Charna Halpern

Charna Halpern is the founder and Artistic Director of the iO Theater. She has been teaching performers how to work together for more than 30 years.

Having founded the world famous iO (formerly known as the “ImprovOlympic”)in Chicago and Hollywood, Halpern’s theaters are the meccas of training in the art of improvisation and act as a recruiting stop for television shows like Saturday Night Live, CONAN, The Daily Show, The Colbert Report and countless other shows, supplying Hollywood with writers and performers.

She is the author of the improv training manuals Truth in Comedy and Art By Committee.

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