About Shannon

Shannon Manning graduated Dean’s List from the University of Chicago, studied at the School of the Art Institute, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and two years with Del Close. She writes and directs for screens and stage, including several scripts, produced pilots, and a play with her sisters called Dead Dads. She published and edited Pipe Up! Magazine, booked and ran weekly series Drinkytown, cofounded Magnet Theater, and performed on Late Night with Conan O’Brien as a piece of cheese. For three years, she was the comedy and music talent buyer for Union Hall, Brooklyn–sister venue to the Bell House–for which The New York Times credited her with “savvy and adventurous programming.” She is now focused on running woman-owned video and web production company Sparkle Television and podcast network Good Orbit, and helping out The Comedy Resistance.

“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Shannon in many projects over the years. She brings a generous spirit that encourages free play and support to her work. Many people use improv to be funny, but Shannon uses it to create magic, too.”    Doug Moe, UCB Instructor and performer

“Shannon listens to the little moments between people and makes them rich moments.”   Ed Illades, IO Chicago, Beauty Love Truth

“Shannon Manning doesn’t just teach improv for comedians, or even just improv for artists. With Shannon, you’ll become a true improv artisan. You’ll bring your own life and experiences into your improv and bring your new-found improv skills into your life. The results will be holistic, genuine and wonderful!”   Louie Pearlman, Story Pirates, Beauty Love Truth

“Shannon Manning is a talented and hilarious improviser, with the patience and good nature required to teach spontaneous performance to artists of all types and experience levels.”     Liam McEneaney, “Tell Your Friends”

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