Sylvania resident uses expertise to teach improv

BY MARISA MERCURIO

With a prolific resume under his belt, Sylvania native Nick Morgan now uses his expertise to teach improv in the Toledo area. Trained in improvisation at The Second City, his classes can be described as taught secondhand by Second City. The Chicago comedy club is the theatrical home to a wealth of comedic greats such as Stephen Colbert, Gilda Radner, Steve Carell and Tina Fey, and remains one of the city’s most loved attractions. Morgan attributes his love for the dramatic art to the first time he attended a show. “I fell in love with the first one I saw in 2001. I was just so blown away.”

L-R: Dawn Kingman, Sara Hoffman, Amy Self, Jeremy Natter, Ryan Randolph, Monica Hiris, Stephan Mizer, Kay-Lynne Schaller, Mark Hollyday, Krista Schneider, Michelle Atkinson, Mike Fuller, Mary Rust, Dana Andujar and Nick Morgan, members of the Unfiltered Improv Troupe, performed at Chandler Café for the April 1 Red Bird Art Walk.
L-R: Dawn Kingman, Sara Hoffman, Amy Self, Jeremy Natter, Ryan Randolph, Monica Hiris, Stephan Mizer, Kay-Lynne Schaller, Mark Hollyday, Krista Schneider, Michelle Atkinson, Mike Fuller, Mary Rust, Dana Andujar and Nick Morgan, members of the Unfiltered Improv Troupe, performed at Chandler Café for the April 1 Red Bird Art Walk.

Combining his experience with the renowned comedy club and with Improv Olympics, also in Chicago, Morgan is now in his third session of improv classes at the Toledo Repertoire. According to Morgan, the Toledo Rep has long been in talks to host some of its own improv classes and with Morgan’s training and his past as a board member of the Toledo Rep, everything fell in line. Open to adults with varying levels of experience, the classes start with beginners and focus on “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”-style improvisation and move on through moderate to advanced levels.While the classes are already in session for this season, Morgan urges the public to keep an eye out for when the next series of classes begins in the fall.

Sylvania was treated to Morgan’s improvisation last month when he and his troupe, Unfiltered, performed at Chandler Café for the Red Bird Art Walk. The group, which also performed previously at Sodbuster Bar, hopes to join another art walk in the future. “People really enjoyed it,” Morgan stated. “They could just walk in and stop for a shortshow, and then attend the rest of the walk.” Next for Morgan, while balancing his classes, upcoming events with Unfiltered, and attending Second City’s tour at the Valentine Theatre, is a May 22 showcase that combines the skills of all three class levels into an evening at the Rep.