Improv


Alan has been performing and teaching improv in North America and Europe for over 25 years, alongside improv legends such as Keith Johnstone, Colin Mochrie, Eddie Izzard and Jeremy Hardy.


 Original Production of Suspect (Vancouver TheatreSports League)

Original Production of Suspect (Vancouver TheatreSports League)

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 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 ImproSouth of the River and Holsten Impro (with Steve Frost and Jeremy Hardy), Scratch(with Ruth BrattImpropera (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 LeagueThe Chip Butcher Quartet, Made Up Like TartsDogs 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 25 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.