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Jonathan Briden

Actor / Artistic Director

Jonathan began improvising at the Court Theatre in 1987. Since then he has performed in hundreds of shows, and taught and directed improvisation and acting in New Zealand, Australia, England, Canada, and Argentina. He is a former Theatresports champion, stand-up comedian, actor, and the founder of Impulse Theatre. Jonathan founded Impulse Theatre in early 2015, bringing an exciting new form of unscripted theatre to Christchurch audiences.

Andrew Bolitho

Andrew Bolitho

Actor / Musician

Andrew caught the acting bug in the waning days of the 20th century and hasn't looked for a cure yet. He has received a number of awards in acting. Since his 2009 discovery of improvisation workshops he has mostly eschewed other theatrical pursuits in favour of developing and honing his improvisational skills. He's still expanding his creative palate however by turning his love of music to a practical direction in learning guitar and teaching all his friends. In short: He's a guitarist, he sings, he acts, he improvises. He's Andrew.

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Lucy Webb

Actor / Teacher

Lucy graduated with a BA in Acting from her previous life in the U.K. This, with a background of theatre work, dance and music training set her in good stead to start a life in Christchurch as a preschool teacher! She since has discovered the wonders of improv and joined Impulse Theatre, performing as part of the main cast for 2 years. She also writes and performs sketches as part of the female comedy group "Peppered Unicorn". Lucy is the teacher for Impulse Kids Drama Group.

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Aaron Jelley

Actor

Aaron has a tremendous ability to balance both drama and comedy in his improvisation. He is also a regular performer on the growing Christchurch stand-up scene, and has quickly established a reputation as an exciting, unpredictable performer and, for better or worse, a wholly original act.

Joanna Prendergast

Joanna Prendergast

Actor

Joanna (aka Jo Ghastly) has been performing improvisation for over 20 years. She is also heavily involved in film acting, including roles in feature films and TV comedy. She performs regularly as a stand-up comedian and is known as "the ultra-cool Mum who knows the lingo". She is also involved in sketch writing and performance including "Skitch" and the female comedy troupe "Peppered Unicorn". Career highlights include being a 3ZB cheerleader last century and being typecast as everyone’s bitchy mother.

Debbie Klausen

Debbie Klausen

Actor

Debbie is a very experienced improviser, actor, and writer. She has also spent many years involved in producing, writing, filming and editing independent short films and is an enthusiastic 48 Hours Film Fest entrant since 2004. (Team Upshot). She brings both her sketch writing and performance skills to shows such as "Skitch" and the female comedy troupe "Peppered Unicorn". She's also one of the nicest people you'll ever meet.

Mark Darbyshire

Mark Darbyshire

Actor / Musician

Mark has been writing and performing comedy for most of his life. His sketches are regularly featured in "Skitch", and he also does stand-up. He is a singer-songwriter with dozens of songs to his name, and recently branched into musical theatre with a solo performance at "Way Off Broadway". He sings with "A Capellago World Music Choir", and was in the chorus for "An Evening of Rodgers and Hammerstein Classics". He also dabbles in screen acting.