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Improvised Monologues For Story Workshop

SUNDAY JUNE 23RD | 12:00AM - 3:00PM

Improvised monologues offer a way to enrich long forms and develop scripted solo shows. While improvising short, focused monologues, the heart of the story becomes clear to the improviser/artist. Liz and Stephnie will focus on techniques for incorporating improvised monologues (personal and fictional) into a piece of improv, as well as mining these monologues to develop scripted material. 



ABOUT STEPNIE WEIR (from - Stephnie Weir left Texas when she transferred from Odessa College to Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville. From there, she moved to Chicago, where she started taking improv classes and performing around the city. Weir’s natural talent and strong character work made her a stand-out in the Chicago comedy scene, and she was soon hired by Second City to be a writer and performer on the Mainstage. Weir appeared in 1998’s Jeff Richmond-directed Promise Keepers, Losers Weepers with Rachel Dratch, Psychopath Not Taken, and Second City 4.0, Second City’s 40th anniversary show directed by Mick Napier. The cast included Kevin Dorff, Tami Sagher, Susan Messing, and Rich Talarico. She also performed at Goodman Theater during her time in Chicago.


After Second City, Weir was hired by MadTV as a featured performer and went on to become a repertory performer on the show the following season. She created many stand-out characters and impressions during her time on the show, including “Dot Goddard” and her impression of the Olsen twins. Weir stayed at MadTV for five and a half seasons.


Her recent credits include a recurring role on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend andappearances on shows such as Key and Peele, Life in Pieces, and Veep. She was also a regular on Big Day and The Comedians with Billy Crystal and Josh Gad. Some of her film credits include roles in Fun with Dick and Jane and The Other Side of the Tracks. You can also see her on the WeirDass YouTube channel that features a series of comedy shorts called Eleven Year Itch with her husband, fellow improviser Bob Dassie.


ABOUT LIZ ALLENLIz Allen is a 30-year veteran improviser, improv teacher and director. She was the training center director at IOChicago (formerly Improv Olympic), and has an award named for her: The Liz Allen Excellence in Teaching Award. Liz was honored to coach The Commune in Mike Birbiglia’s feature film Don’t Think Twice.


Prerequisites: Must have completed Level 3 Improv by June 23rd.

Improvised Monologues For Story Workshop


Refunds are available BEFORE the 2nd week of class has started. To request a refund, contact using the subject line "Class Refund."

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