Allison Black is an actor, improviser, comedian, voice over artist, writer, singer and occasional dancer originally haling from South Florida. Allison moved to Chicago by way of Nashville, TN in 2006. Since moving to the Second City, she has performed many productions at the Annoyance Theatre and ComedySportz, and at Second City's ETC and Donny's Skybox Theatre, The Lincoln Lodge, The National Pastime Theatre, and The Comedy Shrine. One project of which she is extremely proud is Salem: The Musical, which she co-wrote with the cast. Salem has had a recurring run at the Annoyance Theatre as well as was seen at the Cincinnati Fringe Festival and the D.C. Fringe Festival (Washington, DC). She has commercials running in select markets around the country as well as a National Nature Valley Commercial, of which she is quite proud. If you want to see any of her work, please go to her Casting Networks Profile.
Allison shares her days with two wonderfully furry dogs, a cat who thinks she is a dog, two rescued parakeets and one rescued husband. She is quite thrilled to be part of the Improvised Jane Austen team.
Emily Friedrick is utterly delighted to be one of Improvised Jane Austen's newest players! Originally from the wilds of North Idaho, Emily migrated to Chicago over 5 years ago to pursue the theatre life after her tutelage in performance and costume & makeup design at the University of Idaho. Like so many other thespians/vagabonds, she studied improv at Second City, Annoyance, and recently graduated from the iO training program. Aside from her budding devotion to IJA, Emily also holds dear affections for her other company, 4 Days Late Productions. There, she writes and designs costumes, as well as having performed in It's A Wonderful Pro-Life, #show, and she indubitably gave it good to the audience as a grenade in Jersey Shore: The Musical. Emily's other choice productions include Holy $#!% It's Christmas, Five Women Wearing The Same Dress, and A Midsummer Night's Dream. Here's to all of the beautiful people in Emily's life… especially Ms. Austen. Without her resoluteness to mend the plights of our sex, we might never know the wondrous freedom of leggings. She didn't wear pants, and we don't have to either.
Robin Hellmann took her first improv class when she was in 10 years old, and hasn't looked back since. Since then she has written sketch shows and plays, student directed and performed, worked in theatre management, and has worked in the wardrobe departments for theatre and feature films alike. But she never forgot her first love: improvisation. Improvised Jane Austen has bridged the gap between her first love and admiration of the famed author, and she is thrilled to be a part of such a wonderful performance team.
Sarah Mobley has been doing theater for over 20 years! She has a degree in Musical Theater from Lees McRae College in North Carolina. She moved to Chicago in 2003, and has done hundreds of comedy shows since. Sarah is so proud and constantly excited to be working with the lovely and talented women of Improvised Jane Austen. She is thrilled to perform for you!
Jessye Grace Mueller: Recent Chicago acting credits include Ask Your
Doctor: A Pharmaceutical Musical, Angela of Death, and Call Me Never (Annoyance
Theater), This American Lie, Mary Scruggs Works By Women Festival (Donny's
Skybox), SketchCast (de Maat Studio Theater, Second City Training Center), The
Dewey Decimals present Improvised Young Adult Fiction (de Maat Studio Theater,
Lincoln Loft), Masterpiece Players Present: Improvised Masterpiece Theatre
(Donny’s Skybox), Silent Night (MCL), Headshot: A Geek Tragedy (MCL, Premier
Premieres Festival). Jessye is currently a member of the Music Improv
Night team BadMINton (MINt, MCL). Jessye has studied at NYU’s Tisch
School of the Arts in its Experimental Theatre Wing and is a graduate of
Indiana University-Bloomington (BA: Theatre and Drama), The Second City
Training Center’s Conservatory and Music Conservatory. She is also is an
alumnus of the Second City Training Center’s Youth and Teen Ensemble and The
Piven Young People’s Company. Jessye is
an improv instructor at Improv Playhouse in Libertyville and Highland Park in
its adult and youth programs and performs with the IP Touring Company.
