded UIC's first improv troupe, *Red Light School District;* wrote his first play; and acted as president of Chicago Circle Players, UIC's Student Theater organization. Post-graduation he studied in Varna, Bulgaria and performed in a bi-lingual production of *A Midsummer Night's Dream* for their International Theater Festival.  He has interned with Victory Gardens and is currently the Education/Outreach Manager for Quest Theater Ensemble.  He is also the former "worst playwright in Chicago" as the Grand Loser for Drekfest 2010, this year he was only the 3rd worst, so it's a sign he's improving. Directing credits include:  *Waiting for Lefty* (Old World Theater Co), *The Wedding *(Assistant Director, TUTA - Jeff Nominated Best Ensemble), *News All the Time* (Assistant Director, Stage Left - Leapfest 8), *Beaten* (Assistant Director, Stage Left - Leapfest 7), *An Alex Moment* (Blackdove Productions), *How I Learned to Drive *(UIC), *The Maiden's Prayer *(UIC), *The America Play - adaptation *(UIC).  He has taken additional classes at IO and The Second City and was also one of the writers for the popular sketch show The Best Church of God. Additionally he has held the title of worst playwright in Chicago after winning "DrekFest: Festival of Bad Plays" in 2010, but as of 2011 is now only the 3rd worst. He currently works as a theatre director and educator, recently directing the Young Actor's Workshop Production of Around the World in 80 Days and running the after school improv workshop at Tripp School for Improv Playhouse.
Little Known Fact: Jake still watches the kids show "Arthur."  It's more creative, intelligent, and humorous than most shows on television.  Plus he'll never forget how to spell aardvark.

Katie Mancuso

Katie Mancuso is a fresh face in Chicago as of August 2013. Since graduating with a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Point Park University, Katie has been thoroughly enjoying the Chicago performance scene. Over the past year, she has worked with Theatre Unspeakable, and Atomic Imaging Studios with LA Casting Director Ellie Kanning. Most recently, Katie played Anne Frank and Improv Playhouse's production of The Diary of Anne Frank. She is very happy to be continuing her career in the Windy City.

Little Known Fact:  Katie's three loves in life are food, Harry Potter, and good company.

Jessye Grace Mueller

Jessye Mueller is an Improv Playhouse Touring Company member, a Director of the IP Improv and Theater Games Day Camps in Libertyville, and has had the pleasure of directing the Improv Playhouse Junior, Teen, and College Ensembles as well as instructing many of our students.  A graduate of Indiana University, Jessye has a BA in Theatre and Drama, and has been improvising for over 12 years.  Jessye is presently in the Conservatory at the Second City in Chicago and is also a company member of Improvised Jane Austen (Bughouse Theatre) in Chicago. She is an alumnus of the Second City Youth and Teen Ensembles, the Improv Playhouse Teen Performance Ensemble, and the Piven Young People's Company.  She began teaching improv and acting technique in 2007, as an apprentice instructor for Piven Theatre Workshop.  She has also studied with New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, Experimental Theatre Wing.  In addition, Jessye was a member and director of the Indiana University–Bloomington improv ensemble, Awkward Silence Comedy, having opened for the Upright Citizens Brigade in 2011.  Jessye’s additional improv performance credits include the Chicago Improv Festival, University of Southern California’s FRACAS Improv Festival in LA, the Bellwether Improv Festival at Ohio State University, the Malignant Humor Comedy Festival at University of Illinois, the Indiana University College Comedy Festival and the Del Close Marathon in New York City in 2011 and 2013.  Jessye is also the creator of The Masterpiece Players Present: Improvised Masterpiece, an improv show performed in the style of PBS’ Masterpiece Theatre, for Donny’s Skybox at the Second City.   At Indiana University in Bloomington, Jessye also performed in productions of Almost Maine for the Studio Theatre and Richard III and Lysistrata for the Wells-Metz Theater.  Recent credits also include Call Me Never (Jaffy Barnibus/ Contributing Writer) for the Annoyance Theatre Triple Feature.       

