Second City Works Keynote Event Features Seasoned Comedians and Improvisational Actors, Free Tickets Still Available

Posted on 4/4/2019 1:55:53 PM

A limited number of free tickets for the Chicago’s Second City Works Keynote program, “Leading the Change by Being Others Focused” on Tuesday, April 9, are still available.

The keynote address, which features seasoned comedians and improvisational actors, is from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. in the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex’s Toretti Auditorium. 

All employees are encouraged to attend with supervisor approval.  Employees will not be required to enter leave to attend the keynote event. Employees also are encouraged to share this information with students and encourage student attendance.

Tickets are available from the KCAC Box office or by contacting Stephanie Taylor-Davis ( for on-campus pickup or delivery.

Prior to the keynote, starting at 8:30 a.m. a number of campus departments and organizations active in diversity and inclusion will have displays in the Toretti lobby to provide information and to share opportunities for others to become involved. 

Second City Works is the professional services arm of the world-renowned Second City comedy theater (where Tina Fey, Jordan Peele, Steve Carell, and Keegan-Michael Key got their start).

The keynote address, which will be highly interactive and developed especially to address issues at IUP, will include performances by: 

Sarah Ashley Sarah Ashley is an improviser, writer, actor, and teacher based in Chicago. She earned a BFA in theater performance from the University of Michigan and a certificate in creative nonfiction writing from the University of Chicago. Sarah performs improv with Super Human (the Annoyance Theater), Horsefly (CIC Theater) and Macbeth (iO). Her comedy writing is online at and 

Jason Ball Jason Ball is an actor and director known for his engaging and dynamic presentation style. His work for Second City Works includes keynote presentations, diversity and inclusion, innovation, communication skills, collaboration, and presentation skills. He started at the Second City as an instructor in the Training Center while also working as a professional actor at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, the Lookingglass Theater, and the Congo Square Theater, among others. His corporate experience includes working as a Learning and Organizational Development specialist for Blue Cross and Blue Shield and for a consulting firm which specialized in transforming Software as a Service companies. Professional certifications include Insights Discovery, Blanchard’s Situational Leadership II, and Partners in Leadership Cultural Transition Process. Jason is a member of the Screen Actor’s Guild/AFTRA and the Association for Talent Development.

Calvin Evans Calvin Evans is a standup-actor-writer from Chicago. His recent television credits include the new Fox series APB, NBC’s Chicago PD, lFC’s Sherman’s Showcase, Showtime’s Shameless, and Comedy Central's Southside. He has also performed his standup on the Kevin Hart Comedy Central series Hart of the City, LOL @ JFL, TruTV Laff Mobb Laff Tracks, and MTV’s Acting Out. He was the winner of the WGN Chicago’s “Next Big Comic Contest” and was a three-time featured performer at NBC’s Breakout Comedy Festival. He was also a 2017 New Face at the Just for Laughs Montreal Festival. In 2018 he was a finalist in the NBC Stand Up for Diversity competition.  Evans performs standup across the country and is a regular performer at several of Chicago’s top comedy clubs, including the Laugh Factory, Up Comedy Club, and Zanies. He is a graduate of the Second City Chicago Conservatory and is a Bob Curry Fellowship recipient.

Sayjal Joshi Sayjal Joshi is an actress, improviser, comedian, teacher, musician, and writer. Over the past 15 years she has performed with theaters all over the world, including the Kennedy Center, Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Second City, e.t.c. and Second City Theatricals, Woolly Mammoth, iO Chicago, Laugh Out Loud, Istanbul Impro, the Goodman, and the critically acclaimed Asian-American sketch ensemble Stir-Friday Night! She has written comedy and facilitated workshops for a number of national companies.

Andrew Knox Andrew Knox is originally from Shelburne, Vermont. An ensemble member in the e.t.c.’s 41st and 42nd revues, Fantastic Great Super Nation Numero Uno, and Gaslight District, he is also a Second City Touring Company alum and a member of the Improvised Shakespeare Company. 

The presentation is designed to help attendees:

  • Gain a concrete understanding of actions you can take to create a more inclusive community
  • Listen and respond more empathetically (especially when you might not agree with the other person)
  • Use an improv approach to be nimble, flexible, and adaptable when you aren't sure how to respond (or when your emotions start to take over)
  • Gain tactics for stepping into difficult conversations around inclusion and for helping others to do so, too
  • Understand and communicate the difference between Intent and Impact

Tickets for this event are available for free because of the generous contributions made by the Office of the President, the Office of the Provost, the Center for Teaching Excellence, Women’s and Gender Studies, the IUP Free Speech Project, and Cook Honors College.