Improv Master Class with Susan Messing

Get some character, so you don’t stand there as yourself and argue until we’re all bored to tears. Learn to “fuck your world” so that it has meaning and people care about what you do. Lots of specificity to pull out the comedy instead of hoping you’ll be funny and then wanting to kill yourself. Your work will become more effortless.

Date: Saturday, June 4, 2011
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: The Shubin Theatre, 407 Bainbridge Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147 (get map)
Instructor: Susan Messing
Pre-requisites: Some prior longform improv experience
Cost: $50 until 5/28/2011, $60 afterwards.


If you would like to be placed on a waitlist for space in this workshop (or a possible added workshop), please email with the subject “SUSAN MESSING DUOFEST WORKSHOP WAITLIST” and include your name and phone number in the body of the email.



Susan Messing is a director and actress living in Chicago. She graduated from Northwestern University and was a performer on The Second City mainstage. Messing is an ensemble member of Annoyance Theatre. She has performed in The Real Live Brady Bunch and directed What Every Girl Should Know… An Ode to Judy Blume based on the work of Judy Blume. She performed on NBC’s Late Friday and Comedy Central’s Premium Blend along with her puppet Jolly after showcasing at the HBO/US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen. Her critically-acclaimed improvised show, Messing With a Friend currently plays at the Annoyance Theatre in Chicago every Thursday night.

Susan teaches and performs in Chicago at the Annoyance Theatre and the iO Theatre (formerly Improv Olympic). She also teaches improvisational comedy for DePaul University, The University of Chicago and Loyola University. Her essays have been published in The Second City Almanac of Improvisation and in Charna Halpern’s book, Art By Committee.