A Detroit native, Katie Thomas is an actor, improvisor, comedienne, writer, and teacher, represented by Gray Talent Group. She currently performs at the iO Theater (formerly Improv Olympic) with the popular improv group, The Katydids, and with her Harold team, Uncle Magic. She also performs in the Improv Extravaganza Explosion at The Second City's new UP Comedy Club. Katie's episode of the web series, Break-ups: The Series, was screened at the 2011 Geneva International Film Festival (The series itself won for Best Web Series). In 2011, she spent four months performing with a Second City ensemble aboard a Norwegian Cruise Line in Alaska.
Katie graduated with her B.F.A. in Theatre Performance and a B.A. in English Language and Literature from The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. While there, Katie was honored to perform for alum, Arthur Miller, in An Arthur Miller Celebration, directed by Tony nominee, Mark Lamos. She received the 2007 Wilde Award for Best Actress in an Original Production from Detroit’s Between the Lines for her role as Dottie in Before and Laughter (Planet Ant Theatre). Katie is a graduate of the improvisational theatre programs at iO, The Annoyance, and The Second City, Detroit, where she also studied writing and musical improv.
Katie has performed in many venues across Chicago, as well as at iO West (Hollywood), the Upright Citizens Brigade’s Del Close Marathon (New York City), and in many Detroit theatres. She was a member of the Improv Inferno ensemble in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She has also written and performed in several short films. Her first collaborative film endeavor, Little Joy, was an official entry in the 2008 LA Shorts Fest.
Katie teaches yoga and runs an improvisation program for Chicago public high school students through the After School Matters program, which brings her much joy.