Matt Powell

Matt Powell

Matt Powell is an accomplished improvisor with over 15 years’ experience teaching, performing, and directing improvisation. In addition to 12 years with Christchurch’s Court Jesters, Matt has taught around New Zealand and Australia, as well as by invitation at the 2015 FÉRIIR improvisation festival on Réunion Island.

In 2014, while still living in Christchurch, Matt was twice invited to teach WIT intensives on body language and direction in improv.  He loved Wellington so much he moved here in 2015, and continues to create fresh and innovative improvisation, including several shows with PlayShop and, with Jennifer O’Sullivan, the award-winning 2016 Fringe show Awkward Threesome.

As a teacher, he has a particular focus on connection, collaboration, and finding joy in the moment.

Fringe 2016 – Attack of the Killer B-Movie

Attack of the Killer B-Movie

“If you’ve ever enjoyed a heaped helping of cheesy retro cinema goodness, this should put a grin on your face ”   Review of WIT’s Attack of the Killer B-Movie!

Hilarious titles. Ridiculous Monsters. All improvised.

WIT brings you a new improvised show following the classic elements of B-Movies. Join our unsuspecting cast, as a series of unfortunate events lead them to a horrifying discovery… who will survive? Who will find love? And why is the phone always dead when you need to call for help?!

The story will be influenced by suggested movie titles given to the cast by the audience – bring us your most ridiculous original B-Movie titles, and see what we create for you!

This show happened in the 2016 Fringe Festvial Tue 16 Feb  – Fri 19 Feb 2016, 9pm, BATS Theatre – The Dome

A special edition visit is being made by WIT to the Nelson Fringe Festival, with a workshop Sunday 1st May, 10am – 1pm and the show Monday 2nd May, 9pm

 

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Spookytown! October 30th at the Fringe Bar

It’s time to find out who shall rule the Wellington Improv Undead this Halloween in an action filled evening of spooky fun.

There will be prizes* for the audience, who have the awesome and spooktacularly difficult task of deciding who from among our cast of improvisors is most worthy to wear the dark and sparkling crown of Doooommm!!

Feel free to dress up (hey, there’ll be prizes for that), tickets $10 at the door, and the usual delicious beverages available from the bar.

Venue: The Fringe Bar, 26 Allen St, Te Aro, Wellington
When: Sunday October 30th 2016
Time: 8.00, show duration 1 hr
Cost: $10, pay at the door
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* modest modest prizes

 

nzif 2015 WIT Cruise

2015 NZIF Royal Equinox Adventure Cruise!

A show born from a love of Wes Anderson films, set on a cruise like no other. Taking inspiration from familiar Anderson themes like difficult families, the loss of innocence, and unlikely friendships.  Symmetry, simplicity, and strangely sympathetic weirdos in WIT’s latest reimagining – the Royal Equinox Adventure Cruise.

A premiere to open the New Zealand Improv Festival from its founding company, The Royal Equinox Adventure was Annika Naschitzki’s directorial debut and stared Kate Wilson, Guanny Liu-Prosee, Mary Little,  Matt Powell, Lyndon Hood and Matt Hutton (aka the music man).

The Wellington Improvisation Troupe (WIT) is Wellington’s not-for-profit, community-based improvisational theatre group. WIT players share a love of storytelling and work together as a team to inspire the audience. WIT theatre is sometimes serious, often hilarious and always totally unpredictable.

 

This show happened already!

The Propeller Stage at BATS Theatre
1 Kent Terrace, Wellington, 6011

 

 

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Improv for the Stage with WIT!

This course runs for eight weeks two or three times a year, and is particularly aimed at people who already have some experience of Improv, for example WIT’s introductory course The Joy of Improvisation.  Build stage skills and improv confidence that are even helpful in real life – as well as being a bunch of fun.

Our first course for 2016 will be run shortly (early May) dates to be confirmed.

Read more about our training, or please contact us if you have any questions.

 

 

New committee for 2015/16

WIT’s annual general meeting was held on Tuesday 16th, and a new committee elected with a heady mix of fresh faces and ol’ hands:

Co-ordinator: Joe O’Sullivan
Creative Director: Wiremu Tuhiwai
Treasurer: Mike Webster
Members Rep: Hayley Webster
Secretary: Dianne Pulham
General Member: Steven Youngblood

If you want to ask questions, make comments or tell us things you think WIT needs to know, get in contact!

 

 

Hayley Webster

Hayley Webster

Hayley moved up to Wellington on a whim, after a five year OE left her feeling the need to find where she belonged. After taking a couple of WIT’s introductory classes, she reconnected with how much she had loved improv back in her high school days, and she found her place as well as a sort of a family in the community of WIT.

Hayley has been part of WIT’s recent  Fringe and Comedy Festival shows, in 2014 Battle of WITs, and Return to the Planet of Forbidden Improv (for which she made some amazing props, including a four metre long tentacle), and in 2015 Gorilla; she has also performed in and hosted Micetro shows.  In 2016 she produced and performed in Attack of the Killer-B Movie.  She has a real love for improvised music and rhyme- if there’s the chance of a song, she’s in.  Sometimes even in key.

She has served on WIT’s committee as Co-ordinator and as Members’ Rep.  As a trainer she works with some of our newest improvisors, as she loves experiencing that moment where people take the lid off the box of improv, and really start playing with it.

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Dru, Drucilla, Gorilla

Dru, WIT’s Resident Gorilla

Although Gorilla has been a favorite format of WIT’s since the early 2000’s, Dru only joined the troupe recently, and has a mysterious past.   Her stage debut was in 2013, and she has appeared in several shows since.

Her next big project is All-Star Gorilla in the 2015 International Comedy Festival.

As well as joining regular performers on stage during shows, Dru is very skilled at handing out flyers.   Her all-time favorite question, from a slightly over-awed younger member of the public, was “Are you a real Gorilla?”  The answer was of course a stately nod of a furry head.

Her favourite type of improvisation is short form, especially short form romantic comedy.  Indeed, Dru regards WIT shows as the perfect place to test candidates for the role of “ideal mate”; she has more than once formed an acute romantic attachment while on stage.  While none of these relationships have worked out long term, she remains hopeful.

Dru’s interests outside of improv include online dating websites, high fashion, playing the ukulele and bananas.

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All-Star Gorilla

NZ International Comedy Festival 2015

 

It’s the law of the jungle as a crew of seasoned improvisers take turns directing their opponents – creating scenes, stories, sagas or songs before your eyes in a bid to win your approval (and bananas).

You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll send the winner home for quality time with a gorilla.

Gorillia is an improv format which encourages risky, exciting comedy – with experienced improvisers playing at the top of their game, and introducing with glee extra challenges for the other players (who are also their competition) when it’s their turn to direct.

Our comedy festival cast:

Ali Little
Steven Youngblood
Hedy Manders
Geoff Simmons
Kate Zed
Brenton Hodgson
Wiremu Tuhiwai
Hayley Webster
Oliver Probert
Dianne Pulham
Mike Webster

Gorilla – Dru, WIT’s resident gorilla
Musician – Matt Hutton

 

Dates: Tuesday 12th to Saturday 15th May

Venue: The Fringe Bar, Wellington
Tickets: $13-$15
* service fees may apply
Doorsales or Bookings: 0800 TICKETEK (842 538)
Show Duration: 1 hour