EDUCATION The Second City Chicago Conservatory Program, Music Conservatory, Improvisational Acting A-E Instructors - Anne Libera, Kevin Reome, Micah Philbrook, Norm Holly, Jeff Bouthiette, Andrew Roy Ritter, Jonathan Wagoner iO Chicago Improvisational Acting and Music Improv Instructors – Dave Asher, Seth Weitberg, Christy Bonstell, Susan Messing, Shane Wilson, Matt Higbee Tom Todoroff Master Class – JTF Miami Susan Messing Protecting the Freak Workshop – JTF Miami David Razowsky Instant Characters and Positive Choices Workshop – Sick Puppies Miami iO Intensive in Miami - JTF Miami Instructors – Charna Halpern, Lyndsay Hailey, Tara DiFransisco Kevin Mac Donald Sketch Writing Workshop – SAK Comedy Lab, Orlando Jeanette Hopkins Vocal Instuction Voice Range: Soprano & Alto Skills - Shortform and longform improvisation, sketch and screenplay writer, vocalist, freestyle and basic dance, marathon runner, scuba diver, basic handgun, stage combat, golf, professional fashion design and fine arts Accents: Southern, British, Jamaican, Wicked Witch Cackle
Claire Kander is a Midwestern gal with intense passion for acting, music, laughter, adventure, wildlife, forests and rivers. Born and raised in a small town in rural Michigan, performance has been an essential part of her life since she was a tiny child. She had the privilege of being a founding member of Michigan Youth Theater with whom she toured Shakespeare and educational shows to schools and festivals around the state for a decade. She moved to New York City when she was 18 to work in a Brooklyn elementary school as an Americorps member. After a year of service, she moved to Chicago to pursue her acting ambitions. She has been seen with many reputable Chicago theaters including Goodman Theatre, Raven Theatre Company, New Leaf Theatre, Collaboraction, Lifeline Theatre, and National Pastime Theater. She also gained on-camera experience, became a member of AEA & SAG-AFTRA, and enthusiastically delved into the voice-over world. Her voice has been heard in numerous TV and radio commercials for Walgreens, McDonald's, The Laughing Cow, Colgate, American Family Insurance, Allstate, Ziploc, Artemis, La Quinta Inns, Cox Internet and many more. Kander is represented by NV Talent for on-camera and Grossman & Jack Talent for voice-over. Kander is also a singer/songwriter and musician. She plays guitar, harmonica, ukulele and synth. She co-founded the band Scuttlebuggs (scuttlebuggs.com), which performed around the country and released their debut album in 2013 and has since released two EPs. Currently writing and performing music solo as HoboLoaf and with her newly founded band Decent People. Kander has also traveled extensively, from living in a van while exploring America (vanlifeinthescuttlebuss.blogspot.com), to working at a wildlife rescue center for a month in Costa Rica. Her best friend is a spitz-mix from the Chicago streets named Yoshi. He is fiercely emotionally intelligent and complex and she has decided he will never die.
Katie Klein began performing in Washington DC, with iMusical at the Washington Improv Theater and with friends at the DC Improv. She is an alumni of the Second City e.t.c stage, writing and performing in two reviews: Fantastic Super Great Nation Numero Uno, and previously A Red Line Runs Through It. She also performed weekly with her pals in The Late 90’s, Virgin Daiquiri and Improvised Shakespeare and currently still performs at the Annoyance Theater every Wednesday night with her sisters in Super Human. You can catch her in a few TV shows and commercials (The Red Line, Shrink, Joe Pera Talks with You, Chicago Justice, Work in Progress). She has worked for many years as a writer, facilitator, and designer of corporate communication training for different organizations; and loves it. She co owns and operates The Shalom Collaboration and Super Human Collective.
Laurie is a Chicago-based actor, singer, dancer, and voice talent. Originally from Cincinnati, she is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Miami University and a proud 30-year member of SAG-AFTRA and AEA. Laurie has been fortunate to live and perform in NYC, LA, Tokyo and London before landing in Chicago and calling it home for the last 25 years. Her TV/Film credits include Chicago Med, Power Book IV: FORCE, Early Edition, and The Tonight Show, as well as many independent film productions and digital media projects. Laurie has worked extensively at several regional theatres throughout the Midwest and beyond. Recently, she played the hard-hitting magazine editor, Emily Penrose, in a gripping production of the thought-provoking play, The Lifespan of a Fact, one of her favorite roles to date. Past theatre credits from her “hoofer” days include “Jesus Christ Superstar” (Broadway National Tour starring Ted Neely and Carl Anderson), and “Sunset Boulevard” (London’s West End starring Betty Buckley) Laurie sings regularly with Route 66, an all-women a cappella quartet that you might hear at your next corporate party or singing the National Anthem at Soldier Field. Among other voice talent projects, Laurie has enjoyed narrating and producing audiobooks, which can all be found on her website, www.LaurieCarterRose.com.
Tori is originally from the Washington, DC area and has been writing and performing in Chicago for 6 years. She is an ensemble member at The Revival Theater, has written and produced shows at The Second City, and can be seen in the ongoing run of Burlesque is More at The Annoyance Theater. She can be seen in online advertisements for Game Night Out, and is a graduate of Second City’s Conservatory and Comedy Studies Programs.