Spotlight On: Christine Brooks

Christine Brooks has performed and taught at improv festivals all over the world in the UK, Ireland, Sweden, Germany, Reunion Island, Australia and New Zealand. She is returning to New Zealand for NZIF 2016 after 18 months abroad living in the UK, teaching and performing improvised theatre in Europe and becoming the arch enemy of a local influential seagull in Brighton.

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Spotlight On: Matt Powell

Matt Powell is a small man with a big heart for improvisation and over 15 years’ performing and teaching experience with The Court Jesters (Christchurch), PlayShop (Wellington), and internationally. His butt looks good in skinny jeans.

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Spotlight On: Peter Nordstrand

Peter Nordstrand is a Swedish actor and improviser. He owns and operates Scenkonstakademin, is the founder of Improfest Sweden, and co-founder of Improbootcamp. He has performed in, written, directed, improvised, translated and produced shows since the 80s. He has worked with, among others Improverket, Gbgimpro and Improvisation & co in Sweden

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Spotlight On: Jason Geary

Jason has been improvising for 20 years; in that time he has performed all over the world, from Australia through Asia, the USA to the stages of Europe. Jason has studied Improvisation with teachers like Keith Johnstone, Patti Stiles, Randy Dixon and Dan O’Connor and story with Robert McKee.

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Spotlight On: Lliam Amor

An actor, designer, director and a founding member of Impro Melbourne, he is an obsessive fan of all things improvised. Lliam has taught improvisation for well over a decade and currently teaches at Deakin University where he has a Bachelor of Education in Drama and Media.

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Spotlight On: Lori Leigh

Lori Leigh has a PhD from Victoria University of Wellington and a MFA in in Theatre from Sarah Lawrence College (New York). Originally from the United States, Lori has been studying, performing, teaching, and directing improv for over a decade.

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Spotlight On: Malcolm Morrison

 

Malcolm Morrison is an improvisor, actor, teacher, and writer but in his heart he is a storyteller. As a founding member of Improsaurus he has developed dozens of long-form formats since its inception in 2010 and has brought their unique brand of improv as far as the International Amateur Theatre Festival in Florida. In his spare time away from improvising he is trying to complete a PhD in physics

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Spotlight On: Clare Kerrison

Clare Kerrison is an experienced improv teacher, performer and arts administrator. She has been Business Manager for BATS Theatre, a stilt-walking clown in Germany, a physical theatre actor and spearheaded the NZ contemporary adaption of Hedda Gabler, directed by David Lawrence.

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Spotlight On: David Innes

David Innes (Melbourne) is an experienced improvisor, teacher and director of impro. He has performed in two NZIF shows - Time Lord in 2013 and Grain of Truth in 2015, both shows of which he devised and created.

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Spotlight On: Jason Dunn

Jason Dunn has been performing improv in Sydney for 7 years in short-form formats and a wide range of long-form shows. He has learned from Sydney-based and several international visiting teachers, and has never accepted anything they said at face value.

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Spotlight On: Wiremu Tuhiwai

Wiremu Tuhiwai is an improvisor, actor, teacher and a co-creative director of the Wellington Improvisation Troupe. He has been improvising within the windy borders of Wellington for just shy of 10 years. He has performed for many seasons with Wellington Improvisation Troupe and with Best on Tap.

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Spotlight On: Jaklene Vukasinovic

Jaklene Vukasinovic is an improvisor, performer and teacher from Melbourne, Australia. Her love of music, dance and drama drew her to theatre at the University of Melbourne, where she began improvising with student collective Off The Cuff in 2006

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Spotlight On: Cale Bain

Cale is the Artistic Director of Improv Theatre Sydney, the improv director of Whose Line Is It Anyways Australia (yes- the TV show!) and was the Director of Training with Impro Australia. He was the founding Artistic Director of FULL BODY CONTACT NO LOVE TENNIS, running longform improv weekly for almost a decade in Sydney. 

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Spotlight On: Jonathan Briden

Jonathan Briden is a veteran performer, teacher, and director, with almost 30 years of improvisation, dozens of shows, and over 1,000 performances. He has taught improvisation across 4 continents, and established improv groups in England, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. He has worked extensively with many of the great teachers of modern day improvisation, including David Razowsky, Bobbi Block, Keith Johnstone, Uta Plate, Steve Jarand, and many more.

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Spotlight On: Katherine Weaver

Katherine Weaver is an improvisor, actor, teacher and director from Melbourne. She has been improvising with Impro Melbourne for over 10 years and is currently co-artistic director. She has performed for many seasons with Impro Melbourne in such shows as Theatresports™, Gorilla Theatre™ and Maestro™

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Improv Masterclass Programme ready to challenge Wellington's practitioners

To many in Wellington, the New Zealand Improv Festival (NZIF) is a celebration of improvised performance; to those within the industry, it is also an opportunity to develop skills and foster collaboration between national and international practitioners. With its most comprehensive workshop programme yet, NZIF is delighted to have almost 100 practitioners registered to participate in a week of improvisation masterclasses led by some of New Zealand & the world’s most experienced and talented improvisors and directors. 

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