Visiting Instructor – Craig Cackowski – Coming in July



Craig Cackowski has been involved with the iO and iO West Theaters as a performer, coach, teacher and director since 1992. As a teacher, he is the three-time winner of the Del Close Award as Teacher of the Year. As a performer, he can be seen weekly at iO West improvising with Bob Dassie and Rich Talarico in Dasariski (celebrating 15 years together in 2014!). In Chicago, Craig performed with the Second City Mainstage and ETC, as well as with Baby Wants Candy, Carl and the Passions and the original cast of Close Quarters. Film and television appearances include Drunk History, Community, Veep, Newsreaders, Comedy Bang Bang, The Mindy Project, How I Met Your Mother, Trust Us With Your Life, Workaholics, The Kings Of Summer, 21 And Over and Year of The Dog. He may also be heard on the long-running podcast The Thrilling Adventure Hour, playing such characters as Colonel Tick Tock and millionaire hobo Banjo Bindlestuff.




  • Sell it!
  • Saturday, July. 18th – 10:00am-12:00pm
  • 2 Hours
  • $40 – Class is full – Registration is for the wait list only.
Energy, confidence and decisiveness are 90% of the battle in improv, i.e. it’s not so much what you say as when you say it and how you say it. How comfortable you are on stage will have a huge impact on how you’re perceived by the audience. Whether you’re a veteran improvisor or new to the artform, this is the perfect workshop for the performer who needs to practice owning their impulses and delivering them with confidence right away.
PREREQUISITE: Level 1 or Equivalent Experience


  • Expanding Your Range: A Character Workshop
  • Saturday, July 18th – 2:00pm-5:00pm
  • 3 Hours
  • $50 – Class is full with a large wait list
Character in sketch comedy might mean funny wigs and glasses, but how do we create character in improvised scenes? And how do we develop and heighten those characters over the course of a scene, while still working with our partner? Craig will share a number of character-developing exercises, from the subtle to “over the top”, and you’ll never be accused of “always playing yourself” again!
PREREQUISITE: Level 1 or Equivalent Experience


  • Dr. Cacky’s Improv Cleansing
  • Sunday, July 19th – 10am-1pm
  • 3 Hours
  • $60 – Class is full – Registration is closed.

Is your scene work tired and sluggish? Are you falling back on the same tired choices and characters you always make? Do you need to get back to basics and be playful and strong again? If so, Dr. Cacky’s Improv Cleansing is for you. He’ll give you the improv equivalent of a high colonic, flushing the toxins of insecurity and indecision out of your system. You’ll also receive some personalized feedback via e-mail.

PREREQUISITE: Torch Alumni or Senior Performer


Craig is also appearing in a variety of performances on July 17th & 18th.
For Craig’s Show Schedule – please visit here.



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