School Leadership & Vision
The Groundlings, The Second City, West Side Comedy, and with Joe Bill, David Razowsky, Ryan Karels (UCB)
LMA began by offering weekend workshops with Improv Instructors flown in from the top schools in the US and over time grew into the comedy school it is today, offering 8-week classes, 4 terms a year in both Sydney and Melbourne – all the while driven by Eran’s desire to keep learning, keep laughing and bring a sense of community to the Australian comedy landscape.
Eran’s comedy experience also includes Stand-Up Comedy at NYU and Comedy Screen Writing at the UCLA Writer’s Studio. He is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill’s top ranked School of Media and Journalism and has been writing and making funny things professionally as an award-winning Copywriter and Creative Director in agencies like BBH and TBWA for over 15 years.
More recently he has been leveraging his writing and comedy chops as a commercial Writer and Film Director represented worldwide by Chimney, and as the Executive Producer of LMA’s comedy video production arm, Comedy & Co.
Learn more at eranthomson.com
Get to Know Our Other Amazing People
Anthony came across improv in 2017 and quickly realised life had been boring until then. He has trained in Sydney, Chicago and Vancouver and thinks everyone should give improv a try.
Tim Quabba is a Melbourne based actor and improviser. His improvised solo piece “Breadcrumbs” debuted at Melbourne Fringe 2016 to both audience and critical acclaim. Tim has also trained, performed and taught at The Improv Conspiracy since 2012 and is an iO Theatre (Chicago) alumni.
Linda is an improv actor, comedian, musician, teacher, producer and director who has been prominent in the Sydney performing arts scene for over 25 years.
Marcelle is LMA’s Head of HR. She has over 20 years of HR experience specialising in transforming small to medium sized businesses within FMCG, Retail and Media / Entertainment.
Tracy is LMA’s “virtual” CFO and a finance, strategy and operations professional with over 20 years of experience working with senior leaders to develop and adhere to strategic and financial goals.
Peter is a public servant by day and a LMA House Team member by night. He loves rocking out to Queen in the car, cats and procrastinating about writing bios.
Rachel has been involved in some sort of performing since high school. After being bitten by the improv bug she has discovered that a stage is a more acceptable outlet for her natural voice projection than an office.
Louise van der Post
I am an actor, creator and improviser and I live to laugh, eat, and dive. I frequently work on my chakras and am a fan of restrictive and faddish diets.
Christine Wines is a performer and self proclaimed “Twitter Personality” recently transplanted from Chicago, IL, USA to Sydney
Elizabeth has been studying Improv since 2015 and has performed as a part of the cast for Completely Improvised Potter, at TIC with Fuggtown, as well as with an all-female comedy troupe FEMMILY.
Bel was a big performer in her younger years and always assumed that she’d be an actress. However, she took no steps to follow that dream after high school and somehow ended up in law school. Bel has a deep love for the asburb and will ham up game whenever she gets the chance.
Fab is often mistaken for an American given his strong accent from a childhood stint living there. He has previously worked as a programmer in Silicon Valley and can confirm that it is exactly like the hit TV show.
David is an actor and improviser. Hailing from the remote, desolate land of Albury, NSW. He has journeyed far and wide to learn the way of improvised comedy and storytelling.
Actor at Bold Artist Management | Babymetal fan | Reader | Meditator | Margherita pizza connoisseur
James loves improv. But there was a time not so long ago where he thought improv was for weird nerds. Signing up for what he thought was a stand-up comedy course, fate threw his judgemental mind into a tailspin of discovery. The lightness, loss of control and sheer serendipity of improv forced James to learn to how to be vulnerable and fluid. A state that never felt comfortable until improv found him. He is now the most eager of the weird nerds, and wouldn’t have it any other way.
Gio’s lack of long-term memory and pursuit of a good laugh brought her to LMA. She couldn’t be happier to know there are a bunch of other weirdos around that find making funny scenes for the sake of it a good use of one’s time.
Michelle is a self proclaimed comedian who laughs at her own jokes. She’s definitely her own biggest fan but maybe you just might appreciate her quick wit and violent nature on stage* She started out doing Level 1 improv with LMA for a bit of fun after work but 4 levels later, she has managed to “yes and” her way into a house team in the space of just over a year, don’t act like you’re not impressed.
*May contain traces of nuts
Rebecca Hurd is an actress and comedic writer from Chicago, Il. In Chicago, she trained with iO, The Second City, The Annoyance Theatre, and CiC. She’s currently in Sydney getting her MFA in Writing for Performance from the National Institute of Dramatic Art. You can check out her improvised romantic comedy podcast at www.YouHadMeAtLMFAO.com, or, if you’d like to see more of her acting and writing, check out www.RebeccaHurd.com. She has and always will be Hilary Duff’s #1 fan.
Marc is a designer by day and an improv comedian by night. Not all of the nights, but some nights. Usually Wednesday nights. He enjoys short walks to the fridge, early morning bike rides and strong coffee.
Rachael is an actor, improvisor, comedian and writer, who has a problem with over-enthusiasm that she refuses to work on.
Happy has been practising improv theatre for over a decade and performed in over 500 shows in a wide range of improvisational theatre formats for both cultural and corporate audiences. She is the Artistic Director of LMA.
Sharnema Nougar is an Award Winning comedian, writer, director and chanteuse clown. A veteran of five Edinburgh Fringe seasons and hundreds (thousands?) of gigs around the international comedy circuit, her latest directorial project was just Nominated for Best Comedy at Fringe World, Perth (Super Woman Money Program). She’s also currently in a Holden ad. Best smug acting ever.
