Mark Sutton, Artistic Director - Chicago Improv Festival

Mark Sutton is a former Artistic Director of the Chicago Improv Festival, in 2006 he became the festival's Artistic Director. 2010 was be his 5th and final year as CIF's Artistic Director. He's also a former Assistant Producer for CIF. He is one of 3 improvisers (along with Joe Bill and Susan Messing) to have performed in all 11 Chicago Improv Festivals.

A founding member of The Annoyance Theater and he's been performing, teaching, writing, and directing comedy in Chicago for 22 years. Over the last 7 years, he has become highly known for being half of the hit improv duo BASSPROV with Joe Bill. BASSPROV has performed nationally and internationally at numerous improv festivals. BASSPROV debuted in 2002 at CIF's Improv All Night and for the past six years headlined on CIF's Main Stage with special guests Dan Castellaneta, Mo Collins, TJ Jagodowski, Tim Kazursinky, Emo Phillips, Horatio Sanz, and Fred Willard.

He also performed in the critically acclaimed improv duo Sutton and Hallal, and they appeared at numerous improv festivals across North America. He appeared in over 65 original shows at The Annoyance Theater including Co-Ed Prison Sluts; Manson: The Musical; and The Real Live Brady Bunch. He has appeared in several independent films including Fatty Drives the Bus; Waiting For The Man; Watch; and Penniless: One Man's Crusade.

He's a former director of The Second City National Touring Company, and he directed the Canadian premiere of Co-Ed Prison Sluts for The Second City Toronto. Currently, he teaches and performs for The Second City BizCo. He is also a member of the faculty at Annoyance Theater, The Second City Training Center, and he has taught at almost every North American improv festival, including (of course), Chicago Improv Festival.

Jet Eveleth, Artistic Director - Chicago Improv Festival

Jet Eveleth is a member of the iO Theater's improv group The Reckoning. She currently performs with Paul Brittian in Ted & Melanie and in Pleasant Valley with Susan Messing and Holly Laurent. She can also be seen in The Armando Diaz Experience and the Deltones at the iO Theater. Jet has created and toured The Barb Lameter Show, Roseville, Cafe Noir, Touched, and I Live Next Door To Horses winner of the Del Close Award for Best Scripted Show. She had understudied the Etc stage at the Second City and traveled to Alaska with the Second City on Norwegian Cruise Lines. With writing partner Charlie McCrackin, she wrote and directed the sitcom pilot Ditched starring Greg Holliman from the TV show Strangers with Candy. She also played Deborah in the independent film American Legacy. She was included in "Best Of Chicago's Stand-Up" at The Lincoln Lodge and listed as New City's 2009 "Top 50 People Who Perform".

Jet received her M.A. in Interdisciplinary Arts from Columbia College and is an instructor at Columbia's Comedy Studies Program. She is a faculty member of The Second City Conservatory and the iO Theater. She has been involved with the Chicago Improv Festival for the last four years as a performer, instructor, and artistic associate.