STAGE 773 (The Box) $10
1225 W Belmont AVE Chicago, IL 60657
WHINE NIGHT is a sketch comedy and improv troupe located in Chicago, Illinois! Stay updated on the details of our live shows, and check out our stuff on the world wide web!
The 4th Year Team of the Titanic Players at Northwestern University. The Titanic Players at Northwestern University is the oldest chapter of the Titanic family. Established in 1994, the graduates from this school have had quite successful careers with Saturday Night Live, Community, the Office, Arrested Development and the Unit to name just a few. In 2007 and 2009, it was a group from this university that took home the national improv trophy. On campus. in addition to our monthly show, we have opened for MadTV, performed improvisation live on WNUR radio, and are prevalent on Northwestern's student television network.
Northwestern University's proximity to Chicago, the mecca of Improv, has afforded the group quite a bit of resources. We have hosted workshops taught by Susan Messing, John Lutz, Laura Grey, and Mike Abdelsayed, to name just a few. We have performed at the ImprovOlympic, the Annoyance Theater, the Spot, and the Playground.
Our sponsorhsip with One Group Mind has allowed us to grow significantly. We have 4 improv groups on campus, arranged according to years of experience together. The first, second, third and fourth year teams all perform together once a month in addition to other private performances on and off campus. In 2006 we added our long form script writing group with the intent on performing at the NY Fringe Festival. In addition, we added a 1 year Accelerated Senior Team Program, to bring the total number of teams on campus to 5. In addition to our improv and script groups, we have a 3 level improv training center to teach improv classes on campus.
Our oldest groups are coached by Mike Abdelsayed.
Mike was one of the founders of The Titanic Players in 1994 and the parent organization that supports us, One Group Mind. Mike was placed on Valhalla, the oldest house team at ImprovOlympic, at the age of 20. In addition to performing, Mike was also an ImprovOlympic coach and teacher. Mike was an understudy for The Second City touring companies and the Second City ETC stage, performing in their highly successful review "Yellow Cab of Courage". He was also a member of the Second City's Outreach and Diversity Program. Mike is most known for his teaching, having defined the Improv Theory called the Expansion Tree through the experience he had coaching over 30 teams, each no less than 2 years. His students have continued successful careers at CBS, NBC, The Office, the Unit, Community, Reno 911!, Arrested Development, Big Lake, and Saturday Night Live, as well as national and international improv theatres, including The Annoyance Theater, Boom! Chicago, ComedySportz, ImprovBoston, ImprovOlympic, The Magnet Theater, The Second City, Theater Sports, and Upright Citizen's Brigade Theater.
DePaul Improv team comprised of Robert Nelson, Sam Kittelson, Ale Domeier, J Wheeler White, Alice Maiterth, Joey Abbate, and Cooper Packard