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Andrew Gentilli

Andrew trained as an actor at The Oxford School of Drama and Drama Centre London before going on to study improvisation at iO Chicago, UCB New York,



The Loose Moose Theatre in Canada and various masterclasses across Europe and, of course, Hoopla!


After playing in several UK troupes, he founded short-form team The Inflatables along with Steve Roe. He then founded Storybag, specialising in long-form plays, two-prov team 'BEINGS' with Susan Harrison, and plays in Music Box: The Improvised Musical. He is also a voice actor, visual artist and filmmaker.


Andrew's focus is on creating vivid characters and relationships to make engaging scenes and narratives, and bringing a positive spirit to short, long, or freeform improv.


Give him a call or text on 07881 503965. Email him at andrewgentilli@hotmail.com, or message him on Facebook.

Steve Roe

Steve is the co-founder of Hoopla and teaches loads of their improv courses.


He regularly hosts Hoopla’s shows at The Miller and regularly performs improv in Story Kitchen and Music Box.

He’s especially interested in coaching committed short-form improv or narrative long-form teams.


Hooplaimpro@gmail.com.

Katy Schutte

Katy has worked with lots of improv companies, notably The Maydays for the last 10 years.  She has also played with Baby Wants Candy, Music Box, Fluxx, Project2,

Katy and Rach, At Home with Katy and Tony and more.  She trained at Second City and IO Chicago as well as in intensive classes with the Annoyance and UCB.


Katy has taught all kinds of improv.  She has recently coached Jinni Lyons and Constantine Pavlou on their solo shows, The Science of Living Things and Countdown to Doom on sketch-feel improv and All Made Up on shortform.  She also designed and directed the Maydays' Edinburgh genre show Oh Boy! The Quantum Leap Show.  She regularly teaches an advanced improv music class for the Maydays and longform for Hoopla.


katyschutte@hotmail.co.uk

Rhiannon Vivian

Rhiannon performs regularly in London and Brighton with The Maydays and Music Box.

Rhiannon recently studied at Upright Citizen's Brigade in New York,

and has also trained at the acclaimed iO Theatre in Chicago. She has also studied under many other luminaries including Al Samuels, Eliza Skinner and Tim Sniffen (Baby Wants Candy), Christian Capozzoli (UCB), TJ Jagodowski & Dave Pasquesi (iO Chicago/Annoyance Theatre) Rich and Rebecca Sohn (Annoyance Theatre), Dylan Emery and Adam Meggido (The Showstoppers), Nancy Howland Walker and Marshall Stern (Second City, MUSICAL! The Musical) and Steve Roe (Hoopla).


As a Mayday, she is proud to be have performed as a guest with acclaimed show Whirled News Tonight at iO Chicago, and has performed on international stages in New York, Dublin, Barcelona and Portugal.


Rhiannon’s interests are long-form, character work and music.

rhiannonsvivian@gmail.com

Chris Mead

Chris has studied improv internationally at iO Chicago, The Annoyance Theater, The Magnet and The Hideout in Austin, TX.

He has taken classes with teachers from Baby Wants Candy, Crunchy Frog, Hoopla Impro, Chicago Improv Associates, UCB,  Bad Dog, the Free Association and Monkey Toast here in the UK.


He has performed as part of a regular team for the past 8 years, most notably with The Ministry, 8-Bit, Music Box, Silly String Theory, Project 2 and The Maydays. He also teaches with The Maydays and, of course, Hoopla.


Chris was an early advocate for the importance of coaching in the UK scene and has coached improv wunderkind The Science of Living Things since 2013. He specialises in promoting group mind, finding the joy and discovering the sort of scenic relationships that make improv feel effortless.


ChrisOfTheStairwell@gmail.com

Improv Coaches

The people below are experienced improvisers who are available for coaching improv teams. For exact details regards availability, locations, times, fees, dates and other things please contact the coaches direct as Hoopla are just helping to spread word.


Coaching is big in the US improv scene, where most performing teams have a regular coach to provide an outside eye to keep the group playing well as a team. So we thought we’d try to encourage the improv coaching system here to help groups stay together after courses and help teams put on regular shows they and their audience enjoy.

