Kirby O’Connell is a founding member of Natural Gas. Originally from Elgin, Illinois, she holds a B.A in theater from Indiana University and is a graduate of both The Second City Conservatory and the iO Training Center.
Most recently, she appeared alongside The Gift’s artistic director, Michael Patrick Thornton, in Mike and Kirby: No Suggestions Please at The Second City, and as Tangerine in The Artistic Home’s production of Tangerine.
Her TV credits include EyeOpener, a morning news show for the Chicago Tribune, and The Beast, in which she co-starred with Patrick Swayze. (Kirby claims she’s a better dancer than Swayze was. Her husband contests this supposed fact. Kirby contests his contest.) Kirby would like to thank her hairy husband for his continued support, and her cat - Joan Clawford, for the puurrrs.