Category: Past Instructors

Jim Johnson

Jim Johnson gets paid to teach voice, speech and dialects at the University of Houston. They even gave him tenure, so he must be really good. He works professionally as an actor and a dialect coach, and he is one of the founders of, which has materials that teach over 40 different accents. He travels all over the world… Read more →

Tina Jackson

Tina Jackson has performed improv for the past 14 years. Since moving to Chicago, Jackson has trained at iO Chicago, written and produced an award-winning short film and sitcom pilot, and performed in over 2 dozen improv and sketch festivals. She is the Executive Producer & Artistic Director of Big-Little Comedy, host of The Big-Little Comedy Fest in Cleveland, OH. Read more →

Dan Grimm

Dan Grimm’s philosophy of improv is simple – connect emotionally, be vulnerable and profit. Dan has performed and taught improv in Texas and Chicago for nearly 20 years, starting with Freudian Slip at Texas A & M University and eventually training at iO and the Second City in Chicago. Past credits include Pavlov’s Dogs, The Belmont Transfer, The New Movement,… Read more →

Leraldo Anzaldua

Leraldo Anzaldua is a Houston-based actor, director & fight director. He is a Certified Teacher of Stage Combat with the Society of American Fight Directors. He is currently the Resident Fight Director for Houston Grand Opera. Works include Otello, Carmen, Rigoletto, Aida and the American debut of The Passenger. Other Houston theater company affiliations include Alley Theatre, Stages, Ensemble, Catastrophic.… Read more →

Jimmy Carrane

Jimmy Carrane

Jimmy Carrane has been teaching and performing improv in Chicago for more than 25 years. He is the host of the Improv Nerd podcast and co-author of “Improvising Better: A Guide to the Working Improviser.” He is the former host of Studio 312 on Chicago Public Radio. His class, the Art of Slow Comedy, won the 2012 INNY Award for… Read more →

Jill Bernard

Jill Bernard – Minneapolis

JILL BERNARD has been performing with ComedySportz-Twin Cities since 1993, and is a founding member of HUGE Theater in Uptown Minneapolis. Her one-woman improv piece, Drum Machine, has been featured in over forty improv festivals, including the Chicago Improv Festival, the Toronto Improv Jamboree, and the Philadelphia Improv Festival. She has taught and performed improv in Norway, Australia, Canada, and… Read more →

Joe Bill

Joe Bill – Chicago

JOE BILL is widely regarded as one of the best teachers of Scenic and Comedic Improvisation in America today. He currently teaches, performs and does corporate training at iO Chicago, is an Artistic Associate for The Chicago Improv Festival, and acts as an Artistic Adviser for a number of Improvisation and Comedy Theaters all over the world. Joe and Mark… Read more →

Dianah Dulany

Dianah Dulany – Houston

A native Texan, Dianah has worked as a professional improvisor and instructor for over 27 years. She began her improv career in New York City before moving to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to manage a non-profit theater company. There she performed with ComedySportz-Milwaukee for four years before being offered the opportunity to open her own club. She brought ComedySportz to Houston, Texas… Read more →

Jet Eveleth

Jet Eveleth – Los Angeles

Jet has been a member of improv ensemble The Reckoning at the iO Theater for 12 years. She currently tours the comedy shows Adsit and Eveleth with Scott Adsit from 30 Rock and Jet and Paul with SNL’s Paul Brittain. In 2012 she toured Europe performing and teaching physical theater with The Second City as part of a cultural exchange… Read more →

Chris Grace

Chris Grace – NYC

​CHRIS GRACE is an improviser and stand-up comedian in New York City. He performs longform regularly with Baby Wants Candy, The Faculty, and Big Black Car. He’s featured in pieces for College Humor and has written for McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. He is currently appearing in 50 Shades the Musical! around the country, and you can see him say one line… Read more →