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FALL 2014 Schedules & Registration


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The I.P. Studio 116 W. Lake Street

Black Box Theatre 735 N. Milwaukee


Term 1:  8/24-11/9    Term 2:  11/16-2/25    Term 3:  2/22-5/31

(Participation at Spring 2014 National Teen Comedy Fest –

is for an additional charge.  Must be enrolled in Term 3 to attend)

Instructor Approval, Referral or Audition: Sunday, 8/25/13, 1:00 & 3:00 pm


IP-Teen Improv Ensemble

Sundays 1:00-3:00p


IP-Junior Improv Ensemble

Sundays 3:00-4:30p



IP ELITE (Audition Only)

Wednesdays 7:00 - 9:00 & Sundays 3:30 - 5:30


Danielle Coody


Audition Side 1    Audition Side 2   Audition Side 3

Audition Song 1    Audition Song 2   Audition Song 3

Previous musical theater experience-Intermediate/Advanced.

 Criteria for registration:  Intermediate/Advanced actors suggested.

Music Theater Acting, instructor's approval or previous Showstoppers or equivalent registration suggested.

(7th-HS and some exceptions may apply)

AUDITION: Wednesday 9/10,  6:30-8:30

Rehearsals: 9/14-12/7

Parent/Cast Meeting: Sunday, 9/17@3:30

Performances: 12/6-7



(Registration required prior to Audition/1st Rehearsal)

Fridays, 4:00 - 6:00 & Saturdays, 1:00-3:00

Zach D'Antonio Director



Audition Workshop:  Saturday, August 16, 1:00-3:00 ($15.00) (

1st Rehearsal/Auditions: Fri, 8/22, 4:00 – 6:00 pm @ Black Box

Parent/Cast Meeting: Saturday, 8/23 @ 1:00 pm

Performances: 11/21-23



Tuesdays & Thursdays 6:00-7:30pm


Kristin Katsu Director

No audition necessary!

ROLE/SKILL ASSESSMENT: Tuesday, 9/2  6:00 – 7:30 pm

Parent/Cast Meeting: Thursday, 9/4 @ 6:00 pm

Performance: Thursday 11/20 7:00PM



Audition Sides 1     Audition Sides 2



(Registration required prior to Audition/1st Rehearsal)

Sundays, 1:00 - 3:00 & Mondays, 6:30 - 8:30

Remember the Jack Black flick?

We're doing the classic...

Director Dana Anderson




 1st Rehearsal/Audition: Sunday, 8/24, 1:00pm

Parent/Cast Meeting:  Sunday 9/7, 1:00pm
Performances: 11/21-23

Round Lake Beach Cultural and Civic Center




Click here for Highland Park Youth Schedule and Registration Form

The Highland Park Community House-Lower Level-1991 Sheridan Road

Broadway Musical Comedies and Dramas



IP North Shore Junior Improv Ensemble

Call for more information about the IP North Shore Junior Comedy Team's

journey to the National Teen Comedy Festival

Wednesdays 6:30-8:00




(Registration required prior to Audition/1st Rehearsal)

Saturdays, 10:00 - Noon & Sundays, 1:00 - 3:00


Danielle Coody- Director

Audition Sides 1  Audition Sides 2    Audition Sides 3 

Auditions at First Rehearsal!

First Rehearsal/Auditions:  Saturday 9/6, 10:00-Noon

Rehearsals:  Saturdays, 9/ 6-11/23, 10:00-Noon pm AND Sundays 1:00-3:00

Parent/Cast Meeting: Saturday, 9/6 @10:00 pm

Performances: 11/21-23

at the Highland Park Community House



Thursdays 4:00-6:00pm


Saturdays 3:30-5:30pm OR 


No audition necessary!

Thursdays, 9/4-11/20  4:00-6:00pm

Parent/Cast Meeting: Thursday 9/4 @ 4:00 pm

Rehearsals: Thursdays 4:00-6:00pm

Performance: 11/20 Time TBD


Saturdays, 9/ 6-11/22, 3:30-5:30pm

Parent/Cast Meeting: Saturday, 9/6 @ 3:30 pm

Rehearsals: Saturdays 3:30-5:30pm

Performance: 11/22 Time TBD


Audition Sides 1     Audition Sides 2



(Registration required prior to Audition/1st Rehearsal)

Fridays, 4:00 - 6:00 & Saturdays, 1:00 - 3:00

Remember the Jack Black flick?

We're doing the classic...

