Improv Utopia promises to bring you some of the best instructors in the country. And this year is no different. Our 5th Camp will have some of the best…Bob Dassie (Dasariski/iO), Jill Bernard (Drum Machine/HUGE Theater) and Katie Nahnsen (Second City, iO, Baby Wants Candy) and more announcements on the way.
Jill Bernard / INSTRUCTOR 2015
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. She has taught and performed improv in Norway, Australia, Canada, Argentina and over thirty-five of the United States; and also on an episode of MTV “Made.” She is one-half of the duo SCRAM with Joe Bill of the Annoyance Theater. An Artistic Associate of the Chicago Improv Festival, she has studied at the Annoyance Theater, Improv Olympic, the Brave New Workshop and other organizations; and is the recipient of the 2005 Chicago Improv Festival Avery Schreiber Ambassador of Improv Award, and the 2007 Miami Improv Festival award for Best Solo Show. She was also the winner, in January 2000, of the Executive Vice President Award for outstanding contribution to Human Resources, the highest award in the American Express Human Resources function. She’s also the voice of God, the Holy Ghost, the Virgin Mary and other religious figures in a series of confirmation videos for Sparkhouse.
Jason Pardo / INSTRUCTOR 2015
Jason Pardo has been learning and performing in improv theaters for over twenty years with the likes of The Second City, ComedySportz, The Annoyance, iO Chicago and iO West. Aside from acting and improvising, Jason works as a Line Producer with Tim & Eric at Abso Lutely Productions. He also writes, directs and produces for his own entertainment company, Here We Go Projects. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two sons.
Bob Dassie/ INSTRUCTOR 2015
Bob Dassie is originally from Chicago where he studied with many improv luminaries including Del Close, toured with the Second City and co-created and performed in several long-form improvisation shows such as Trio and Quartet (at Improv Olympic) and Close Quarters (at Second City etc). He has appeared regularly in New York at the UCB hosted Del Close Marathon with Dasariski and his two-person show WeirDass (with his lovely wife, Stephnie Weir), ventured out to Edinburgh Festival Fringe with Baby Wants Candy and has appeared and taught at improv festivals around the globe.
Bob has worked behind the scenes, writing for animation, film and television, and has been seen on screens big and small, most recently releasing the WeirDass webseries “Eleven Year Itch” created with Stephnie Weir. He also was in the IFC extravaganza “The Spoils of Babylon” opposite Tobey Maguire, in which he sported a glorious artifical mustache.
Katie Nahnsen/ INSTRUCTOR 2015
Katie Nahnsen is an LA based actor, writer, and improviser. She was a series regular and story contributor on NBC’s Sports Action Team, which can currently be seen on Hulu. A pilot she co-created and starred in, The Venue, recently won the NYTVF Comedy Central Pilot Competition. Currently she writes for Wabbit on Cartoon Network. Katie also performs, teaches, and directs improv and sketch comedy at iO West and The Second City Hollywood. Recent writer/performer credits include Miley Montana: The Musical and The Blank Experience at The Nerdist. In addition, she performs improv regularly, notable include: Virgin Daiquiri, CatNip, Spirit Cat, and Baby Wants Candy. She also uses her creative background to mentor underserved children through the Young Storyteller’s Foundation and teaches improv classes to teenagers in foster care as a way to develop communication and self-esteem.
Amanda Blake Davis/INSTRUCTOR
Amanda is an actress, improviser and writer living in Los Angeles. She trained in Chicago and is a veteran of The Second City etc stage where she wrote and performed in five original revues, including Disposable Nation, Campaign Supernova and Studs Terkel’s Not Working, for which she won a Jeff Award for Best Actress in a revue. She recently performed Twist Your Dickens! at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City in the role of Tiny Tim, et al. She can currently be seen in the hit show Undateable at The Second City Hollywood, and improvising with The Armando Show and the House Team HeyDay! at iO West and she is a rotating comic at Flappers Stand Up Comedy Club in Burbank.
She co-wrote 50 Shades! The Musical, an original musical parody based on the book 50 Shades of Grey, which had its debut at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in the summer of 2012 and is currently touring both nationally and internationally. It will begin its Los Angeles run at The Kirk Douglas Theatre in February 2014. In 2011 she co-wrote and performed the original musical Broads on Boards at the Annoyance Theater. In Chicago she regularly improvised with The Armando Diaz Experience & Virgin Daiquiri at iO and Baby Wants Candy at the Apollo Theater.
She is one third of In Bed Together, which creates and produces their own web content. Their videos are featured on Funny or Die.