Kenny Metroff: Instructor
Kenny's teaching philosophy is rooted in direct application of knowledge, so his classes are always interactive and engaging. He received his Theater Education degree from Illinois State University, and has developed theater and improv curricula to meet the needs of his clients at all age and experience levels. From large corporate conventions to after-school programming and every interest level in between; Kenny enjoys helping students find their confidence in public-speaking, presentational skills, group work and listening.
Whether you are looking to liven up a large convention or raise morale within a small team, Kenny would be happy to coordinate a workshop for your needs! He has experience working with clients from a wide range of fields: Sales, Marketing, Consulting, Publishing and more.
Improv training in the workplace is a fun and engaging way for employees to focus on:
Contact Kenny about bringing a workshop to your place of business, or to an offsite venue!
Along with his Theater Education degree, Kenny has more than six years of summer day camp counselor experience.
With the heart of a big kid, Kenny enjoys developing improv curriculum for students from grades K through 12--helping them foster their imaginations and realize their creative potential.
At the high school level, Kenny works with area theater departments on using their improv training to produce fundraising shows for their theater program. He has worked with Addison Trail High School, Luther North High School, and Glenbard East High School. He also has instructed workshops at the Illinois High School Theater Festival, and the Teen Comedy Festival.
Currently, he is a faculty member at the Actor's Training Center in Wilmette, IL; where he teaches improv comedy to students in grades 4 through 7. His courses are 8-week classes, both beginner and intermediate. Students focus on listening, confidence, group work, and agreement; and instruction culminates in a performance.
College & Pros
As Education Director at The pH Comedy Theater, Kenny oversees the curriculum development for pH's pHarmhouse conservatory program. The pHarmhouse program is an intensive improv training ground that allows students to directly apply knowledge from class to a performance setting.
At the college level, Kenny has directed (alongside the wonderful Amy Couey) Columbia College's Droppin' $cience. D$ is known for their brand of long-form improv, which can only be described as "controlled chaos". The team won the 2012 College Improv Tournament national championship, and have become a fan-favorite at the tournament for their supportive play.
Kenny has also instructed workshops at the following festivals around the country:
Oberlin College Improv Festival
Atlanta's Spon Com Festival
Champaign Improv Festival
Illinois State University