BRISTOL — The creator of the Chicago Comedy Film Festival is returning to her roots at Elkhart Civic Theatre to teach an improv acting workshop in April.
Raised in Elkhart, Jessica Hardy will lead a three-hour class to help actors polish their improv skills using games and scene work. The workshop will be from 1 to 4 p.m. April 5 with Elkhart Civic Theatre at the Bristol Opera House, 210 E. Vistula St.
Hardy is a former Elkhart Civic Theatre actress. After studying at Indiana University, she moved to the Windy City and graduated from the famous Second City conservatory in 2005. She worked for the Second City Youth Program for three years while pursuing an acting and writing career.
Hardy has performed at the Apollo Theater Chicago, Chicago Sketchfest, the Second City Skybox, the Viaduct Theater, Improv Playhouse, Strawdog Theatre and more. She has co-produced three feature comedy films with her husband, Brent Kado, and in 2010, she created the Chicago Comedy Film Festival. She has appeared in a viral beauty campaign for Dove and worked on television shows including “Mad Men,” “Trophy Wife,” “Criminal Minds,” “Parenthood,” “Glee” and “Growing Up Fisher.”
Hardy lives in Los Angeles, where she is the assistant director for the kids show “Sitcom” at Hollywood’s Neon Venus Art Theatre. Hardy will be one of three celebrity judges April 5 for Elkhart Civic Theatre’s Comedy Criminals Improv Festival and Competition.
Registration for Hardy’s workshop is $20. The class size is limited to 10 students. Students should be 18 and older with basic theater experience. No spectators will be permitted.
Call 574-848-5853 between 1 and 5:30 p.m. on weekdays to register.
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