Charna Halpern

Charna HalpernCharna is Owner, Artistic Director, and Co-Founder of the world famous iO Theater, formerly known as “The ImprovOlympic Theater.” She co-founded the theater with legendary improvisational teacher and mentor, Del Close.

Charna has been teaching performers how to work together for more than 25 years. Charna’s theaters in Chicago and Hollywood are the meccas of training in the art of improvisation and have been a recruiting stop for television shows looking comedic talent, most notably, Saturday Night Live.

Her first book, Truth in Comedy, which she co-wrote with her late partner Del Close, acts as a guide for teaching and performing improvisation to theaters and groups across the world.

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