Short form fun show

Winter Micetro – June 2017

Beloved improv elimination competition Micetro came back for another bite of the cheese.

A crew of eager improvisers went head to head in a battle of wit, spur-of-the-moment storytelling and glorious failure.  A mix of seasoned improvisers and adorable newcomers, and everything in between played their hearts out to decide who got eliminated and who survived to be crowned ‘Micetro’.

Koha, with a hat passed around at the end

Thursday June 1st, 7pm–8pm
Thursday June 8th, 7pm–8pm
Thursday June 15th, 7pm–8pm

The Fringe Bar, 26-32 Allen St, Te Aro, Wellington

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Vinny Francois, StoryCrafting 18th and 19th of March


Vinny Francois, StoryCrafting, 18th and 19th of March 2017

Vinny has over 20 years of experience as a professional improviser. A founding director of the Montreal Improv Theatre, he has performed in more shows and venues across Canada than he cares to count. Read his complete bio or watch Vinny in action.

The workshop:
Both days will be on storycrafting and yes you can sign up for just one day. The times will be between 10am to 5pm with an hour for lunch.

Storycrafting (narrative improv) (Intermediate/Advanced)
How do stories work? Learn how to weave a tale out of thin air whether it’s two minutes long or a whole hour. Start strong scenes, build the tension as the story evolves and finish it up on a high. Audiences LOVE being taken on a journey. This workshop teaches the structures, ideas and basics of narrative improv as it applies to individual scenes or improvised plays.

Purchasing tickets:
– go to
– Click on the button “SELECT A DATE” and choose “Sat, 18th Mar (10:00am)”.
– Once the date is selected click on the button “TICKETS”.
– You will now have the option to select one or both days.

If you have any questions please email

The Ferris Wheel – Fringe Fest February 2017


The Ferris Wheel has spun!!  WIT’s four fun nights at the Cavern Club as part of the 2017 Fringe Festival, are over. The Theatreview reviewer found opening night “Fresh and invigorating“.

The Wellington Improvisation Troupe was delighted to present Wade Jackson’s compelling format Ferris Wheel.  Each night, enjoy unique stories were wound together on the ride that changed everything. Love won and lost, fortunes and futures made or broken. Some stories were just beginning. Others turn to an unlooked-for end.

Lives were spun!

Price: Koha, with a hat passed around at the end, but if you have nothing spare to put in it that’s okay, we’d still like you to come enjoy our show.

Fri 10 Feb 2017, 6:30pm–7:30pm
Sat 11 Feb 2017, 6:30pm–7:30pm
Sun 12 Feb 2017, 6:30pm–7:30pm
Mon 13 Feb 2017, 6:30pm–7:30pm
Where:The Cavern Club, 22 Allen St, Te Aro, Wellington

WIT Event Facebook Page
Fringe Festival Page – Koha Ticket

So, get out and enjoy Wellington’s lively live theatre and comedy scene.  In comparison that flickering screen in the corner of your lounge is, well, quite flat.


Tuesday Workout in October/November/December 2016!

The Tuesday Workout is WIT’s standard session for members and usually means you’ve graduated from at least a level two class or have equivalent improv experience. There is a season pass for all 8 sessions (which is cheaper) or drop-in with cash ($15) on the nights you can make it.

Next block of sessions is Tuesdays from 18 October to 6 December (with a break on November 1st), BATS Studio (1 Kent Terrace, Wellington), 7pm – 9pm.   

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

Note: If you are new to improv, Level 1 The Joy of Improvisation, runs through the Wellington Community Education Centre 4 times a year.



New committee for 2016/17

WIT’s annual general meeting was held on Tuesday 26th of July, and a new committee elected with a heady mix of fresh faces and ol’ hands:

Co-ordinator: Kate Zabranski
Creative Directors: Wiremu Tuhiwai and Anrik Drenth
Treasurer: Todd Rangiwhetu
Secretary: Hedy Manders

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



Improv Next Step (Level Two)

Improv Next Step (formerly Improvisation For The Stage) runs for eight weeks two or three times a year.  It is ideally suited to people who have completed WIT’s introductory course, Level 1 The Joy of Improvisation, or those with previous experience of improv.  Read more about our training, or please contact us if you have any questions.

The next course will be in October, and is being run in co-operation with the Wellington Community Education Centre – Signup here!


Clare Kerrison

Clare is a WIT founding member and former creative director. She’s been to drama school, Loose Moose and co-managed BATS Theatre. In 2016 she moved back to NZ after seven years in Cambridge, UK where she revived the improv community by creating and delivering a class curriculum, jam nights, shows and co-founding the Cambridge Improv Factory. She’s also played in London harold teams, learned from teachers of many different styles, created a solo and played in Bristol’s long running improvised soap opera, Closer Each Day. She’s stoked to be back in Wellington and able to use the word ‘stoked’ again. You can find her at @suriahslip or

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


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