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teaches: Advanced harold
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.
teaches: advanced game / harold / advanced harold
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.
teaches: intro to improv / scenework and intro to game / harold
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.
teaches: INTRO TO IMPROV / SCENEWORK AND INTRO TO GAME / harold
As The FA’s Associate Producer and a teacher on the Level 1 course, Naomi is passionate about all things FA! She trained with The Free Association and Monkey Toast and is a member of FA House Harold team Sweet Fanny Adams and the FA Players. When she’s not improvising, Naomi is an actress, 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) and At First Sight (Rankin Film Productions). In 2014 she cowrote and coperformed her twowoman show ‘Do We Have To Decide Yet?’ and she’s now getting ready to premiere her onewoman show ‘I Am Telling You I’m Not Going!
TEACHES: INTRO TO IMPROV / Scenework and Intro to Game
Jonathan began performing improvised comedy as a part of Underbelly Funk, the first Underbelly House improv team at the Edinburgh Festival in 2000. He trained as an actor in the USA and Russia and then moved back to London. As an actor he’s played at The Globe, (We The People, director; Charlotte Westenra) and performed in numerous plays both in London and the USA. (Martha Clarke’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, American Repertory Theatre, and The Fool, directed by playwrite Edward Bond.) More recently he’s made improvised films, (United We Fall) and has written and performed for the sketch group Comedy Bitch.
TEACHES: SCENEWORK AND INTRO TO GAME / advanced game
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.
TEACHES: advanced harold /HAROLD / ADVANCED GAME
Shamus is a member of The Wilsons, cofounder 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 lofi filmmaker and many of his films and collaborations can be found online at vimeo.com.
TEACHES: INTRO TO IMPROV
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.
TEACHES: INTRO TO IMPROV
Freya is a writer, improviser and comedian. Freya won the Funny Women Award 2010 with Liz Black with their double act Thankless Child. They went on to perform internationally and write for CBBC. Freya started improvising with the Edinburgh Improverts while at university and went on to direct them in her final year. Since being in London, she has trained under David Shore, Mark Beltzman and the Free Association in London. She currently performs with FA Harold team, ‘The Cartel’.
TEACHES: SCENEWORK AND INTRO TO GAME
Simon Lukacs has been improvising for 5 years and has studied with The Free Association, Monkey Toast and The Spontaneity Shop. Simon performs in the FA house team The 838. 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
Rhys first started improvising back in 2006. Since then he’s trained in long-form improv with the Free Association as well as Lyndsay Hailey (iO), Mark Beltzman (iO, Second City) and David Shore (Monkey Toast) among many other leading improvisers on both sides of the Atlantic. He performs with FA house team Sweet Fanny Adams is a founder member of long-form improv troupe Do Not Adjust Your Stage (DNAYS). He's had the pleasure of performing with DNAYS in residency at the Natural History Museum, as well as internationally in New York, Barcelona, Estonia, Paris, Amsterdam and Dublin. Rhys improvises solo as Powerhouse occasionally too.