Teaches:

Improv Level 1-4

In:

Melbourne

Coaches:

Better Friends

Trained at:

Laugh-Masters Academy, iO Chicago, TIC

Andy Balloch

Andy Balloch has performed with The Bell Shakespeare Company, written two sell-out cabarets for Midsumma Festival, written and performed in “Home Alone”- a musical/sketch show for Melbourne Fringe Festival, co-written and directed big budget musical “Holy Ship!” (In which he also played the Captain) which was performed at The GH in St Kilda, written with comedy legend Bev Killick (“Busting Out! – The Musical!”) and currently writes for internationally acclaimed and award winning cabaret performer Reuben K.

Having studied drama and linguistics at Deakin University, Andy has also graduated from the esteemed iO Theatre in Chicago and all 4 levels of The Improv Conspiracy, where he has taught levels 1 and 2, performed on crowd favourite teams ‘Foggy Windows’, and ‘Shake-A-Stick’, and now coaches levels 1, 2 and 3. In addition to this, Andy chairs the diversity scholarship program at The Improv Conspiracy, and helped to write the diversity policy.

Andy is also one one half of, and producer of, ‘The Sparrow Men’, Melbourne’s premiere improv duo, who have received both audience and critical acclaim, toured, hosted Midsumma’s Carnival, and were a Premiere Event in 2017 for Midsumma. With sell out seasons for Fringe Festival(2015) and Midsumma (2015/2017) at iconic venues such as The Trades Hall and The Butterfly Club.

2016 saw ‘The Sparrow Men’ premiere their first written show, Murder on the Pacific Diamond, which garnered them a 4 ½ star review from Theatre People, and earned them an ‘Artist of the Year’ award from GLOBE. They went on to debut this show for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, earring more audience and critical acclaim, with a 4 star review in Beat Magazine lauding the show “(is) nothing short of a wonder”.

Andy currently teaches ‘level 4 – Harold’ at Laugh Master’s Academy, ‘Intro to improv, at RMIT University, and is directing ‘Victorian Avant-Garde Artists Society” for MICF.

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