Comedy Conversation with Charna Halpern
Improvisers will not want to miss this! Join us for a candid conversation on celebrities, improvisation and comedy history with the one and only Charna Halpern! Charna is the co-founder and Artistic Director of the iO Theater and has been teaching performers how to work together for more than 35 years.
In 1984, with partner Del Close, she began teaching iO’s world-famous signature piece, ‘The Harold’ to many students in the Chicago theater community and hasn’t stopped since.
Her theaters in Chicago and Los Angeles are the meccas of training in the art of improvisation and act as a recruiting stop for television shows like Saturday Night Live, CONAN, The Daily Show, The Colbert Report and countless other shows.
She and Del Close co-authored the book Truth in Comedy: The Manual of Improvisation with editor Kim “Howard” Johnson in 1994, published Group Improvisation in 2003, and Art by Committee in 2006.
Directions & Parking
A special preferred parking rate of only $5* is available for our patrons in our designated garage.
7th Street Station Parking Garage
Enter on 6th or 7th Streets between N. College and N. Brevard Streets.
*The $5 rate is applicable when parked in the garage after 5pm on weekdays, Mon – Fri. If parked in the garage before 5pm, the $5 rate is void. There is no time restriction for the weekend, Sat & Sun.
Getting and Using Your Parking Pass When You Arrive
- Pull the garage entry ticket when you arrive at the designated garage. You will need this to exit!
- Purchase a $5 Blumenthal exit pass at the theater or click here to purchase in advance online. If you would rather purchase by phone, please call 704.335.1010*
When You Exit
- Insert your garage entry ticket into the yellow slot. Amount due will display on the screen.
- Insert your Blumenthal exit pass in the same yellow slot, with the arrow pointing at slot.
- Gate arm will rise and the screen will display “drive safely.”
*Pre-paid parking is not available day of show.
The Duke Energy Theater is a truly multi-purpose space.
It is a Black-Box theater and is completely equipped with theater lighting capabilities and sound system. The space also has beautiful stained glass windows and hardwood floors.
Duke Energy Theater is ideal for receptions, seminars, meetings or lectures. Maximum capacity for Duke Energy Theater is 182.