The Musical Improv Toolbox Intensive with Stacey Smith

The Musical Improv Toolbox is a 4 week intensive course for students already familiar with the basics of improvisation who are looking to expand their toolbox – by adding some music to the mix! Focusing on song structure, commitment to style, singing in character, creating memorable choruses and putting it all together into musical magic. We will experiment with both organic and narrative forms as well as touching upon many others!

Stacey Smith is a loud Long Island who just relocated back to Chicago by way of Boston where she was the Comedy School Manager at ImprovBoston, in addition to a cast member in their Music Improv Cast and Mainstage cast. Stacey performs regularly at iO in both The Musical Armando and The Deltones. She also teaches in the A-E program, Youth & Teen Program and Wellness Program at The Second City in addition to teaching at international improv festivals. Stacey performed in many theatricals at The Second City, including Life Hacks, #DateMe and two cruise contracts on The Norwegian Breakaway. Stacey recently toured her solo musical improv show STACEJAM and taught musical improv in Bulgaria, Germany, Amsterdam, Greece, Belgium, Norway and Denmark. She is also the creator of the Chicago Musical Improv Festival. To find out more, check her out at

When: Sundays from 12-3pm from October 6th - 27th.
Where: “Del Close Theater” located on the first floor of the iO Theater.
How many 16 students


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Improvising On Set and In Auditions

Whether auditioning or filming, your improvisational skill is your friend. In this workshop, learn to "make it your own" in the audition room and how to keep it fresh when on set.

Andy Carey is an actor and comedian in Chicago, Illinois. He performs regularly with the Improvised Shakespeare Company, can be seen as Eric in seasons 1-2 of HBO's Emmy-winning "Barry," and has appeared on ABC's "Mindgames," and NBC's "Chicago Justice."

When: Saturday, October 5th from 1-3pm
Where: “Del Close Theater” located on the first floor of the iO Theater.
How many 12 students


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Physical Comedy and Clown for Improv

This course will explore the performance style of the Clown. Students will learn the building blocks of physical storytelling through an exploration of character movement technique and theory. Some aspects of this class include specificity, commitment, and accumulating skills for each student’s unique physical arsenal. Having a stronger grasp of your physical self will sharpen stage presence and overall performance.

Seth Origitano is a clown, actor, writer, director, and producer, based in Chicago. He is the creator and creative director of All Fools. A regular in the music festival circuit he performing for, NovaHan Productions, Bubble Gutter, Calliope, Fungineers, Grand Artique, Madison house Productions, and Lagunitas Beer Circus. His clown, “Fuddle”, has also made his way around Chicago cabaret and sketch comedy theaters, Detroit’s Theater Bizarre and ABC’s The Gong Show. Seth’s physicality has also led him to motion capture acting with Red Eye Studios for Saints Row 5, and Damaged core on the Oculus Rift. All in a day’s work for the professionally daft.

When: Saturday, October 12th from 1-4pm
Where: “1st Floor Event Space” located on the first floor of the iO Theater.


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