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TheatreCast #83|Tara DeFrancisco- Master of All Improv


This is the show where where Theatre teachers and professionals share their passion for Theatre trends, share practical advice and tips, and ask questions of some of Theatre's most innovative collaborators.  

TheatreCast #83|Tara DeFrancisco- Master of All Improv

Nick Cusumano

Join Nick Cusumano and Danielle Filas as the welcome Tara DeFrancisco, master extraordinaire of all thing Improv. Tara will share the her adventures of life on the Improv stage ,touring the world with HERE the improvised musical, teaching, her new television show on LOGO, opening an Theatre and so much more.  

TARA DEFRANCISCO is a headlining performer at iO Chicago (on the Deltones, Chaos Theory, Armando, defrancisCo), known as a decorated vet of ComedySportz Chicago (Mainstage), and four years of performing for The Second City. She's taught for those theatres and independently, both at home and internationally. She is also the founder and president of The Improv Retreat (, the acclaimed and beloved summer camp for adult improvisers in the midwest. She is known well worldwide for her open run weekly residency of HERE (two person longform improvised musical, performed with immensely talented partner, Rance Rizzutto), constantly touring - 40 cities and counting, including 13 countries in Europe, Scandinavia, and more. Tara has won numerous awards, including Top Performer in Chicago from New City, Funniest Person in Chicago by the Free Press, Top 25 Of Comedy in the US by Curve Magazine, as Chicago Tribune Show of the Season for the long running renegade feat defrancisCo, and now Tribune's top-rated improv show in the city, HERE. Media-wise, you might see her in a Las Vegas commercial campaign, on Delusions of Grandeur (ABC Family/Blip TV), in the new feature film The Life & Death of an Unhappily Married Man (2015), in several projects filmed for the famously satirical newspaper, The Onion, or on LOGO Television's new show, Gay Skit Happens. She is delighted by life almost always, and loves that her work is all play.