Artistic Director of Second City Hollywood, ADD Comedy
David Razowsky is the former artistic director of the Second City Hollywood and the host of the award-winning podcast ADD Comedy with Dave Razowsky. His teaching and performing has taken him to Australia, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Candad, Norway, The Netherlands, the UK, and New Zealand, where he recorded “Life: The Process is the Product, a TEDx Talk. As an actor at The Second City David worked with Martin Short, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Amy Sedaris among others. He’s directed The Second City Mainstage, The Second City Hollywood, The Second City Detroit, and The Second City National Touring Company. He’s a consultant for Dreamworks, a teacher for Steppenwolf Theater, adjunct faculty for California State University, and directed two productions for Amsterdam’s Boom Chicago Theatre. David’s a member of the Reduced Shakespeare Company and performed in their Kennedy Center run of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged. Visit www.davidrazowsky.com for more David.
Second City, Executive Producer of Chicago Musical Improv Festival
Stacey Smith is a loud Long Islander who recently relocated to Chicago by way of Boston. Stacey performs regularly with The Deltones and The Musical Armando at iO as well as at CSz Theater Chicago. She performed for many years in various projects with The Second City such as Life Hacks, The Really Awesome Improv Show, #DateMe and two contracts onboard the Norwegian Breakaway. She is a former instructor in the A-E Program, Youth&Teen Program and The Wellness Program at The Second City and recently created her own program called S.H.E (Sisterhood. Humor. Empowerment) for female identifying students ages 8-18. In addition, she also has taught at iO and The Playground Theater and is the former Head of the Training Center at CSz Theater Chicago. Most recently, Stacey was the Comedy School Manager at ImprovBoston where she also performed regularly with ImprovBoston's Mainstage Cast and Music Improv Cast. Stacey just finished touring her solo musical improv show STACEJAM and taught musical improv in Bulgaria, Germany, Amsterdam, Greece, Belgium, France, Norway, Italy and Denmark. Stacey is the Creator/Executive Producer of the Chicago Musical Improv Festival.
iO Theater, Second CIty
Craig Uhlir was born and raised in Chicago, in the USA. After completing his training at Chicago’s big three improvisational schools : Second City, improvOlympics, and the Annoyance back in the 90's, Craig began playing with Harold teams Deep Schwa and Vahalla. He also played at ComedySportz Chicago for 4 years doing short form improv. He toured with the Second City National Touring Company going around the world and then performed in Second City Las Vegas at the Flamingo hotel for 3 years. These days Craig teaches improvisation at iO (formerly improvOlympics) and The Second City. He still performs every Sunday night in Deep Schwa at iO, Chicago’s longest running Harold team. He also performs with the groups the Deltones and Sauce. Craig has been playing for over 23 years and teaching improv since the turn of the century. Some of Craig’s work can be found at his website craiguhlir.com. Craig and Jim Carlson Performed in Middle Age Comeback, many of which can be found online and at vimeo.com.
SECOND CITY, BOOM CHICAGO
Anděl Sudik is a veteran of the sketch and improv community based in Los Angeles and Chicago. She has produced countless successful two-man shows as Arch&Anděl (Annoyance Theater, The Public House, Chicago Sketch Fest, OoB Festival) is a faculty member of the Second City Training Center and has played, directed and taught workshops all over the US and Europe (iO Chicago, The Annoyance Theater CHI, The Improv Shop STL, Monkey Business Institute WI, OLLIE Northwestern, CLIP U of C, OKC OK, Atlanta GA, Gladstone MI, Bucharest Romania, Dublin Ireland, The Improv Retreat WI, Improv Utopia East, Sofia Bulgaria, Reykjavík Iceland etc.)
Anděl’s deep well of performance experience makes her perspective unique as a director and teacher. Her hands on, in depth work within the disciplines of long form improvisation, short form, sketch and theater make her a thoroughly well-rounded and open minded conduit for art, creation, polish and playfulness. Andel is known for her explosive energy onstage and in the classroom as well as her experiential teaching style. She considers herself proactively pessimistic and infused all her work-no matter how abstract- with organic honesty and emotional grounding. She values time efficiency, and recognizes that the most powerful thing we bring to the table is us. Whatever we are. She does not update her website enough. YesAndel.Com
DUMMY, IO THEATER
Colleen Doyle grew up in Cleveland where she wrote greeting cards and was a part of the cast that opened The Second City Cleveland. She has made appearances in the indie features Close Quarters and Open Tables as well as Fresh Off the Boat and the NYTVF Best Comedy Pilot, Shrink. Colleen taught at iO Chicago (Teacher of the Year 2014) and iO West, where she also served as Artistic Director and Training Center Director.
