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Performers

Alex Boggie

Alex’s surname auto corrects to “boogie” which is amazing because he’s a terrible dancer. Maybe. We don’t really know for sure. He could be great. Actually, he’s a great dancer. Yeah, that’s it.

Alicia Gonzalez

Clown

Alicia loves the Frenchies. Her influences include Compagnie Philippe Genty, Ariane Mnouchkine, Peter Brook & Maguy Marin. When she’s not trying to find absurdity in the everyday idiosyncratic human condition, she offers her expertise as a story consultant to screen writers.

Alistair Magee

House Team Coach

Alistair Magee has travelled the world performing and learning improv and is a walking encyclopaedia of improv knowledge. Ask him anything. Just be prepared for a long answer.

Andrew Wowk

Improv Level 4

In addition to being a wonderful Teacher, Andrew is the real deal on the wheels of steel. We try to get him to DJ every LMA party.

Andy Balloch

Improv Level 1-4, House Team Coach

Andy brings endless reserves of experience and enthusiasm to LMA. He is currently a Teacher, School Coordinator and Producer in Melbourne.

Asha Ray

Practice Team

Asha has been a student with Laugh-Masters Academy (LMA) since 2015, completing all four levels she has gone onto perform with ‘Apple Llama’, ‘One-nightstand’ and is now dabbling in clowning and performing with Laugh-Masters newest team.

Bel Tree

House Team

Bel was a big performer in her younger years and always assumed that she’d be an actress. However, she took no steps to follow that dream after high school and somehow ended up in law school. Bel has a deep love for the asburb and will ham up game whenever she gets the chance.

Carolyn Mullen

Improv Level 1, Head of Young People's Programs

Carolyn is a self confessed improv addict and is Head of LMA’s Young People’s programs.

Christine Wines

Teacher & House Team Coach

Christine Wines is a performer and self proclaimed “Twitter Personality” recently transplanted from Chicago, IL, USA to Sydney

Dan Pavatich

Improv Level 1-4

Dan is a comedy Writer and Performer with experience in stand-up, sketch, and improv. He was Artistic Director at LMA for Terms 3 and 4, 2017.

Dan Thomas

Improv Level 2

Dan was introduced to the delightful world of improv in 2016. He currently teaches Level 2, runs the Second Saturday ‘Intro to Improv’ workshops.

David Bakker

House Team

David is an actor and improviser. Hailing from the remote, desolate land of Albury, NSW. He has journeyed far and wide to learn the way of improvised comedy and storytelling.

David Tieck

Teacher

David is a crazy, weird, awesome, comedy genius and he’s got the hair and beard to prove it.

Doug Neale

House Team

Before starting improv in 2017, Doug used to take too long to think
of comebacks during banter and would just look offended.

Elizabeth Donald

Assistant Teacher

Elizabeth has been studying Improv since 2015 and has performed as a part of the cast for Completely Improvised Potter, at TIC with Fuggtown, as well as with an all-female comedy troupe FEMMILY.

Ella Lawry

Improv Level 1

Ella has trained in improvised comedy with the Upright Citizens Brigade in LA and New York, TIC, the Groundlings at 16th Street and Laugh Masters Academy in Melbourne. She is currently studying a Master of Film and Television at the VCA.

Fab Mackojc

House Team

Fab is often mistaken for an American given his strong accent from a childhood stint living there. He has previously worked as a programmer in Silicon Valley and can confirm that it is exactly like the hit TV show.

Georgia Woodward

Producer

Georgia is an Actor and part-time Producer at LMA’s production arm, Comedy & Co.

Georgina Sierra

Practice Team, Teacher's Assistant

Georgina’s other passion is flying planes. We think she’d have a really great “This is your Captain speaking…” message and hope to hear it one day.

Giovanna Rojas

Practice Team

Gio’s lack of long-term memory and pursuit of a good laugh brought her to LMA. She couldn’t be happier to know there are a bunch of other weirdos around that find making funny scenes for the sake of it a good use of one’s time.