Kate Parker is an actress, improviser and the producer of IJA. She has trained at iO, The Second City, The Cabaret Conference at Yale, and Middlesex University in London, among other places. Kate is an original member of the long standing improv team, Damascus Steel, who co-hosted The Mixer for 4 years, at The Playground. She also was a member of Warden's Daughter and the Cupid Players at iO. She has been performing in plays, musicals and sketch shows in and around Chicago since the early aughts. Favorite roles include 'The Mother' in CIC's Troll the Sequel, Troll Again. Grace Poole in Circle Theatre's Jane Erye the Musical Drama, and Beth in Oil Lamp Theater's Dinner with Friends. She works as a voiceover artist and can be heard on your telephone supporting local candidates during election time with her very passionate "Robo-Calls!" She has created and hosted three podcasts: The Callback, The Steelcast, with Damascus Steel and Uniform Snowflakes, with co-host and comedian, Greg Bach. She dreams that she and Jane Austen are BFFs.
Holly Robinson Holly is thrilled to have the good fortune to perform with the lovely ladies of Improvised Jane Austen. When not improvising it up Regency style, she is a Company Member with Strangeloop Theatre. She has performed in numerous Strangeloop productions, including Rossum's Universal Robots, The Robbers, and As You Like It, as well as directing A Midsummer Night's Dream and other short works. A few additional favorite roles include Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice, Martha in The Children’s Hour, and Juliet in Romeo & Juliet. Holly has been living and performing in the Chicago for several years and studied at Second City, Victory Gardens Theater, TUTA Theatre, and Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Thanks to Kate for casting her, thus further enabling her Austen addiction.
Vickie Eisenstein is a comedian, actor, writer, and filmmaker. After graduating from Cornell university, she gallivanted about Asia and became a D-list celebrity in South Korea. She left the Land of the Morning Calm to return to the homeland and study COMEDY! A recent graduate of the Second City's Conservatory Program and iO Theater, she has now been let loose in the wilds of the Chicago comedy scene, where she performs sketch comedy, a satire news show called The Lunch Crunch, and an interview program called The Eisenstein Effect for her YouTube channel. She also produces a podcast on iTunes for The Eisenstein Effect. You can find her tweeting away the day on Twitter and also get update on her Facebook Fanpage. She is delighted to revel in all things Jane with the talented women of Improvised Jane Austen!
Ana Silva is thrilled to be joining the ladies of Improvised Jane Austen! She is a native of Portland, Oregon and a graduate of AMDA: The College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts (NY/LA). After graduating with a BFA in Acting, Ana performed with the bilingual touring company of El Teatro Milagro and in the Main Stage Ensemble at Curious Comedy Theater. Ana is a Second City Conservatory graduate and a current iO Diversity Scholar. Previous credits include: This American Lie (Anthony LeBlanc, Dir.), Achievement Unlocked (Jesse Swanson, Dir.), and The Wonder WoMINTs (Alex Richmond, Coach). Starting in March, you can see Ana perform every Saturday on Twisty at the Second City Training Center!
Mariah Michael is an actor, wrtier, producer, director and improviser. After graduating from Florida State University with a BFA in Acting, Mariah moved to the Windy City. Heading straight to The Second City, she spent a year training and graduated from their highly competitive Music Improv Conservatory in 2015. A string of successful projects followed; feature films, short films, ,a commercial, several web series, and a lot of work with Make It Up Media where she serves as a producer.
Josephine Longo is a Chicago-based performer and diehard Jane Austen fan. She has worked in the Chicagoland area, Northern California, and Toronto and is an alumnus of the Sacramento Theatre Company's Young Professionals Conservatory. For several years, she collaborated with Red Barn Productions (of Great Dickens Christmas Fair fame), performing historically based street theatre. Some of her favourite roles include Thomasina in Arcadia, Hodel in Fiddler On the Roof, and Nell Gywnn in Compleat Female Stage Beauty. She imagines herself to be a cross between Lizzie Bennett and Emma Woodhouse.