Under the gun (or “UTG”) is a poker term that refers to the position to the immediate left of the big blind in flop games like Hold’em and Omaha. The under-the-gun player is the first to act before the flop. The term refers to the pressure that goes along with having to act before anyone else in the hand.

Through improv, our ensemble players utilize that pressure to act first--to take risks--sometimes we flop, but other times the rewards of laughter are bountiful.

Welcome to Under the Gun Theater.

Our shows are performed by our resident Ensemble.  Made up of Chicago's best and brightest writers, directors, and comedians. Together they are:

Aaron Sanches, Abby Harvey, Adam Jumpa, Adam Shalzi, Alex C. LeBaron, Alex Raynor, Allison Ristaino, Alyssa Simari, Angela Oliver, Angie McMahon, Ben Bowman, Bernard Maynore, Brian Vasquez, Briané Goodrum, Brittany Vogel, Brooke Hartnett, Carlos Rivera, Christian Missonak, Dan Dore, Dylan Hackworth, Elise Jordan, Emily Drevets, Gabe Caruso, Greg Callozzo, Ian Deanes, Ian Goldsmith, Jacki Schwarz,  James Bumanglag, Janelle Blasdel, Janiece Kristin, Jason Amplo, Jeremy Adler, Jeremy Sender, Josh Blair, Julie Merica, Justin Hamby, Justin Swinson, Kannan Arumugam, Katherine Risk, Katie Cutler, Katie Heath, Kelly Voke, Kim Quindlen, Kristen Rau, Krystal Janigan, Laura Cebula, Luke Peters, Marianne Lalonde, Masood Haque,  Matt A. Fox, Michael Erickson, Michelle Renée Thompson, Mike Reynolds, Mishell Livio, Neftali Morales, Nick Bernardi, Nicole Wilmet, Norman Burt,  Peter Ritt, Rebecca Grossman, Rebecca Melzer, Renee Barry, Richard Kallus, Rich Williams,  Rob Mor, Robel Arega, Robert Kuschell, Ross Compton, Ryan Finn, Sam Kyker, Tim Lee, Tina Arfaee, Vince Wloch, Zheryk Badugu

 

Photographer: Angie McMahon

 

 

Alumni Members:

Ali Barthwell, Alima Belconis, Bre Brown, Eve Krueger, Grace Blakeman, Ida Elizabeth Cuttler, Josh Johnson, Kyle Reinhard, Matt Pina, Sam Howard, Alex Manich,Allie Keller, Bethanie John, Jeanette Cerami, Kevin Mullaney, Seth Origitano, Shelby Plummer, Stephen Kadwell, Adam Schwartz, Will Meinen, Bill Meincke, Calvin Dittmore, Catharine Savage, Jake Grafstein, Matthew Tucker, Patrick Rowland, Saliha Muttalib, TJ King, Zach Zimmerman, Alex Wiseman, Allison Ungar, Allison Reese, Alyssa Davis, April Hutter, Chrissy Bruzek, Claire Swanson, Cristy Von Rautenkranz, Daniel Ennion, Dani Nicole James, Emily Hock, Eril Diehl, Grant Collins, Holly Lambert, Javid Iqbal, Jennifer Kahn, Joe Hirte, Kip Reiserer, Lanny Fox, Laurel Zoff Pelton, Lauren Summers, Manuela Mendoza, Maureen Boughey, Maya Houghton, McKenzie Morrell, Mishu Hilmy, Mollie Rehner, Phylicia McLeod, Rebeccah Singer, Surena Marie, Shelby Quinn, Tony McNamara, Rob Johnson.