Shaun Landry – veteran actor and improviser

Shaun LandryEpisode 149: Shaun Landry is a veteran actor and improviser who shared her powerful story with me. She is an actor, improviser, teacher, director, and theatre president. I had the honor of playing with her in “The Seniors Improv Comedy Show” online during the pandemic and got to meet her husband Hans Summers. Click to watch
 She and Hans have worked and played together since 1986. Shaun’s first experience in improv was with The Goose Theatre, playing in prisons and jails around the country. She was with Second City TourCo and founder of the West Coast Improv Alliance. She tells about her childhood in Chicago and her supportive family. She co-created the first African American Improv Ensemble in the country Oui Be Negroes, and co-created The San Francisco Improv Festival. She is the founder of The Ledge, a new non-profit theater in Los Angeles. She performs with her husband Hans Summer as Landry and Summers in fabulous 2-person improv scenes. Shaun is an inspirational, courageous woman and I laughed and cried with her as she shared overcoming the barriers in her career as a woman and person of color in the theatre. I know you’ll love her as much as I do.


You may enjoy hearing from improv teachers and innovators including Colin Mochrie and David Pasquesi  *Improv Interviews podcast‘ is introduced by Susan L. Parker of

Subscribe to our mailing list

* indicates required
Please keep me updated about: