MissImp’s exec team is made up of volunteers from our community who are passionate about improv and MissImp.
Web admin and graphics guy with a real world books job at Aconyte Books. Nick lives happily detached from reality, in a largely imaginary domestic world of cats, science fiction & fantasy, LEGO, and occasionally wins at Nanowrimo. You'll find Nick regularly hosting Gorilla Burger and performing in The Improvised Star Wars Show.
With a rare fondness for the Dewey decimal system Kathleen started improvising in 2019 after watching lots of comedy shows and thinking "I'd like to have a go at that." She is keen to give as many people as possible the opportunity to improvise and experience the positive benefits to mental and emotional health as well as having the occasional laugh.
Performer and writer, Ben Macpherson has been part of MissImp since 2012. As well as performing and directing The Vox Pops, Ben also features in The Improvised Star Wars Show and is half of the duo Ben Pals. Beyond improv Ben also teaches sketch comedy and is an accomplished writer and character comedian with sellout Edinburgh Fringe shows under his belt and a hundred other projects on the boil too.
Marilyn is a full-time actor and voiceover artist and has been trained by teachers from UCB, Second City, IO, The Maydays, Baby Wants Candy and even Armando Diaz and the Mike McShane. She’s been with MissImp for around two decades (although exact dates are hazy). She performs with It’s a Trap! The Improvised Star Wars Show, Rhymes Against Humanity, twoprov Atomic Budgerigar and anyone else who will have her. She once met Colin Mochrie and wants to be Josie Lawrence when she grows up.
Stags has been performing & teaching stand-up for more than 15 years, at festivals and comedy nights from London to Edinburgh, but since attending a MissImp drop-in in 2019 & falling in love with improv, he has been focusing on practicing & performing that at every opportunity. Based in Derby, Stags is a member of long-form troupes & attends improv nights & events throughout the Midlands (and beyond), and is always keen to spread the word about the positive value of improv.
Dave has been improvising since 2016. With a particular love for musical improv, he has trained with MissImp, The Maydays, and Showstopper!. His improv adventures have taken in five countries so far, including performances in Berlin and Edinburgh. He is one third of Comic Harmonic, and one half of Flower Freedom, and always on the lookout for other opportunities to perform. He produces and comperes Smash Night, and has been teaching improv since 2019.
Orla has been improvising for a few years now, and has a penchant for musical improv; she occasionally lends her piano skills, but much prefers the singing! She has performed at the Nottingham Comedy and Edinburgh Fringe festivals, is one third of musical improv trio Comic Harmonic, and is often on the line up for the Smash Night Social Club, Press X to Smash, and Unspeakable Acts. She organises MissImp’s all-female improv workshops and does marketing, website maintenance and other stuff behind the scenes.
Rosanna has only come to improv recently, but has quickly become hooked. By day, she is a programmer for a video game studio. Outside of work, she enjoys a variety of hobbies which currently include wakeboarding and hand embroidery.
Josie has been performing character stand-up for 12 years, having run and performed on numerous Edinburgh Fringe and Leicester Comedy Festival shows with Stags Woodward. In the last three or so years, she has discovered improv, attended various workshops and courses, co-run a weekly drop in online and in person in Derby, and been in Squares in the Round, Sisters Karazmatik and latterly the Vox Pops.
During the coronavirus outbreak, MissImp has continued to offer entirely free online activities for our community, including commissioning an ongoing series of paid virtual drop-ins from improvisers around the world, fortnightly online Gorilla Burger shows and more. If you’d like to help us keep these activities going and keep our lights on we’d be immensely grateful. Together, we can get through this.