Nishita Merchant is an Indian comedy writer and performer based in Sydney. Apart from writing with Define Happy and obsessing about feminism, Nish performs improv with the Laugh-Masters house team in Sydney – the Surry Hillbillies. She has studied comedy-related stuff with The Second City, Improv Theatre School (ITS) and Laugh Masters, but most importantly from the jokes life has played on her.
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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.
Whilst in high school, Tristan discovered that written English was not his strong suit, so he looked to Oral Presentations to get him through English Class. It was this found love of storytelling that pushed Tristan to start improv lessons in 2016 with LMA. For the record, Tristan still failed English. But only by a little bit.
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.
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 Pop It In The Basket.
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 performed in the 2016 Melbourne Uni Law Revue and directed the 2017 production, as well as devising and performing comedic play “You Blew It” in the Adelaide Fringe. She began improv training at LMA in 2016, where she merrily remains.
Nikki currently plays with Soothplayers in Completely Improvised Shakespeare and Completely Improvised Potter and has also appeared in shows such as The Remix, The Outliers, Improv Against Humanity and Funny Tails.
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 is Head of LMA’s Young People’s programs.
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, and performs monthly with LMA’s house team ‘Pop It In The Basket’.
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 1, runs the Second Saturday ‘Intro to Improv’ workshops, and is the Head of School for LMA in Melbourne. He also performs with house team ‘Pop It In The Basket’.
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.
Floyd is kind of a famous actress, a comedian, a musical genius, and… a lawyer, so legally speaking, she’s funny. And smart.
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. He also helps LMA with SEO 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.