The Greatest Team

THE IMPROVISERS


Theo Allyn is an actor and improviser. In Chicago, her work has been seen most recently at the Goodman Theatre and the Second City Training Center. Regionally Ms. Allyn has worked with City Theatre, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Pittsburgh Irish and Classical, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, and Bricolage. As a teaching artist-in-residence at the University of Pittsburgh, she toured with "Lovers and Fighters" as part of Shakespeare in the Schools. Recent film credits include Progression, written and directed by Sam Turich and Gab Cody. Recent television appearances include Chicago Fire. Her best and most important job is being mom to her daughter, Olive, who is probably in the audience right now.

 

 

 

 

Derek Czaplewski is pleased as punch to share this never-told story with you! A graduate of the School as Steppenwolf, Derek has worked with Lifeline Theater, Mercury Theater Chicago, Stage Left Theatre, Piven Workshop, Circle Theatre, Northlight Theatre, TimeLine Theatre, Pegasus Players, Emerald City and Handbag Productions, among many others.

 

 

 

Nathan Ebenroth has a BA in Film from Columbia College Chicago. He is a graduate of the Second City Training Center's conservatory and music improv programs and is currently enrolled in their sketch writing program. He makes videos with Visual No: Sketch Comedy and plays on a music improv team called 12 Angry MINts at MCL's Music Improv Night (MINt). Favorite musical theater roles include Judas in "Jesus Christ Superstar" at Pheasant Run Dinner Theater, Narrator/Tommy in "The Who's Tommy" with Desplaines Theater Guild, and in several tribes performing "HAIR: An American-Tribal Love Rock Musical". Nathan loves the band, Phish, and the Chicago Blackhawks.

 

 

Lisa Farver came to Chicago for comedy. And a boy. She’s still pursuing her true love (comedy) after completing Second City’s Conservatory, Writing Program, and Music Improv Conservatory. On the weekends, you can catch her performing with Clown Car to Sicily or Sun’s Out Guns Out, writing in a crowded Thai restaurant for her two-woman sketch team, The Maries, or garnering standup material at a party, or 24-hour Jewel-Osco.

 

 

 

Bri Fitzpatrick is a performer, writer, and teacher based in Chicago. Originally from Seattle, WA, Bri spent 6 years in Dublin, Ireland earning a Theatre degree from Trinity College, and later working as an actor and teacher. Since moving to Chicago, she has graduated from The Second City's Conservatory and Musical Conservatory, and trained at The iO Theater and The Annoyance Theater. You can also catch her performing with the likes of ComedySportz, Baby Wants Candy, Anarchy: An Improvised Rock Opera, Thirsty, Storytown, and more. When she grows up, she'd like to be a mermaid.

 

 

Ashley Geron called the Suburb of Crystal Lake home but has since moved to Chicago where she writes and performs comedy almost everyday of the week. She's a graduate of both Conservatory and Music Conservatory at Second City and can be seen performing at MCL, Stage 773, and Under The Gun Theater, with many wonderful lads and ladies who she would love to share a juice box with. She's super excited about joining The Greatest Story Never Told and hopes to share several more juice boxes with all of these wonderful folks!

 

 

Erin Island is very excited to combine two of her favorite interests: working with children and improvising stories! She spends her days nannying two cute little boys and spends her free time performing improv and sketch comedy! Erin is a graduate of the Second City Music Improv Conservatory as well as the internship program at the B Street Theatre in Sacramento, California. During her 4 years at B Street, she worked on over 15 children’s shows as an actor, director, producer and stage manager.

 

 

Wanjiku Kairu can be seen performing around the city with Baby Wants Candy at the Apollo Theatre, Urban Twist at Second City, Linda Mintvangelistas at MCL, Chimera at CSz, and as a member of the inaugural ensemble at the Revival Theatre. Wanjiku is an early education instructor, and teaches youth improv with Broadway in Chicago.

 

 

Ethan Krupp cannot wait to tell this story with you. He is a graduate of the Second City Improv and Music Conservatories and its House Ensemble, Infinite Sundae, and performs throughout Chicago, notably with Buzzed Broadway and MINT at MCL Chicago. The best four summers of his life included being a camp counselor by day and coaching little league baseball by night.

