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Nancy Howland Walker

Improvisational Comedian, Actor, Author, Corporate Trainer, Singer


Nancy Howland Walker  is a SAG/AFTRA actor, writer, teacher, and trainer. She has appeared in hundreds of commercials, videos and live industrials, and has been performing, teaching, directing, and producing improv since 1989. She has written and performed comedy shows for businesses all over the country, and has run casting sessions on three different continents. Nancy has done corporate trainings for major corporations across the country, including McDonalds, Oxford Instruments, and Amoco/BP, and is author of the seminal work on musical improv: "Instant Songwriting: Musical Improv from Dunce to Diva."

Nancy’s specialty is improvisational theater – in Boston she was the Artistic Director of ImprovBoston (New England's longest running comedy troupe), The Next ImprovBoston, Picture This! and TheatreSports of Massachusetts. In Chicago, she has performed with The Free Associates in the heralded improv shows Cast on a Hot Tin Roof, As We Like It, Pick-a-Dick, BS, Divamatic, and The Greatest Story Never Told. Nancy was head of The Free Associates and ImprovBoston improv schools, and has taught for Second City, Players Workshop of the Second City, at festivals and for groups all across the world. Nancy is proud to have been one of six Americans sent to France for the last World Cup playoffs of the international Improvisational Theatre League, and one of eight improvisers representing the United States for the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal. She knows Mickey Mouse personally, after having performed improv on a Disney Cruise ship for an entire winter, and has been an Enrichment Speaker for Celebrity Cruise Lines since 2009.

Nancy is the creator, producer, director, and a performer in the critically acclaimed show MUSICAL! the musical, the country’s first two-act completely improvised modern Broadway style musical, which opened in 1998 at the Royal George Theatre, and has had runs in Boston, Nashville and various theaters across the country. She also created and directed Awake in the Night, the country’s first two-act improvised drama.

Nancy Howland Walker has been an entrepreneur since the age of 16 when she started managing and creating/operating businesses, such as Nantucket Sail Boat Rental and Nantucket Harbor Launch. No matter what business or group Nancy has been involved with, she has quickly become a leader, using her easy-going, humorous and highly organized style. She brings all these qualities to her current position as Executive Director of Chicago Improv Associates, LLC.




John Burroughs High School

John Burroughs School was founded in 1923 to be a progressive, coeducational, non-sectarian, and college preparatory institute. The founders believed in the service ethic, in simplicity, in concern for nature, in democracy, in diversity, and in the highest academic standards. Faculty, parents, and students share a commitment to a liberal arts education which strikes a balance of emphasis among academics, arts, athletics, and activities. Consistently on top 50 American High Schools lists.


Bachelor of Arts, Russian. Cum Laude graduate (3.4 GPA)

Colgate University

Colgate University is a private liberal arts college located in the Village of Hamilton in Madison County, New York. It was founded in 1819, and as of 2008, Colgate is ranked 18th in the U.S. News and World Report ranking of liberal arts colleges in the United States and 44th in the Forbes ranking of all U.S. universities.