Jamie Campbell

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I've been coaching and teaching improvisation for over a decade. In Chicago, where I started my comedy career, I ran the Training Center at ComedySportz and created the 100 Proof Comedy Stand-Up Program. I was also the artistic director of Talk Hard, named the city's "Best Sketch Troupe" by The Chicago Reader.

My starting rate is $75 per hour, but I understand not every team has a budget. I do this work because I love it and if you can't make that work, contact me and I'll do my best to make something work. My philosophy is to find what is working and explore that, letting the things that aren't working fall to the wayside. I believe that personal connections between your team will make you stronger as players. I'll push you in a way that is both challenging and empowering.

For more about my improv philosophy, you can listen to my episode of Jimmy Carrane's Improv Nerd podcast at this link:

I've taught classes and workshops at colleges and comedy institutions throughout the U.S. Here are some quotes from former students:

"What I think is truly unique about Jamie’s style, is the way he encouraged vulnerability and authenticity. Every topic, style, and personality was encouraged. He was all about how to take who you are and what’s unique to your perspective -and how to make that funny. Over the course of our class, I saw my fellow students transform as they started to find their voices.” – Jen Janke

““NO! YOU CANNOT GIVE UP ON YOU, I WILL NOT GIVE UP ON YOU SO YOU CANNOT GIVE UP ON YOU!” Jamie is a teacher who tells it like it is, gets frustrated and shows it, and speaks with passion, zeal and even volume sometimes. He’s like a coach from one of those triumph over tragedy sports movies. His delivery of that line was pivotal for me, even life changing. Before he said it, I was ready to toss in the towel and make a run for the hills to live as a hermit for the rest of my natural life. It stung, but his fire for the work helped me to keep going. I started to conquer my fear of public speaking. I did that and got so much more.” – Arryn Hawthorne

“I took Jamie’s musical improv workshop, but the thing that stuck with me works for all of improv. How can I help or hinder the protagonist? That little nugget has come in handy more than once.” – Kelly Anne Larson

“Jamie Campbell taught me how to HAVE FUN and put seriousness aside in improv. He made me feel comfortable and confident enough to get out of my own head and not care about looking silly or dumb. Jamie is hands down one of the best improv teachers I’ve ever had. His approach and great attitude helped me grow tremendously.” – Kelly Ahlfeld

"Jamie Campbell has a way of giving helpful feedback that leaves you encouraged and sharpened. His ideas and teaching strategies are unique and innovative. You will leave charged up!" - Cassie Belle Mathias

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