The Ad Lib Award is instituted to celebrate improvisation in the performing arts. It is awarded to individuals whose achievement has had a significant impact on the art of improvisational theater.
The second annual Ad Lib award is awarded to Charna Halpern.
The recipient is celebrated at a special event where they are the guest of honor, and they are celebrated in a fun and playful improv experience.
Charna Halpern is the co-founder and Artistic Director of the iO Theater and has been teaching performers how to work together for more than 35 years.
Charna has turned the iO Theater in Chicago into a mecca of training in the art of improvisation. The theater act as a recruiting stop for television shows like Saturday Night Live, CONAN, The Daily Show, The Colbert Report and countless other shows.
Kaisa and Sara met by chance on an improv festival in Ireland back in 2016. It was love at first sight, except that Sara is from the United States and Kaisa is from Finland. What to do? Well. that is a long story, but I will tell you this, their wedding was a delight.
Join them for a narrative journey inspired by the audience. Watch as their characters grow while illuminating their surroundings and the adventure begins. This show touches on the truths we face in life, sometimes heartwarming, sometimes heartbreaking