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Los Angeles Diversity in Comedy Festival

  The Second City Diversity in Comedy Festival is a 4-day festival that will take place on October 11-14 2018. The festival will feature diverse performers in the realm of sketch, improv, and stand-up comedy through performances, panels, and workshops. Locations for the 2018 festival are at The Second City Hollywood and Nickeloden Stage. Hosted by The Second City in Hollywood, this festival will take place in Los Angeles on: 2018 Festival Dates are October 11, 12, 13, and 14. Who qualifies as “diverse”? We feel that diversity extends to any group of underrepresented cultural voices- this could be based on gender, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, etc. If you believe your comedic voice is underrepresented and reflects your unique background…apply! Over the next few months we will be adding information on our many workshops, guest panels and performers. Check back for current updates!


NEWS

Los Angeles Times: Second City Hollywood to launch Diversity in Comedy Festival


All Show Festival Pass
$80 before October 11th
$100 during the festival
purchase here: https://bit.ly/2KVt1Z8

Theatre Locations During the Festival
There are three active stages during the festival, please take note which stage your show is at when purchasing tickets, they are directly across the street from each other.
The Second City Studio Theatre(located on 2nd floor with no elevator access)
3 Arts Stage (located on 2nd floor with no elevator access)
Nickelodeon Stage (ADA Compliant Ground Floor Accessible)
Parties During the Festival
Opening night party Oct 11th at Lono Hollywood 4-7pm
Closing night party Oct 14th at Lono Hollywood 7-10pm
*CC
Closed Captioning devices display a show’s dialogue and sound effects as text.
Devices available by request. LADCF shows with Closed Captioning have “CC” before the title of the show below.
Please email ladcf@secondcity.com

 


Nickelodeon Stage

Friday, October 12th
SOLD OUT! 1-3pm WORKSHOP - Writing From Character (Nickelodeon Stage)
3pm From Stage to Screen and the Hustle in Between - Panel Discussion (Nickelodeon Stage)
7pm (CC) Stand-Up Night (Nickelodeon Stage)
8:30pm (CC) Queer Window w/ Umpo Series (Nickelodeon Stage)
10pm (CC) The Black Version (Nickelodeon Stage)

 


Second City Studio Stage
&
3 Arts Stage

Thursday, October 11thFriday, October 12thSaturday, October 13thSunday, October 14th
4-7PM OPENING NIGHT PARTY!(LONO)5:30pm Panel - Inside Nickelodeon Casting: Voiceover & Live-Action12-1pm The Really Awesome Improv (Studio)12-1pm (CC) Sly Chum & Soulmate (3 Arts)
7-8pm Standing Room Only & Pumps (3 Arts)7-8pm MR. (With the Period) & Sini-Gang (3 Arts)12pm WORKSHOP - Clowning with Jetzo (Second City Hollywood)12pm WORKSHOP - Writing for Kids Tv (Second City Hollywood)
7:30-8:30pm Hot Flan & Winnebago (Studio)7:30-8:30pm False Idols (Studio)12:30pm Second City Diversity & Outreach Panel - Meet & Greet (3 Arts)12:30pm Let's Get Digital - Diversity Shorts Panel (Studio)
8:30-9:30pm Love Readings with Cloro & Triumph (3 Arts)8:30-9:30pm Two Comedians at Home & Linoleum City (3 Arts)1:30pm Panel Discussion - Sponsors Panel (Studio)1:30-2:30 3 Asian Women on Stage at the Same Time & Room to Improv (3 Arts)
9pm Bob Curry Showcase (Studio)9-10pm Jetzo & Ithamar (Studio)2pm WORKSHOP - Hosting: Your Guide to the Basics (Second City Hollywood)2pm WORKSHOP - Having a Fun Time with Stir Friday Night (Second City Hollywood)
10-11pm Asian Gracefully & Heraldo (3 Arts)10-11pm Facial Recognition - Stand-Up (3 Arts)2:30-3:30pm Spice Rack & Black Don't Crack (3 Arts)2-3pm (CC) Black Girl Giggles & The Color Collective (Studio)
10:30-11:30pm Outcasts in Space & Toffifay (Studio)10:30-11:30pm Bed, Bath, and Beyoncé & PREACH! (Studio)3-4pm DICHOS & Number One Son (Studio)3pm Sickboy & How About Beige (3 Arts)
4-5pm M.E. So Funny & ¿Cómo Se Dice? (3 Arts)3:30-4:30pm The Bonnie He Clown Show & Essence Improv (Studio)
4:30pm WORKSHOP - Improvising en Español (Second City Hollywood)4pm WORKSHOP - Ladies' Mic (Second City Hollywood)
4:30-5:30pm BAPS Comedy & Hot Tin Roof (Studio)4:30-5:30pm Meet Me in Mizzery & Brown Privilege
5:30-6:30pm Supportive White Parents & Stir Friday Night (3 Arts)5-6pm Femmebot PHD & Las 3 Comrades (Studio)
6-7pm Tattoo Party (Studio)6pm Gringos & All-Star Jam (3 Arts)
7pm New Jack Bomb Diggity Comedy Joint: An Improvised 90's Stand-Up Show (3 Arts)6:30-7:30pm Excelsior! & Black People (Studio)
8pm (CC) The Ithamar Enriquez Variety Spectacular (Studio)7-10pm CLOSING NIGHT PARTY! (LONO)
8:30-9:30pm Bank City & Queerwolves (3 Arts)
9:30-10:30pm (CC) Drug Money & White Women (Studio)
10pm Stand-Up Night (3 Arts)
10:30-11:30pm The Martin Luther Kings of Comedy & Obama's Other Daughters (Stud