In Chicago, Colleen performed with the lovely ladies of Virgin Daiquiri, Babymakers, and in the first sketch revue at the Mission Theater, Trap. In LA, Colleen teaches at Westside Comedy and Second City Hollywood and performs with the ensembles Dummy and The Village Bicycle. For more info, please visit thecolleendoyle.com
DUMMY, IO THEATER
Jason Shotts is originally from Chicago and started performing improv at the iO Theater in 2003. He is an accomplished teacher at the iO Theatre, twice receiving iO Theater’s Del Award for Teacher of the Year in 2011 and 2013. Currently living in Los Angeles, he can be seen performing as one-half of the improv duo Dummy, winner of the iO Theater’s Del Award for Best Improv Show in 2013 and 2014. He's also the co-host of LIVE from the HOLLYWOOD ROOM!, a monthly variety show at Second City Hollywood.
He can also be seen in NBC’s Shrink, Cooking Channel’s Food: Fact or Fiction?, TV Land’s Teachers, FunnyOrDie’s Dummy Comedy: Samples, and NewForm’s American Airness.
In addition to teaching and coaching improvisers and improv groups all over Los Angeles, he travels around the world teaching and performing at improv theaters and festivals. He’s traveled to London, Edinburgh, Rome, Copenhagen, Beijing, Warsaw, Wrocław, Krakow, Bremen, Mannheim, San Francisco, New York, San Diego, Denver, Austin, Houston, Washington DC, Phoenix, Tucson, Cleveland, Detroit, Minneapolis, St. Louis, Atlanta, Miami and Chicago.
FOUNDER OF SECOND CITY ETC & SECOND CITY TRAINING CENTER
Jeff Michalski has taught all forms of improvisation for over 20 years, as well as developed his own long-form techniques. He has performed across the United States, Canada, and Ireland in theatres and nightclubs and has directed Second City companies in Chicago, Los Angeles, Kilkenny, and Toronto. Founder of the Second City ETC, he also helped create the Second City Training Program in Chicago and Los Angeles. As a producer, director and performer, he has worked with Dan Castellaneta, Chris Farley, Amy Sedaris, Mike Myers, Steven Colbert, Ryan Stiles, and many more.
Here’s how that happened: Jeff Michalski worked in comedy clubs across the country with the Original Comedy Ranger and was a member of the Groundling in Los Angeles before settling with the Chicago Second City in 1980. During his years with the Second City, Mr. Michalski studied with Paul Sills and his historic Story Theatre. While traveling the country with Second City’s National Touring Company he continued training with Second City founder Paul Sills, and artistic directors Del Close, Fred Kaz and Bernie Sahlins.
In 1984 Michalski and his wife, Jane Morris, founded theSecond City ETC. His directorial debut , “Cows on Ice” made the ETC an instant hit and was followed by the even larger success of “Mirrors at the Border”. His achievements brought him to the Second City Toronto where he was nominated for a Dora Award for his direction of “Who’s Tory Now”; Michalski continued as director and Artistic Director of the ETC until 1988 when his success in Chicago led him to be chosen as director of the premiere production of the Second City in Santa Monica, also a critical success.
While still in Chicago with the ETC, Michalski also helped found the Second City Training Center, a comprehensive training program from which the next generation of Second City players are chosen. He also founded the Second City Training Program in Santa Monica.
Mr. Michalski and Ms. Morris founded the Upfront Comedy Showcase in 1990, and The Comedy Underground in Santa Monica in 1998. He is currently teaching people from all walks of life to improvise at the fanaticSalon in Culver City Mr. Michalski’s production credits include many Second City shows and Michael Moore’s “TV Nation”. Jeff has also written for comedians and television shows including Emo Phillips and “Exit 57”. He has also been a director of the Cats’ Laugh International Comedy Festival in Kilkenny, Ireland.
FOUNDER OF ANNOYANCE THEATRE, IO THEATRE
Susan Messing is one of the most outstanding improvisers of the United States. A New Jersey native and graduate of Northwestern University’s Theatre School, Susan has been an improviser and comedian for over 30 years. She is an alumna of the iO Theatre, Second City’s Mainstage, and a founding member of Chicago’s infamous Annoyance Theatre. Susan created and has taught her curriculum at iO and iO West, The Annoyance Theatre, The Second City, and around the globe. Susan's strength as a teacher is to make her students understand very clearly (and with a no-bullshit approach) that limitations on stage come only from within ourselves. Our fear of feeling stupid and our consequent lack of imagination improve through experience and self-acceptance.
Susan is an adjunct instructor for DePaul University, The University of Chicago, and The School at Steppenwolf. Her standup act with her puppet, Jolly, was featured at the HBO/US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, and on Comedy Central’s Premium Blend and NBC’s Late Fridays. Her most impressive bit movie role was as a bad stripper in a halo brace in Let’s Go to Prison! Every Tuesday night she performs at the iO with Norm Holly in MOLLY, Thursday nights in her own critically acclaimed show, Messing with a Friend, now in its 11th year at The Annoyance, and every last Friday of the month she performs at The Second City with The Boys. She was in the lineup for the TBS/Just For Laughs festival all five years of its residence in Chicago.