Most of the time when we’re onstage, we’re avoiding something that is already there; a relationship. Its amazing how many things that we’ll invent in order to stop talking about feelings, each other, or that thing that is happening between two people that the audience has already seen. Its risky to share of yourself on stage, and that’s never more apparent then when we have to explore a real relationship. But when you do… more often then not… the audience is completely drawn in.
Date & Time: Sunday, August 7th – 11am-2pm
Prerequisite: Level 2 and above, or equivalent longform experience
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BIO: Chicago-born John Abbott has been performing improv for over 15 years. A graduate of The Annoyance, iO, and the Second City’s Training Center, John interned and then managed at iO where he estimates that he saw over 5,000 improv performances. Mr. Abbott performed on several improv teams at iO and currently performs on Wing Night at The Playground which has just celebrated its 11th year as well as the improv duo Legends of Public Access, which most recently performed at the San Jose Improv Festival. He’s coached a half dozen teams, which include Gulp (Theater 773), Hush (independent team), Karate Van (at The Playground), and the Procrastination League (independent team), all of whom have performed in the Chicago Improv Festival.
John started the Improviser’s Studio workshop program at the Playground, founded I3 (Individual Improv Intensive), teaches workshops across the country, judged for the regional College Improv Tournament, and is a re-occurring judge at the Improv Gladiators at the Cornservatory.
John Abbott is the official photographer for the Chicago Improv Festival, shooting every festival since 2001.