 


Headliners

One Nickelodeon Stage ticket gets you into all three of the following shows on Friday night!

•7:00PM (cc)Stand-Up 
•8:30PM (cc)Queer Window with Umpo Series (Variety)
•10:00PM (cc)The Black Version (Improv)

 

(cc)The Black Version
Give us a movie title and we’ll give you The Black Version. Rolling Stone magazine calls the show “Hot” and the cast a “Comedic A-Team,” LA Weekly says the show is “Red Hot” and “Scores more than its share of belly laughs,” while the LA Times calls the show “A Winner”! Returning to the festival for the second year in a row, The Black Version is an all-African-American cast that includes show creator Jordan Black along with comedy veterans Phil LaMarr, Nyima Funk, Gary Anthony Williams, Daniele Gaither, and Cedric Yarbrough, cast is subject to change, all under the direction of Karen Maruyama.

 

Daniele Gaither

Gary Anthony Williams

Jordan Black

Nyima Funk

Phil Lamarr

Cedric Yarbrough

Karen Maruyama

 

(cc)Queer Window with UMPO Series

QUEER WINDOW is celebration of QUEER community and culture. This comedic variety show features some of LA’s top LGBTQ+ acts doing improv, drag, stand-up, music, dance, or whatever their little queer hearts can think of. This show is fun for everyone! Twinks, twunks, bears, Carebears, STRAIGHTS, allies, Bob Fosse, butch queens, THE Queen, etc… The only rule is that this is a safe space so no frowns, but we do encourage the wearing of GOWNS. So throw open the curtains and experience the extravaganza that is QUEER WINDOW!!

The UMPO (Unauthorized Musical Parody Of) Series is a uniquely entertaining immersive live theatre experience at Rockwell Table & Stage in Los Angeles. UMPO recreates and reinvents your favorite movies, using a spate of hit pop songs to breathe new life into the plot and characters, thanks to a live band and a talent pool which includes Broadway stars, tony-Award winners, singers, musicians, and familiar faces from film and television. Created by executive producer/writer, Kate Pazakis, this critically acclaimed series has tackled film favorites such as Clueless, Bridesmaids, Jurassic Park, Home Alone, Hocus Pocus, Mean Gurlz, Scream, The Devil Wears Prada, and The Big Lebowski. Since 2015, audiences have been thrilled by our twists on these films, performed by diverse powerhouse casts delivering heart, humor, and incredible live music in this intimate setting. Add to that Rockwell’s delicious food and craft cocktails, and you’ve got what has become one of the hottest nights out in L.A.!

