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 episodes from their life is interpreted by a team of skilled improvisers.
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.