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Liz Allen

Teacher at the iO Theater

At IO, Liz directed the improv shows The Two Horsemen (Jim Carlson & John Lutz) and Big Guy/Little Guy (Ryan Kiessling & Lloyd Ahlquist). At the Neofuturarium in Chicago, Liz directed Devolution (written by S. Benjamin). An original member of The IO Roadshow, Liz has taught at colleges and corporations around the globe.

In 2004, Liz moved to Las Vegas and directed a main stage revue for The Second City at the Flamingo Hotel. The first-ever fully improvised show on The Strip, it received an A- from the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Liz also directed Scriptless, a weekly short-form revue featuring The Second City’s understudies. Scriptless ran weekly for 4 years at the Flamingo Hotel.

In 2006, with Jimmy Carrane, Liz co-wrote the book Improvising Better (Heinemann) and co-created their Individual Assessment Workshop.

The Vegas Theater Hub awarded Liz as Guest Speaker of the Year and Best Workshop of the Year 2015.

Liz was honored to coach The Commune, the improv ensemble in Mike Birbiglia’s 2016 feature film Don’t Think Twice.

Liz mentors improv coaches at The Improv Shop in St Louis, and, thanks to Skype, coaches faraway improv teams.

In 2017 Liz and her family moved back to Chicago where she continues to write and teach. She is happy to return to her alma mater, Improv Olympic…oops…IO.