I’m a Chicago native who discovered improv around the turn of the century and I’ve been performing comedy ever since. I’m one of the few graduates of the Low Sodium Entertainment Improv Comedy and Performance Conservatory, and was then cast as an ensemble member of that infamous troupe, with which I performed constantly until its dramatic dissolution in 2002. I was among the ex-LSE cast members who formed pH Productions soon afterward, where over the next 6 years I performed in a variety of sketch and improv shows across Chicago and a handful of comedy festivals in the U.S. and Canada, before leaving in 2008. Over the years I’ve also dabbled in stand-up, and once or twice it was pretty good. Since 2007, I’ve been an ensemble member at Laugh Out Loud Theater, where Sheridan Road Magazine described me as having “well honed skills,” “pleasing everyman qualities” and “a jovial approach to creating material on the spot.”
I developed a passion for promotion during my time at pH Productions (after doing too many shows for too few patrons) and began to assist with the company’s marketing. I soon assumed the position of Marketing Director and spent the next 2 years developing an exciting new skill set. In 2007, I founded Wicke International and began offering my freelance PR services to the theater community at large and have since promoted events & groups all over Chicagoland and across the country.
In 2011, I finally satisfied my yearning to try my hand at dramatic theater and enrolled at Act One Studios, where I thrived in a series of classes, right up until its closure in late 2012. Immediately afterward, I was invited by Act One Director Steve Merle to become a founding member of The Group, an exclusive, ongoing advanced scene study class, with which I continue to work. The Group has been described as “brilliant, incredibly in-depth, [and] constantly astounding” (by Steve Merle).
Another long-held interest that I pursued at Act One was voiceover, taking Advance Voiceover with Norm Boucher. I immediately fell in love with the work, and after receiving excellent feedback, worked with JoBe Cerny and the great crew at Cerny/American Creative to create my commercial demo.
Now I’m living my dream: pursuing opportunities in acting, comedy, and voiceover, while continuing to utilize my PR skills to assist theater groups in promoting their own work. If you’d like to collaborate on a project…