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Green Shirt Studio News – 9/26/13

News and updates for Green Shirt Studio – September 26th thru October 3rd!

Hey, it’s back, your weekly post for Green Shirt Studio news. We know this is just the tip of the iceberg, so if you are a current or former student with news to share, e-mail us!

Instructor and Studio News

Green Shirt Studio just finished up three Free 1-Day Meisner Workshops in September on 9/21, 9/28 and 9/29. We met some incredible people and got to introduce the work to more members of the community, which gives us great pleasure.

Our next session of classes starts up this week, with our Level 1 classes beginning on Saturday, October 5th!

Green Shirt Studio is a proud supporter of The Agency Theater Collective’s Indiegogo campaign for their world premiere production of I Wish to Apologize to the People of Illinois, and as such is donating five year-long class packages to the campaign. For a limited time only, buy a whole year of classes for only $800 (almost $400 off the regular price). Check out the campaign here to get the deal and support a local theater in the process!

Andrew Gallant is co-writer and director of The Agency Theater Collective’s Fall 2013 production, I Wish to Apologize to the People of Illinois. The Agency has been getting some amazing press lately, including a spread on page 3 of The Chicago Tribune, as well as mentions on CBS local news and 3 radio stations. The production features the work of 7 Green Shirt alums, including Tim Touhy (co-writer/director), cast members Billy Baraw,  Patrick Burch, Iymen Chehade, James Munson, production designers Kate Jacobsen and Melanie Lewis. The show opens November 8th at Collaboraction Theatre’s Pentagon Space and runs through December 8th.

Andrew Gallant and Sommer Austin are co-writer/performers for another show of The Agency’s opening in November, a re-mounted version of their demented holiday rock musical, Out of Tune Confessional. The show has a limited 8-performance run after I Wish to Apologize… on Friday and Saturday nights at 10:30pm, November 15th through December 7th. Featuring Green Shirt current student Jim Gallanis and alums Janet Magnuson and Molly O’Grady.

Jimmy Carrane has so much going on. First of all, listen to his latest Improv Nerd podcast with guest Katy Colloton here. Jimmy teaches at the Improv with the Masters Workshop at that begins October 8th at Stage 773. His classes at Green Shirt are underway and the next session of Jimmy’s “Art of Slow Comedy” classes begins on November 11th at our studio. Click here for details!

Keira Fromm directs Broadsword: A Heavy Metal Drama at The Gift Theatre Company. The show opens October 3rd and runs now through November 24th (click here for tickets). Keira taught a Monologue & Audition Workshop in September and we plan on having her back for another audition workshop later this winter.

The Agency Theater Collective, produces their weekly “theatrical open mic,” No Shame Theatre, this Saturday at 10:30pm at The Lincoln Loft. For more information on No Shame, including how to sign up to perform, click here or see No Shame’s Facebook page. No Shame Theatre Chicago celebrates its 100th Saturday this weekend, Saturday Oct. 5th– come celebrate with us!

Student and Alumni News and Shows

Adithi Chandrashekar is in Theatre Seven’s production of Unwilling and Hostile Instruments: 100 Years of Chicago Women that opens Oct. 1st and runs through Oct. 27th. Click here for more information.

Harold Dennis is staying busy, with over 20 film projects completed between 2013 and upcoming in 2014. Check out his IMDB profile here.

Kelsey Ann Wacker is in Odradek Theatre Company’s production of Pains of Youth in association with Oracle Productions. The show runs now through October 13th (get FREE tickets here).

Jay Sukow has an Indiegogo campaign going for his film, “Trubadeaux: A Restaurant Movie,” which has gotten great press lately, including the front page of Dining Chicago. Check out the campaign and donate $5 (or more) to support local indie film.

Shannon Lauzier just finished up her 5B shows with a successful run at iO Chicago.

Jimmie Tolliver has a new film project, Mission Italian, from Blue Life Productions in association with Callas Media.

James Sparling and Patricia Tinsley are in Strengeloop’s production of R.U.R.: Rossum’s Universal Robots at The Side Project now through October 6th (tickets here).

Allison Black and Janice Rumschlag perform in Improvised Jane Austen and host “Ladies’ Night” (an all-ladies show) on the second Saturday of Every month.  The next one is Oct. 12th at The Bughouse Theater at 10pm (click here for more info). Janice can also be seen in the upcoming indie film, A Very Busy Man.

See Michael Goodman in the cast of Million Dollar Quartet in Chicago (and elsewhere in the US) as well as multiple improv and music gigs around town. Click here to check out where he’ll be next.

We know lots of you are doing lots of stuff that we didn’t know about. So, if you’ve got news, let us know by e-mailing us at

Have a great week, break legs, and see some shows!