Director of Comedy Studies
Anne Libera is the Director of Comedy Studies for the Theater Department where she teaches History and Analysis of Modern Comedy. She served as Executive Artistic Director of The Second City Training Centers and Education Programs from 2001 until 2009. She has worked with The Second City since 1986 and has taught in its Training Center since 1991 where her students have included Jack McBrayer, Amy Poehler, Allison Silverman, and Steven Yeun. Her book, The Second City Almanac of Improvisation is published by Northwestern University Press.
For The Second City, she directed The Madness of Curious George and Computer Chips and Salsa, the Theatre on the Lake productions The Second City Goes to War and The Second City Looks at The Windy City as well as touring company productions that have appeared all over The United States. in Edinburgh, Scotland and Vienna, Austria and on multiple cruise chips for NCL. Outside of The Second City, she directed Bunny, Bunny for Illinois Theater Center and Stephen Colbert's one man show Describing a Circle. She reviewed theater on WGN radio and wrote for the NPR news quiz show Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me. She has been an artistic consultant to Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry and serves on the governing board for Gilda's Club Chicago.
Northwestern University, BS Theatre, 1986
The Second City Almanac of Improvisation, author, Northwestern University Press