The Therapy Players are an ensemble of mental health professionals from the Chicago area who are also trained improvisers. We performed our first revue, "Players To Be Named Later" at the President's Reception for the 2013 Illinois Psychological Association Convention in Chicago, and we've been at it ever since!
We combine fast wit with our understanding of human nature to bring laughter to our shows about this chronically-serious line of work.
Dave Carbonell tells the story of how Therapy Players came to be, in Psychotherapy Networker!
Better Living Through Improv - read about one of our own, Kristin Krueger, and her work investigating the therapeutic effects of improv!
Here's coverage of our story from the Chicago Tribune.
Two Therapy Players – Kristin Krueger and Dave Carbonell – have been featured on the podcast of Margot Escott, a clinical social worker and improviser in Naples, Florida. Margo has presented workshops on humor and psychotherapy for many years all around the country. Give it a listen!
Our own Kristin Krueger is featured in this article about the use of improv techniques in psychotherapy, posted on the web site of the American Psychological Association.
And we're also featured in this article from The Atlantic: So Funny, It Doesn't Hurt.
Winners of the Collider Improv/Sketch Comedy Competition hosted by Theater Momentum at the Globe Pub in Chicago, July 2-31, 2015!