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Blaine Swen

Blaine Swen is the creator and director of The Improvised Shakespeare Company.  He can also be seen at iO Chicago performing in the two-person groupBlessing with Susan Messing.  His other iO credits include 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.    He recently shot a comedy sketch pilot for NBC.  His other 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.