 

 


Zephian Michaels hails from Florida and has been in a variety of sketch and improv shows around Chicago including a few of The Second City Training Center’s House Ensembles: Twisty, Moxie and Infinite Sundaes. You might have seen him perform somewhere with a group like Mansical, Formal Apology, Bo Problems, Dark Triad, FDR or Storytown. He also created and performed in the Have You Ever Had A Dream?! You Could Do Anything Hour. He is thankful to be part of such a wonderfully talented and giving community. Also thank you to the many loved ones in his life who inspire and support.

 

 

 

Rachel Page graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Theatre Carthage College. She is a performer, music director, director, and teaching artist in the Chicagoland area. Rachel has performed locally and internationally with Second City Theatricals on Norwegian Cruise Lines, Davenport’s Cabaret, Beast Women Cabaret, Improv Playhouse, Fox Valley Repertory Theatre, 100 Proof Comedy at Comedysportz Chicago and the Music Institute of Chicago. Some of Rachel's favorite projects have included Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, Les Miserables,and Love, Commitment, and Other Gross Things: A Cabaret.  Rachel has a Certification of Figure Proficiency in Estill Vocal Method, and teaches private voice and beginning piano.

 

 

Michael Palmenderi is a graduate of Rockford University, where he received his B.F.A in Musical Theatre Performance. After graduation, Michael began doing stand up and a couple years later moved to Chicago to pursue theatre. He's a graduate of the Second City's Improv for Actors Program and Conservatory Program. Aside from performing improv and sketch, Michael has performed children's theatre with Improv Playhouse as well as Child's Play Touring Theatre Company.

 

 

Ed Selvey IV started his career on the St. Louis improv scene, training under Second City alumnus Bill Chott. After teaching improv to youth and adults with The Improv Trick – St. Louis for two years, he relocated to Chicago to continue studying comedy and sketch writing. Since then he has recorded multiple commercials and voice-overs for clients ranging from the St. Louis Cardinals to the Center for Disease control, in addition to graduating the Second City’s Improv and Music Conservatories. He can be seen performing weekly with Second City House Ensembles Moxie and Infinite Sundaes.

 

 


 

Justin Swinson is overjoyed to be joining the cast of The Greatest Story Never Told. Recent credits include Bye Lines and Show Hole as a part of The Artist's Lab at Stage 773. A native of District Heights, Maryland, Justin is currently enrolled in the conservatory program at The Second City. Keep an eye out for his sketch group, Last of A Dying Breed, in 2017. Justin would like to thank Andrew for the opportunity, Tammy, Gina and all the Owls as well as his Mom.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MUSIC DIRECTOR

 

Brad Kemp is really excited to be a part of The Greatest Story Never Told!  Brad has been the Head Music Director at The pH Comedy Theatre for 4 years and also works with The Improvised Sondheim Project, Anarchy: an improvised rock opera, ComedySportz, Baby Wants Candy. He teaches classes and workshops with The Second City, pH, Baby Wants Candy and gives private lessons (contact him if you want to get better at music!). Brad has been a member of the American Composers Forum since 2009 and ASCAP since 2010.  He has been a music director for The Second City aboard the Norwegian Gem and also is a member of the comedy rap group Handsome Naked.  Brad has had the pleasure of working on other great shows like: Christmas in Chicago(Original Songs/Arrangements), Don’t Pass Go (Original Music), The Room: The Musical (Original Music).  Yeah musicals! www.BradKempMusic.com"

 

THE WRITERS

 

Robert Cass has written rock-band bios for Rhino Records, articles for Imagination Publishing, fiction for the Chicago Reader, and some e-mails he probably should've slept on before clicking "send," but what's done is done. He's also worked as a librarian, so he'll be more than happy to fill the shelves of the children's section with new stories created by you!

 

Lisa Farver (see bio above)

 

 

 

 

 

 Dan Lowry grew up in Green Bay, WI before moving to Chicago to pursue a degree in Creative Writing at DePaul University. Since then, he has graduated with a BA in English and a Masters of Education. His days are now filled with working on a collection of humorous essays, making coffee, and concocting stories in his head. He is thrilled to help bring this show from the imagination of the audience to the page.

