About: Players

Blaine Swen


Blaine Swen is the creator and director of The Improvised Shakespeare Company and currently lives in Los Angeles. His iO Chicago credits include the two-person group Blessing with Susan Messing, the house team Bullet Lounge, the one-man improvised musical, BASH!, The Armando Diaz Experience, The Deltones, and Challenger. He has also performed in Chicago with The Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Pegasus Players Theatre, The Second City Education Company, and The Backroom Shakespeare Project. He has toured the country with The ISC, the iO Road Show, and The Second City's BizCo. His television credits include Crisis (NBC) and Odd Couple (CBS). The Chicago Reader has named him the "Best Improviser in Chicago." Blaine has a PhD in philosophy from Loyola University, Chicago.  Find him on Twitter @BlaineSwen.



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My Refuge House Benefit Show

Much Ado for My Refuge House: An Evening with The Improvised Shakespeare Co.® in LOS ANGELES, CA MUCH ADor MY REFUGE HOUSEAn Evening with The Improvised Shakespeare Co.   ...

ISC in the LA Times

Lisa Rosen, of the LA Times, sat down with your favorite Elizabethan boy band to dish about the "mad genius" of The ISC and the "Beatlemaniacal" scene at the Largo in Los Angeles...oh, and Menudo! Read all abo...
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"staggeringly brilliant"

TimeOut Chicago

"Smart, sophisticated, downright hilarious"

TimeOut Chicago

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