Improvisational Theatre 30th Anniversary Showcase


Saturday, February 25, 2017 – 2:30 PM

In honor of the 30th anniversary of the W&M Improvisational Theatre (I.T.) student improv comedy group, a panel of alumni from the performance troupe will discuss their experiences working in the film and television industry. Guests include Craig Cackowski ’91 (VEEP, Drunk History, Community), Ryan O’Quinn ‘94 (Beverley Hills 90210, JAG, ER), and Curtis Shumaker ’89 (The Blacklist, Orange is the New Black).

The showcase will be hosted by founding members of Improvisational Theatre, including Sherry Johnson ‘89, Laurie Maxwell Simmons ’89, and Melanie Martin Long ‘89.


Swem Library Special Collections will host an open house on Saturday, February 25 from 12:00-2:00 PM featuring Improvisational Theatre posters, promotional materials, short films, and other items from the organization’s 30 year history. This event is free and open to the public.

I.T. alumni Craig Cackowski ’91 and Kevin Flanagan ’06 are offering workshops during the festival weekend. More details are available on the workshop webpage.

The current student members of I.T. will be hosting a show at 8 PM on Friday, February 26 in the Commonwealth Auditorium of the Sadler Center.



Actor, Drunk History / Community

Craig Cackowski (W&M ’91) has been seen on your television as a regular cast member on “Drunk History” and as Officer Cackowski on “Community.” Other film and television appearances include “Bajillion Dollar Properties”, “Girlboss”, “Shrink”, “Veep,” “Newsreaders,” “Comedy Bang Bang,” “The Mindy Project,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “Trust Us With Your Life,” “Workaholics,” “The Kings Of Summer,” “21 And Over,” and “Year of The Dog.” He has been involved with the iO and iO West Theaters as a performer and teacher since 1992. In Chicago, Craig performed with the Second City Mainstage and ETC, as well as with the National Touring Company. He may also be heard on such podcasts as “The Thrilling Adventure Hour,” “Spontaneanation”, and on his own podcast “Craig’s List” where he makes his wife Carla watch his 100 favorite movies.


Actor/Producer, Believe / Alias

Ryan O’Quinn (W&M ’94) is a twenty year veteran of the entertainment industry and president of Damascus Road Productions. In 2016 O’Quinn produced and starred in the feature film “Believe” from Sony Pictures and also signed a first-look deal with Smith Global Media (Overbrook Entertainment) via their output deal at Sony.

Shortly after attending William and Mary O’Quinn experienced success primarily in episodic and sitcom television including memorable roles on Beverly Hills 90210AliasJAG and ER. His first two feature films were Tom Hanks’ directorial debut, That Thing You Do and Sony’s iconic Starship Troopers directed by Paul Verhoeven.


Actor, Theatre / Film and Television

Curtis (W&M ‘89) is a founding member of Improvisational Theatre (I.T.) all those many years ago and despite his advanced age is still a working professional actor doing theatre, film and television. He has appeared in Broadway, Regional theatre and touring productions. His film and television appearances include “The Detour,” “The Blacklist,” “The Good Wife,” “Orange is the New Black,” “Boardwalk Empire,” “Hits” and “Mr. Popper Penguins.” He also coaches acting, working with actors of all ages and experiences on successful auditioning techniques. He lives with his patient wife in NYC.

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