Director TBD

 1st Rehearsal/Audition: Friday, 9/5, 4:00-6:00pm

Parent/Cast Meeting:  Saturday 9/6, 1:00pm
Performances: 11/14-16

Highland Park Community House



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The most comprehensive training program North of Chicago. For the Beginner

to the child who books Shows, Commercials and Film Roles!





Improv Playhouse performing arts training identifies, nurtures and enhances each individual's natural communication ability and talent, while building the confidence needed to apply these skills to performance and real life situations.  Our program for youth includes performing arts training for children from kindergarten to high school with beginning, intermediate and advanced levels. Generally, with some exceptions, each class meets once per week for six to ten weeks for both adults and youth.


Acting Conservatory for Teen

Students talk about the Improv Playhouse

Community &Training:

Hi Mr.Stuart,

I just wanted to shoot you an email to tell you an update on how I'm doing. I went to districts and got a perfect score on our ensemble scene, now we will be heading to states in March. I just wanted to say thank you for all the time you spent helping me and encouraging me. (:

 Sincerely,  Taylor Nicole


"Hello David , I am writing to thank you guys for your wonderful, warm and nurturing school!  Our daughter has not just learned a lot in the last three years that she has been coming there, but also gained a lot of confidence in her ability as an artist.  Your school gives these kids/young adults a place where they can be comfortable in themselves, in their talents without the fear of others 'judging you'.  They don't feel 'weird' about their talent and feel appreciated for what they have to offer.  If we had to do it all over again, we would put her there when she was 7 years old!  The long drive we have had to do two to /three times a week has been so well worth the effort.  Thanks again for everything"!
REENA T.,  Lake Forest, Illinois


"David.... I think  you should know, Jonah was the only underclassman to make his High School's Elite Comedy Ensemble (that still blows my mind).  He also took 2nd place in a humorous duet acting skit at his first Speech tournament. I credit his involvement with the Improv Playhouse with a lot of his recent successes.  Thank you.  Sheila B."


"David and IP Staff, We travel each week from Northbrook and it's the best commute of my week and best program Nora has been in.  You are all so welcoming and supportive."


"David, I just wanted to express our thanks for the recommendation you supplied for Allison last Saturday during the look-see for Jessica Brady of Jennifer's Talent.  That was very kind of you, and very much appreciated.  She just loves your program and is looking forward to participating in many more activities with your organization.  It is a  very nurturing environment, very professional, and a lot of fun! Just so you know, Allison is now signed up with Jennifer's Talent. Thank  you again,  Mary N."


"Dear I.P, Your staff has done a brilliant job in training my child and giving him the confidence we always dreamed he'd gain. Courtney is magnificent and has created the fun, but nurturing environment you assured us you have over there.  M has not only made new friends for a lifetime, but your program has brought him out of his shell, given him new passion and focus, helped him to improve his academics and discover a creative side that has led him to theater (which we never expected).  Improv, your plays, camps...it's all been good for our "improv actor" (now going on 4 years with your program). Thanks! "



Learning how to trust, relax, speak out, work as an ensemble, create improvisationally, theatrically, and to experience real change are all excellent reasons to study at the Improv Playhouse®. Through creativity, imagination and playfulness your personal development as a student OR performer will grow to a level you never dreamed possible.


At IP, our staff stresses the importance of personal integrity, developing personal expression using the best of one's values and character.  We train children and adults in improvisation, acting, music theater, dance, vocal training, on camera, voice over and commercial work among other arts components.


You will experience the supportive instruction of some of the Midwest’s finest arts professionals in a safe, age appropriate environment who comprise some of the most gifted Chicago area actors, directors and facilitators instructing and inspiring with passion and personal integrity.



(Age appropriate resources from the best of Broadway, Disney and World Theater)



(7th-HS and some exceptions may apply)

This new component of I.P. is an auditioned and referred repertory ensemble of outstanding teen and high music theater school students from throughout the Lake County region. Members of I.P.-Elite tend to be triple threats who wish to improve their performing skills while working with other serious musical theater actors seeking the challenge of developing their craft.  The ensemble will seek to provide the highest quality in professionalism and performance bringing various genres to the stage.  I.P. Elite will audition, assess and rehearse full length, ensemble based musicals with those students who have been cast for this challenging training. 



