Artistic Associate


Todd Stashwick – Los Angeles, CA

Todd Stashwick began his improv training at The Illinois State University Theater Dept. where he graduated from in 1990. Quickly moving back to his hometown of Chicago he wasted no time plunging himself into the Chicago improv scene.  Studying at both The Second City training center and Improvolympic it wasn't long before he was performing on a Harold team and eventually got hired to the Second City National Touring Company. While in Chicago he developed the longform known as the Mobius. After four years performing and teaching at the Second City he moved to NYC and deepened his improv exploration with the experimental underground spontaneous theater troupe Burn Manhattan.

 In 2000 he moved to Los Angeles where he formed the macabre improvised cabaret The Doubtful Guests. In 2002 he opened the improv training school The Hothouse where he teaches the freeform known as The Beast.  He continues to teach at festivals and abroad. In 2004 he went to Liverpool England where he developed the improvised show Hoof! At the Hothouse in LA he continues to teach and perform in the improvised shows Mayfly and The Junk Set.

Todd has been fortunate to study and work with improv leaders such as Martin De Maat, Del Close, Mick Napier, Dave Razowsky and Shira Piven. His philosophy is about exploring the interface between players. His focus is on creating an environment in which spontaneous events can occur. Honing the player into heightened state of receptivity, what he calls "predator mind". A big proponent of grounding the work in physicality, he insists on putting the character and environment into the body to ideally get the player out of their head. His work puts an emphasis on experimentation and theatricality. He resides in Los Angeles, with his wife and son, where he works in Television and film.

Currently, Todd can be seen in the FX series, The Riches, as "Dale Malloy", and earlier this year he was a guest star in Studio 60 on The Sunset Strip.

www.myspace.com/tstashwick

www.myspace.com/hothouseimprov