Sommer Austin received a BA in Theatre Arts from the University of Iowa and an MFA degree in Acting from The University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she had the privilege of working with such theatre luminaries as Mary Overlie, Ping Chong, Dr. Jonathan Miller, and the late Billie Whitelaw. She is a certified Instructor of the Meisner Approach to Acting as trained by Larry Silverberg and is a co-founder/owner of Green Shirt Studio, a Meisner training center in Chicago, along with her husband, Andrew Gallant (a DePaul alum and adjunct). She is alum of the improv and comedy writing programs at iO Chicago, as well as The Feminine Comique. She has studied stand-up comedy with the brilliant and hilarious Cameron Esposito, Patti Vasquez, Ever Mainard, and Cynthia Levin. Sommer is a founding member of The Agency Theater Collective, where she serves as Managing Director as well as acts and devises theatre. She appeared as an actor in The Agency’s productions of Paradise Lost, Out of Tune Confessional (which she also co-wrote), and most recently At the Center. She produces, emcees and does performance art at No Shame Theatre, every Saturday night via The Agency Theater Collective. As an actor, she has performed regionally at Riverside Theatre and Riverside Theatre Shakespeare Festival, The Iowa Playwright’s Workshop, The Zachary Scott Theatre Center, and Esther’s Follies. Chicago theatres include Red Tape Theatre, Hubris Productions, Bailiwick Theatre and Profiles Theatre. Featured performances as a stand-up comic include The Chicago Ladies in Comedy Showcase, the kates, The GoGo Show, You Are My Favorite (But Don’t Tell Your Sisters), Just Dickin’ Around, the Chicago Women’s Funny Festival, and Female Funnies at Zanies. Film work includes the Chicago feature films Sketch and Banana Season, as well as a myriad of independent short films. Sommer performed regularly as an improviser with the team The CEO of Everything at The Playground Theater in Chicago for 6 years and continues to improvise when she can. Assistant directing credits include the world premiere of David Rabe’s Good for Otto at The Gift Theatre, directed by Michael Patrick Thornton, and Annie Baker’s The Flick at Steppenwolf Theatre, directed by Dexter Bullard. Directing credits include The Gift Theatre’s TEN 2016 and The Arc Theatre’s arciTEXT 2016. She is an adjunct professor at Triton College where she is the artistic director of Triton Theatre and teaches acting and theatre history.