Kevin McKernan

Kevin McKernan, a St. Louis native, has been improvising non-stop for the past 16 years. After his graduation from Indiana University, where he a four-year member of The Original Full Frontal Comedy, he moved to Chicago and studied at iO and interned for the producers at The Second City. Currently and most excitingly, he works with Liz Allen as he tries to push his teaching and coaching to the next level.

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Andy Sloey

Andy Sloey, a St. Louis native, has been studying and performing improv since 1996. He holds a BFA in performance from the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University and is a graduate of both the iO Training Center and Second City Conservatory in Chicago. While in Chicago, he performed at iO with the Harold teams ‘Quincy’ and ‘The Strangers,’ produced and performed shows with his independent team ‘Let Them Ho’s Fight’ and made frequent appearances at The Playground Theater and The Second City’s Donny’s Skybox with various other teams and shows. He has also performed at the Chicago, Seattle, St. Louis and Los Angeles Improv Festivals, as well as the Del Close Marathon at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in New York City. Before moving to Chicago, he was an ensemble member and Artistic Director of long form at CITY Improv in St. Louis’ Union Station. Andy is currently an adjunct professor at Webster University’s Conservatory of Theatre Arts. He coaches The Improv Shop Harold team Burnside.

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John Langen

John Langen has been improvising and writing comedy for 14 years. He trained in Chicago at i.O. and The Annoyance Theater, studying under world class instructors such as Charna Halpern, Susan Messing, T.J. Jagodowski, Mike O’Brien, and Kevin McDonald of Kids in the Hall.

At i.O., John performed on four Harold teams, and a variety of featured improv and sketch shows. Most notably, he produced and performed in the improvised sitcom, Guy Friends, which ran for four simulated tv seasons.

At the Annoyance, John was an understudy for the production BodySlam! and a writer and actor in four original, Triple Feature, one act plays. John is an alumni cast member of ImprovAcadia, ComedySportz Chicago, Feverberry Mountain, and his Ball State University group, Absolunacy (now Abso). His writing accomplishments include seven sketch revues (i.O., The Playground Theater, and The Second City Donny’s Skybox), numerous video shorts, and a published contribution to BuzzFeed. Currently, John is an improv instructor at The Improv Shop in St. Louis, Missouri. He performs every Friday at 8 p.m. in the show, Storyteller.

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Katie Nunn

Katie Nunn, a St. Louis Native, has been studying and performing improv since 2002. She got her career started right here as an ensemble member of CITYimprov. She is a graduate of the training center at iO Chicago where she studied with the best in the business including Liz Allen, Joe Bill, Jason Chin, and Peter Grosz. At iO Katie performed with three Harold teams as well as Drug Test and T.V. Show, two late night shows that blended sketch with improv. She has appeared regularly with independent teams at The Playground Theater, with The Chicago Improv Rebellion at Comedy Sportz, and is a veteran of the Chicago Barprov scene.  Katie is thrilled to be back in St. Louis and working with The Improv Shop where she currently teaches Level Two.

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Melanie Penn

Melanie first fell in love with improv in 2001 on her Parkway South high school team Five Finger Discount. In 2009 she was lucky enough to enroll in what became the Improv Shop’s first graduating class and has immersed herself ever since. Melanie started teaching in 2012, when she developed the Level Zero curriculum, and since then has been teaching various levels through the Improv Shop training center, as well as dozens of on- and off-site workshops. Melanie performed on former Improv Shop house teams Magic Ratio and Galaxander, and was a cast member of Storyteller, Let’s Make a Scene, and Improv Shop Against Humanity. Currently she performs on the house Harold team Burnside, the independent team Daddy Long Legs, and the premier Saturday show Eggheads.

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Jesse Sieger-Walls

Jesse Sieger-Walls teaches The Improv Shop’s (IS) newest curricular level: Group Mind. Along with improv-based teachings in ensemble work, Jesse brings his previous academic training and skill-sets associated group dynamics, group facilitation, and interpersonal communication to his work within the improv classroom. Beyond developing a person’s ability to perform or improve one’s self-confidence, Jesse believes improv can be an effective discipline that develops a human’s capacity for empathy and interpersonal connection with their family, friends and the greater community. Jesse has been studied and performed improv since 2014.  As a graduate of the IS Training Center, Jesse has taken opportunity to continue his development as a performer through workshops with revered teachers and performers including Rachel Mason (The Second City), Diana Facklis (Chicago Improv Den), Matt Higbee (The iO Theater), Piero Procaccini (The Second City), Katie Klein (Chicago Improv Den) and Jake Schneider of the Harold team The Reckoning. Jesse is a cast member of IS’s featured shows Eggheads, Holiday Players, as well as one of the house Harold teams (California Raisins). He performs with the independent team Daddy Long Legs, a St. Louis improv team co-coached by IS co-founder Kevin McKernan and the venerable improv coach, teacher Liz Allen.

