John Ragir Improv Program
John Ragir founded Live Bait Theater with his wife in 1987 and produced over 200 premier plays. He has written four plays including Wally’s Demon for the Chicago Playwrights’ Center, as well as for the Byrdcliffe Theatre Festival in Woodstock, New York, and La Svengali for Live Bait. He has directed solo performance work for Fillet of Solo Festival. He has taught improv and poetry at such places as Madonna St. Joseph Center, a residence for teenage mothers and Cook County Juvenile Detention Center. Ragir graduated from New School of Social Research with a BA in Philosophy and NYU Graduate School of Business with an MBA.
In 2017 Ragir joined an ongoing improv group led by Barb Selvaggio at NorthCenter Satellite Senior Center and the group won a place in The Lyric Opera’s Chicago Voices. In September YOLO Boomers, the name they chose, performed half hour musical theatre piece at the Harris Theater. This group has continued rehearsing and performing Improv at NorthCenter and other venues. Currently, Ragir and Patrick Curtin share directing responsibility.