About Alan


Alan Marriott has been teaching and performing for over thirty years both in Canada and Europe.  His professional career spans many disciplines specifically voice overs, teaching, improvisation, marketing consultancy, writing, and performance for stage, film and television.


Photo Credit: Tom Gould

Photo Credit: Tom Gould

Early Years

Having misspent his childhood endlessly watching the Looney Tunes, Alan Marriott has been doing funny voices for as long as he can remember.  To actually start voicing cartoons himself was the fulfilment of a life's dream for Alan, and his voice can be frequently heard popping up in animation throughout the English speaking world.

After a brief time attending Studio 58 acting school (Vancouver ), Alan left to join the first season of Salmon Arm Summer Stock Youth Theatre (SASSY) and did two seasons with the company. While in Vancouver, Alan joined The Vancouver Theatresports League and performed with them for five years.

In 1985 Alan moved to London, England to complete his formal acting training at The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA).  Upon finishing LAMDA, Alan began doing voice over work, and the impro bug bit again. Alan set to work in London starting London Theatresports in 1987, creating and playing in numerous different impro formats.

After more than twenty years living and working in London, Alan returned to Vancouver, British Columbia where he mounted a new production of The Impro Musical (for VTSL) and continued his successful voice over career.

Now back in London since the summer of 2017, Alan is busy working on many new performance, teaching and voice over projects.

Voice Over

Alan's voice can be heard in many animation series world wide including Bob the BuilderThe Secret Show, Bounty HamsterAnimal StoriesVampiresPirates and AliensAnthony Ant, Lego Nexo Knights, Lego Star Wars, My Little Pony, Geronimo Stilton, Dinosaur Train, Martha Speaks and more. Alan is also an accomplished voice director and voice over teacher, directing six animated featurettes for BKN. Alan is currently the voice of Grand Sensei Dareth in Lego Ninjago.

Alan has also appeared as a voice in many feature films including Asterix – The Mansions of the Gods (as Cacofonix), Planet 51, Globi and the Stollen Shadows, Boo-Zino and the Snurks, and most recently as 'Stan' in Norm of the North 2. Alan has also voiced many anime films such as, X, Violence Jack and Appleseed.

For video games, Alan can be heard on the original PlayStation 1 games Jumping Flash 1, Jumping Flash 2 and on Dead Rising 2, Skate 2, Hot Wheels - Stunt Track Challenge, Head Hunter – Redemption, Space Channel 5 and many more.

Alan can be heard in countless commercials and trailers such as MBNA Credit Cards, many trailers for Warner Brothers Films (including Scooby Doo) and Nickelodeon. He is the current voice of White Spot restaurants.

Alan actually got in front of the camera when he starred in a feature film, 'Teeth' with film director, Jonathan Newman, in the lead role as Dr. Horace Morgan (a man with unfeasibly large teeth) who is 'looking for love'.

Author! Author!

Alan has collaborated in the creation of many written musicals, including Da Doo Me (with David C Jones), Newer, Bigger, Better, and Mrs. Claus' Kitchen (both with Bill Allman and Kevin O'Brien). Alan's book on impro, Genius Now was published in 2008.

Alan also co-created and appeared in Dogland, a comedy CD written and performed with Adam Long of the Reduced Shakespeare Company and Voice Over veteran Stefan Ashton Frank.

Currently Alan is working on a new musical with his double act partner Sandra-Mae Luykx and is rewriting Wonderboy – The Musical with Philip Pellew of Showstoppers!.

Impro

Alan got his first taste of improvisation with Vancouver Theatresports and, as they say, things were never the same again!  Alan spent four amazing years with V.T.S.L., where he was taught by Keith Jonstone and worked closely with (among others) Colin Mochrie and Ryan Styles. He also originated the character of Aldous Bacon in VTSL's original production of 'Suspect' (an improvised murder mystery).From his start in 1980 at Vancouver Theatresports (where he was taught by Keith Johnstone, Phil Savath and many impro pioneers), Alan has worked with or taught many groups in London, Vancouver and throughout Europe including: 

Showstopper,The Comedy Store Players, Grand Theft Impro, South of the River and Holsten Impro (with Steve Frost and Jeremy Hardy), Scratch (with Ruth Bratt) Impropera (a two act improvised opera), Lust Boulevard (an improvised soap opera directed by Phelim McDermott), Alliances (London's first 2 act improvised play), The Impro Musical, Friday Night Live, Vancouver Theatresports League, The Chip Butcher Quartet, Made Up Like Tarts, Dogs on Holiday, Hamlet Improvised, Impro Lear, Brickbats Volunteers, and Omelette Broadcasting (with Lee Simpson).

As a teacher Alan has been spreading improvisation and impro thinking, world wide for over 30 years. Some of his clients include the Society of London Theatres (SOLT), Independent drama schools, Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Springmaus in Germany, Whose Line is it Anyway in Belgium , Snell Theatre in Amsterdam, Rock Paper Scissors Vancouver. Alan was the original Artistic Director of Theatresports London at the Donmar Warehouse.

A list of Alan's former students includes Eddie Izzard, Alan Davies, John Sparks, Jake Arnott, Stella Duffy, Gordon Kennedy, Neil Ashdown, Fay Ripley, Ben Keaton, Dylan Emery, Pippa Evans, Ruth Bratt, Phillip Pellew, Andy Stanton, Steve Roe, Abandoman and many more.

In 2015 Alan began teaching improvisation and voice-overs at School Creative in Vancouver and became the school's first head of the Comedy Conservatory program.

Alan regularly performs in London and throughout Europe with the Grand Theft Impro Team and Slattery Night Fever (with Tony Slattery). He recently directed and performed in Will Shakespeare's Impro Musical for the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Stage Performances

SASSY's first season saw Alan playing Jack Worthing in The Importance of Being EarnestLinus in Snoopy, and Van Helsing in Dracula. Later he performed with the Reduced Shakespeare Company in London's West End at the Criterion Theatre. He has been seen as 'Sven the Disco Elf' in two separate productions of Mrs. Claus' Kitchen at Presentation House Theatre (North Vancouver) and as 'Crumpet' in David Sedaris' Santaland Diaries (alongside Sandra-Mae Luykx), also at Presentation House.  Alan and Sandra-Mae are currently in a cabaret double-act, Beauty and The Beast – An Improbable Love Story co-written with Bill Allman and Sandra-Mae Luykx which debuted at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Business

Alan has worked a great deal with many different companies in the area of corporate training and entertainment. Some of Alan's business and brand links are: Brand Gym , John Lewis/Waitrose, Bacardi, Unilever, Thomas Cook, Prudential, Diageo, Shell, Granada Television, Unison, Metropolitan Police, Velindre NHS Trust, Cadbury/Trebor/Bassett, The Corporate Research Forum and Pilsner Erquelle.  He has worked extensively with the Added Value Group, Interllogics, Nature's Path and the Encounter Business.

 

For a full list of Alan's credits, check out his IMDb profile here