Q & A with Chelsea Devantez of Second City

August 23, 2013 § Leave a comment

Devantez, Chelsea_01.2012_cMetropolis: Where did you grow up?

Chelsea: I grew up all over the Southwest. My family moved around a lot when I was growing up, but my family has been planted in Santa Fe, New Mexico for the past eight years.

Metropolis: What brought you to Chicago?

Chelsea: During college, I did a “semester abroad” in Chicago in an amazing program called Comedy Studies through Second City and Columbia College – you study comedy non-stop for five months. After that, I knew I had to come back. And the semester long program has now expanded into a college major – it’s the first of its kind in the country!

Metropolis: How did you get started in acting and improv?

Chelsea: I’ve been doing theater my whole life, and I went to NYU’s Tisch School of The Arts for dramatic acting. I was always the “weird, funny girl” but when I discovered improv, I realized that was where I was meant to be all along.

Metropolis: When did you join Second City?

Chelsea: I was hired by Second City to perform on a cruise ship two years ago and I’ve been working with them ever since.

Metropolis: Do you have a favorite moment in Happily Ever Laughter?

Chelsea: There’s a sketch in the show where I dance in the background with Neal and Alex. We’ll whisper bits to each other to try and make each other break – it’s impossible not to laugh.

Metropolis: What’s your next project after Happily Ever Laughter closes?

Chelsea: Our touring company will be back to Metropolis this winter with an entirely new holiday show that we’re currently creating – we are all crazy excited!


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