Little Known Fact:  Jessye was featured on the fashion blog CollegeFashion.net, wherein she described her style as “Eclectic, Put-together, Grandma!”

Jillian Elizabeth Mueller

Jillian Elizabeth Mueller serves as Improv Playhouse’s Director of Improv and Theatre Games Day Camp, and is also a member of the IP Touring Team.  Jillian has been an instructor at IP for over six years.  She frequently instructs the Beginner and Intermediate for Teens class, and has also directed the Teen Ensemble and College Team.  She has been studying and performing both improv and sketch comedy for over eleven years, beginning her training at Improv Playhouse, and going on to train and perform with the Second City Teen Ensemble and Piven Theatre Young People’s Company.  Jillian holds a B.F.A. in Theatre from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and is a graduate of the Second City Conservatory.  She has trained at institutions such as Second City, iO Chicago, and New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Experimental Theatre Wing. A Chicago improviser, she currently performs with One Group Mind’s, “Partyin’ Yossarian,” one of the organization’s founding teams.  She also performs with “The Masterpiece Players,” and two-person improv team “Watson.”  In addition to performing in Chicago, Jillian also serves as a director for The Titanic Players at Columbia College.  In recent years, she has also directed theatre classes for the University of Illinois Laboratory High School, and for two years coached Titanic Players UIUC’s Team “Swivel Hip.”  Past sketch and improv shows at Donny’s Skybox at the Second City include “The Masterpiece Players Present: Improvised Masterpiece,” “Man on a Ledge,” and “Everybody Hurts.”  Favorite past productions include, “Call Me Never” at the Annoyance Theatre’s “Triple Feature” in which she both wrote and performed, Comedy Sportz Rec League 2011, Del Close Marathon (2006), Chicago Sketchfest (2011 and 2006), Titanic Players: Team Kaboot, Spicy Clamato, and Debono: Musical Improv. 

Little Known Fact:  Jillian loves to freestyle rap, and has been known to break it down both on and offstage, yo.

Erin Neal

Erin Neal is a Chicago-based actor and teacher.  Locally she has performed with Victory Gardens, Chicago Dramatists, About Face, The House, Remy Bumppo, The Griffin, and Defiant Theatres.  Her regional credits include work with Milwaukee Rep, The Dallas Theatre Center, Kitchen Dog Theatre, Creede Repertory Theatre, and Fusion Theatre.  She also spent two seasons acting and teaching with The Stratford Shakespeare Theatre.  Erin cherishes her work as a teacher and feels like it adds immensely to her growth as an artist.  In addition to working with Improv Playhouse and its Acting Conservatory for Teens, Erin has taught for The Old Town School of Folk Music, American Theatre Company, Redmoon Theatre, The Stratford Shakespeare Festival, and Remy Bumppo Theatre.  She holds a BFA in Acting from Southern Methodist University and has had additional training with The Stratford Festival and The British Academy of Dramatic Arts in Oxford.
Little Known Fact: Erin can wiggle her ears, was a Girl Scout for 13 years and a leader for 3, I grew up in Nacogdoches, the oldest town in TX (good luck pronouncing that)  and once made an entrance from underneath a car wearing a full mermaid's tail and carrying a fish in her mouth!

Kyle Rawlinson

Kyle Rawlinson is an Associate Film Camp Director for the Improv Playhouse Film Camps and during the academec year assists with editing and consultation. Kyle was born and raised in Libertyville Illinois where he attended  Libertyville High School.  His passion and gift for making film began as a 5th grader when his mother purchased a video camera so he could complete a school project.  Upon entering LHS, he quickly rose to become President of the film production team. Kyle's work has won several awards at the Schaumburg Screen Test Film Festival, Art Institute film intensive, and C-TEC (Chicagoland Television Education Council).  At C-TEC Kyle took home 7 awards, three first place awards, three second place awards and one third place awards. Kyle is now going into his Sophomore year at Point Park University in Pittsburgh PA. He is majoring in Cinema (with a concentration in Directing) and minoring in advertising. While at Point Park, Kyle's videos were selected by his professors for the end of the year showcase. His work also placed at the National Television Broadcasters Society in New York. In Pittsburgh, Kyle worked as a P.A. on two feature length films.

