Susan Messing and Rachael Mason

19th July

19th July

Scene Work Work Out with Rachael Mason

2:00 – 5:00, £35

From Grounded to Game-centric the scene has all shapes but the foundation is the same. Use simple structure to progress a scene no matter what type of scene you are in. This diagnostic class is meant to give heavy executable notes and fix problems on the spot.

Back on The Joy Ride with Susan Messing

7:00 – 10:00, £35

You’ve lost that loving improv feeling, doing the same thing again and again, hoping for a different result. You are the definition of insanity. This class will give you lots of great tips that will have you immediately back on the joy ride again. Designed for “frustrated and jaded” improvisers who have hit plateaus, forgotten why they’re doing this, started thinking of improv as work, stopped growing and/or having fun, or any combination of the above.

Mason_RachaelAbout Rachael Mason

Rachael began her career in improvisation at Skidmore College, home of the National College Comedy Festival, with the Ad-Liberal Artists. After graduating with a degree in English Literature, concentrating on Shakespearean Studies, she moved to Chicago to study improv comedy with Del Close. She is now the head of Advanced Improvisation for The Second City where she created the Scenic Improv and Dramatic Improv programs as well as The History of Satire Series for The Second City Training Center.  She has performed musical improv with Baby Wants Candy at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, directed and performed at The Annoyance, played with The Hot Karl at ComedySportz, and had almost every job at iO (where she was Training Center Director for 8 years), done The Spoletto Festival with The Second City National Touring Company, and is currently in the cast of The Second City Improv All-Stars at The Up Comedy Club as well as with Second City’s first resident improv show, The Boys, every Friday night at 9pm. She is a mom, jerk, and nerd.


Messing_SusanAbout Susan Messing

Susan is a NJ native and graduate of Northwestern University’s Theatre School, has been an improviser and comedian for over twenty-five years.  She is an alumna of the iO Theatre, Second City’s Mainstage, and a founding member of Chicago’s infamous Annoyance Theatre.  Susan created and teaches her curriculum at iO Chicago, iO West in Hollywood,  The Annoyance Theatre, The Second City, and around the country. Susan is an adjunct instructor for DePaul University and teaches for The School at Steppenwolf and The University of Chicago.  Her standup act with her puppet, Jolly, was featured at the HBO/US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, and on Comedy Central’s Premium Blend and NBC’s Late Fridays, and her most impressive bit movie role was as a bad stripper in a halo brace in Let’s Go to Prison! You can see her every Thursday night in her critically acclaimed show, Messing with a Friend, now in its 6th year at The Annoyance Theatre.




  • “Improviser of the Year” – Chicago Improv Festival
  • “Best Improviser” – Chicago Reader
  • “Funniest Woman in Chicago” – Chicago Magazine
Maximum class size is 14 and often sell out, so book early to avoid disappointment. 
Book here for Scene Work Work Out with Rachael Mason
Book here for Back on the Joyride with Susan Messing

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