James Witt

James trained at the University of Birmingham and the Guildford School of Acting.   


He was part of the team who founded Music Box : The Improvised Comedy Musical in 2010 and has been performing with them regularly ever since.


In the capacity of director James has worked on a wide spectrum of projects,  these have included the collaborative satirical sketch shows NewsRevue for the Canal Cafe Theatre and The Treason Show for the Rialto Theatre.   Other directing projects include Monster and Cosmic for Ready Made Theatre (which he also wrote), Raised in Captivity for BST Productions and The Wonderful World of Henry Wellcome for Teatro Vivo.


Most recently James directed Shakespeare for Breakfast at the Edinburgh Fringe, the show; 'Hamlet 3D : The Director's Cut' transferred to the Canal Cafe Theatre for an extended run.   Whilst in Edinburgh James also directed and devised a new format for the long running improv show This is Soap : The Improvised Soap.  


Current directing projects include Twisted Cabaret for Two Tongue Theatre,  an as yet untitled project on gender identity for Out of Chaos and a new long-form murder mystery show called 'Snuff Box' for Music Box.


Email: jameswitt80@gmail.com


Mike Hutcherson

Mike has over 15 years experience of studying & performing improv and theatre.


Performed in / created Glitch - The Improvised Puppet Show,

Jamjar Impro, The Golden Bang, Mike & Constantine, Mike & Charlie, Schtum and others.


Mike’s also studied film-making, screenwriting and storytelling, which has led him to develop a set of tools for long-form narrative, to help improvisers tell compelling and fun stories. If your team tell stories of any kind, Mike can help you.


tel: 07931 012814

email: michael_hutcherson@hotmail.co.uk

Jinni Lyons

Jinni has been improvising for the past six years, and has been improvising solo for the past two. After starting her training with Hoopla, she went on to learn from many

brilliant improv minds including those of Cariad Lloyd (Austentatious, The Improvised Jane Austen Novel), Mark Beltzman (co-founder of Improv Olympic, Chicago, and Director at Second City), Dylan Emery (Showstoppers!, The School of Night) and Jacob Banigan (Rapid Fire Theatre, Edmonton, Canada).


Jinni has performed both short-form and long-form improv all over London, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and in Italian at the Match d'Improvizzazione Mondiali, where the England team reached the semi-final, as well as in improvathons in Liverpool, London, and at the Bristol Old Vic.


She is a guest teacher at Hoopla and at The Actors Centre, where she was also a judge for this year's Alan Bates Bursary Award.


jinnilyons@hotmail.com

Shem Pennant

Shem is a writer/ performer trained at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade in New York. He performs Harolds with The Rebranding, monoscenes with LAID,



organic improv with Anne & Frank and the Movie Form with Genre Claude Van Damme. He currently coaches King Me, who are working on the Pretty Flower. He focuses on non-narrative long-form, grounded scenework and game. He also likes making people dance. He spends a lot of time looking at forms such as The Detour, The Pretty Flower, The Subject, 4TRACK, Tracers, Monoscenes, the Harold ... it's a long list.


Contact him on each1teach1@gmail.com

Liam Brennan

Liam has been performing and coaching improv for 6 years, currently performing in long form group The Science of Living Things and narrative show Countdown to Doom.

He trained at the University of Kent gaining a Masters in Stand-Up Comedy, as well as joining the University’s resident short form Improv group founded by the Noise Next Door.


He has also studied improv at various schools such as Hoopla, The Free Association, The Nursery and Spontaneity Shop.


Liam loves coaching all kinds of improv formats and styles, particularly long-form scenes, finding the game and using characters to drive individual scenes and narrative.


Contact him via email at LiamBrennanImprov@gmail.com

Liz Peters

Liz Peters is a trained actress and Artistic Director of The Maydays, an award-winning British improv company who have been running for over 12 years.

She has improvised around the world, from Europe to the USA, and was nominated Best Female Performer at the Brighton Fringe Awards for her solo musical comedy show.


