Marshall Stern has been performing, teaching, producing and directing Improv since 1986 with various groups and theaters in New York, Nashville and Chicago. Marshall has been involved with Consciousness and Zen for the past 35 years and has taught all over the United States and overseas on these subjects. Marshall moved to Chicago in 2002 and that same year started teaching at the Players Workshop of the Second City. By the end of the year he was the director there. He currently teaches Zen Buddhism for Celebrity Cruise Lines on their Asian itineraries, as well as performing improv comedy shows for them around the world. He is co-host of the popular Zenprov podcast which began in 2007. Marshall is the author of the highly praised book Meet the Buddha Kill the Buddha that explains Buddhism clearly and simply.