Little Known Fact: Kyle can cut the rug...he loves to dance Ballroom, Swing and is quite the Moonwalker.

 Jeremy Schaefer


Jeremy Schaefer is a tall, curly haired explosive device and when he steps up to a mic it is like lighting a match. His cutting observations and sarcastic witticisms fly like shrapnel. Sounds dangerous? Maybe. Exciting and hilarious? Absolutely.  If you haven't guessed, Jeremy is one talented dude, having graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University with a BFA in Theatre. In addition to his undergraduate training, he has trained at Improv Olympic and The Annoyance with Susan Messing and is a founder of the Blind Mice Trio, an improv comedy group.   He presently tours with Storybox, an improv comedy educational ensemble through Urban Gateways.   He improvises regularly with Storybox Theater, pH Productions, The Improv Playhouse, Laugh Out Loud and The Blind Mice Trio. He’s also worked with First Folio Shakespeare Festival in Comedy of Errors, Janus Theatre’s Laramie Project, and multiple projects with The Big Picture Group.  for his "day job" Jeremy is the Marketing Director at Imagination Theater. Jeremy has also performed his stand up comedy act in venues around Illinois and London.
Little Known Fact:  In addition to his Theatre degree, Jeremy has a B.A in Religion....and he still is an hysterically funny guy!

Stacey Smith

Stacey hails from Long Island, New York. She moved to Chicago in the fall of 2009. She has trained at the Second City, iO Theater, ComedySportz and the Annoyance Theater. Stacey can be seen at iO playing with her Harold team Juneboy or with The Deltones. She is alumni of Second City's Musical Improv House Ensemble "Infinite Sundaes" and the "Blender" Ensemble. She performs weekly with her all-female musical improv troupe, "Stacked", does both two-woman sketch and improvised puppet musicals with Katie Dufresne (www.katieandstace.com) and is one half of the comedy duo "Smith & I". She works as a curator and assistant producer for the Chicago Improv Festival and the Teen Comedy Festival and is the hospitality coordinator for both the Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival and Chicago Women's Funny Festival. Stacey just finished a contract with The Second City aboard the Norwegian Breakaway and is a member of the IP touring treams.

Little Known Fact:  Stacey is represented by the Paonessa Talent Agency

Wolfgang Stein

Wolfgang Stein graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Stout with a BFA. Wolfgang is a comedy graduate from the iO training center, the Second City Conservatory and takes classes with the Annoyance Theater. Wolf was a mainstay performer in the hit Annoyance Theater show "Oprah! A Comedy!" which ran for 20 months and he is currently a member of the "Annoyance House Improv Ensemble". He has been performing improv for nine years and currently performs two man improv with Jack Thurston Farrell in a troupe called Jack & The Wolf. He has traveled to Kalamazoo, Philadelphia and Milwaukee for improv fests. He has also taught and coached improv for children, teens and adults. His resume also includes stage and film. He tours with Improv Playhouse corporate events. Along with his buddy, Jack Thurston Farrell, Wolf has been the Co director of the Improv Playhouse Junior and Teen Ensembles.

Little Known Fact:  Wolf is an avid camp-er and has directed YMCA camps in his recent past!

