Upcoming Performances!

Janice is playing Lieutenant Amalda, Chief Engineering Officer (and genetically modified human!) in Starship Edsel: An Improvised Star Trek Satire @ Otherworld Theatre. The FIRST & THIRD Saturday of the month, at 10pm! Tickets


Starship Edsel is a Star Trek inspired farce set aboard the Federation Starship Edsel towards the end of the 24th century. The Edsel is a cruiser, Edsel class (the only one), largely regarded as a failure in ship design. Somehow, serious flaws in architecture and engineering were not caught until the prototype ship was completed. From its launch, it has been plagued with mechanical and operational problems that have played havoc with its fitness and combat-readiness, to the point where it became the butt of jokes throughout Starfleet. The Edsel's new continuing mission:

  • To stay in permanent parking orbit around the vacation planet of Atlantis

  • To deal with vapid and overbearing VIPs

  • To boldly give tours of an "Authentic Federation Starship"!

Janice is an ongoing ensemble member of Improvised Jane Austen who will be performing @ the iO Theater: 1501 N Kingsbury St, Chicago, IL 60642 in Nov/Dec!

Improvised Jane Austen tells a tale, on the spot, in the style of the most beloved 19th century authoress. Each original story might introduce you to leading ladies, steadfast suitors, meddling mothers, charming cads, auspicious aunts, silly sisters, boisterous brothers, verbose vicars, fastidious fathers, and any number of Austenesque auteurs! The cast is entirely female, non-binary, & non-conforming identified folk. Empowering the performers to speak truths that easily transcend from Austen's era directly to our own. The audience can expect to laugh heartily, be wooed to tears, and be made to think on how much, and how little, has changed in two hundred plus years.

Saturdays at 8pm in the Dayton Theater! Tickets at https://improvisedjaneausten.com or https://www.ioimprov.com

Janice Rumschlag's Super Fancy Actress Bio!

Janice Rumschlag (she/her/hers) is your quirky, energetic, smart AF best-friend (who may secretly love wearing tiaras and playing with Barbies as an adult...). She's an actress, improviser, and some-times singer. Janice draws inspiration for her characters from strong, independent, smart, badass women (past and present!).

She relocated to the Bay Area from 2014 -2019, however the siren song of Chicago's innovative store-front theatre and improv comedy scene brought her back home to the Windy City just in time for the pandemic in early 2020.

Notable Chicago Theatre Credits: Ensemble member of Improvised Jane Austen (ongoing, Chicago Reader 2019 Best Sketch/Improv Troupe), Night of the Iguana (u/s, performed), Palace of Riches, and A Very Busy Man with The Artistic Home, Women! (a comedy) and Lights Out Everybody: A Tribute in Horror to Arch Oboler with The Dream Theatre Company, Sketchbook 11 & 12 with Collaboraction, Troll the Sequel, Troll Again at Chemically Imbalanced Comedy, The Nairobi Project at The Annoyance, and Friday the Halloweenth at the iO Theatre.

Notable Regional Theatre Credits: Predator Block Tango (2nd Place Overall Finalist (out of 48 plays!) in Shortlived VII: an 11 week audience judged theatre competition), Shotz SF, Pint Sized Plays, and Music/Scene at PianoFight, Besties with Left Coast Theatre Co., Confessions of a Catholic Child at The Exit Theatre.

Training: She is a graduate of the ACADEMY at Blackbox Acting, the SF Meisner Technique Studio, The Artistic Home Studio, and 1-5b at iO Chicago (Long-Form Improv). She also studied acting at Studio ACT, Acting Studio Chicago, Victory Gardens Training Center, University of Chicago, and improvisation at The Annoyance Theatre.

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