“The first time I tried improv it terrified me”
I first tried improv at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and it terrified me, so I joined an extra-curricular improv group.
Improv went from self improvement to passion to profession and soon after graduating myself, Judith Amsenga and Robin Steegman co-founded the Nursery and Slapdash International (London’s longest running festival of improvisation).
The next year, I joined the Maydays and was later involved in the creation of Impromptu Shakespeare, Ten Thousand Million Love Stories, Concept: the Improvised Concept Album and many other shows.
“I believe that one of the most important and difficult things we can do is work together and improv is a great way to learn how.”
I am fascinated by the psychology and anthropology of improv and while the modern form is only a few decades old, I believe that the exercises and activities connect to profound and ancient practices and ideas that pop up everywhere from dionysian rites to rave culture, shamanic fever-dreams to the psychology of military units.
I travel the world teaching and performing, primarily with The Maydays and Ten Thousand Million Love Stories (my duo with Heather Urquhart). Over the last decade, I have been to festivals and theatres in Finland, Portugal, Romania, Canada, the US, Spain, Italy, France, Germany, Pakistan, Poland and more, as well as across the UK. In London, most of my time is spent as artistic director of the Nursery, which runs weekly improv shows and jams.
“I travel the world teaching and performing at festivals and theatres.”