The Make 'Em Ups tells the history of Chicago's connection to modern improvisational theatre, while at the same time teaching how to – and how not to – improvise. In this highly interactive performance, students gain new understanding of how to create characters, settings and stories and explore the “who/what/where” of all improv scenes. Three professional improv actors lead a variety of engaging improv games, inviting audiences to continually contribute ideas – and even join the action on stage.
Jonathan Pitts, the Founder and Executive Director of Chicago Improv Productions, is an award-winning international improv theatre artist from Chicago with over 30 years’ experience. He’s a creator, director, improviser, producer and teacher who co-founded and produced the Chicago Improv Festival, created and produced the College Improv Tournament and spent 7 years as Teen Comedy Fest’s executive producer. He is also the founder and producer of Chicago Podcast Festival. Jonathan taught at The Second City for 16 years and he’s a contributing writer to their book on improvisation – he also taught story-based improv at Piven Theatre Workshop. Jonathan has taught and performed internationally in more than a dozen countries, as well as more than 25 cities across America.
Virtual program options may be available
Grade Levels: PreK-12
Language Arts, Social Studies, Theatre, Storytelling, Character/SEL
This program can be completed virtually: