John Forrest Thompson
Originally from Chicago, John is an improvisor, actor, director, teacher, and writer who trained at the Second City and iO Chicago Theaters. At the latter, he was a member of the long running house team Airbourne! and also performed regularly with the hit show Dirty Water by Wicked Good Productions. John has performed and taught improvisation at theaters and festivals all over the country including Boston’s Improv Asylum, the Del Close Marathon in New York City, the Toronto Improv Festival, and the Seattle Festival of Improv Theater. Locally, he is the co-founder and artistic director of the Focus Theater, Rochester’s only dedicated improv theater and training center, as well as the creator of the long-running Improv Plate at Johnny’s Irish Pub. John is also a member of the hit sketch comedy group Thank You Kiss, which has been praised as smart and “frequently laugh-out-loud funny with some even funnier ‘hell yes’ social commentary” (Democrat and Chronicle). He has most recently performed as Lieutenant Schrank in RAPA’s West Side Story, William Gillette in Blackfriars Theatre’s The Game’s Afoot, and Deke Slider in Blackfriars Theater’s original comedy The Flight Before Christmas. John has a B.S. in Elementary Special Education from SUNY Geneseo and is currently a Title 1 and arts integration teacher at Rochester’s Renaissance Academy Charter School of the Arts.
CLASSES: Long Form Levels 1, 2, and 3
COACH: The Urge
WORKSHOPS: “Improv For Educators,” “Intro To Improv",”The Deconstruction,”Applied Improvisation For The Corporate World”