Above: Photograph of Promontory Point in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood.
Speakers and Performers
Anne Libera is the executive artistic director for the Training Centers and education programs at Second City. She is author of The Second City Almanac of Improvisation and has directed numerous productions for the theater both in Chicago and abroad. Other directing credits include Bunny, Bunny and Stephen Colbert's one man show Describing a Circle. Previously an artistic consultant to Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry she has also reviewed theater on WGN radio and written for the NPR news quiz show Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me.
Sheldon Patinkin is the chair emeritus of the theater department of Columbia College, artistic consultant of The Second City and of Steppenwolf Theatre, and co-director of the Steppenwolf Theatre Summer Ensemble Workshops. He recently directed the world premiere of Cormac McCarthy’s The Sunset Limited at the Steppenwolf Garage Theatre. He is the author of The Second City: Backstage at the World's Greatest Comedy Theater and No Legs, No Jokes, No Chance.
The Second City
Founded in 1959, The Second City has established itself as a Chicago landmark and a national treasure. The theater launched the careers of such comic greats as John Belushi, Mike Myers, Bill Murray, Gilda Radner and such recent talents as Tina Fey, Steve Carell, and Stephen Colbert. The theater now has two resident Chicago stages, The Second City Mainstage and the Second City e.t.c., each housing a resident troupe that writes and performs original comedy revue.