OPIE is made up of Olivia Nielsen and Patriac Coakley and is directed by Meg Johns.
They go to great lengths to make connections with each other and the audience, to grasp at some semblance of understanding. When the lights come up, we are all sitting in the dark. OPIE is sketch comedy at its most heartfelt and absurd.
We're dying to shine for you.
Who we are:
Olivia is a proud member of The Second City's National Touring Company. A New York native, she moved to Chicago after graduating from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, with a double major in Theater and Psychology. Olivia has also performed with Second City aboard the NCL Gem, and can be seen performing around Chicago with the iO Harold team, Lil’ Tooties. She can still see when she’s smiling, so no funny business.
Megan is an improviser, teacher, writer and director who has been living in Chicago for the last 15 years. She is originally from Virginia, where the mountains are blue. In Chicago, Meg has taught improv at The Annoyance for 10 years, and instructed collaborative theatre at The University of Chicago, and high school students in After School Matters. Meg is a member of The New Colony, and there has directed, performed and written original devised theatre for the last 10 years. At The Annoyance Meg has been in some of her favorite shows, including Love is Dead, Burlesque is More, and hosted a weekly variety show showcasing the LGBTQIA and female-identifying Chicago community. She has collaborated with OPIE for the last 4 years and is delighted and proud to direct this most recent show for NYC Fringe.
Patriac has studied improv at iO and the Annoyance. An east coast native, he moved to Chicago after graduating from UMASS, Amherst with a theater degree to pursue acting and writing. He is an ensemble member with The New Colony Theater Company and has helped devise several world premieres over the past 8 years (That Sordid Little Story, Rise of the Numberless, Bear Suit of Happiness).
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