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Friday, September 20th: HERALDO

English
Heraldo is a Spanish improvised comedy show based out of the iO Theater in Chicago which specializes in heightened physical and emotional comedy for all.
 
Performed by a cast of Spanish-speaking veteran improvisors, Cesar Jaime, Jimmy Gribbin, Orlando Lara, Manuela Mendoza, Claudia Martinez, Rich Alfonso, Jesi Realzola, and Mike Geraghty.
 
HERALDO: Improv in Spanish, Laughs in English.
Español
Heraldo en un show de comedia de improvisación en Español, inspirado en el teatro iO en Chicago, el cual se especializa en elevar e intensificar la comedia física y emocional para todo público.
 
Los actores que presentan este show son improvisadores veteranos de habla hispana. Cesar Jaime, Jimmy Gribbin, Orlando Lara, Manuela Mendoza, Claudia Martinez, Rich Alfonso, Jesi Realzola y Mike Geraghty.
 
Heraldo: Improvisación en Español, risas en Inglés.

Saturday, September 21st: DUMMY

DUMMY is Colleen Doyle and Jason Shotts doing a two-person improvised show. They started performing together at the iO Theater in Chicago back in 2008.

Since then, DUMMY has performed for audiences in London, Rome, Copenhagen, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, San Diego, Austin, Houston, Washington DC, Phoenix, Tucson, Cleveland, Detroit, Minneapolis, St. Louis, Atlanta, Traverse City and Gainesville.

DUMMY proudly won the iO Chicago’s Del Award for “Best Non-Harold Improv Show” in 2013 and 2014.

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 

 

Teaching testimonials:  

"I have attended many improv workshops and classes but Colleen helped me wrap my head around bringing a strong point of view to a scene and using my gut instead of my head as my guide. She is a great instructor and hilarious to boot!” –Peggy

"Colleen was so 'up my ass' in that workshop. She really made a lasting impression. I would highly recommend letting her 'get up your ass.' Take her workshop. You won't regret it.” –Jason C.

Jason Shotts is currently living in Los Angeles, but started performing improv at Chicago's iO Theater in 2003. He started teaching there in 2006 and was awarded "Best Teacher" in 2011 & 2013.

He performs around Los Angeles as one-half of the improv duo "Dummy", winner of iO’s Del Award for “Best Improv Show” in 2013 & 2014. In addition to coaching improvisers all over Los Angeles, he travels around the world teaching at improv festivals and theaters.

Jason has proudly performed and taught in London, Edinburgh, Rome, Copenhagen, Beijing, Warsaw, Wrocław, Bremen, Mannheim, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, San Diego, Denver, Austin, Houston, Washington DC, Phoenix, Tucson, Cleveland, Detroit, Minneapolis, St. Louis, Atlanta, Miami and Chicago.

 

For more information, please visit jasonshotts.com    


Teaching testimonials:  
 

“I've learned to be a more versatile player. I have learned the ability to take the reins in the scene and not have to wait for the other person to make things happen. Jason has a clear pedagogy and his improv philosophy is pithy and distinct. I have taken his classes multiple times and each time I walk away with new golden improv nuggets.”

 

“Jason really gives you a workable comedic formula that is in a language you can understand. He really sets you up for successful scene work. I've taken his classes multiple times and my choices are stronger.”

 

"His teaching style and methods are straightforward and really help flex muscles needed for great scenework. Jason gives great personal notes and pays attention to what each person needs to improve on and pushes them toward that.”

 

“The best part of Jason’s class is the personalized attention on individual struggles. He pinpoints each student’s needs and gives a little nudge, leading to scenes which are easy and fun to play. Jason's lessons fill the gaps between different schools and philosophies. I’ve learned so much about the different elements of scenework and I feel confident to be able to play with anyone because of Jason’s advice.”

 

“I make better choices as an improviser and have become a stronger player since studying with Jason. Run, don't walk to take class with Jason Shotts!”

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