Aaron Graham is a Jeff Award-winning actor with over fourteen years experience as an actor, singer, improvisor, teacher and director. He currently lives in Chicago.
Originally from Deerfield, Illinois, Aaron earned his B.A. from Cornell University before returning to his hometown of Chicago. There he launched his career in the city's wonderful performing arts community.
In early 2010, Aaron's profession took him to sunny Los Angeles where he enjoyed the sights, auditions and sounds of Tinseltown. He has since returned to Chicago where he continues to enjoy acting, improv, writing, music and art. More to come!
Comfortable with genres ranging from comedy and drama to Shakespeare and musicals, Aaron has worked at some of our nation's finest theatres, including Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Steppenwolf, Northlight, TimeLine, Porchlight Music Theatre, and Riverside Theatre in Iowa City.
In 2007, Aaron earned the Joseph Jefferson Award (Equity wing) for Actor in a Supporting Role - Musical, for his performance as Tateh in Ragtime with Porchlight Music Theatre.
Other notable roles include Dr. Mendel in Falsettos, Franz/Mr./Billy in Sunday in the Park with George, Nick in Baby, Malcolm in Macbeth, Dromio of Ephesus in Comedy of Errors, and Florizell in The Winter's Tale.
Aaron has also performed with the Story Pirates, a nationally-recognized arts education and performance organization that helps kids discover the joy and power of creating their own stories.
For additional information, view Aaron's resume (PDF).
In 2010-2011, Aaron spent a year and a half working in Los Angeles, where he booked several short films and commercials including an interactive campaign for the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino.
Aaron also plays the lead role in the independent sci-fi feature film, Einstein's God Model, currently in post-production.
View Aaron's reel.
COMEDY & IMPROV
In addition to theatrical work, Aaron specializes in fully-improvised musicals, long- and short-form improv and original sketch comedy.
He is a founding member of The Improvised Sondheim Project. Comprised of veteran performers, ISP creates spontaneous, original musicals from scratch in the style composer / lyricist Stephen Sondheim. The group has regularly played to sold-out crowds at the New York Musical Improv Festival, Chicago Improv Festival, Stage 773, MCL Chicago and elsewhere.
He has performed on stage with groups such as The Second City Theatricals (in the musical comedy revue Jewsical: The Musical!), Baby Wants Candy, Loki (at iO West), Vamp, Forte, Best Church of God, Jazz Hands Across America and The Second City Training Center's Music Improv House Ensemble Infinite Sundaes.
In addition, he has performed improv and sketch comedy at ComedySportz Los Angeles, iO West, The Second City Hollywood, Donny's Skybox in Chicago, UCB NY's Del Close Marathon, the New York Music Improv Festival, the Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival and the Chicago Improv Festival.
Aaron is a graduate of the comedy training programs at The Second City Conservatory (Chicago), iO Chicago, and Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre (UCBT) in Los Angeles. He has also studied at the Annoyance Theatre in Chicago.
TEACHING & DIRECTING
Aaron is a faculty member at The Second City Training Center in Chicago, where he teaches classes in musical theatre improvisation. He loves sharing with his students the joy, challenges and empowerment of combining improv comedy and musical theatre.
In 2011, he directed Christmas in Chicago, a comedic, musical year-in-review, for The Fine Print Theatre Company. Created and scripted during its eight-week rehearsal process, this critically-acclaimed show-within-a-show played to sold-out houses at Chicago Dramatists. He returned to direct the 2012 and 2013 productions, which featured new songs and new scripts.
His additional directing credits include scripted and improvised productions, such as the Mint Juleps, Listen Kid, States: The Musical!, The Timeless Tale of New Portsmouth, Hollow Hills High School, and The Temp Is Going Up: An Inconvenient Tune. Aaron also coached one of The Second City Training Center's inaugural Coached Ensembles, an improvised sci-fi soap opera called Earth Planet Space.
Aaron also works as a music director, playing piano and creating music for sketch and improv groups such as the Mint Juleps, the Basemints, Two Fifty and a Snickers, and Laura & Caroline's Holiday Spectacular.
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Aaron performs with The Improvised Sondheim Project. Check ISP's website for more info.