What is your name?
Where do you live and work?
I live in Hackney, work in Holborn (London, UK)
What is your day job?
I'm the editorial director of a financial publishing and conference company.
How did you discover improvisation?
An ex-girlfriend did a class and decided that it would be perfect for me.
How do you practice improvisation?
I do weekly short-form shows with Grand Theft Impro; theatrical and literary impro with Ken Campbell and The School of Night; and musical impro with The Sticking Place. I also teach classes at The Actor's Centre in London and in many other places.
How did you learn?
I was primarily taught by Alan Marriott of Grand Theft Impro, but I have taken a huge number of classes with lots of different people around the world, including Keith Johnstone.
Any advice for beginners?
The more you do it, the easier it gets and the easier it gets, the better you are at doing it. Don't stress out because you think you aren't improving - it's that very stress that's holding you back. Take a deep breath and enjoy yourself.
What is your favourite improvisation quote?
It's probably the famous Johnstone quote about most people seeing children as unformed adults, when in truth adults are atrophied children.
What is the most satisfying story or scene you ever improvised in?
Individual scenes don't seem important enough to remember, but the most satisfying show I ever did was the Improvathon, a 50-hour non stop improvised soap opera. We did it in London in 2008 and a bunch of great improvisers from Edmonton in Canada came over including the show's director, the great Dana Anderson. To quote Dana, it's the best workshop you'll ever do.
Your favourite improvisation website
- this is sort of self promotion because I run it, but it is not for profit and it's for the whole UK impro community to use for free, so I don't feel guilty.
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