 

(cc)Stand-Up Night Hosted by: Joleen Lunzer

Featuring:
Anna Valenzuela
Danielle Perez
Kiry Shabazz
Matt White
Maggie Maye
Xchel Hernandez
Amber Preston

 

The Bob Curry Fellowship is a tuition free, professional development master program, sponsored by NBC, and named for the first African-American performer on a Second City resident stage. These actors and improvisers have studied with us for 14 weeks to create an all original show, culminating in their performance at LADCF. This is our 1st Annual Bob Curry Showcase, please come support these extraordinary performers on Thursday, Oct 11th at 9pm! The fellows are (in alphabetical order) Shukri R. Abdi, Jose Acain, B Anderson, Jorge Emanuel Berrios, Mario Barra, Idil Bray, Braxton Brooks, Rochele Gutierrez, Kalilah Harris, Chase Ingrande, Donzell Lewis, Rashaun Perry, Joy Regullano, Claudio Saavedra, JP Siruno, and Jacklyn Uweh

 


Workshops

Writing From Character – SOLD OUT

Students will write and perform character based monologues based on character focused improv exercises.
If there is time, possibly scenes. An introduction to writing from your personal point of view and letting the humor come from your interpretation of your words by writing from point of view first and foremost. Bring paper and pen to write with rather than laptops.

Taught Karen Maruyama an alumni of The Groundlings.  In addition to directing The Black Version, she teaches beginning, intermediate, advanced improv, and advanced sketch writing there. She also directs The Gale and will soon direct the Sunday Show at the Groundlings.  She currently teaches improvisation for Directors at the American Film Institute. She also has taught improvisation workshops for Disney, Nickleodeon, USC, and East West Players and the Mark Taper Forum.  She has had the pleasure of teaching and directing Melissa McCarthy, Will Ferrell, Chris Kattan, Ana Gasteyer, Maya Rudolph, Kristen Wiig, Jennifer Coolidge, Taran Killam, Sarah Baker, Jimmy Fallon and Mikey Day to name a few.

Writing From Character · Friday · 1-3PM (10/12)

You’re A Character
This workshop will concentrate on the building of characters to benefit not only your POV, but provide you a solid base for your scene work. We will focus on character generation tailored to your specific comedic voice
Taught by Lindsey Mallard
You’re a Character · Friday · 4-6PM (10/12)

Clowning With JETZO
A good improviser listens for laughs to identify what the crowd likes. But the relationship between the audience and a clown is more complex. We watch and listen for a spectrum of responses to create a more intimate connection. This allows us to play much simpler, sillier and free. This workshop explores a variety of techniques JETZO uses to connect with audiences. We’ll work on making every choice a moment of discovery you can explore so the audience can’t help but be engaged.<
Taught by JETZO
Clowning With JETZO · 
Saturday · 12-2pm (10/13)

Hosting: Your Guide To The Basics
Hosting: Your Guide to the Basics addresses the fundamental information needed to host a comedy show. In the class, some of the topics covered will include how to get into hosting, introducing comedians during a show, transitioning from one comedian to another, plus the duties of the host before, during and after the show. Many of these skills are transferable and can be applied to hosting any event. Hosting is also a great way to network in the comedy community. Participants will have the opportunity to get up on their feet and practice their hosting skills during the class.
Taught by Wynter Spears
Hosting: Your Guide To The Basics · Saturday · 2-4pm (10/13)

IMPROVISING EN ESPAÑOL
This workshop is designed for people who speak Spanish and want to practice their skills 100% en español with a native Spanish speaker to guide you through it. There will be something valuable for everyone attending. If Spanish is your native language there is a level of freedom in being able to improvise in your native language. Or if your Spanish is a bit rusty and the thought of improvising in it is daunting. Come and let’s do improv en español!

