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.

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.

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.

Eve Wingerath

Eve Wingerath

Actor

Nick John

Nick John

Actor

Kuniyo Kamiya

Kuniyo Kamiya

Actor

Anne-Jan Veendijk

Anne-Jan Veendijk

Actor

Helen Fearnley

Helen Fearnley

Actor

Monica Vahl

Monica Vahl

Actor

Nicolas Bisi

Nicolas Bisi

Actor

Paul Ferguson

Paul Ferguson

Actor

Vivienne Chalklen

Vivienne Chalklen

Actor

Sarah Whitcombe-Dobbs

Sarah Whitcombe-Dobbs

Actor

Chay Cotter

Chay Cotter

Actor