Sometimes delightful new improvisors sweep into town and fit charmingly into a troupe. We know Mark arrived recently on some mysterious geographical excursion from Dorset, but at the same time it’s like he’s always been here.
Joel is an improviser who is no stranger to making things up in front of audiences. He has trained in and performed shortform and longform improv with theater troupes locally, in Wellington, and across timezones in Chicago and Los Angeles. No stranger to teaching improv, Joel coaches various improv teams across the city, preparing them to be fiercely unprepared.
Joel drinks a lot of energy drinks. He probably shouldn’t but he says it gives him personality.
Functionally blind, Susan lives in a world of sound, and is passionate about sharing this with others. The skills of listening and communication are vital to her life, and to a good scene. The truly exciting thing is, when you take the image out of the equation, there is nothing you cannot create onstage.
Susan is a qualified actor, who has been improvising since 2013, and is happiest without a script in her hand, which is good because she wouldn’t be able to read it. She co-directed Stories for the Darkest Night at the 2018 NZ Improv Festival, and played a very dubious cook in Lovecrafted during the 2019 Fringe Festival.
Lyndon brings rich shades of the thespian, clown and professional wordsmith to his improvising, and has been part of WIT as a performer and senior trainer since forever. Most recently seen onstage in WIT’s 2019 Fringe Festival show Lovecrafted, he was the original auteur for Attack of the Killer-B movie and voice of The Rabbit in Attack of the Killer Puppets. He is rumoured to be a furtive collector of masks and brewer of mysterious beverages in his spare time, and occasionally takes to the stage for proper plays with scripts.
No man has shinier shoes or a snazzier tophat than this man. A performer, trainer, singer, our treasurer and an actual treasure, Mike has played in shows with WIT from Nelson to Palmerston North, although mostly in Wellington, where he’s been part of of the improv scene since 2012. Going from strength to strength on stage, in 2016-18 he was part of the core cast of Attack of the Killer-B Movie, and in 2019 he was crowned Micetro, and played a sinisterly well-dressed janitor in Lovecrafted.
By day Matt is thought to do something involving computers, but by night he is variously an improvisor, a musician or even that most special of performers, a musical improvisor. He’s performed in and musically supported WIT’s Fringe and Comedy Festival shows since 2018, included playing an undead university professor in 2019’s Lovecrafted.
Lorraine joined WIT more than a decade ago, and has been entertaining us (and our audiences) ever since. She’s been part of Comedy and Fringe Festival shows, regular Micetros and more, most recently devising a spectacular Haiku-based game that will be making it’s way into a stage show soon. In her spare time she is a poet, a model, an actress and/or a standup comedian.
No one is quite sure when Colin slipped into improvising with WIT, one day it was as if he’d always been here. He’s played in comedy festival and fringe festival shows, and was part of the crew that took Attack of the Killer-B Movie to the 2018 Palmerston North Fringe.
Severin has been playing with WIT since 2017, initially as a musician but also as an improviser. He’s famous for his ability to noodle, although when he’s not striking a dramatic pose or a dramatic chord, he can be seen sharpening his wit as a professionally freshfaced standup comedian in bars all over town.
Gitta has been improvising and performing for years, taking part in Comedy Festival and Fringe Festival shows, as well as volunteering to help WIT and other theatre around Wellington. Her epic poems are justly renowned for being outstandingly epic.