Happy Feraren

Artistic Director, School Coordinator

Happy has been practising improv theatre for over a decade and performed in over 500 shows in a wide range of improvisational theatre formats for both cultural and corporate audiences. She is the Artistic Director of LMA.

Jacob Sacher

House Team

Jacob Sacher loves comedy. Catch him performing improv, stand-up, sketch or skletch at any fine comedic institution.

Jakub Duniec

House Team

Little boy, fun to be around on occasion. Dabbled in improv; has been dabbling in it ever since.

James Teagle

James fell in love with improv while binge-watching ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway?’ instead of studying. His tastes in comedy have been heavily influenced by Seinfeld, Friends, How I Met Your Mother and Scrubs.
James has since graduated from LMA, performs with House Team ‘Lolwhut?’, and hopes to take his brand of funny internationally when on layover from his day job as a pilot.

James Tranter

Practice Team

James loves improv. But there was a time not so long ago where he thought improv was for weird nerds. Signing up for what he thought was a stand-up comedy course, fate threw his judgemental mind into a tailspin of discovery. The lightness, loss of control and sheer serendipity of improv forced James to learn to how to be vulnerable and fluid. A state that never felt comfortable until improv found him. He is now the most eager of the weird nerds, and wouldn’t have it any other way.

Jasmine Langdon

Jas is a stand-up comic, improviser and self confessed improv junkie. She’s been an enthusiastic part of LMA ever since she started in Level 1.

Jeff Mesina

Improv Level 1-2, House Team

Jeff was the very first student to complete all levels at LMA and then complete our Teacher Track and is just about the friendliest fellow you could meet.

John Brudeski

When John isn’t on stage he can be found sitting on his couch with a rum and coke in hand watching blooper reels or leaning over the edge of his balcony yelling at the youths of Bondi.

Jono Edwards

House Team

Jono is a recent convert to improv having being brought along by a friend last year and has never looked back after finding such a fun welcoming world.

Julien Perrottet

Julien has so any headshots it was almost impossible to choose which one to use here. Seriously, google it and be rewarded with a plethora of comic handsomeness.

June Waldenburger

June discovered improvisation in Chicago. She has taken courses at The Second City, Hoopla, Impro-Australia and LMA and says that improvisation has opened up the world of creativity for her.

Kate O’Keefe

School Coordinator, House Team

As a child, Kate dreamed of becoming a professional dancer but when she realised she wasn’t going to cut it, she gave acting a go. She trained at The Second City in Toronto before returning to Australia as an improv addict.

Kiran Rao

House Team

Kiran came here to improv and chew gum. And he’s all out of gum.

Larry Orkin

Larry divides his time between Sydney and Lima where he serves as chairman of the Peruvian Duck Fighting League. He can be seen weeknights on the long running 585 bus – standing room only.   

Lauren Hayward

Improv Level 1

Lauren creates a warm, welcoming space where ever she goes. She is currently a School Administrator and Social Media Coordinator at LMA.

Louise van der Post

House Team

I am an actor, creator and improviser and I live to laugh, eat, and dive. I frequently work on my chakras and am a fan of restrictive and faddish diets.

Lucy Griffin

Improv Level 1-4, House Team Coach

By day Lucy works in casting for TV, by night she improvises, makes short films and produces a popular improv theatre show ‘Stiff Company’.

Lucy Silberstein

House Team

Lucy is a writer & improviser who began studying Long Form Improvisation and Sketch at LMA in Sydney. She then moved to Melbourne and is now a member of the house team Better Friends.

Madi Savage

Improv Level 1

Madi has trained at LMA and the Victorian College of the Arts. She wrote and performed in ‘Sketchual Healing’, the 40th Anniversary Law Revue in 2017. Madi teaches Improv Level 1.

Marc-Antoine Roy

House Team

Marc is a designer by day and an improv comedian by night. Not all of the nights, but some nights. Usually Wednesday nights. He enjoys short walks to the fridge, early morning bike rides and strong coffee.

