Teaching Artist

Edmund O’Brien (he/him) began improvising and writing sketch comedy in 1989 with Off-Off Campus at the University of Chicago. Since 2009 he has taught youth and adults at The Second City in Acting, Comedy Writing, Improv, Music, Storytelling, TV and Film Writing, and Wellness. He and his wife Dana perform as Sheila’s Sister, and co-founded KidProv Chicago where they run improv classes for children grades K-8th at Chase Park. Edmund has also been a Teaching Artist with Changing Worlds (where he trained to become a Healing-Centered Engagement Practitioner), Mudlark Theater, Northlight Theatre, Pegasus Theatre Chicago, Special Gifts Theatre, and Storycatchers Theatre (where he was the recipient of the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice 2016 Volunteer of the Year Award for helping incarcerated youth write and perform musicals inspired by personal stories). His writing credits range from You Don’t Know Jack to MTV’s Undressed. Somewhere in repeats you can still hear Edmund as the announcer for Street Smarts.

Bio as of 2023