(4th - 9th and some exceptions may apply)
SHOWSTOPPERS is designed to raise the bar of customized performances that exhibit showmanship,solos, acting, choreography, voice and music theater pieces incorporating developmentally appropriate Broadway shows or films.  SHOWSTOPPERS train toward and IP MUSICAL THEATRE PRODUCTION usually comprising 4th-9th graders or a SHOWCASE TROUPE of 3rd-8th graders energized to exhibit skills nurtured in this advanced program. All children who demonstrate a willingness to engage in this fun, yet focused, environment are encouraged to register. Workshop dedication, rehearsal attendance and commitment is an expectation to remain in this training.  Every participant receives a role apporpiate to their age and performance level.   Parents are also encouraged to volunteer for a modest commitment to each production.  No audition is necessary to register.  Three unexcused absences will result in dismissal from the production and showcase. 
Showstoppers productions are performed on public stages at area high schools or similar spaces.


(1st-3rd and some exceptions may apply)
You’re on your way to the Big Apple Baby! These classes are for kids who love to perform, who want to develop their musical theater skills or the shy ones who may want to come out of their shell.  Age appropriate material is selected for the children who will be guided into solo or ensemble work.  Strengthen skills through exploration of acting technique, storytelling, singing and movement.  Broadway Bound ends with a showcase or mini-junior production performed for family and friends at the IP Black Box or class site of our local Broadway Bound workshop.


EARLY STAGES (Through various Park Districts) 

(4 1/2 yrs -K and some exceptions may apply)
You’re going to have a fun time acting, making new friends and learning new skills that will make you feel great about getting up on stage, playing characters from your favorite stories and maybe even singing some of your favorite songs!  A final showcase keeps you in the spotlight for family and friends!
  Our early childhood drama-cators will create an active and energetic environment for your creative child.





An intensive program designed to challenge, nurture and foster young actors who desire a more focused training and rehearsal regimen culminating in a small ensemble performance piece or production.


SCREEN TEENS (On-Camera Commercial and Film Acting)  

Improv Playhouse was the first suburban training center outside of Chicago to implement "commercial" instruction in its workshops. You'll work on successful Auditioning skills, the Art of Cold reading, "popping" on camera, learning the secrets of working pros and centering yourself for camera performance.  Our "tweens" and "teens" make it in the business and our superior training is the reason why.


 (3rd – 8th)
Yikes! It’s opening night! This program has been designed to expose the youthful actor to a nurturing professional theatre experience with an emphasis in practical performance methods. From the audition process, to being cast as a player and crew member, to public performances, get ready for an incredible, dramatic journey! Comedies, dramas and developmentally appropriate pieces are chosen for public performances.



(5th - 8th grade & High School)
A blast for all the students, but more than learning the forms of “Whose line…” our students participate in the games of theater that nurture skills in character development, spontaneity, giving and taking focus and ensemble (team-work) building.     Beginning through Advanced Sections for Junior High and High School. 



 (Junior & Teen Ensembles)
Designed to give the Advanced Junior High, Teen & High School improviser expansive opportunities to develop and demonstrate their skills for diverse audiences and events. Students will not only be challenged by pushing the limits of conventional games, but will train in long form, sketch, story theatre and other improvisational forms gathered from earlier training. Audition or instructor approval required for all ensembles. Teen and Junior Improv Ensemble Members must be registered in classes to retain their position for performances. Due to scheduling issues ensemble members may choose to register for intermediate and/or advanced workshops to retain performance eligibility. Our Teen Improv Ensemble has been invited to perform at the nationally renowned Chicago Improv Festival (CIF) six consecutive years (2007-2013).


BIZ KIDZ (On-Camera Commercial and Film Acting)

Improv Playhouse was the first suburban training center outside of Chicago to implement "commercial" instruction in its workshops. You'll work on successful Auditioning skills, the Art of Cold reading, "popping" on camera, learning the secrets of working pros and centering yourself for camera performance.  Our "tweens" and "teens" make it in the business and our superior training is the reason why.



(TWEEN 8-12yrs and TEEN 13-17yrs)

Develop Confidence, Style and the Appropriate Image for fun or as a career.  Do you dream of becoming a model?  Did you know that it’s a fun career and a performing art?!  This is an exciting and glam workshop that will leave you with a ton of knowledge on how to take the next big step.  Girls will be taught everything they need to know about the competitive fashion and print modeling industry in workshops or camps filled with runway technique, role playing, a healthy self concept, visits from pros and a final fashion showcase. Each day will focus on new activities that build upon each other.


Youth Production & Class Policies


To provide training and experience in the performing of and immersion in Musical Theatre and Dramatic Arts Productions.


Fees DO NOT include production make-up kit, costumes, field trip costs or tickets to performances.

Fees include instruction/coaching, royalties, script costs, administration, support, facility rental and set-up fees.


 Participant agrees to pay program fee in full as soon as casting is finalized. Tuition is non-transferable & non-refundable. Parents/Guardians are required to give 6 hours of volunteer time. This commitment can be bought out for a nominal fee.