Este taller es para personas que hablan español y quieren practicar impro con una instructora de habla hispana y en un contexto 100% en español. Todos los participantes sacarán algo de valor, ya sea que trate de improvisadores con mucha experiencia que hablen español con fluidez… o no. No hay nada más divertido que improvisar en español. Es necesario tener un buen nivel de comprensión de español. La clase será completamente en español.
Taught by Lorna Silva
Improvising en Español · Saturday · 4-6PM (10/13)

Writing For Kids TV
Ever been told you think or better yet act like a child? Well maybe you should write like one too! What’s the difference between storyboard driven and script based animation shows. Learn about developing story springboards and outlines and the difference between 11 min and 22 min programing. Why does every multi cam show needs a lovable, but slightly dimwitted adult? Toy R Us might have shut it’s doors, but you still don’t have to grow up when you write for children programming
Taught by Patricia Villetto
Writing for Kids TV · Sun · 12-2PM (10/4)

Having A Fun Time With Stir Friday Night
“Having a Fun Time with Stir Friday Night” is exactly what it sounds like. Improv should be fun, right? We’ll focus on exploring ways to create interesting and engaging scenes with your ensemble. The unofficial slogan of this workshop is “Hey, c’mon just have fun.”
Having a Fun Time with Stir Friday Night · Sunday · 2-4PM (10/14)
Ladies’ Mic
This workshop is for female-identifying comics at any point in their stand up journey who want to develop, work, and refine their material in a supportive environment. Ever wonder how your jokes would land in a room of women? Here’s your chance to find out! Bring any material you are currently working on– from a funny story to a tight five. We will spend a portion of the class developing and refining your ideas, then you’ll perform your set using a live mic to mimic the “open mic” experience. From there, we’ll workshop the sets and offer constructive feedback. Lastly, we’ll review tools that can help you confidently bring your material to the stand-up scene where it can continue to grow.
Taught by Joleen Lunzer
Ladies’ Mic· Sunday · 4-6PM (10/14)


Panels

Friday, October 12th at 3pm, Nickelodeon Stage
Panel Discussion – From Stage to Screen and the Hustle in Between
Moderator: Dwayne Colbert

This star-studded panel will discuss becoming recognizable faces on television shows and in movies and all of the hidden, humble beginnings it took to get there. Includes: Jerry Minor (Arrested Development), Brandon Johnson, (Rick & Morty) Suzy Nakamura (The Goldbergs), Jordan Black (SNL), Gary Anthony Williams (The Boondocks), Danielle Gaither (BoJack Horseman), and Nyima Funk (Key and Peele).

Sunday, October 14th at 12:30pm, Studio Theatre
Panel Discussion – Let’s Get Digital, Diversity Shorts Panel

This panel will showcase LGBTQ creators and their web projects. Each piece will be screened and followed by a talkback with it’s creators and stars. This year’s projects include the trans-focused mini-series “Fish Tank” directed by Brandon Smithson and starring Arisce Wanzer and Isis King, “The Shallow End” a webseries created and starring Jason Michael Snow, Lucas Hazlett, and Mathew Francis, “Queers” a brand new series from Peter Kim and Eric Lewis-Baker, and pieces from popular youtube comedians FoxyHotMess and Michael Henry. Moderated by Zack Colonna of the podcast and live variety show “Queer Window.”

Friday, October 12th at 5:30pm, Studio Theatre
Inside Nickelodeon Casting: Voiceover & Live-Action
Moderated by: Sherley Ibarra, Director, Talent Development & Outreach
Speaker: Shiondre Austin, Director, Animation Casting & Talent
Speaker: Ann Maney, Sr. Director, Live-Action Casting & Talent
Join Ann Maney (Sr. Director, Live-Action Casting & Talent) and Shiondre Austin (Director, Animation Casting & Talent) for a deep dive into Casting at Nickelodeon; what we look for, the audition process, and how to get           started are just some of the many topics we will cover during this panel. Moderated by Sherley Ibarra (Director, Talent Development & Outreach).

