The Theater

The Crowd Theater is a performer-centric comedy theater located in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago, IL. We strive towards diversity, inclusion, and affordability with the intention of creating a space that listens to and serves the community it seeks to represent. Our theater is a DIY space built by the Board in October of 2015 with the help of various members of the comedy community.

The Crowd is BYOB, and you must be 21 or older to drink alcohol in the theater. We reserve the right to verify the age of any patron consuming alcohol. Our shows are all ages but the content may vary from night to night and is generally suitable for those aged 16 and older. We are typically open from 7:30 PM to 11:30 PM every night of the week.

The Crowd is touted as Chicago’s ONLY improv comedy theater, and we’re known far and wide for our legendary hot wings.

The Board


Blair Britt

Director of Communication - Blair moved to Chicago in 2012 and has been performing and producing comedy shows ever since. His favorite things are efficient email communication and spicy food. Despite claims to the contrary, he is not a robot and does not “eat metal and drink oil” or whatever.


Dillon Cassidy

Director of Operations - Dillon has been performing, producing, and teaching improv in Chicago and throughout the Midwest for the last nine years. He moved to Chicago in 2013 with the intention of creating a venue for folks to experiment and grow free from the pressures of 'failure & success.' His brother Ian is a big wad, but Dillon loves him anyway!


Taylor Jones

Director of Finance - After 10 years spent in the pursuit of comedic mastery Taylor (or T-bone) has artfully crafted a comedic presence that has been described as "mostly whiny adult and precocious kid characters". Incredible! He is also responsible for the Crowd's finances. What a hero!


Courtney Tua

Co-op Coordinator - The Crowd’s Co-op Program was the FIRST improv show Courtney did in Chicago and she’s excited to have her grubby little hands on it now. She hopes to grease this baby up and keep givin improvisers some of that sweet, sweet stage time.


Audrey Schiffhauer

Director of Social Media - Audrey is the cool fun hip millenial that manages The Crowd's social media. When she's not garnering likes, she's performing in a Chicago theater or watching Parks & Rec for the eighth time.



Jimmy Barrett

Director of Marketing - With over seven years in the Chicago marketing industry, Jimmy brings an analytics driven approach to The Crowd's marketing team. Metrics and bits are the two things that keep Jimmy on track as he works on The Crowd's brand!


Land Lord Tony

Director of Rent - Tony is has been a land lord for over 1,000 years. He enjoys comedy "as much as da other guys" and loves cigarillos.


Box Office and Tech Crew


Aly Whitelaw  Benjamin Kasl  Bonnie Culhane  Cameron Davis  Chris Hanley  Courtney Dunham  Darrel Monti  Derry MacDermott  Irvin Hubler  James Macapagal  Johncarlo Saavedra  Kirsten Paisa  Lily Reed  Michael Van Pham  Miles Potter  Nathan Stevenson  Nolan Scates


Mission Statement

The Crowd is a 501(c)3 nonprofit theater created with the purpose of providing an affordable performance space for underrepresented artists as well as the tools and resources necessary to hone their craft.



The Crowd strives to create opportunities for people of all background and experiences as performers, producers, and staff. In practice, we create space on and off stage for people of color, LGBTQIA+, women, and individuals with different ability.