Max Gettler

House Team

Actor at Bold Artist Management | Babymetal fan | Reader | Meditator | Margherita pizza connoisseur

Maya Aleksandra

Maya has been acting since 2005 and has appeared on TV in ‘Wilfred,’ ‘Winners and Losers’ and the semi-regular role of Senior Constable Kelly Merolli in ‘Neighbours.’

Melissa McGlensey

Improv Level 1-4, Improv to Sketch

Melissa showed up down under in early 2016 and brought a big bag of improv genius with her. She quickly became a treasured member of the community and we’re always happy when she comes back for a visit.

Michael Walter

House Team

Michael loves to laugh and loves making others laugh.

Michelle Cefai

House Team

Michelle is a self proclaimed comedian who laughs at her own jokes. She’s definitely her own biggest fan but maybe you just might appreciate her quick wit and violent nature on stage* She started out doing Level 1 improv with LMA for a bit of fun after work but 4 levels later, she has managed to “yes and” her way into a house team in the space of just over a year, don’t act like you’re not impressed.

*May contain traces of nuts

Naomi Mourra

Assistant Teacher

Naomi is currently performing with LMA House team Shut Up Darryl! and will seriously consider joining other teams – excluding sporting teams. She completed a short course at Second City Chicago to see if it is all it is cracked up to be (it is).

Nishita Merchant

Nish performed with one of the very first Laugh-Masters’ house team in Sydney – the Surry Hillbillies, and hasn’t looked back since.

Peter Davie

House Team

Peter is a public servant by day and a LMA House Team member by night. He loves rocking out to Queen in the car, cats and procrastinating about writing bios.

Phill Dawson

House Team

A massive comedy nerd, but mum said nerds are cool now. Loves improv, learning and research.

Rachael Millanta

Assistant Teacher

Rachael is an actor, improvisor, comedian and writer, who has a problem with over-enthusiasm that she refuses to work on.

Rachel Unicomb

House Team

Rachel has been involved in some sort of performing since high school. After being bitten by the improv bug she has discovered that a stage is a more acceptable outlet for her natural voice projection than an office.

Rebecca Hurd

House Team Coach & House Team

Rebecca Hurd is an actress and comedic writer from Chicago, Il. In Chicago, she trained with iO, The Second City, The Annoyance Theatre, and CiC. She’s currently in Sydney getting her MFA in Writing for Performance from the National Institute of Dramatic Art. You can check out her improvised romantic comedy podcast at www.YouHadMeAtLMFAO.com, or, if you’d like to see more of her acting and writing, check out www.RebeccaHurd.com. She has and always will be Hilary Duff’s #1 fan.

Sharnema Nougar

Teacher

Sharnema Nougar is an Award Winning comedian, writer, director and chanteuse clown. A veteran of five Edinburgh Fringe seasons and hundreds (thousands?) of gigs around the international comedy circuit, her latest directorial project was just Nominated for Best Comedy at Fringe World, Perth (Super Woman Money Program). She’s also currently in a Holden ad. Best smug acting ever.

Sophie Long

House Team Coach

The only thing Sophie likes more than improv is cats. And she likes improv a lot. Like, really a lot.

Talya Finberg

Improv Level 1

Talya’s favourite two words in life are “Yes, and,” especially when combined in that order. Her greatest happiness is watching students find the funny in truth, listening, being playful, willing to fail, and responding in the moment.

Teresa Ewan

Head of Corporate Training (Melbourne)

After discovering the wonder of Chicago-style long-form improv, Teresa is 100% an improv addict (it changes lives maaan!). She enjoys improvising, cats, pretending to be a cool French girl from the sixties, Steve Coogan, and cheese.

Victoria Hill

Improv Level 1

Victoria has been learning and performing in the Melbourne Improv scene since 2014. Her favourite improv experiences have been taking part in Now Showing: The Improvised Movie as well as studying and performing Musical Improv. During the 2016 Melbourne Fringe Festival, Victoria was part of the popular show Improv Against Humanity.

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