Out on a Whim
It's not just improv, it's theatre on hard mode. Out On A Whim is committed to producing new complex forms, adapting genres, and utilizing traditional theatrical techniques to produce improv that is more than just a game.
Out On A Whim Comedy is an improv collective that originated as a Second City Coached Ensemble under the direction of Bryce Read. From there Out On A Whim expanded to an ensemble of 16 talented individuals. Out On A Whim has performed "Improvised Dungeons and Dragons," "Improvised Fairytales," and "Black Tie Improv" all over the City of Chicago and has helped raise money for Otherworld Theatre, PAWS Chicago, and The Children's Miracle Network.
Mike is the first born son of Mark and Kathy and hails from the suburbs of Chicago. You can catch Mike performing in his improv group (Chunky Puppies), Musical improv group (Up Next) and his parodies and original songs from his one man show (Joke Concert) all over the city of Chicago. He is happy to announce he has been happily married to the game of life since 2017 and can follow his love story on instagram @marriedtothegame.oflife www.jokeconcert.com
Michael Coyne is an actor/improviser from Queens, New York. He studied Theatre at ‘LIU Post’ with a focus in acting and trained in improv/sketch as part of ‘Artistic New Directions’, ‘The IN’, ‘Gotham City Improv’ and ‘The Armory’ in NYC. His training continued with ‘The Second City’, ‘IO’ and ‘The Annoyance’ in Chicago. He is currently represented by ‘Big Mouth Talent’ who he thanks immensely for helping his hustle. He sends his love to the iDnD crew, his family, his friends and his girlfriend Caiti.
John Doychich started improvising at 36 years old. Before that, he was just a husband, father, Chihuahua owner, and Vespa rider. His life is a true piece of Americana. John received his MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management, is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Illinois, and is somehow still a disappointment to most of his family.
Originally from a strawberry farm in a forest in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, Anna Elizabeth's stories don't usually make sense. She's a graduate of Second City's Conservatory Program, iO, the Annoyance, and GoComedy in Detroit and plays with Improvised Dungeons and Dragons and the Murder Mystery Company. She has completed every single Zelda game, and makes show posters. www.helloannaelizabeth.com
"You should marry a pizza. Look, you probably already spend a fair amount of time with pizza anyway. Let’s cut some corners. Make it official. Your perfect match is a pizza, like the old friend you never really saw in a romantic way before. Pizza can love you in a way you’ve never been loved before. Find your pizza and love it."
William Ferguson (28 May 1938 – 31 October 1998) was a Northern Irish footballer who played as a winger.
QUINTIN T. HESS
Quintin T. Hess has always had a penchant for the theatrical and crippling self-doubt so it was only fitting that he fashioned himself a comedian. He has received his BA in Theatre Performance and Creation from Juniata College, and has studied improv at iO and the Annoyance. A recent graduate from The Second City Conservatory, you might have seen him performing throughout Chicago in "Improvised Fairytales" at Second City, or at the "Poetic Armando", which he also executive produces. He's incredibly happy to continue to have the opportunity to play make believe with his friends in Out on a Whim!
Joseph Heyman is a Chicago based Theatrical Technician, with a variety of productions and skills in his repertoire. He has worked with Stage 773, The Public House Theatre, Under the Gun Theater, Robert Frosty Theatre Company, Playhouse 38, The Theater Lab, and countless more sketch and improv groups, designing tech and stage managing for over a dozen shows. Once in a blue moon, you might even catch him performing on the stage instead of behind the scenes. The Lord of Lightning is now making a flash with Improvised Dungeons and Dragons!
Joe Johnson: improviser, amateur chef, and one time performer of the famous ‘barrel roll’ in an airplane. He plays Half Elf Monk Baaahb, though as far as he knows he can't reincarnate, and is an original member of Out On a Whim. Sophomore year of high school, Joe joined the Milton Improv Club and fell in love with it. Originally from Alpharetta, Georgia, he moved to Chicago with a duffel bag full of clothes and a bank account full of dreams looking to perform comedy. Thanks to Out on a Whim and his occasional ambition, he does!
Lauren Kincaid is so grateful to be a part of Out on a Whim! Since moving to Chicago in 2016, Lauren has trained with Rough House Theater, The Neo-Futurists, Vanessa Valliere, Acting Studio Chicago, iO, and has graduated from the Second City Conservatory Program. She recently appeared in Rough House Theater’s The Walls of Harrow House, Five Robots Working That Hustle for Otherworld Theatre’s PARAGON Play Festival, and as an understudy for Yippee Ki-Yay Merry Christmas: A Die Hard Musical. By day, she works as the executive assistant at Court Theatre, where she often serenades the copy machine.
