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150 — Interview: Jill Olson of Chicago’s StoryTown and Funny Bones Improv

Jill Olson of Funny Bones Improv and Storytown, Chicago

Improv artist making a difference in Chicago

Jill is the founder of Storytown, a Chicago improv troupe that performs every Saturday morning in an interactive show for young people. Through Storytown , she works to cultivate creativity and arts appreciation while introducing audiences to story structure and problem solving. Storytown uses the core improvisation fundamental of “yes, and” so every suggestion and idea is accepted, embraced and developed. Storytown is a interactive improvisational musical that gives children hands on ownership of the arts. Children are encouraged to take an active . . . → Read More: 150 — Interview: Jill Olson of Chicago’s StoryTown and Funny Bones Improv

149 Scenic Painter Jeff Barrick

Love of all art styles gives scenic painter Jeff Barrick a lot of inspiration to draw upon

Scenic painter Jeff Barrick working on the grand olio for “Zombie Prom.”

Jeff Barrick is a scenic painter working at Indiana University South Bend, but who also creates wonderful backdrops for The Geeks’ home theatre, Elkhart Civic Theatre in Northern Indiana. He has created backdrops and scenic elements for such diverse shows as Count Dracula, Assassins, Company and many others.

Collaboration with the set designer, (in this case, Geek John Shoup) is critical to successful design, but so is research. Barrick almost . . . → Read More: 149 Scenic Painter Jeff Barrick

148 Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival

Aaron Nichols

Aaron Nichols, Director of Audience Development for the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival and other events at ND, joins us to talk Shakespeare, festivals and other things theatre. Great conversation with the Geeks.