Saturday, Oct 13th at 1:30pm, Studio Theatre
Panel Discussion – Sponsors Panel (Studio)

Industry execs from 3 Arts Entertainment, NBC, Thruline Entertainment, Nickelodeon, and The Second City will be lead in an panel discussion by Ithamar Enriquez on the state of diversity and the do’s and don’t of the industry. Get the inside scoop from David Miner (3 Arts Entertainment), Jandiz Estrada Cardoso (NBC), Sherley Ibarra (Nickelodeon), Jayme Yarow (Thruline Entertainment), Joshua Funk, Dionna Griffin-Irons, and Claudia Wallace (The Second City). This panel is free.

MODERATOR: ITHAMAR ENRIQUEZ
Ithamar Enriquez was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. While living in Chicago, Ithamar performed and wrote in the Second City touring company, ETC stage and Main Stage. Since moving to Los Angeles, he has had an extensive career in commercials, film and TV.  His one man silent sketch show Ithamar Has Nothing To Say, has been featured at The Comedy Central Stage in Los Angeles and at comedy festivals around the country. TV credits: A Series Of Unfortunate Events, Arrested Development, Key and Peele, The Office, Adam Ruins Everything, Teachers, Weird City and No Activity. Film credits:  Lady Bird, Popstar, Mascots and Beyond The Lights.

3 ARTS ENTERTAINMENT: DAVID MINER
David Miner is a partner in the talent management and production company 3 Arts Entertainment, where he guides careers of artists and produces comedy series. His recent series work includes NBC’s “The Good Place,” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” as well as Netflix’s “Master of None” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” among others.  David is the recipient of fifteen Emmy nominations including three consecutive primetime Emmy Awards as a producer of NBC’s “30 Rock.” A New York native, he began his career as an intern at Chicago’s Second City theater and produced live comedy in New York before joining 3 Arts as an assistant to Erwin Stoff in 1995. He holds a degree in theater from Skidmore College where he met his wife, Jennifer.

NBC: JANDiZ ESTRADA CARDOSO
SENIOR DIRECTOR of Talent Development for NBC Entertainment, Executive Producer for the STAND UP NBC Comedy Tour and THE NBCUniversal SHORT FILM FESTIVAL. Jandiz has worked on pilots and series with networks including AMC, ABC, CBS, Starz, SpikeTV and MTV, as well as tentpolling films with feature studios including Disney, WB, Paramount, Universal, NewLine and Screen Gems. In 2010, she joined NBCUniversal’s New York casting office, covering all pilots, and serving as Associate on the last season of the Emmy Award Winning series, 30 Rock. In 2013, Jandiz wrote the foreword for  the acclaimed resource book, “Actors Choice: Monologues for Teens, Volume 2.” She was Voted “Backstage Magazine’s” Reader’s Choice Award for Audition Coach of the Year, along with other honors. Upcoming films include SEVENTH SON starring Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges, and Ben Barnes.

NICKELODEON: SHERLEY IBARRA
Sherley Ibarra is Nickelodeon’s Director of Talent Development & Outreach where she oversees Nickelodeon’s Writing and Artist Programs – two of the most competitive and successful vehicles for up and coming creatives.  Ibarra is also responsible for spearheading the network’s outreach efforts at industry and college events, which enhance the ability to act as a pipeline for identifying, developing, and mentoring innovative new talent.

THRULINE ENTERTAINMENT: JAYME YAROW
Jayme Yarow is a comedy manager and producer at Thruline Entertainment. She started her career in the mailroom at UTA. After a short stint working in production at Bunim-Murray, she went on to become a literary agent at Innovative Artists. At Innovative, she started a successful staffing business centered around diverse writers. She believes everyone has a unique story to tell and that everyone should be afforded the chance and platform to do so.

