THE FA APPROVED COACHES
We recommend each coach charge around £20 - £25 per hour for coaching (plus space costs where appropriate), but please enquire individually to find out their personal rates and availability.
Graham has been improvising for over 9 years. He began training at the renowned UCB Theatre in New York. He has also studied under David Shore in London. He is a founding member of the award-winning Austentatious, and co-founder of The Free Association. Graham also performs with Monkey Toast, Grand Theft Impro, and No Strings. He has taught improv at the International Acting Academy and The School of Comedy and is also an improv coach. When not improvising, Graham is an actor and writer.
Naomi teaches Level 1 and 2 at The Free Association. She is an actor, comedian, writer and singer. Her stage credits include Angus Thongs and Even More Snogging (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Chavs (Lyric Hammersmith), 10x10x10 (Pleasance), The Witches of Eastwick (Watermill) and Tender Loving Care (New Theatre Royal). Television and Film credits include Drifters (E4), Pop Sludge (4Music), Jitterman (Raedar Ltd) and At First Sight (Rankin Film Productions). In 2016 she took her debut one woman comedy show ‘I Am Telling You I’m Not Going!’ to The Edinburgh Festival Fringe. She trained with The Free Association where she now teaches and performs. She has also guested with Chortle award-winning Austentatious and Grand Theft Impro.
Jim trained in Improv at both Monkey Toast and the FA and is a founding member of smash-hit, live and kicking, CD:UK improv groupThe Petting Zoo. A comedy writer and director by trade, Jim’s short films have been shown around the world leading to him selling out and directing a series of commercials for Virgin Holidays.
Jonathan began performing improvised comedy as a part of Underbelly Funk, the first Underbelly House improv team at the Edinburgh Festival in 2000. He then trained as an actor in the USA and Russia at The American Repertory Theatre and Moscow Art School. As an actor he’s played at The Globe and performed in numerous plays both in London and the USA. More recently he’s made films, both scripted and improvised, starring in the 2014 improvised feature United We Fall. As a producer he has been involved with the award winning short film, David’s fine and currently nominated Not Sophie’s Choice. Jonathan currently improvises with (and teaches for) The Free Association in London, performing regularly with his team, The Wilsons. He recently took his bow with Improv superstars Austentatious at the York Fringe this summer.
Shamus is a member of The Wilsons, co-founder of creepy improv duo Demons To Some and teaches Level 2 at the FA. Before the FA was a twinkle in Graham Dickson's eye he tore up the London improv scene as a member of the legendary (to their members) So This Is Earth and Bleak Mouse. Shamus has been a character comedian/clown, and will be again, but loves improv best of all. He is also a writer and lo-fi film-maker and many of his films and collaborations can be found online at vimeo.com.
Simon Lukacs has been improvising for 4 years and has studied with The Spontaneity Shop, Monkey Toast and The Free Association. Outside of the FA, he is part of the improv groups The Petting Zoo, Upstairs Downton and Equine Extravaganza. He has also trained in clowning under Phil Burgers, aka Doctor Brown
He runs the critically acclaimed Gits and Shiggles Comedy night and co-hosts the Time Out Critic’s Choice show Character Assassination.
Writing credits include the short film Bethlehem Booking Hotline for ITN.
Simon also has a background in immersive theatre, appearing in The Apocalypse Game Show and the Forked Path shows The Tomb of Nobody and The Butcher of Baker Street
Simon can also be found hosting The Eclectic Playlist and Gits and Shiggles on Wandsworth Radio
Alison is a critically acclaimed actress, comedian and writer. Her recent solo character comedy ‘Some Like It Thea-Skot’ was a 5-star sell out hit at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival and transferred to the Soho Theatre in London. Alison teaches and performs at The Free Association, and also guest improvises with Chortle award winners Austentatious and can be heard in several Radio 4 comedy sketch shows, and seen on TV’s News Jack.
Michael Orton-Toliver’s improvisational roots go back to 1997 in Los Angeles with Comedy Sportz. Mike is most proud of co-founding Ultimate Improv (The Space) and working in Amsterdam for the world famous Boom Chicago Theatre. He’s also performed for Second City, but now lives in London and can be seen playing with The Free Association, The Bishop, and GTI. Not to mention his two man, long form show with Jim Woods. When he’s not performing, Mike teaches improv and coaches several teams in London. He is also the Head Corporate writer at Boom Chicago.
Briony is an actor and writer whose been performing improvised comedy since 1998. She was a previous member and director of the Edinburgh University’s Improverts and has trained with Keith Johnstone, The Spontaneity Shop, Monkey Toast Ltd and with members of UCB. She is a cast member of The Bishop, Monkey Toast UK and the Free Association and a guest cast member of Grand Theft Impro and Chortle Award winning Austentatious. Briony has taught improvisation for The Spontaneity Shop and Monkey Toast Ltd and has run workshops on Improv for Creativity and Business.
Liz is an actor and comedian. She played series regular Ruby on Channel 4 topical comedy Ballot Monkeys and the follow up series Power Monkeys, and Andy in semi-improvised sitcom Borderline. She is one third of comedy group Massive Dad, who wrote and performed on ITV2 sketch show @Elevenish, BBC Radio 4 Fresh From The Fringe and Sketchorama. Liz trained in improvisation with Monkey Toast and The FA, and performs with improv group The Petting Zoo.
Alex Holland is a writer, comedian and improviser. He has a 2009 Royal Television Society Award for the comedy sketch film ‘Best Friends That Love Each Other’ which he co-wrote and performed whilst at University, has trained with Monkey Toast improv company and the FA, and is a co-founder of improv troupe The Petting Zoo.
Chris Gau is a comedy writer & improviser from London. In addition to co-creating and writing Borderline (Channel 5) and The Literary Adventures of Mr Brown (BBC Radio 4), Chris has writing several short films: “Bin Day” made the Official Selection at the LA Comedy Shorts and “Screen Grab” was shortlisted for the BAFTA sponsored Reed Short Film Competition. When not writing, Chris performs at the Free Association Theatre in London.
Shaun is an improviser, writer and actor. He performs regularly in London with Do Not Adjust Your Stage (DNAYS) and two-man act The Homunculus, with international appearances in New York, Paris, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, and Dublinin recent years. DNAYS’ show The Wunderkammer plays in residency at the Natural History Museum. Shaun has trained in long-form improv in the UK and USA with the UCB, Second City, iO, TJ & Dave, Monkey Toast and Free Association. He appeared in EpicLloyd’s globally interactive improv web series Off The Top, and co-hosts character comedy podcast Fact Up. Shaun's writing has featured on BBC Radio 4.
Shaun currently coaches FA Harold Team My Brother, Jose.
Lola-Rose has been improvising for almost five years and has trained with some of the top improvisers in the world including Jim Woods, Brian Jack, Cariad Lloyd and Craig Cackowski. A Free Association (and Monkey Toast) alumni, Lola-Rose performs with The Cartel, The Petting Zoo and alongside Mike OT and Graham as part of the FA players. She's the primary coach of London long form group Lester City. When not improvising Lola-Rose writes for Channel 4's RudeTube, and her own amusement.
Alex is a writer, comedian and member of the FA Harold Team, My Brother Jose. He started studying at the FA years ago at the age of 17 and has since gone on to perform at IO West in LA and The Magnet Theatre & The PIT in New York. Apart from the FA, Alex has also studied improv with UCB, improv Olympic and The Groundlings.
Alex enjoyed a sell-out run at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe in the improv show, Facebook Official. The following year, he brought his first solo-show, Apologies to the festival.