Colleen Breen is a Graduate of the IO Theater and Annoyance Theater, Colleen has been performing in Sketch and Improv in Chicago for the past 5 years. She currently performs with the ensemble at Comedy Sportz, FireCup at the Improv Olympic, and the occasional musical at the Annoyance Theater. She is excited to be performing with the attractive and oh so talented actors of GayCo.
Jake Carr is a graduate from Miami University with BA’s in Theater and Psychology. Much of his experience lies in physical theater and devising original pieces—including several focusing on issues affecting the gay community such as marriage rights and hate speech—and he is extremely excited to be able to flex his comedic muscles with the likes of GayCo. He is an Artistic Associate of Genesis Ensemble and has performed with Redmoon Theater several times since moving to Chicago. Carr’s mission is to create theater that moves people on a testicular level (well, figuratively speaking for those without testicles) and hopes that through performance he can inspire thought while still providing convulsive belly laughs along the rest of the immensely talented GayCo team. Cheers to all!
Amanda Cohen has been an artistic associate and occasional understudy for, like, ever. She trained at Second City Conservatory, ComedySportz, and the Annoyance, and she produced and directed Chicago’s first long-form competitive improv show, The Improv Challenge. Some nights she can be seen at the Wild Pug’s Game Show Nights playing one of her heroes, Joanne Worley. Some days she can be seen doing “improvised art” for Hogwash, an improv fairy tale for kids. In real life she’s a professional face painter. If you dig around the interwebs, you might hear her as Amy Cohn on Foulmouth News. While it has not been scientifically proven, Amanda is pretty sure she’s a gay man trapped in the body of a straight woman.
Jason Geis is so excited to be an artistic associate with GayCo. Jason has been in Chicago for over ten years now making the funnies. In 2002, Jason and four other fine folks founded pH Productions – and now 8 years later it’s still going strong. Jason serves as Co-Artistic Director for pH, and is seen playing in all their shows as often as he can. Jason has directed several hit shows including pHrenzy (Highly Recommended), Women On Top (Highly Recommended) and recently The Breakfast Club Muscial (Critics Choice, Readers Pick), of which he also adapted and wrote the lyrics for. Jason is also the proud coach of the Depaul Cosby Sweaters and a member of the iO House Team, Mrs. Dad. Jason has had the privilege of studying at iO, Second City and The Annoyance. Jason has taught improv all over the country, but is most excited to live in the greatest theater city in the world. Thanks also to Jason’s family for being the most supportive family ever.
Lisa Herceg has been a GayCo artistic associate for a while now and has been around the Chicago theater scene for longer than she’s willing to tell you. Improv scares the devil out of her and that is exactly why she does it. She’s also an artistic associate of Babes with Blades Productions, where she has the privilege of kicking wonderful people’s butts on a regular basis. Lisa has worked with companies such as The Side Project, Bailiwick Repertory Theater, Stage Left, The International Theater of Chicago (now Premiere Theater), Raven Theater, Stockyards Theatre Project and Theatre Building Chicago.
Chris Kervick has appeared in GayCo’s #GodHatesHashtags and Married But Still Slutty. He regularly performs with Big Spoon (iO) and Skinprov (Annoyance). Past shows include FemTopia (Skybox), Steamwerkz the Musical, God is Gay and Wants You to Be Gay: Proof From the Bible, and Fuck You, I Love You, Bye: The Rahm Emmanuel Story, all at Annoyance. He is the Class Administrator at The Annoyance Theatre.
Becca Levine grew up in the hills of Colorado, performing and teaching improvisation at The Bovine Metropolis Theater in Denver. Lured by the lights of the bigger city, she ventured to Chicago to study improvisation at The Second City, iO, and The Annoyance Theater. Levine improvises at various venues, and also enjoys writing and solo performance. She can often be seen performing monthly at CAKE Chicago, voted 2009 – Readers’ Choice for best LGBTQ Variety Show. Most recently, Becca played Mrs. Gruber in Robot VS Dinosaur’s Mrs. Gruber’s Ding Dong School. She’s happy you’re here.
Michelle Marquardt joined GayCo as an Artistic Associate in the summer of 2008. Since then she has performed proudly with GayCo at SketchFest in both 2009 and 2010 as well as other GayCo performances and events around town. She made her mainstage debut with GayCo in the critically acclaimed revue “The Audacity of Nope” and will be seen next in Breast in Show this summer. Michelle is a graduate of the Second City Conservatory and Writing programs, and has also studied at Victory Gardens Theatre and Improv Olympic. She can be seen performing regularly with another fabulous Chicago company, pH Productions where she is a Repertory Cast Member.
Kelly Yacono has been an Artistic Associate with Gayco since 2007 and took part in her first Gayco mainstage, The Audacity of Nope. Kelly graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago where she was fortunate enough to take improv with Bernie Sahlins and work on multiple productions during her time there. Throughout the years, Kelly has had the privilege to work with The European Repertory Company (Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, Agamemnon, Madame DeSade), The Irish Repertory Company (The Well of the Saints), Emerald City Theatre (Snow White, If You Give A Mouse A Cookie), MidTangent Productions (Midsummer Night’s Dream: A Queer Tale, I Am Hamlet), Grey Zelda Theatre (The Skriker), Chicago Opera Vanguard (Greek), and of course, Gayco. She currently can be seen yukking it up for the kiddies in Fractured Fairy Tales, 50 States in 60 Minutes, and Sleepy Hollow with Greatworks Theatre Company.