Musician. Composer. Performer

"Lyric driven, musical theatre-inspired folk rock that reflects on the highs and lows of life in a witty and vulnerable way"

About Me:

Gail Gallagher is a Chicago-based improv music director, performer, teacher, songwriter, and composer whose lyric-driven songs reflect on the highs and lows of life with a witty and vulnerable twist.


Gail has worked as a music director in the improv and theatre scene for nearly a decade, and you can see her regularly rocking the keys at Comedy Sportz or with Storytown Improv. She has also composed several musicals including ​Feathers: A Super Hero Musical​, which made its debut at MCL's Premier Premieres festival of original musicals in 2017​.

Currently, Gail is the music director for the Musical Improv Shoptalk Podcast, and answers life questions in the form of improvised song with her duo Gail and Jess Try Their Best.

Photo Credit: Sarah Scanlon


An artist with witty yet deeply moving lyrics, pianist and songwriter Gail Gallagher will leave you laughing, contemplating and singing along even after the show is done. Expect delightful surprises with every melodic gesture!- Amelia H. 

Gail provided cocktail hour music for my wedding and was absolutely amazing. She is a wonderful and kind person to work with for scheduling, planning, and song requests. We only had a few suggestions and for the rest, we knew Gail would knock it out of the park with wherever her creativity and talent led her! Many of our guests came up and complimented her song choices and talent. I’d love to work with her again for future events!- Roda C.




Gail is an amazing musical director! I have worked with her on several projects, and she delivers every single time! She is professional, artistic, hard working, and passionate. And I will continue to work with her every chance I get! - Willie O.

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