About Alan


Photo Credit: Tom Gould

Photo Credit: Tom Gould

Alan Marriott has been freeing minds for over twenty years both in Canada and Europe.  His professional career spans many disciplines specifically improv, marketing consultancy, writing, teaching, performing on stage, and voice-overs.

Alan's life story...

Having misspent his early years 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 including, Bob the BuilderBounty HamsterAnimal StoriesVampiresPirates and AliensAnthony Ant, and two cartoon feature films, Back To Gaya and Globi.

A Pen High graduate, Alan moved to Vancouver in 1980 to attend the Studio 58 acting school.  Alan left Studio 58 to join the first season of Salmon Arm Summer Stock Youth Theatre (SASSY) and did two seasons with the company where he played such varied roles as Jack Worthing in 'The Importance of being Earnest'Linus in 'Snoopy', and Van Helsing in 'Dracula'

Alan got his first taste of improvisation with Vancouver Theatresports and, as they say, things were never the same again.  After four amazing years with V.S.L., where Alan worked closely with (among others) Colin Mochrie and Ryan Styles, and also played the character of Aldous Bacon in VSL's original production of 'Suspect' (an improvised murder mystery), Alan moved to London, England to complete his formal acting training at The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA).  Upon finishing LAMDA the impro bug bit again and Alan set to work in London starting London Theatresports and creating and playing in numerous different impro formats including 'Hamlet Improvised'Impro LearImpro Lab (London's first 2 act improvised play), The Impro Musical, 'Lust Boulavarde' (a improvised soap opera), and 'Impropera' (a 2 act improvised opera).

After twenty years living and working in London, England, Alan now makes his home in North Vancouver British Columbia.

Alan's great accomplishments...

Business

Some of Alan's business and brand links are: 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 and the Encounter Business.

Improviser

An expert improviser, Alan has worked with or taught almost every improvisational theatre group in London including:  Grand Theft Impro, Made Up Like Tarts, Scratch, Showstopper, The Comedy Store Players, Dogs on Holiday, Impro Musical, Impropera, Brickbats Volunteers, South of the River (with Steve Frost and Jeremy Hardy) and, his own current impro troupe, The Crunchy Frog Collective.  A list of Alan's former students reads like a who's who of British comedy and includes Eddie Izzard, Alan Davies, John Sparks, Jake Arnott, Stella Duffy, Gordon Kennedy, Neil Ashdown, Fay Ripley, Ben Keaton, Dylan Emery and many more…..

Alan regularly performs with the Grand Theft Impro Team in London and throughout Europe.

Stage Performances

Alan's credits as an accomplished stage performer include performing with the Reduced Shakespeare Company in London's West End, at the Criterion Theatre.  

Recordings

Alan has a comedy CD out entitled 'Dogland', written and performed in collaboration with Adam Long of the Reduced Shakespeare Company and Voice Over veteran Stefan Frank. 

Films

Alan has just finished shooting 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'.  

Teaching

State sector, Kids Week for SOLT, Independent drama schools, Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Springmaus in Germany, Belgium 'Whose Line is it Anyway', Snell Theatre Amsterdam, Rock Paper Scissors Vancouver, Original Artistic Director Theatresports London at the Donmar Warehouse.