Liz’s teaching experience includes many years of courses, drop ins, corporates and retreats for all levels, from complete beginners to improv veterans. In 2015 she qualified as an Embodied Facilitator and is excited to bring that unique angle to her coaching as it's a real game changer. The body is a hugely powerful and underused feat of engineering. Working with it not only increases our range as performers but also affects our mood, the way we feel about ourselves and others, and thus our entire life experience.


Liz's focus is on bringing out the best in people with connected, authentic improvisation. She's an energising coach and is hot on stagecraft, performance skills and above all FUN! Cos that's the reason we really play make-em-ups isn't it? Cos it's fun!


www.lizpeters.com

Dan Attfield

Dan is an improviser, musical comedian, and guitarist. He currently performs with comedy hip hop freestylers Abandoman, and with sketch and improv team The RH Experience.

He writes and performs solo musical comedy, and also frequently compères for standup, improv, and corporate events.


Dan has over a decade of experience in various forms of improvisation, and has trained with The Second City (Chicago and Toronto) and the Soho Theatre Young Company, among many others.


He particularly enjoys teaching musical improvisation from both actors' and musicians' perspectives, and is also very keen to work with new longform teams in London.


To get in touch and find out more, visit http://www.danattfield.com

Conor Jatter

Conor has been performing improv and sketch with his group The RH Experience for 9 years. He has also regularly performed with The Inflatables,

 

improv hip hop group Excursions, improv puppet show Glitch, and of course, Hoopla whenever they will put up with him. He also performs on his own, in a solo clowning show. He produced The RH Experience’s Edinburgh show, Stuck and their improv archive show on Roundhouse Radio. When he’s not improvising, he is a film maker, sketch writer, and graphic artist.


He has had the honour of learning from The Upright Citizen’s Brigade, The Pajama Men, Doctor Brown, Philippe Gaulier, Neil Mullarkey, Stephen Frost, Nigel Plaskitt, Sam Simmons, Lee Griffiths, Steen Raskopoulos and many more!


Conor really enjoys working on big, physical, silly characters and fast paced scenes. Throwing himself into whatever trouble he can find, while always aiming to have your back in any scene. He also enjoys the coming up with formats (short or long form) and pushing them to their limits. He loves coming up with / helping produce concepts and groups and watching them grow from the ground up or just to have an outside eye, but most of all, having a laugh. If any of that sounds helpful and fun, you can get in touch with Conor below:


Get in touch with Conor through his website or jatterconor@gmail.com.

Carleen Macdermid

Carleen has been improvising for 18 years and teaching for almost as long. She has learned from a plethora of teachers across Australia and Europe and trained at the Upright Citizens Brigade in New York City.

Carleen can be seen performing at all the C3Something nights she co-produces as well as other improv events. She is currently coaching C3Something's first House Harold team and is passionate about non-narrative longform. Carleen loves helping people to find and explore the fun things about improv and then use these to create well-rounded pieces of comedic art.


Contact Carleen on improv@C3Something.com

John Agapiou

John trained at ImprovBoston in the USA, as well as with teachers from UCB, iO, Second City, Loose Moose, and other international schools.

 

John regularly performs the Harold with The Rebranding, but has performed freeform, organic, and narrative improv with his other teams in London and Boston. John has taught drop-in classes at the Nursery, and and coaches the C3? freeform team.


John’s interest is primarily non-narrative longform improv and the role of fluidity. Particularly freeform and organic improv, and scenes grounded in authenticity and emotional relationships. John would be a good fit for a team interested in these areas and teams looking to improve general performance skills. John would also be interested on working on character-centred narrative such as The Subject (as opposed to story-centred narrative).


johnagapiou+coaching@gmail.com

Phil Lunn

Phil has been improvising for several years, mainly as a musician but often on stage too. He has worked with many groups including Hoopla, Glitch, Shotgun, Multi-Story, Silly

 

String Theory, The London Improvathon, Mischief Theatre and Scratch Impro, across London and other places including several shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. He is currently musical director of Music Box, the Improvised Comedy Musical. He regularly performs solo in a impro cabaret act ‘Phil Lunn is…’ and also in partnership with other improvising singers.