SECOND CITY: JOSHUA FUNK, DIONNA GRIFFIN-IRONS, CLAUDIA WALLACE

JOSHUA FUNK is the Artistic Director of The Second City Hollywood. Joshua is an alumni of the Second City Detroit as well as a multiple Jeff Award winning director in Chicago. He is now an Emmy nominated composer for his music on Comedy Central’s Key & Peele, and his other composing credits include Wabbit, The New Looney Tunes, Scooby Doo: Shaggy’s Showdown, Teachers, and NBC’s Red Nose Day. Acting credits: Key & Peele, Reno 911, The Informant, Come Simi, All Stars, Wild n’ Out, Kong: Skull Island, and Girlboss. Joshuafunk.com

DIONNA GRIFFIN-IRONS is Director of Diversity and Inclusion for The Second City U.S. and Canada. A Second City Detroit alumnus with 18+ years of experience as a performer, producer and facilitator, Dionna has taught 200+ workshops at colleges, women’s shelters, corporate boardrooms and worked with the United States Embassy in Norway and Latvia introducing improv as a tool for social change. Her outreach work has appeared in Diversity Journal publication, on NPR, ABC, NBC, and numerous academic posts including her 2015 TEDx Talk at the University of Chicago. Her 2014 published work can be found in Rowan/Littlefield’s anthology Women, Writing and Prison. She is currently writing a memoir on the intersection of comedy, diversity and women in prison. @dionnagirons

CLAUDIA WALLACE is Casting Director and Cast Consultant for The Second City, Resident Stages and Touring companies.  She is also an Artistic Consultant and sits on The Second City Executive Committee. For over 20 years, Claudia has worked in several capacities at The Second City.  She’s an alumna of the Touring Company and the Chicago Mainstage and works as an actress and facilitator for Second City Works, the Business-to-Business arm of The Second City. Claudia is also an accomplished actress who can be seen on TV, film and on stages across the country.  She brings a wealth of knowledge to these roles, and Second City is thrilled to have her as a part of the team.

Saturday, Oct 13th at 12:30pm, 3 Arts Stage
The Second City Diversity & Outreach Panel – Meet & Greet

The Second City believes that everyone, regardless of race, gender, or sexual orientation should experience the gift of improvisation and the many life skills it helps develop in a safe, supportive way and is actively working to champion diversity, equity, and inclusion at all levels of our institution and associated programming. Our goal is to open doors, create a bridge, and make this work accessible and inclusive. We firmly believe that unique experiences and points of view are at the core of the art form our artists create and reflective of the audiences, students, and clients we serve. Please come out and not only hear what this amazing panel has to say, but actually meet with them, shake their hand, tell them your story, they’d love to meet you. This panel is free.

JOSHUA FUNK is the Artistic Director of The Second City Hollywood. Joshua is an alumni of the Second City Detroit as well as a multiple Jeff Award winning director in Chicago. He is now an Emmy nominated composer for his music on Comedy Central’s Key & Peele, and his other composing credits include Wabbit, The New Looney Tunes, Scooby Doo: Shaggy’s Showdown, Teachers, and NBC’s Red Nose Day. Acting credits: Key & Peele, Reno 911, The Informant, Come Simi, All Stars, Wild n’ Out, Kong: Skull Island, and Girlboss. Joshuafunk.com

NANCY HAYDEN is the Associate Artistic Director of The Second City Hollywood, and began her improv and sketch comedy career as a writer/performer in The Second City Detroit Mainstage cast. After co -writing and appearing in five revues, Nancy went on to direct SC touring company and Detroit mainstage productions, including “Jihad It Up to Here” and “My Cousin’s Wedding.” After relocating to Los Angeles, Nancy began performing with Mama’s Boy and The 313. She has directed SC Hollywood premium productions “Yes Weed Can” and “Cancer! The Musical” as well as writing and directing “Armagayddon.” She then served as Head Writer/Creative Director for the national “Girls’ Night In” Tour, produced by Fullscreen. Most recently, Nancy has worked as writer/producer for “Bravo After Hours With Carrie Keagan,” and a staff writer for DreamWorksTV and “Detroiters” on Comedy Central. She was also recently named Associate Artistic Director for The Second City Hollywood.

