Launching in January of 2019, the iO Theater will launch programs for aspiring youth and teen improvisers!

Beginning January of 2019, the iO Theater will launch new youth and teen improv programs!

Why enroll your child in an improv class?

Improv classes are perfect for cultivating the skills to make friends, improve basic listening skills, build confidence, and refine the art of teamwork -all while having fun!

This 8-week program taught by a veteran iO performers, is offered in three different age groups: Pre-Teen (ages 10-13),  Teen (ages 14-17), and Youth (ages 5-9.

Each term will culminate in a family-friendly performance, showcasing each group and the improvisational skills they’ve learned!

Want to give it a try?

The iO Theater will be hosting a free improv workshop for ages 5-9. 

Registration for these workshops is listed below. Visit us to see what we do, and then register your child for our Youth & Teen Improv Program in January of 2019!

For all inquiries regarding age and interest (or to bring iO to your child’s school), please contact the iO Training Center at (312) 929-2401 or

FREE Youth Improv Workshop for ages 5-9

Saturday, January 5th from 10am-11am (FREE)

Registration required.


Rebeccah Singer


Youth Improv Program

If your child is a budding young actor, iO Theater's Youth Improv Program is the perfect introduction to rehearsing and basic improvisation! Teaching Artists focus on team building, self esteem, and quick thinking to build toward a final presentation. Students will learn improv and acting fundamentals while finding time for games, too! Join us for eight weeks of having fun and being funny!

There will be a class presentation on the 8th week of class.

About the instructor:
Rebeccah Singer is originally from St. Louis and has been performing since age 11 and teaching since age 18. She holds a BFA in Acting from Syracuse University and teaches all over the city. At iO, you can catch her with her Harold team, Gideon, or with the all female storytelling and improv show Having It All.

When: Saturdays, January 19th - March 9th. from 10am - 11:30pm. There are 8 class meetings.


Rebeccah Singer

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Teen Improv Program Ensemble

iO's premiere Teen Improv Program Ensemble is an introductory team-based class for young adults aged 14-18. Whether your teen is interested in the performing arts, comedic writing, or the self-presentation skills so important to the college application process, this program cultivates a highly useful set of skills- both creative and social. The iO Teen Improv Ensemble rehearses for two hours each week using iO's classic team-building exercises, working towards a foundation of trust and self-sufficiency on stage and beyond, sans script.

The 8-week term culminates in a family-friendly show featuring some basic long-form improv in iO's classic style, alongside material developed through the rehearsal process.

About the instructor:
Gretchen Eng has been performing improv and sketch comedy in Chicago since she was a teenager. She teaches in the iO Training Center, in addition to Roosevelt University's Chicago College of the Performing Arts. She produces and performs with the Armando Diaz Experience (Mondays) and the Teacher Jam (Wednesdays) at iO, and has taught at numerous international improv festivals. Additionally, Gretchen has worked in youth improv programming at The Revival Theater as well as the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools and the Summer Youth Arts and Media Camp at Columbia College.

When: Sundays, January 13th - March 3rd from 4:00-6:00pm. There are 8 class meetings.


Gretchen Eng

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