 

He has taught the musical side of theatrical improvisation for two years with various companies. He enjoys teaching the various tools and techniques that then allow us to just get out there and do it. As Charlie Parker said about a different type of improvisation, "Master your instrument, master the music, and then forget all that and just play." It's just as true for what we do.


“A powerhouse of musical improv” — Open Your Mouth And Sing


phil@bothfeet.co.uk

Shaun Lowthian

Shaun has been improvising since 2007, currently performing with Do Not Adjust Your Stage and two-prov act The Homunculus with Tim Grewcock.

Shaun has performed internationally in New York, Amsterdam, Barcelona and Dublin. He also featured in globally-interactive show Off The Top (YouTubeSpace/EpicLloyd), and holds a Forever Manchester Award as co-writer/performer of comedy play Radio: Now In Technicolour.


Shaun has trained with the UCB in NYC and London, iO in London and Monkey Toast, and in acting with RADA, in addition to intensives with TJ & Dave, the Annoyance, Susan Messing, Mark Beltzman, Baby Wants Candy, PGraph and more. He coaches non-narrative long-form in all guises, game, group dynamics and, most importantly, following the fun.


Email: shaunlowthianimprov@gmail.com

Helen O’Donnell

Helen has been improvising since 2007, currently performing with Do Not Adjust Your Stage. She has performed throughout the UK, including several

Edinburgh Fringe Festival runs and internationally in New York, Amsterdam and Barcelona. Outside of improv, she works in comedy marketing at BBC Worldwide, where she also teaches improv workshops. Helen was a judge at the final of the Amused Moose Laughter Awards at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2014.


Helen has trained with the UCB in NYC and London, all levels of the Monkey Toast school, and various one-offs with improv giants, including Shannon O’Neill, Lydia Hensler and TJ & Dave. She enjoys non-narrative long-form, focussing on fun and generating an atmosphere of supportive and emotionally honest team play.


Email: helen-odonnell@hotmail.com

Lewis Harrison-Barker

He performs with Glitch the improvised puppet show and Music Box the improvised musical.


Lewis has taught for Hoopla and Music Box, and teaches acting at the University of Hertfordshire.

Lewis trained at Aberystwyth University, where he co-founded the improv society Exploding Fish.


He later went on to form and direct They Came With Outer Script the improvised B-Movie which had 2 successful runs at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.


Lewis has trained with Al Samuels (Baby Wants Candy), Dylan Emery (The Showstoppers) and iO to name a few, and has coached, directed and taught improv for the last 7 years.


You can contact Lewis via email at lewhbarker@aol.com

Mark Johnson

Mark trained as an actor at Rose Bruford and was one third of sketch group Wayward Council.


He has nearly 15 years experience as and actor, writer, director, teacher and comedian.

He currently runs improv workshops at Network Theatre.


He started out as an improviser with shortform games and scenes but has more recently become fascinated with the history and execution of longform and is looking to further explore where it can go.


He values interesting over funny (funny finds its own way of coming out) and thinks that strong relationships make strong scenes.


He would be interested in coaching teams who don't know who they are yet and are up for exploring to find that out.


Drop him a line at mark@nineteentwelve.co.uk

Will Naameh

Will is an Edinburgh-based improviser. He has been improvising for 10 years, and has performed all across Scotland, the UK and beyond. He performs with Spontaneous Sherlock, Men With Coconuts, To Be Continued... and Pint and a Half.

As an Edinburgh resident he has racked up hundreds of improv performances over the last five Edinburgh Fringe Festivals, and has represented Improv Scotland all around the world.


He has trained and performed at Second City, iO Chicago and Annoyance, and with such improv names as Keith Johnstone, Susan Messing, Patti Stiles and TJ and Dave. He particularly enjoys teaching status, explosive shortform, narrative and non-narrative longform and sticking to the fun. He currently teaches weekly and coaches two longform groups in Edinburgh.


He has coached all across the UK and Europe, but mainly teaches across Scotland and the north of England. He is willing to travel to you! Email or text him at williamnaameh@hotmail.com and 07738094153.

If you are interested in being listed here as an improv coach please email hooplaimpro@gmail.com.


If you want to contact one of the coaches please contact them direct.