Defiant Monkey Improv


Karen began performing improvisation in 1997, graduated from The Second City Toronto and has performed on stages across the country. She has also performed with a script in shows such as Annie the Musical, and as Madame Thenardier in Les Miserables and has been a children’s show performer and storyteller since 2000. Karen has a Master’s Degree in Education and has been a university professor since 1997, most recently teaching Public Speaking and College Writing.

Defiant Monkey Improv is a two-person improvisational group that creates on-the-spot theatre based on audience suggestions and participation. Performers Karen L. Eichler and Andrew M. Spragge are experienced improvisers, actors, professional development specialists, and teaching artists who love to have as much fun as possible. They are the proud winners of the 2021 Spark Award for DEC Program of the Year. Karen and Andy are also the authors of the books The 5 Elements of Improv: How to Take Your Improv to the Next Level, The One Minute Improviser, and The Big Book of Improv Games.

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Andrew began improvising in 2005, and has been acting and directing since 1982. He has been seen in various productions over the years including as Daddy Warbucks in Annie, and Monsieur Thenardier in Les Miserables. An accomplished actor, director, children’s show performer and corporate trainer, Andrew is also a graphic designer and worked as a middle school science and math teacher. Currently, Andrew is a Mission Commander at the Challenger Learning Center in Lockport, NY.