Tara Defrancisco

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Tara is an improvisor, actor and teacher who lives in Chicago, Illinois. Originally from Columbus, Ohio, she graduated from Ohio University and then moved to Chicago around 2000 where she studied at iO Theater and Second City. Tara has also performed stand up comedy.

Improv Groups

  • The Cleaning Ladies, a independent team that performed at the Playground 2001-2003
  • Chicago ComedySportz - 2002-current
  • Baby Wants Candy alum
  • Member of Second City TourCo, 2006-2009, BizCo, understudy for Mainstage and ETC 2006 on
  • DelTones, a musical improv house team at iO
  • Dave & Co occasional staff writer and performer; Creative Conceptz staff writer and performer (corporate comedy firms)
  • The Tour, BFF, & Merman - Harold teams at iO

Other Shows

She has also appeared in:


Tara has taught improv classes for

  • ComedySportz
  • iO Theater
  • Second City
  • travels independently to coach all over country; comedy consultant for sketch troupes
  • Artist In Residence at Martha's Vineyard IMP camp


She has been to large improv festivals as a performer and instructor:

  • Wisconsin
  • Washington, D.C.
  • New York
  • Indiana
  • Seattle


  • "Top 50 Performers in Chicago" (one of only 3 improvisers) - New City Chicago, 2010.
  • "Funniest Person in Chicago" 2004 by the Free Press for her ventures in stand up, sketch, and improv.
  • She was added in 2008 as "One to Watch" in Time Out Chicago.
  • "Top 25 Funniest Women" in Curve Magazine, 2009.
  • "Most Valuable Player", ComedySportz Chicago 2004-2007