Who We Are

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Storytown is a interactive improvisational musical that gives children hands on ownership of the arts. Children are encouraged to take an active role in Storytown. They can chose the location, design the backdrop, give suggestions for characters and plot, become characters themselves, and aide our performers in any way they can imagine.  Storytown becomes the canvas for their imaginations. We honor, embrace, and elevate their ideas.


Jill Olson is the founder of Storytown.  Through Storytown , she works to cultivate creativity and arts appreciation while introducing audiences to story structure and problem solving. We use the core improvisation fundamental of “yes, and” so every suggestion and idea is accepted, embraced and developed.

Jill is also the current Chicago Director of Funny Bones Improv.  Through them, she is able to bring the magic of improv and laughter to children and their care givers in Chicago hospitals.  She is Improv Professor of Merriment with The Laughing Academy and Theater Teacher for Dream Big Performing Arts Workshop.  She has served as Program Coordinator for This Is ME and Child Whisperer for  The Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival.  Jill Olson is originally from Towson University where she graduated Cum Laude with a BA in Theater Arts.  She moved to Chicago and studied improvisation and is a graduate of the Second City and iO Training Programs.