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TEACHING & COACHING

Stacey is an international comedy instructor.  

 

She has been on the teaching faculty  at both The Second City and iO Chicago, in addition to managing  the training centers at CSz Theater Chicago, ImprovBoston and now Boom Chicago.

She specializes in improvisation, sketch comedy, stand-up, clowning, acting and musical improvisation. She has worked in Youth & Teen programs, Wellness Programs (Improv for Anxiety) and with seniors (Humor Doesn't Retire). Stacey has created multiple curriculums and has designed many specialized workshops, including a comedy program for your female-identifying students called S.H.E (Sisterhood Humor Empowerment). 

WORKSHOP OFFERINGS:

Improv

  • Secret Wants

  • Dramatic Improv

  • Scene-work Dreamwork

  • Acting & Reacting

  • The Harold

  • In Character

  • Jump On It

  • Playing Organically

  • Advanced Short Form

  • The Unconventional Yes

Musical Improv

  • Intro to Musical Improv

  • Songs in Character

  • Improvised Song Structure

  • Rhyme Time 

  • No Lyrics: The Sonic Piece

Hosting

  • Present Yourself

  • Stage Presence & Confidence

Movement 

  • Move Yo Dang Body

Writing

  • Intro to Comedy Writing

  • Punching Up! 

  • Writing for Online

  • Intro to Stand-Up & Storytelling

  • Joke Writing

FESTIVAL APPEARANCES

HOSTING

  • North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival 2010

  • Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

  • Out of The Loop Fringe Festival 2010

  • Big-Little Comedy Fest 2011

  • Toronto Improv Festival 2011

  • Big City Improv Festival 2012, 2013

  • Laughing Stock Music Festival 2015

  • Chicago Improv Festival 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

  • Gainesville Improv Festival 2012, 2013, 2014

  • New York Musical Improv Festival 2014, 2016, 2017

  • Chicago Women’s Funny Festival 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

  • Sarasota Improv Festival 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

  • Detroit Improv Festival 2012, 2014, 2019

  • Detroit Women's Funny Festival 2019

  • Chicago Musical Improv Festival 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

  • Kansas City Improv Festival 2019

  • (Headliner) Miami Improv Festival 2016, 2017, 2018

  • (Headliner) Sofia Improv Festival 2018

  • (Headliner) Copenhagen International Improv Festival 2017, 2018

  • (Headliner) Oslo Improv Festival 2017, 2018, 2019

  • (Headliner) Omaha Improv Festival 2018, 2019

  • (Headliner) Welcome! Impro Festival, Italy 2019 

  • (Headliner) Omaha Improv Festival 2018-2019

  • (Headliner) West Coast Musical Improv Festival 2019

  • (Headliner) Detroit Improv Festival 2019

  • (Headliner) Tilt Improv Festival, Estonia 2019

  • ImproAmsterdam 2020

Stacey Smith may be Boom Chicago’s newest cast member, but she is no stranger to the world of entertainment. Stacey Smith has hosted events all over the world, so there’s no stage that she can’t handle. She pairs her versatile on-stage experience with her sassy New Yorker charisma, giving her a level of comfort on stage that lets her focus on her one goal: making your event the most fun it can be. Plus, she sings! 

Stacey has hosted events, written and performed customized material for: Novartis, Humira, ABC Supply, Starbucks, Storck, Phillips, NBC, Leaseweb, Medtronic, Facebook, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, Rabobank, Bloomreach, Asics, Wells Fargo, McKinsey & Co., Hub International, Optiver, IMC, Deloitte (US) and The Chicago Urban League. 

She’s been a go-to host for many Midwest comedy events like: The Chicago Musical Improv Festival, The Chicago Improv Festival and Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival and for colleges and universities like Loyola University, Carleton College and University of Minnesota Athletic Department. Comedy and sports! 

She’s hosted comedy roasts, company wide talent shows and even a pitbull adoption event surrounded by dogs onstage (where she was both terrified and professional). She has also hosted many virtual events, like Bingo Nights and Pub-Quizzes! She loves hosting panel events and her favorite interviews have included LOST actor Terry O’Quinn and comedy legend, Dickie Smothers.