Who's who at Impulse Theatre

Improvisation is all about people and community.

Here's a look at the folks that make Impulse Theatre a fun, thriving theatre (hover over the pictures for more info).

Jonathan Briden

Jonathan Briden

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, USA, Canada, Argentina, and England. He is a well recognised teacher in NZ and overseas, an actor, and the founder of Impulse Theatre.

Joanna Prendergast

Joanna Prendergast

Actor

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.

Andrew Bolitho

Andrew Bolitho

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.

Debbie Bourke

Debbie Bourke

Actor

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.

Greg Hubbard

Greg Hubbard

Actor / Musician

Greg

Mark Darbyshire

Mark Darbyshire

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.

Andrew Frost

Andrew Frost

Actor

Andrew’s early life almost ended in tragedy when his family mislaid the recipe for toast. While he has otherwise made a full recovery, he was never able to play the piano again. He has been improvising since the late 17th century, but his career was interrupted by the Napoloeonic Wars. He has appeared sporadically at the Downtown Theatre in Scarbrough as an usher and janitor. He recently adapted Harold Pinter’s play, “The Birthday Party” for television by supergluing it to his 42-inch Samsung flatscreen.