Actor / Artistic Director
Jonathan began improvising at the Court Theatre in 1987. Since then he has performed in hundreds of shows, and taught and directed improvisation and acting in New Zealand, Australia, England, Canada, and Argentina. He is a former Theatresports champion, stand-up comedian, actor, and the founder of Impulse Theatre. Jonathan founded Impulse Theatre in early 2015, bringing an exciting new form of unscripted theatre to Christchurch audiences.
Joanna (aka Jo Ghastly) has been improvising for over 20 years. She is heavily involved in film acting, including roles in feature films and TV comedy. She performs regularly as a stand-up comedian, known as "the ultra-cool Mum who knows the lingo". She is involved in sketch writing and performance including "Skitch" and the female comedy troupe "Peppered Unicorn". Career highlights include being a 3ZB cheerleader last century and being typecast as everyone’s bitchy mother.
Debbie is a very experienced improviser, actor, and writer. She has also spent many years involved in producing, writing, filming and editing independent short films and is an enthusiastic 48 Hours Film Fest entrant since 2004. (Team Upshot). She brings both her sketch writing and performance skills to shows such as "Skitch" and the female comedy troupe "Peppered Unicorn". She's also one of the nicest people you'll ever meet.
Actor / Musician
Andrew caught the acting bug in the late 20th century and hasn't looked for a cure yet. He has received a number of awards in acting. Since his 2009 discovery of improvisation he has mostly eschewed other theatrical pursuits to focus on his improvisational skills. He's still expanding his creative palate, by turning his love of music to a practical direction in learning guitar and teaching all his friends. In short: He's a guitarist, he sings, he acts, he improvises. He's Andrew.
Actor / Musician
Mark has been writing and performing comedy for most of his life. His sketches are regularly featured in "Skitch", and he also does stand-up. He is a singer-songwriter with dozens of songs to his name, and recently branched into musical theatre with a solo performance at "Way Off Broadway". He sings with "A Capellago World Music Choir", and was in the chorus for "An Evening of Rodgers and Hammerstein Classics". He also dabbles in screen acting.