Jonathan Pitts co-founded the Chicago Improv Festival, produced it for 20 years, taught at The Second City for nearly two decades and has performed in over 1,200 improvised shows.
After discovering the wonder of Chicago-style long-form improv, Teresa is 100% an improv addict (it changes lives maaan!). She enjoys improvising, cats, pretending to be a cool French girl from the sixties, Steve Coogan, and cheese.
Georgina’s other passion is flying planes. We think she’d have a really great “This is your Captain speaking…” message and hope to hear it one day.
Alistair Magee has travelled the world performing and learning improv and is a walking encyclopaedia of improv knowledge. Ask him anything. Just be prepared for a long answer.
The only thing Sophie likes more than improv is cats. And she likes improv a lot. Like, really a lot.
As a child, Kate dreamed of becoming a professional dancer but when she realised she wasn’t going to cut it, she gave acting a go. She trained at The Second City in Toronto before returning to Australia as an improv addict.
Alicia loves the Frenchies. Her influences include Compagnie Philippe Genty, Ariane Mnouchkine, Peter Brook & Maguy Marin. When she’s not trying to find absurdity in the everyday idiosyncratic human condition, she offers her expertise as a story consultant to screen writers.
Asha has been a student with Laugh-Masters Academy (LMA) since 2015, completing all four levels she has gone onto perform with ‘Apple Llama’, ‘One-nightstand’ and is now dabbling in clowning and performing with Laugh-Masters newest team.
James fell in love with improv while binge-watching ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway?’ instead of studying. His tastes in comedy have been heavily influenced by Seinfeld, Friends, How I Met Your Mother and Scrubs.
James has since graduated from LMA, performs with House Team ‘Lolwhut?’, and hopes to take his brand of funny internationally when on layover from his day job as a pilot.
Naomi is currently performing with LMA House team Shut Up Darryl! and will seriously consider joining other teams – excluding sporting teams. She completed a short course at Second City Chicago to see if it is all it is cracked up to be (it is).
June discovered improvisation in Chicago. She has taken courses at The Second City, Hoopla, Impro-Australia and LMA and says that improvisation has opened up the world of creativity for her.
When John isn’t on stage he can be found sitting on his couch with a rum and coke in hand watching blooper reels or leaning over the edge of his balcony yelling at the youths of Bondi.
Alex’s surname auto corrects to “boogie” which is amazing because he’s a terrible dancer. Maybe. We don’t really know for sure. He could be great. Actually, he’s a great dancer. Yeah, that’s it.
Larry divides his time between Sydney and Lima where he serves as chairman of the Peruvian Duck Fighting League. He can be seen weeknights on the long running 585 bus – standing room only.
Lucy is a writer & improviser who began studying Long Form Improvisation and Sketch at LMA in Sydney. She then moved to Melbourne and is now a member of the house team Better Friends.
By day Lucy works in casting for TV, by night she improvises, makes short films and produces a popular improv theatre show ‘Stiff Company’.
Ella has trained in improvised comedy with the Upright Citizens Brigade in LA and New York, TIC, the Groundlings at 16th Street and Laugh Masters Academy in Melbourne. She is currently studying a Master of Film and Television at the VCA.
Andy brings endless reserves of experience and enthusiasm to LMA. He is currently a Teacher, School Coordinator and Producer in Melbourne.
Carolyn is a self confessed improv addict and Program Coordinator & Facilitator LMA Professional Development / Improv Training for Business Success.
Victoria has been learning and performing in the Melbourne Improv scene since 2014. Her favourite improv experiences have been taking part in Now Showing: The Improvised Movie as well as studying and performing Musical Improv. During the 2016 Melbourne Fringe Festival, Victoria was part of the popular show Improv Against Humanity.
Madi has trained at LMA and the Victorian College of the Arts. She wrote and performed in ‘Sketchual Healing’, the 40th Anniversary Law Revue in 2017. Madi teaches Improv Level 1.
Talya’s favourite two words in life are “Yes, and,” especially when combined in that order. Her greatest happiness is watching students find the funny in truth, listening, being playful, willing to fail, and responding in the moment.
Justin attended the USC Film School in Los Angeles, and trained in improv at IO West in Los Angeles, where he performed on the mainstage Harold Team Waterloo before moving to Australia. He has since performed regularly with shows in the Melbourne Fringe Festival and Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
Dan was introduced to the delightful world of improv in 2016. He currently teaches Level 2, runs the Second Saturday ‘Intro to Improv’ workshops.
David is a crazy, weird, awesome, comedy genius and he’s got the hair and beard to prove it.
Melissa showed up down under in early 2016 and brought a big bag of improv genius with her. She quickly became a treasured member of the community and we’re always happy when she comes back for a visit.
Dan is a comedy Writer and Performer with experience in stand-up, sketch, and improv. He was Artistic Director at LMA for Terms 3 and 4, 2017.
Flavie has been a cheery and enthusiastic part of the LMA community ever since she booked her fist class on a whim 30 minutes before it started. She is currently an Teacher’s Assistant and Assistant Producer.
Jeff was the very first student to complete all levels at LMA and then complete our Teacher Track and is just about the friendliest fellow you could meet.
Susan never expected to love improv as much as she does. She is currently the Digital Marketing Manager for LMA. If you found this site, she may be partially responsible.
Vidya is a fantastic writer and has a brilliant sense of humour, but that doesn’t stop her from taking her role as LMA’s Access & Inclusion Director seriously.