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Kevin McKernan

Kevin McKernan, a St. Louis native, has been improvising non-stop for the past 16 years. After his graduation from Indiana University, where he a four-year member of The Original Full Frontal Comedy, he moved to Chicago and studied at iO and interned for the producers at The Second City. Currently and most excitingly, he works with Liz Allen as he tries to push his teaching and coaching to the next level.

Andy Sloey

Andy Sloey, a St. Louis native, has been studying and performing improv since 1996. He holds a BFA in performance from the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University and is a graduate of both the iO Training Center and Second City Conservatory in Chicago. While in Chicago, he performed at iO with the Harold teams ‘Quincy’ and ‘The Strangers,’ produced and performed shows with his independent team ‘Let Them Ho’s Fight’ and made frequent appearances at The Playground Theater and The Second City’s Donny’s Skybox with various other teams and shows. He has also performed at the Chicago, Seattle, St. Louis and Los Angeles Improv Festivals, as well as the Del Close Marathon at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in New York City. Before moving to Chicago, he was an ensemble member and Artistic Director of long form at CITY Improv in St. Louis’ Union Station. Andy is currently an adjunct professor at Webster University’s Conservatory of Theatre Arts. He coaches The Improv Shop Harold team Burnside.

John Langen

John Langen has been improvising and writing comedy for 14 years. He trained in Chicago at i.O. and The Annoyance Theater, studying under world class instructors such as Charna Halpern, Susan Messing, T.J. Jagodowski, Mike O’Brien, and Kevin McDonald of Kids in the Hall.

At i.O., John performed on four Harold teams, and a variety of featured improv and sketch shows. Most notably, he produced and performed in the improvised sitcom, Guy Friends, which ran for four simulated tv seasons.

At the Annoyance, John was an understudy for the production BodySlam! and a writer and actor in four original, Triple Feature, one act plays. John is an alumni cast member of ImprovAcadia, ComedySportz Chicago, Feverberry Mountain, and his Ball State University group, Absolunacy (now Abso). His writing accomplishments include seven sketch revues (i.O., The Playground Theater, and The Second City Donny’s Skybox), numerous video shorts, and a published contribution to BuzzFeed. Currently, John is an improv instructor at The Improv Shop in St. Louis, Missouri. He performs every Friday at 8 p.m. in the show, Storyteller.

Katie Nunn

Katie Nunn, a St. Louis Native, has been studying and performing improv since 2002. She got her career started right here as an ensemble member of CITYimprov. She is a graduate of the training center at iO Chicago where she studied with the best in the business including Liz Allen, Joe Bill, Jason Chin, and Peter Grosz. At iO Katie performed with three Harold teams as well as Drug Test and T.V. Show, two late night shows that blended sketch with improv. She has appeared regularly with independent teams at The Playground Theater, with The Chicago Improv Rebellion at Comedy Sportz, and is a veteran of the Chicago Barprov scene.  Katie is thrilled to be back in St. Louis and working with The Improv Shop where she currently teaches Level Two.

Melanie Penn

Melanie first fell in love with improv in 2001 on her Parkway South high school team Five Finger Discount. In 2009 she was lucky enough to enroll in what became the Improv Shop’s first graduating class and has immersed herself ever since. Melanie started teaching in 2012, when she developed the Level Zero curriculum, and since then has been teaching various levels through the Improv Shop training center, as well as dozens of on- and off-site workshops. Melanie performed on former Improv Shop house teams Magic Ratio and Galaxander, and was a cast member of Storyteller, Let’s Make a Scene, and Improv Shop Against Humanity. Currently she performs on the house Harold team Burnside, the independent team Daddy Long Legs, and the premier Saturday show Eggheads.

Jesse Sieger-Walls

Jesse Sieger-Walls teaches The Improv Shop’s (IS) newest curricular level: Group Mind. Along with improv-based teachings in ensemble work, Jesse brings his previous academic training and skill-sets associated group dynamics, group facilitation, and interpersonal communication to his work within the improv classroom. Beyond developing a person’s ability to perform or improve one’s self-confidence, Jesse believes improv can be an effective discipline that develops a human’s capacity for empathy and interpersonal connection with their family, friends and the greater community. Jesse has been studied and performed improv since 2014.  As a graduate of the IS Training Center, Jesse has taken opportunity to continue his development as a performer through workshops with revered teachers and performers including Rachel Mason (The Second City), Diana Facklis (Chicago Improv Den), Matt Higbee (The iO Theater), Piero Procaccini (The Second City), Katie Klein (Chicago Improv Den) and Jake Schneider of the Harold team The Reckoning. Jesse is a cast member of IS’s featured shows Eggheads, Holiday Players, as well as one of the house Harold teams (California Raisins). He performs with the independent team Daddy Long Legs, a St. Louis improv team co-coached by IS co-founder Kevin McKernan and the venerable improv coach, teacher Liz Allen.