Board of Directors
Lillian Frances, Owner and CEO
Lillian Frances began acting, improvising, and directing at Northwestern University where she received a Bachelor of Science in Theater. After graduating, she trained at iO (formerly ImprovOlympic) and the Second City. She has performed with many improv ensembles around Chicago, and assistant directed and performed in Boom Chicago in Amsterdam. Directing credits also include a Second City National Touring Company, the all women's improv groups Jane and Sirens, the critically acclaimed sketch groups GayCo and Stir Friday Night, the musical improv of Baby Wants Candy, and various ensembles at iO and The Playground. She worked for several years as a lead facilitator for Second City Business Communications where she designed and facilitated training programs for Fortune 500 companies (check out the article in the Wall Street Journal). Lillie also worked as a Core Faculty Member for the Second City Training Center where she helped create curriculum and build new programs such as the Summer Camps (for kids and adults), the Youth and Teen Ensembles, the Directing Program, and Improv for Creative Pedagogy which gives teachers theatrical exercises to utilize in the classroom. On five separate occasions she taught "Workshop in Managerial Improvisation" at FUQUA, Duke's business school and currently teaches at Columbia College in Chicago.
Timothy McMillin has worked with hundreds of companies both private and public for over thirty years as a banker, consultant, CEO, owner and CEO of his own companies. Tim spent the first twenty-five years of his career in the financial services industry where he was an Executive Vice President of a $27 billion bank, serving at various times as head of Corporate Banking, Chairman of the Loan Committee, and Senior Credit Officer. He served as CFO of two public companies, an experience that included raising $270 million in public debt. He has been a consultant specializing in strategic and financial planning and has owned his own affinity marketing company. He currently works for a middle market investment bank focused on mergers and acquisitions. Tim has served as a Director of a number of public and privately held companies and many non-profit organizations. He earned a BA in history from Gettysburg College, and an MBA in finance from Loyola of Baltimore.
Barry Hubscher has worked within the food and beverage industry for the past twenty years. He worked as a Banquet Manager for ten years for Marriott and Hyatt Hotels, managing large meeting facilities and their staffs, overseeing inventory and cash flow management. During the next seven years he worked for ClubCorp as the General Manager at the 410 Club in The Wrigley Building and The Plaza Club at the top of the Prudential Building in downtown Chicago. He was responsible for all aspects of the operation including budget and capital expenditures, and development and implementation of strategies to acquire new members and achieve financial goals. Barry left ClubCorp to work at LaGrange Country Club where he managed the staff and all aspects of the food and beverage division, ran member functions, special events, and catering sales. He currently works for Kemper Sports as General Manager for the Buckingham Athletic Club located in the Chicago Stock Exchange Building, where he handles the staff and all operations for the Athletic Club comprised of 860 members, as well as the Executive Hotel, overlooking the Chicago skyline, and The Club Room, a casual dining restaurant and cocktail lounge catering to the financial district.
Elizabeth Allen is one of the country's leading directors and teachers of improvisation. She has taught, directed, and performed improvisation at the iOChicago (formerly ImprovOlympic Theater) for the last fifteen years. She served as iOChicago's Training Center Director for 3 years, and was the Corporate Training Director for the iORoadshow, developing improvisation workshops for companies nationwide, including long-term clients such as Ernst & Young, Cardinal Health, Household Finance, Parker Pens, and Motorola. In 1995, Liz's improv group Frank Booth performed the first long-form improv show at the legendary Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland, paving the way for improv groups every year since. She has directed such notable improv groups as Valhalla and Mission Improvable, and worked with improvisers such as Stephnie Weir (formerly of MadTV) and John Lutz (SNL, 30 Rock.) In 1999, 2000 and 2001, Liz won iOChicago's Del Close "Coach of the Year" Award…now called the "Liz Allen Coach of the Year" Award. In 2006, she directed The Second City's first-ever fully-improvised revue at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas -- also the first improv show on the Strip – receiving a respectable A- from the Las Vegas Review Journal. And most recently, Liz and fellow improviser Jimmy Carrane published the critically acclaimed book, Improvising Better, A Guide for the Working Improviser (Heinemann Publishing).
Scott McMillin is a designer and developer. He enjoys starting internet companies. His next startup, developed with the original founders from ShopLocal, is developing an innovative Web service, which he'd love to tell you about once it de-cloaks.