Charna Halpern

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Charna Halpern
Born Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Occupation Improvisation teacher/writer
Years active 1980–present

Charna Halpern (born 1952) is a co-founder of the ImprovOlympic, now known as iO.[1] She was born and raised on the North Side of Chicago. In 1984, with partner Del Close, she began teaching The Harold to many students in the Chicago theater community.[2] She and Close co-authored the book Truth in Comedy: The Manual of Improvisation with editor Kim "Howard" Johnson in 1994.[3] She published Group Improvisation in 2003 and Art by Committee in 2006.[4][5]


  • Truth in Comedy, 1994[3]
  • Group Improvisation, 2003[4]
  • Art by Committee, 2006[5][6]


  1. ^ Hicks, Margaret (2011). "10 Truth in Comedy". Chicago Comedy: A fairly Serious History. The History Press. Retrieved 2012-01-25. 
  2. ^ Obejas, Achy (2001-04-03). "Comedy Guru Charna Halpern Carries On". The Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2012-01-26. 
  3. ^ a b Halpern, Charna; Close, Del; Howard, Kim (1994). Truth in Comedy. Meriwether Publishing. ISBN 978-1-56608-003-3. 
  4. ^ a b Halpern, Charna; Gwinn, Peter (2003). Group Improvisation. Meriwether Publishing. ISBN 978-1-56608-086-6. 
  5. ^ a b Halpern, Charna (2006). Art by Committee. Meriwether Publishing. ISBN 978-1-56608-112-2. 
  6. ^ Armour, Terry (2006-03-26). "Personals: Who's Who & What's Up". The Chicago Tribune. 

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