Performer Spotlight! Every so often, The Playground Theater likes to highlight a performer and give them a moment to talk about their time in comedy. This week, we’ve chosen to give the spotlight to Isabel Andrich.
Q: What things have you been a part of at The Playground?
A: The Playground has played a huge and important role in helping me become comfortable on the stage. I did my first ever improv show here, and I was shaking in my little boots. The accessibility The Playground has for newcomers allowed me to practice a ton, and it has made performing become something exciting rather than scary. My team Whine Night formed when we were all freshmen at Columbia College Chicago, and we had most of our early shows at The Playground. We then created our own variety show Brainsmash that runs here twice a month.
Q: How long have you been performing?
I’ve been performing for about three and a half years now. I’m still so interested and drawn to comedy because it comes in so many different forms now. Endless voices, points of view, and concepts can be expressed through comedy these days, and I think making comedy is one of the most cathartic things we can do. It can look like anything. It can be over the top or it can be grounded and dramatic. With the way comedy is evolving and allowing creators to express their individual voices, it’s becoming a really interesting and inspiring time for television as well as live theatre.
Chicago has given me many opportunities to perform and has helped me understand what I want to do. I’ve performed with my team at different small theaters as well as The Annoyance and The Second City. Through my school, I’ve had amazing experiences like writing and performing for Freqout!, being in a writers room, and doing Comedy Studies at The Second City. Comedy Studies was such a rewarding program for me, and the showcase we were able to do at the end of the semester is something I’ll be proud of for a very long time.
To see me perform in Chicago, my team and I will always be at Brainsmash at The Playground, every second and third Wednesday of the month!
–Lizzie Kaniecki, The Playground Theater’s performance and special events blogger