IMPROV INTENSIVE: THE BIOS
Toby Lawless has been auditioning over 100 actors a day on average in commercial casting for the last 6 years. Working with the top commercial casting directors in LA has given him the opportunity to work with the best commercial directors and agency both in front of the camera and behind it. Having seen thousands and thousands of auditions over the past six years, Toby sees first hand what consistently booking actors do that make a difference: the top of that list is the ability to improvise well for commercials in both the 1st call and the call back.
Toby has been improvising for nearly two decades - starting as a city wide champion 3 years in a row for Seattle Theatre sports in High School, on to leading his college group and then improvising in NY and LA with UCB, iO West and MI's Westside Comedy Theater. Having witnessed Rob and Tim's success first hand Toby is very excited to have them on board to give actors a comprehensive understanding of what commercial improv is and how to bring it in every audition you have.
Rob Belushi is an alum of the Second City Vegas resident company, as well as the Second City National Touring Company, and an Understudy to the Chicago Mainstage. He has sailed with Second City at Sea aboard the Norwegian Epic and headlined the Chicago Improv Festival, The Detroit Improv Festival, The Charleston improv Festival as well as performed at IO Chicago, IO West, The Comedy Central Stage in Hollywood and the Annoyance Theater Chicago. He is a currently a member of the cast of Second City Hollywood's sketch show, Undateable, which has multiple extentions. He has taught improv for Second City in Vegas, Chicago and currently in Hollywood, as well as colleges nationwide. Some of his recent TV credits include: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC) How I Met Your Mother (CBS), The Goodwin Games (FOX), The Joe Schmo Show (Spike) and The Defenders (CBS). Film credits include Devil's Due (20th Century Fox), Heebie Jeebies (SyFy), Valentines Day (Warner Bros), Thunderstruck (Warner Bros). Rob grew up in Chicago and Los Angeles and graduated with honors from Wesleyan University (CT) as well as The School at Steppenwolf (Chicago). The best time he has on stage is with Jon Barinholtz in their two-man improv show, SHELDON--look for them in the upcoming PIE GUYS (Comedy Central).
Tim Stoltenberg has been performing and teaching improv for over 15 years. Tim is an alumni of The Second City’s National Touring Company as well as performing in the UP Theatre at Second City Chicago. Tim has performed with The Second City at the Alliance Theatre (Atlanta), The Cincinnati Playhouse (Cincinnati), and The Goodman Theatre (Chicago). Tim also taught improv classes for Second City in Chicago and currently in LA. Tim is a member of The Improvised Shakespeare Company. Tim was Improv Director of Dad’s Garage Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia where he performed, taught, and created improv shows and classes. Tim is half of the 2 man sketch show; The White Wine Boys. Tim also is co-creator of Samurai Davis Jr. and Dimsum’s Mega Super Happy Fun Time Improv show that has been performed all over North American and Europe. Tim has performed and taught at The Charleston Comedy Festival, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Cincinnati, Amsterdam and other cities and festivals. TV credits; Sirens (Fox), Army Wives (Lifetime), Chicago Fire (NBC).
Brendan Hearne was raised in LA and graduated from UCSB with a B.A. in Film Studies. He began working as a freelance editor, cutting surf, skate, concert, and lifestyle projects. He then segued into directing and signed with Radical Media where he went on to direct national and international commercials for companies such as Skittles, Wrigley’s gum, Electronic Arts, General Mills, Opel, First Bank, Pier 1 Imports, Supercuts, Procter & Gamble, Telstra, and Oregon Lottery, working with some of the biggest advertising agencies in the world. He has since turned his attention to documentaries and developing independent films. His latest project “Curt,” a short documentary about a 49-year-old autistic surfer, is currently screening in U.S. film festivals.