Cassidy Russell is a Chicago-based, award-winning improviser, actor, and teacher. She has fifteen years of improv experience, seven-plus years of teaching & coaching experience, and is represented as a film/TV actor. She's appeared in multiple (multiple!) local car commercials.
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The main thing I believe is that you can take comedy seriously.
I've been doing improv since eighth grade. (Very hip, very cool.) Being on stage is my favorite thing in the world and I honestly think humanity would be in a much better place if everyone had to take an improv class in high school.
I was a performer on the mainstage team at Village Theatre in Atlanta, on house teams at the Washington Improv Theater in DC (where I was also a part of the three-person team - Pals Are Pals - that won the 2012 Fighting Improv Smackdown Tournament), as well as on multiple independent teams in both cities. I've performed Armandos, Montages, Harolds, Monoscenes, the Bat, Close Quarters, the Movie, Book Club, Talk Show, Documentary, Campfire, Serialized Teen Detective shows, and the Actor’s Worst Nightmare.
My two-person team, Rufio, has performed across the country - Del Close Marathon, Out of Bounds Comedy Festival, Alaska State Improv Festival, Atlanta Improv Festival, Atlanta Fringe Festival, Atlanta Black Box Comedy Festival - and maintains an active blog. Want to get nerdy? Please know that I can provide that experience for you here. I told you I take comedy seriously. Guys, I've been interviewed about improv twice on NPR. I'm not cool. (Want to get even nerdier? Here's a podcast where I go very in-depth on both improv and Bill Nye.)
In addition to performing, I have more than seven years of teaching and coaching experience - from brand new teams to veteran teams to kids to corporate groups to the Atlanta Hawks cheerleaders. (It's been a wild ride.) Last year, I was named the best teacher at Village Theatre, which meant a good deal more to me than I feel comfortable admitting. Plus, I won a lot of high school theater awards, so please know that I know what I'm doing.