DIONNA GRIFFIN-IRONS is Director of Diversity and Inclusion for The Second City U.S. and Canada. A Second City Detroit alumnus with 18+ years of experience as a performer, producer and facilitator, Dionna has taught 200+ workshops at colleges, women’s shelters, corporate boardrooms and worked with the United States Embassy in Norway and Latvia introducing improv as a tool for social change. Her outreach work has appeared in Diversity Journal publication, on NPR, ABC, NBC, and numerous academic posts including her 2015 TEDx Talk at the University of Chicago. Her 2014 published work can be found in Rowan/Littlefield’s anthology Women, Writing and Prison. She is currently writing a memoir on the intersection of comedy, diversity and women in prison. @dionnagirons

CLAUDIA WALLACE is Casting Director and Cast Consultant for The Second City, Resident Stages and Touring companies.  She is also an Artistic Consultant and sits on The Second City Executive Committee. For over 20 years, Claudia has worked in several capacities at The Second City.  She’s an alumna of the Touring Company and the Chicago Mainstage and works as an actress and facilitator for Second City Works, the Business-to-Business arm of The Second City. Claudia is also an accomplished actress who can be seen on TV, film and on stages across the country.  She brings a wealth of knowledge to these roles, and Second City is thrilled to have her as a part of the team.

ANTHONY LEBLANC is originally from Beaumont, TX. He performed with his sketch group, Boxaganga, while obtaining a Computer Science and Physics BS at Loyola University New Orleans. He directed The Second City e.t.c. review, Soul Brother, Where Art Thou? and The Second City Mainstage review, Winner…of Our Discontent. He had recently Directed Nothing to Loose (But Our Chains) at the Woolly Mammoth Theater in DC and  The Magic Negro and Other Blackity Blackness as Told by an African-American Man Who Also Happens to be Black at the Alliance Theater in Atlanta Georgia. He wrote and performed in two Second City Chicago Mainstage Reviews; America: All Better and Taming of the Flu. He is also An Artistic Director of the Second City Inc. and part of Columbia College Chicago’s theater department faculty teaching in the Comedy Writing and Performance Major. He hopes that His Sketch Directing helps him one day realize his dream of working for NASA, programming A.I. computer systems. He thanks Mom, Dad, David, Katie, Kennedy, Matt, Ryan, his friends… and of course… Stephen Hawking.

KEVIN FRANK began his improv comedy career in 1984 on the Second City main stage at the Old Firehall in Toronto and for the past 11 years he has served as the Artistic Director of the Second City, Toronto, Canada. Kevin Frank has been an actor/writer/musician for over 30 years. During this time, he has performed in over 60 television commercials and has had countless appearances on popular series  television. Kevin hosted the nationally syndicated children’s game show Kidstreet for five years (350 episodes) and co-starred with Walter Matthau and Carol Burnett in the Marriage Fool. He enjoyed success as the host of Animal Planet’s Pet Project, which received 4 Gemini nominations, including Best Host in a Lifestyle & Information Program. He can also be heard as many of the voices in the Thomas the Tank Engine 1st feature movie. When Kevin isn’t improvising he can be found behind his drum kit keeping time for Glendale One. Their CD, Glendale One, LIVE at Asylum Artists is creating a buzz on the Indie scene. You can check them out on itunes.

Aimée Ambroziak is the Associate Artistic Director at Second City Toronto Training Centre. A native Montréaler, Aimee began professionally performing at 14-years- old and was nominated for multiple MECCA’s (Montréal English Critics Circle Awards) for her work with Shakespeare in the Park as well as new independent works. In Toronto and abroad, Aimée has been a member of Second City’s Touring, Family, Education and Boat companies resulting in a Dora award nomination (Best Ensemble, SuperDude and Doctor Rude). She is the current swing for Second City Toronto’s production of She the People. She also spent 6 months travelling around rural Bolivian communities directing interactive theatre that aimed at creating a dialogue about preventing violence against women. Her short film, Good Girls, co-written with Nadine Djoury, won the WIFT-BravoFact Pitch Competition and is currently making the festival circuit and her scripted series Hudson Heights also co-written with Nadine was a finalist at the Just for Laughs ComedyPro Pitch competition. Selected acting credits include Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Stick It, and Licked. Also, she’s the Queen at Medieval Times.


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