Marshall Givens

Improvisation

Marshall Givens is an actor/improviser/writer/teacher born and raised in Chicago.
Marshall began his acting journey in several productions for the African American Theatre
Ensemble at Northwestern University. Soon after, he began studying improvisation at The
Second City Chicago. Shortly after graduating from their conservatory, he became a writer/
performer for their all-Black variety show WORDS and also served as a Technical Director for
several sketch comedy groups/touring companies. In Los Angeles, Marshall has served as Technical Director for The Second City Hollywood
before co-founding the second all-Black improv troupe in L.A., TuskegeeXperiment. He has
studied at and been on house improv and sketch teams at both i.O. West (Popular Science)
and UCB LA (The Ruckus, Oh, Brother!). Marshall also coaches several teams and teaches
Improvisation and Stand Up at The Second City.

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