We will be rolling out our announcements of Instructors for 2014! Keep checking back. Our first announcements are the wonderful Karen Graci (iO, Second City, King Ten), the amazing Paul Vaillancourt (iO, Second City, Beer Shark Mice) and the always great Jaime Moyer (Second City).
Karen Graci/ INSTRUCTOR (2014)
A proud native of Buffalo, NY, Karen performed for Chicago’s The Second City for more than three years. While touring the US and abroad with The Second City National Touring Company, Karen was grateful to perform in The Second City’s first-ever USO Tour, entertaining American troops in Kuwait, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. She was also a resident cast member in The Best of Second City at The Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas for over a year. Karen co-wrote and starred in the sold-out run of Camp Hot, a three-woman sketch show featured at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theater and the Los Angeles Improv Comedy Festival. Her one-woman show, Her Potential, was a Del Close Award nominee for Best Scripted show at iO West. A veteran of ComedySportz Chicago and Baby Wants Candy (iO Chicago), Karen now performs regularly at iO West with the Main Stage team, King Ten.
An instructor at iO West, Karen has also taught at Second City Las Vegas and Second City Los Angeles. She has coached teams of all levels at iO West, Second City Chicago, iO Chicago and the Second City Las Vegas. Karen most recently coached iO West Main Stage team Local 132 and currently coaches Bandit. She was honored with iO West’s Del Close Award for Teacher of the Year in both 2010 and 2011.
Paul Vaillancourt/ INSTRUCTOR (2014)
Paul Vaillancourt is a writer, actor, director, producer and most of all improvisor who has been teaching and performing improv across the country for more than 25 years. He is a graduate of the Comedy Sportz Training Program in Virginia, the Second City Training Center in Chicago as well as the legendary Improv Olympic in Chicago where he had the rare opportunity to study under the legendary Del Close. After his group, Bitter Noah, was selected to perform their signature piece, the Improvised Movie, at the US Comedy Arts festival Paul moved to Los Angeles and founded the iO West where he has been teaching, directing and performing (both written and improvised shows) ever since. During his time in Hollywood Paul has become a sought after improv coach, producer and consultant working with many TV networks including Fox, MTV, VH1, Oxygen and Bravo to name a few.
Jaime Moyer/ INSTRUCTOR (2014)
Jaime is an alum of The Second City-Detroit and a proud member of SAG-AFTRA and AEA. She is the creator of the viral hit Fancy Catz which can be seen on YouTube at The Second City Network, and have appeared in several short and feature length films. Jaime was awarded the sole prize of Maestro at The Out of Bounds Comedy Festival in Austin, Texas in 2011. When not cruising on The Norwegian Breakaway Jaime can be seen performing weekly at The Second City-Hollywood and iO West (iO teams include Chalet and Cherry). Jaime has fulfilled three lifelong dreams by appearing in a Lifetime Movie, a Wesley Snipes action film, and most recently an episode of Parks and Recreation on NBC.
Nick Armstrong/ INSTRUCTOR (2013)
Nick is an Actor, Writer, Improviser and Director living in Los Angeles, CA. On TV, Nick has been on the Emmy-Award winning shows The Office, Parks and Recreation and Grey’s Anatomy. He has also made regular appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live and is currently on AMC’s Story Notes. Onstage you can catch Nick performing regularly at the world-famous iO West in Hollywood, CA with LA’s longest and best Harold team King Ten and The touring Genre-Improvised Show Kind Strangers. Nick has also trained at the famed Groundlings Theater. He is the Founder and Camp Director of Improv Utopia an annual camp for improvisers. For more information visit www.nickarmstrong.com or www.improvutopia.com
Dave Hill/ INSTRUCTOR (2013)
Dave is an actor, writer and improviser who lives in LA. He is so proud to be a part of King Ten on stage and off. You can also catch him at the iO West (and other spots around LA) in Hill Jones and The Armando Show. He’s also always teaching and coaching improv so feel free to get in touch if you’d like to work with him.