Bill Russell

Bill Russell is an actor, teacher and director with over 30 years of experience in Chicago theater. He is currently on staff at The Comedy Shrine theater in Aurora, where he performs in the “Whose Line” improv shows and teaches classes. He also teaches for the non-profit organization, the Fox Valley Repertory’s Performing Arts Academy, and coaches area students participating in the “Destination Imagination” scholastic competition. He began his career appearing in Second City’s Children’s Show before joining the ImprovOlympics (now iO Theater) where he worked with legendary improv guru Del Close as a member of the first iO Harold team, “Barons Barracudas,” and as an ensemble member of Close’s hit show “Honor Finnegan vs. the Brain of the Galaxy.” He performed with the Chicago improv troupe “Spontaneous Combustion” for over 15 years and directed the improv show “Booty & Swag” at The Rudely Elegant Theatre. He has acted with many theater companies such as Interplay Theater and Victory Gardens Theater, including a role in the Monty Python-scripted “Buchanan’s Finest Hour,” directed my Kim “Howard” Johnson and presented at the Second City ETC. He has appeared in numerous TV commercials and shows, including two appearances as a winner on the ABC-TV show “America’s Funniest People,” and his TV spot for Alaska Airlines was featured in an installment of “World’s Funniest Commercials.”  He has also served as a member of the theater ministry at Community Christian Church in Naperville as an actor, teacher, writer and director, and co-founded CCC’s improv troupe “CSI Yellow Box,” with which he continues to perform.