Performers

Gael Perry (France)


Gael practices improv for almost 10 years in Strasbourg and he is member, co-founder and the director of La Carpe Haute. He’s also co-founder of the SIN, an International Network of improvisers in Europe. He is performer in La Carpe Haute and created international duos to continue to explore, tour the world and share: Raison d’Être with Laura Doorneweerd and Spirited Away with Gosia Różalska. Gael teaches improv and loves it! He travelled in Europe and the world during the past few years (New York, Barcelona, Berlin, Atlanta, Moscow, Athens, Brussels, Göteborg, Boston, Amsterdam, etc.), performing and teaching, and found a thousand ways to improvise. His dream was to combine it to be a multifaceted cristal of improv! Now, he shares around the world that way of acting, physical and noisy, kind and silly, emotive and crazy.






Ruth Bratt (London, UK)

Ruth Bratt is a founder member of Showstopper! The Improvised Musical, with whom she has performed and taught all over the world, and they continue to tour and perform regularly in the West End following their  Olivier-award winning run in 2015.  She is a regular guest with The Comedy Store Players, is one quarter of The Glenda J Collective with Josie Lawrence, Pippa Evans and Cariad Lloyd, 1/2 of A Very Serious Play with Lee Simpson, and has guested with Whose Line Is It Anyway Live.  She’s a regular player in the London 50 hour Improvathons, and has done two with Die-Nasty in Edmonton, where it all started!   She plays Roche in BAFTA-winning show People Just Do Nothing (BBC), and was Carol in the last series of Man Down for Channel 4.  She wrote and performed Trodd En Bratt Say Well Done You with Lucy Trodd (BBC Radio 4).  Other credits include Derek (C4), Mongrels (BBC3), and Sarah Millican’s Support Group (Radio 4).

Pippa Evans (London, UK)

Pippa is an award winning improviser and musical comedian. She has performed on the radio, the television and on stages around the world. If you Google her, you will find many characters she has played and sketches she has filmed and is unable to delete from the internet. 





Shawn Kinley

Shawn's home base is Canada which he is rarely in. He works with people in Europe, Asia, Latin America, Australasia and Africa 9 months of the year - enough time to make a baby.... which, he has not yet done but says he would like to one day.

Broadly speaking, Shawn teaches workshops and performs.

More specifically he engages performers, businesses people, health care professionals, education experts, scientists, toymakers, dancers, psychologists and even the military in various forms of improvisation and movement to make their world a little better. Over the past three decades Shawn has been asked to teach in 43 countries. Memorable visits include Universities in Oxford and Cambridge, a roofless building in Peru, the National Theatre of Iceland, and Opera of Norway, a Favela in Brazil, palaces in Germany, circuses in Poland and Colombia.

Andrew Pugsley (London, UK)

Andrew trained in musical theatre at the Circle in the Square Theatre School on Broadway, NYC. He has been a member of the Showstopper! Company since 2010, and has toured with them to Mumbai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Norway, Canada, the USA, Belgium, Ireland and venues all across the UK. He has been improvising for 15 years, since his first shows as a student with Edinburgh University's resident troupe The Improverts. He has recently been touring internationally with improvised gothic horror show, The Society of Strange, alongside regular West End appearances in Showstopper! and The Showstoppers' Kids Show. He also regularly takes part in the London 50 Hour Improvathon. He has taught improvisation and acting at Oxford School of Drama, LAMDA, Associated Studios and The Bridge, and leads workshops applying improv techniques for teambuilding, communication skills and creativity for a range of corporate clients. Outside of improvisation, recent theatre credits include: Game Theory (Tristan Bates); The Mikado (The Tabard); MC for Singalong Oliver! (Royal Festival Hall); Wind in the Willows (Brewhouse Theatre). Voiceover:  Showstopper! (BBC Radio 4), The Penny Dreadfuls Present: Guy Fawkes (BBC Radio 4),  The Prisoner of Zenda (Unabridged reading for Naxos Audiobooks). 

Kory Matheson (Canada)

Kory Mathewson is a polymath and an improviser who has shared the stage with top improvisors from across Canada, the United States, and Europe. He has been performing with Rapid Fire Theatre since 2005. Mathewson also performs in ultra-long form improvisation, including Edmonton’s Die Nasty: The Live Improvised Soap Opera. He performs with and teaches techniques, formats and styles inspired by the world around him and his studies in cybernetics, robotics and artificial intelligence. Off-stage, Mathewson is a PhD candidate in Reinforcement Learning at the University of Alberta with the Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute.



 

Julian Faid (Canada)

Julian Faid is a senior member of Rapid Fire Theatre having performed in weekly improv shows for more than 15 years. As the co-creator of TEDxRFT the improvised Ted Talk, he has performed at improv festivals in Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, Austin, Toronto and Olso, to name a few. Off stage, Julian is a Masters student in Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology at the University of Alberta studying technology and transportation in city planning and sustainable consumption. 






Laura Doornerweerd (Holland)

Laura is an Amsterdam-based teacher, performer and director. Star of shows including all-woman action epic The Ferocious Four, two-hander Jochem & Laura, Raison d'être and Me & My Ex, and co-founder of the multi-lingual Ohana project for European improvisers. A specialist in improvisation with a background in theatre and dance, she has been teaching for 15 years and, for 9 years, ran her own drama school in the Netherlands. Currently she is AD of TVA IMPRO in Amsterdam. She travels the world, guesting at major festival as an individual performer and tutor, and touring internationally with her ensemble shows. Also, her last name is a castle. True story. 

