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 her improv career in Washington DC, where she trained with the DC improv comedy school and performed with Comedy Sportz and iMusical. Now in Chicago, she has trained with iO and The Second City. She performed with Second City's training center house ensemble and BenchCo, their kids show Improv Extravaganza Explosion, and now works with Second City works performing across the country. At iO she performs weekly with The Late 90’s, Virgin Daiquiri and Superhuman. She is a cast member of the Laugh Out Loud theater and performs independently with her partner-in-crime, in their tag-team duo, Ed and Kath.
Mayra Leal is a talented Latina cinema artist of Mexican and El Salvadorian descent, born in Houston, Texas. The University of Houston Communications and Mathematics graduate has discovered a passion for film, TV and digital media and is garnering the attention of veteran producers, directors, business leaders, marketing agencies, fashion designers, and a growing loyal fan-base. She enjoys the business of entertainment, but loves to spend time with her family and friends when not on the set. She currently resides in Malibu. Mayra has over 32 movie and TV credits to her name and has appeared in several music videos, featured in “Locked Up Abroad in Bangladesh” – National Geographic, “Revolution”, “Southland”, and “Memphis Beat”. She has also been introduced in “Machete” by Director Robert Rodriguez, starred in “Playing House” by Director Tom Vaughn and supported in “Sanitarium” with Robert Englund (“Freddy Kruger”) and Lou Diamond Phillips, to name a few. She most recently completed “The Wisdom to Know the Difference” by Director Daniel Baldwin with William Baldwin, Lou Diamond Phillips, Andy Bowles Elle LaMont and Faith Stanek, which resulted in four best pictures with prominent film festivals and two best actor nominations for Mayra.
Laurie Carter Rose
Laurie is a Chicago-based actor, singer, dancer, and voice over talent. Originally from Cincinnati, she is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Miami University and a proud 27-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 20 plus years. Her TV/Film credits include Chicago Med, Early Edition, and The Tonight Show, as well as many independent film productions. Laurie most recently played Jean in “Good People” at Indiana’s New Harmony Theatre. She also enjoyed entertaining Wisconsin audiences as the “Soap Star” in Menopause the Musical at The Fireside Theatre. Next up, Laurie will travel to Dayton’s long-established Human Race Theatre Company to play Della in “The Cake”. Other local theatre credits include Robyn in “The Roommate” and Irene Livingston in “Light Up the Sky” (Citadel Theatre), Masha in “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” (Artists’ Ensemble Theatre), “Follies” (Drury Lane Oakbrook), and Simone in “A Bed Full of Foreigners” (Drury Lane South). Laurie was seen by Michigan audiences last summer as Georgette Howard in the hilarious musical comedy “It Shoulda Been You” (Farmers Alley Theatre). Favorite past theatre credits 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. And for her most challenging and rewarding role to date, she cites parenting three sons with her amazing husband. As the only person in her household under 6’ tall, she looks up to all of “her men”. www.LaurieCarterRose.com
At 20 years old, Maddie Wiener has opened for Dave Attell, Rich Vos, Nikki Glaser, Joe List, and others. With a style described as "irreverent humor ... with a streak of brazenness," "abrasive and likeable at the same time," and "that bitch is going to hell," her stand-up has garnered attention online with over 6 and a half million total views on Laugh Factory Hollywood’s Instagram page. She has appeared on Sirius XM Radio’s RawDog Comedy, was a 2018 semi-finalist for Stand-Up NBC, performed in the 2019 Limestone Comedy Festival, and is a regular at Goodnights Comedy Club and Dead Crow Comedy Room in her home state of North Carolina, as well as at The Comedy Bar and The Laugh Factory where she attends school in Chicago, IL. You can check out her/my/our/its stand-up here.