Our 2015 instructors to be named soon! Below are our instructors from this year.
Karen Graci/ INSTRUCTOR
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
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
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.
Josh DuBose/ INSTRUCTOR
Born and raised in Texas, Josh moved to Chicago in the late ’90′s where he trained at iO, The Annoyance Theater and The Second City. He toured with The Second City’s BizCo touring company from ’99 to ’01, as well as touring with ComedySportz, also out of Chicago. In Los Angeles, Josh is proud to have been performing with King Ten at iO West for the last nine and a half years. You can also catch him at theater in The Armando Diaz Show. He’s appeared in many national commercials, done a handful of television shows and been the host of many live events like the outdoor stage for HBO’s Comedy Festival at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. Josh is terrified of June Bugs and has no shame about it.
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.