 

 Angela McMahon is the Executive Director and founder of Under The Gun Theater. She is a faculty member at The Second City where she teaches in the writing department. Her biggest accomplishment is mom of Jordan and Kaitlyn.

 

 

 

THE ILLUSTRATORS

 

Chris Bresky is an artist of many visual mediums and a child at heart. He trained in art through USD in Florence and works in Chicago. Chris is also an actor and playwright and loves to weave the magic of storytelling into all of his work.

 

Manny Dominguez is a web designer, illustrator, graphic artist & occasional handy man. Full blown 80's kid. Married a Romanian. Father of two ninja turtles and a cupcake princess.

 

Rob Patterson is a multimedia artist and designer. After receiving a BFA in digital fine art from the Atlanta College of Art, Rob studied in Cortona, Italy as a graduate through the University of Georgia. He is currently exhibiting fine art, playing music, and working as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer in Chicago, IL. Rob works with Technofisch Design Studio and has previously lent his services to Cramer-Krasselt, Red Moon Theater and Strassel Creative, among others. Please visit www.theratiofarm.com for supplementary information.

 

THE UNDERSTUDIES



 

Jonny Nelson is a proud Alum of the Second City Chicago and iO theater Chicago. He graduated from Grand Valley State University with a double major in Philosophy and German. Here in Chicago, he is overjoyed to be performing improv and sketch comedy though out the city and to be teaching improv to youth as well as coaching adults at Second City. He has performed musical improv with Second City's house team Infinite Sunday's, long form improv with the ensemble of Juneboy & Beserker at the iO theater Chicago, short form improv at Comedy Sportz Chicago, improv/sketch/video with Eisbär a two man show, and a his solo show Social Science at iO. You can see some of his videos and show schedule at jonnynelson.com. He is Thrilled to join The Greatest Story Never Told!

 

 

DESIGN DIRECTOR

 

Bryn McCoy is an Emmy award winning digital product designer. Whether it’s innovative software for the likes of IDEO and BMW, illustration and animation for lovable brand identity, art projects with her young children, or VJ gigs with Chicago's indie bands, there is never a moment when Bryn isn’t working with ideas and artifacts, or found sketching with a notebook in tow.  From working with a Silicon Valley network infrastructure startup through nine years of development in her design studio, she masterfully makes information beautiful from just a spark of imagination.

 

TECH DIRECTOR

 

Dujuan Pritchett has been working as a tech director at The Second City for over 7 years and has likely done over a thousand different improv and sketch shows there. He directs Blood Oath, is a company board member with Corn Productions and has performed with the improv duo Black Dynamite.

 

 

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR


Andrew Ritter is a freelance director, teacher, actor, improviser, writer, facilitator, father, and book-maker who created The Greatest Story Never Told in April of 2013. He has performed in hundreds of shows for thousands of children in his life. He currently teaches improv and musical improv at The Second City Training Center and teaches theater and musical theater with Dream Big Performing Arts and The Emerald City Theater. In years past, he taught improv workshops to at-risk youth with Summer In The City and was an inclusion specialist for many years for children with ASD. Some of his favorite Chicago directing credits include: Digital Age Gap (American Blues Theater - RIPPED), Infinite Sundaes (A Second City TC House Ensemble), Improviser! A Musical Sketch Comedy Revue (iO Theater - critics pick TimeOut Chicago), Storytown, and Occupy Mary's Attic. He has directed numerous Second City Training Center conservatory shows like Public Displays of Rejection, All Lies On Us, and LACISUM - The Backwards Improvised Musical. Andrew is represented by Big Mouth Talent and has been seen on Chicago Fire and in several Jango SMTP commercials. He proudly performs musical improv comedy all over the USA with Mansical and The Improvised Sondheim Project. His two daughters were the inspiration for the creation of this show.

 

PRODUCED BY YAYA PRODUCTIONS

 

THE GREATEST ALUMNI

                        

Sarah Hoffman    Julie Marchiano    Lindy Voeltner     Sean Cusick    Melissa Leonard

 

                        

Alex Smith        Jonathan Schwart    Scott Levy         Greta Bach       Surena Watts

 

                                 

Liz Joynt Sandberg     Bethany Hubbard       Matthew Van Colton