Teaching Faculty Rachel Hamilton

Improv Teacher and Performer
The Second City, 30 Rock


Improvisation (or Jazz Dance)
DRA 490 - 1 credits
Introduces and explores the fundamental principles of improvisation, exercises in agreement, support, object and environment work, commitment, spontaneity and listening and strong clear character choices. The framework and structure of the course will provide for the group exploration of the acting process and performance from an improvisational base.
(Acting students have the option to take Improviation or Jazz Dance. For information on Jazz Dance, review course description under its listing in the Musical Theater track.)


Rachel Hamilton has been teaching Improv for over twelve years. After graduating from Northwestern University with a degree in theater, Rachel spent the next 8 years at The Second City, Chicago, starting in the National Touring Company and ending up on the Mainstage. After a move to Los Angeles, Rachel helped build The Second City, LA. Now living in New York, Rachel is teaching at the Magnet Theater, Michael Howard Studios, and for Syracuse University's Tepper Semester.

Rachel has performed at the Aspen Comedy Festival, the Montreal Comedy Festival, The Toronto Fringe Festival, and has toured the country as a member of the Reduced Shakespeare Company. Rachel has a one-woman show, Hamiltonia, that ran at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in New York. Rachel has also been a frequent guest host on The Young Turks, a show on Sirius Satellite Radio. Currently, Rachel is improvising about town in The Tiny Spectacular at Magnet Theater often performs in Assscat at UCB.