Natalie is an actor, improvisor, writer, and cat lover from Lexington, Kentucky. Living in Chicago since 2016, she is a graduate from The Second City’s conservatory program. She has performed in a wide range of sketch and improvised shows throughout Chicago. Currently playing with Out on A Whim and serving as half of the duo Charade Sloop. She writes and produces sketches for YouTube and performs live musical improv with her partner. She is also receiving her MFA from DePaul University studying Comedic Screenwriting, making her a true master of comedy. (lol cause its a master’s degree, wow)
Joshua Messick is thrilled to be a part of this ambitious attempt at bringing Dungeons and Dragons to the stage. Joshua is a Chicago-based director and performer. In addition to Improvised D&D Joshua is also the creator of Out On A Whim's monthly legal show Dork Court and is in the process of developing their brand new Greek mythology inspired show “Improvius Comedius.” Non Out on a Whim credits include work at Citadel Theatre, Saint Sebastian Players, Fury Theatre, Fightquest Productions, and Otherworld Theatre's Paragon Play Festival. When onstage he is often seen reciting some very serious classical theater or touring schools pretending to be a knight with Caton Enterprises. Joshua would like to extend his most sincere gratitude to Otherworld Theatre Company, his producers Katie and John, and the entire Out On A Whim ensemble for welcoming him and supporting all his mad ideas.
Bayley Pokorny is a Chicago actor and film maker. He graduated from Columbia College with a BA in Cinematography, and couldn’t seem to stay on his own damn side of the camera. He then graduated from Second City’s Improv program and is currently enrolled at the iO Theater. He is living that sweet sweet freelance life working as a director, director of photography, steadicam operator, and as an actor/improviser. While not out foraging for rent money he trains diligently in becoming a more well rounded and complete nerd, which made Improvised Dungeons and Dragons a no brainer.
Katie Ruppert is a Chicago-based performer, writer, and producer hailing from San Francisco. She serves as the artistic Director and Executive Producer for Out On A Whim as well as the Sketch and Improv Curator for Otherworld Theatre Company. She is the Head Writer and Jr. Producer for Mass St. Productions, as well as an Ensemble Member at Tinderella Comedy. She is a proud graduate of the Second City Conservatory, Columbia College (B.A. in Comedy Writing and Performance) and The Foothill Theatre Conservatory. Katie's deep love of mythology and comedy have lead her to produce fanciful comedy for the last seven years. For more please visit www.weebly.katieruppert.com
Rebecca Shrom is excited to be a part of Improvised D&D! She has performed around the city, acting and performing sketch and improv. She has just graduated from USC with BA’s in Theatre and Media Arts, and also had the opportunity to study classical theatre with the British American Drama Academy in Oxford, UK. She has graduated from the Second City Conservatory and the iO Training Program, and has taken classes at The Green Room and CIC Theater’s training programs. She can be seen with her iO Comedy Network Team, and with performing with Out on a Whim! www.rebeccashrom.com
Tommy Spears is a Chicago based performer, writer and director who does not believe in Oxford commas. He is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago, but began improvising in Atlanta, Georgia. He is a graduate of Second City's Conservatory Program, iO, and The Village Theatre in Atlanta. He is thrilled to play with Improvised Dungeons and Dragons, but when he isn’t doing that you can still see him make funny with his indie improv teams TomFool, The Debutantes and Harpoon, and with his sketch and vaudeville duo Highstreet and Mook. He is incapable of being well-rested.
Adam Tatum is extremely excited to have the opportunity to perform with Improvised Dungeons and Dragons. Originally born and raised in Milwaukee Wisconsin Adam migrated south with his family at a young age and quickly found a thriving community based in improv, theater, and on-camera acting. Now being the ultra nerd that he is Adam could hardly resist getting pulled into the life and has for the last 4-5 years been training, auditioning, and performing at as many places that will have him. Some of which include but are not limited to, Second City, GreenRoom Acting Studio, Comedy Clubhouse, and Otherworld Theater.
Janelle's career began at the early age of 5 when she got up on top of her grandmother's coffee table, and started belting Britney Spears to her family. Since then, she has wanted nothing more than to be on stage for the rest of her life. A few years later, Janelle stumbled upon her local dance studio where she learned ballet, jazz, contemporary and hip hop. For 10 years she danced with them, performing, competing, and taking classes nationwide. When she got to high school, the stage was already a familiar place but she discovered a new passion for theatre. Her high school career was nothing but juggling plays, musicals, dance concerts, dance classes, teaching dance, acting classes, voice lessons, and singing for her church. All that hard work and passion lead to where she is now. Shortly after graduating, Janelle booked with Gray Talent and her first professional show, Miss Saigon at The Paramount Theatre. She got her first experience on set for the feature film Double Yellow Lines and her first voice-over. She was most recently seen in The King And I at The Marriott Theatre. Check her out this summer in Light Opera Works' South Pacific.
McKenzie Wilkes is an ensemble member and portrays Chathy Lu in Improvised Dungeons and Dragons. A Chicago transplant from Nashville, Tennessee - McKenzie graduated with a BFA in Theatre Performance from Belmont University. In Chicago, McKenzie currently stars in the D&D 5E live play show Rise of the Demigods which airs every Wednesday night at twitch.tv/Godsfall (demigodsfall.com). You can also catch her in Dungeons, Dice, and Everything Nice, an all-female D&D 5E podcast (dungeonsdice.com). www.mckenziewilkes.com.