Failure to attend 2 rehearsals without an EXCUSED ABSENCE or any other excessive absences may result in dismissal from a particular production. Cast members are expected to notify, in advance, either the Director or the Improv Playhouse™ office if they will be absent at any time. Failure to notify the Director for any reason will constitute an UNEXCUSED ABSENCE. Attendance is mandatory beginning with the Sunday of the last two- (2) weeks prior to any performance. Failure to attend any rehearsal during this final two-week period on stage will result, in most cases, in exclusion from any further productions with Improv Playhouse™.


Continued undisciplined behavior that frequently causes disruptions to the rehearsal process, disrespect towards any adult, parent, volunteer, and supervisors or to other cast members will not be tolerated. Disruptive behavior that is continuous may result in a formal, verbal reprimand and/or a parent/youth conference with the Director and Producer. Problem behavior that cannot be resolved may result in a complete dismissal from the present and future Improv Playhouse™ production and training programs.


Roles will be assigned based on demonstrated ability, cooperation, and suitability for the role. Students presently in IP training are given first consideration, but this does not guarantee being cast in productions. Decisions in casting are made by the Director, Artistic Director, Producer and or other staff members. IP Staff will not discuss casting decisions with cast members or cast member’s parents. Every member of the cast is expected to engage in and perform each role received with enthusiasm and dedication within and outside of the rehearsal space. An actor’s role may be substituted or replaced by another actor if responsibilities for their part are not upheld. Consequently, another role may be offered to that actor. Members may be dismissed from their role for uncooperative attitudes or for non-attendance at scheduled rehearsals. Unsolicited stage advice or direction from one actor to another is not permitted.


Improv Playhouse will be taking photos and video at our events, classes, workshops and camps and posting them at our website, YouTube and other social media on the web.   If you don’t wish to be included, please inform the photographer or film maker.  With this udnerstanding our families and students grant to Improv Playhouse, its representatives and employees the right to take photographs of its sudents and their property in connection with Improv Playhouse events, workshops and classes.  You authorize Improv Playhouse its assigns and transferees to copyright, use and publish the same in print and/or electronically.  You agree that Improv Playhouse may use such photographs with or without your name and for any lawful purpose, including for example such purposes as publicity, illustration, advertising, and Web content.

The use of cellphones, texting AND beepers are strictly prohibited during class. If you have a cell phone or beeper, please turn it off or put it on vibrate during class. Cellphone use and texting is NOT permitted during class time under any circumstances.




Sherry Bell, Photographer. ( 224 ) 513-5650

Sherry's focus is on locational imaging, using the natural light to bring out the best in each subject. She is well known and recommended by Chicago's top talent agencies.   Sherry has extensive experience photographing Actors Headshots, Fashion & Beauty images for children and adults. Many of the children she has photographed such as Danielle Campbell of Disney's "Starstruck", Prom" and the impending "Originals" are enjoying successful acting careers. Others have landed national commercials, TV/Film roles and have performed at some of Chicago's most prestigious theatres such as the Cadillac Palace and Steppenwolf Theatre. Her photo sessions are sceduled at locations in the northern suburbs. Improv Playhouse and our staff is pleased to recommend her services to our students. For further information call Sherry directly at: (224) 513-5650 or email her at: sherrybellphotography@yahoo.com


Zoe McKenzie, Photography. (773 ) 852-1189

Who is Zoe Mckenzie? She is the owner/photographer's daughter and inspiration.   The studio is a team of women who inspire and push each other to produce beautiful photos and wonderful experiences. The owner, SANDY SAGER has been shooting for 30 years and working exclusively with talent for the last 15 years.  JULIA MARCUS started working with Sandy 15 years ago doing hair/makeup and styling and has been shooting at ZMP for the last 8 years. she has worked with some amazing celebrity photographers such as, Jerry Avenaim and Marc Hauser. NATALIE GOLDEN has been shooting with ZMP for the last 5 years and before she came to us spent most of her time shooting products and interiors. Her passion is shooting people and it shows in her work!  Natalie shoots most of child talent these days. The team would not be complete without NANCY VELA, she is our Hair/Makeup Stylist and is the very best in the business, she has worked in the industry for over 25 years. She is a Sassoon trained hair stylist and stays on the cutting edge of what is current in makeup. zmp@zoemckenziephotography.com

office/studio: 116 w. lake, libertyville, illinois 60048 • 847.968.4529 • 847.968.4530 fax •
black box space - theatre:  735 n. milwaukee avenue, libertyville

north shore training space:  1991 sheridan road, highland park, illinois 60035