Mats Eldøen (Norway)

Mats Eldøen has been playing and teaching improvisation for the last 15 years, both in Norway and internationally. Since 2016 he has been the AD of Det Andre Teatret. He also works as an actor and have starred in several movies and TV-shows. At the moment he is part of the hit show ”Alt er lov” /”Everything goes” on TV2. The last couple of years he has directed a number of plays, music videos and commercials. 






Christopher Ash (London, UK)

Chris is a composer, sound designer, and musical director, and was a KSF Foundation UK Artist of Choice (2016-17). Current work includes: “Lucky Petra” (NYU New Plays For Young Audiences, 2TimeTheatre, BEAM2018), “Wasted: The Brontës. They Rock” (West Yorkshire Playhouse/BEAM2016), “Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde” (Trestle Theatre), “The Passion of Albert Nobbs” (Stiles & Drewe Prize Shortlist 2017), “Old Fools” (To The Moon/Southwark Playhouse). As an improvisor, he is a founding member of Olivier Award-winning “Showstopper! The Improvised Musical”, improvises live horror soundscapes for "The Society of Strange”, and co-creates live film music and sound for “Mischief Movie Night” (Mischief Theatre). He has been a featured performer at Den Andre Teaterfestivalen (Den Andre Teater, Oslo), and Törn Festival (Steife Brise, Hamburg). Chris teaches Musical Theatre Writing at Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, and Goldsmiths. And has taught Musical Theatre Improvisation at Drama Studio London, Guildford School of Acting, Royal Academy of Music.

Adam Meggido (London, UK)

  

Adam Meggido is the co-creator/director of Showstopper! The Improvised Musical. He is also the director of Mischief Theatre’s West End hit Peter Pan Goes Wrong (nominated Best New Comedy Olivier Awards 2016) subsequently televised on BBC1. He was Consultant Director on A Christmas Carol Goes Wrong (also for BBC1, 2017) and Mischief Movie Night (nominated Best New Comedy Olivier Awards 2018). He created The School Of Night with Ken Campbell, produces and directs the annual London 50-Hour Improvathon and the controversial Terror Seasons from 2004-2012, Britain’s only annual festival of horror theatre and Grand Guignol, nominated for a Peter Brook Award. His musical Burlesque won 4 OFFIES in 2012 including Best New Musical. His other projects in improvisation include The Society Of Strange, Rhapsodes and in 2013 he set an unofficial world record in directing improvisation for 55 hours at Soulpepper in Toronto with the Die Nasty Christmas Soapathon. He is a frequent visitor to Alberta for shows with Rapid Fire Theatre. He is the Artistic Director of Extempore Theatre

Twitter: @adammeggido 

Henrik Stoltz Vernegg (Norway)

Henrik Stoltz Vernegg is a classical trained actor, improviser, DJ, sound and light designer. He officially joined the ensemble at Det Andre Teatret (The Other Theatre) as a performer in 2016, but he has done technical designs for most of Det Andre Teatret’s shows since its creation in 2011. Mastering a rare skill, Henrik is indisputably one the world’s best improv DJs. He has toured around Norway and many international festivals, including the successful Det Andre Teatret’s US Tour 2016. 

Veslemøy Mørkrid (Norway)


Veslemøy Mørkrid is a member of the ensemble at Det Andre Teatret. She has performed at several international festivals in Canada, Europe and the United States and worked with teachers like Keith Johnstone, Susan Messing and William Esper, among others. Outside of improvisation, she works as an actor in theater, television and movies. At the moment, she is in the middle of the shooting the second season of the Political thriller Okkupert coming in the fall of 2017.

Ali Froggatt

Co-Artistic Director

  

Ali began her impro career at Loose Moose Theatre, founded by Keith Johnstone. Ali has spent the last 10 years performing & studying with impro gurus Keith Johnstone, Dennis Cahill, Rebecca Northan, and Shawn Kinley. She has performed and taught impro on numerous stages across Canada as well as in Norway, Holland, and the United Arab Emirates. Restless and hungry to create her own work, Ali started Sour Dog Productions, a company that produces a variety of improvised and scripted shows. Their staple show Missed Connections, a fully improvised comedy based on REAL craigslist missed connections (Co-created by Froggatt, Andrew Phung and Quinn Contini) quickly became a hometown hit in Calgary and tours international improv festivals. Ali works frequently with Rebecca Northan’s Spontaneous Theatre, select credits include: Undercover (Tarragon Theater), An Undiscovered Shakespeare (2016 Stratford Festival), and is thrilled to be joining the cast of Blind Date and begin her training in the iconic role of Mimi at ArtsClub Vancouver in November 2018. Ali has also performed in numerous international improv festivals, including Den Andre Teaterfestivalen, Improvaganza, Vancouver International Improv Festival, and is the founder and Co-Artistic Director of the Canmore International Improv Festival.

Quinn Contini

Co-Artistic Director

 

Quinn Contini is an improvisor, actor, emcee, teacher, skier, hiker and climber, and is always trying to balance his love for mountains with his need for comedy. At the age of fourteen, he started improvising at Loose Moose Theatre in Calgary, where he spent 6 years cutting his teeth.Quinn then moved to Edmonton in 2013, and is currently a senior member of Rapid Fire Theatre. Since 2015, he has been the youth improv teacher at the Foote Theatre School, and was the workshop instructor for the University Improv Group from 2014-2016. Performing and teaching have brought Quinn to such places as Oslo, Dubai, Amsterdam, and Würzburg, as well as most small Albertan towns. Quinnemcee’s the Canine Stars show at the Calgary Stampede, improvises in Off Book – the Improvised Musical, and is an actor and writer for Marv n’ Berry - Sketch Comedy. Quinn has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta with a specialization in entrepreneurship and family enterprise.