Tim Stoltenberg

Tim has been seen on the Alliance Stage in Go, Dog. Go! as Blue Dog, and Malcolm in Indulgences and Jack in The Jammer at Dad’s Garage Theatre-Atlanta. He has also performed in shows for the Center for Puppetry Arts, Synchronicity, Agatha’s Dinner Theatre, Academy Theatre and Jewish Theatre of the South. Improv-wise, Tim was Improv Director at Dad’s Garage Theatre, where he taught and performed regularly in such shows as Scandal!, an improvised soap opera, Samurai Davis Jr., Dimsum’s Mega Super Happy Fun Time Improv Show, an improvised Japanese game show, and Rockola. Tim was also is a member of Laughing Matter Improvisation Company. Tim is presently a member of the Second City National Touring Team, Improv Playhouse Touring Teams and was most recently seen in Second City's Dysfunctional Holiday Review at Metropolis Theatre-Arlington Heights.  Ever the expert at the hilarious art of slow comedy, Tim has been coaching Improv Playhouse advanced players and teams for their I.P. main stage shows. 
Little Known Fact: Tim is a graduate of St. Norbert College in Green Bay, Wisconsin, where he is originally from (which means her must be a Packer fan IN BEAR COUNTRY! Although Tim may well be a typical artist who has nothing to do with the violence and commercial underpinnings of professional sports.

Jared Titus

Jared Titus holds a B.F.A in Music Theatre from Elon University  - He was recently seen traveling the country in the Broadway National Tour Monty Python’s Spamalot. He now currently resides in the Chicago area where he enjoys sharing his love of the arts teaching dance and theatre by day and performing by night. jared was the co-Director of the I.P. North shore Performing Arts Camp in 2011 and continues to assist in youth productions and consult when needed. You can see him next in the Paramount's production of the Music Man. Favorite Regional Credits include: Pirates of Penzance (Sergeant of Police), Grease (Eugene), Music Man (Olin Britt), Pinkalicious (Mr. Pinkerton) - Little Theatre on the Square; Hello Dolly! (Gallop Waiter) - North Carolina Theatre; Damn Yankees (Ozzie/Dance Captain), Gross Indecency (Atkins) - Cortland Rep; Godspell (Judas Iscariot), Children of Eden (Snake) - Elon University. 
Little known fact: Jared has two different colored eyes (one brown and one blue)

Paul Whitehouse

Paul is honored to be an instructor, team builder, and touring company member at Improv Playhouse. As an actor, he tours with educational theater companies the Morris Brothers and Explore Theater, he was also in the long running Book of Liz at Chemically Imbalanced Comedy Theater, and he will be appearing in Almost Maine in winter 2012 at Brown County Playhouse in Indiana.  Paul has had the privilege to teach Shakespeare and improv at Traveling Players Ensemble in the woods of Virginia, and had been a guest teaching artist at Dexter High School in pure Michigan, and currently spends summers teaching at the General Theatre Studies program at Goodman Theater. As a solo performer and storyteller, he has had his one man show ½ Caf Chronicles produced by both Redmoon Theatre and Chemically Imbalanced Comedy Theatre and has performed pieces at StoryLab Chicago, This Much is True, Paper Machete, and Acorn Theater in Three Oaks, Michigan.  

Michael Wollner

Michael A. Wollner... has been making a living in the theatrical feild for more than 15ys now.  Whether on stage (Goodman Theatre) in film (Crash Landing, Resurrection Mary, Chain Reaction) telivision (Early Edition, Cupid, What about Joan)  or appearing in commercials for (Kellogg's, HBO, IN Lottery) you've probubly heard him on the radio or even on TV (Chicago cubs, St. Farm, Fun Jet, Pepsi...) If you have kids you may hear him more often in cartoons (Veggie Tales, Ebos, Threads, PBS Kids)  Watch and listen close you will find him.  Michael teaches our Beginning through Advanced Voice Acting classes at iP. 

Little Known Fact : Michael is an author!  His book, "Whoever stole our X-mas decoration may you rot in ..."  a hilarious holiday book that can be purcahsed on-line at BarnesandNoble.com.

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