Meet the MissImp exec team

MissImp’s exec team is made up of volunteers from our community who are passionate about improv and MissImp.


John joined MissImp in 2018 and has been getting more and more involved with the community since. He works in politics, has a second job demonstrating board games, writes prose and scripts, including writing a 31k word novella in three days, occasionally does stand-up comedy, is addicted to video games and, for some reason, has very little spare time.


Marilyn Ann Bird

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.

Cat Prescott

Cat has creative and performance experience in stand-up comedy, acting, directing, writing and music. Passionate about encouraging diversity and inclusion, she especially hopes to generate enthusiasm for improv with women, LGBTQ+ performers, disabled improvisers and people from underrepresented ethnic backgrounds. A self-described “nerd and theatre geek”, Cat is excited to throw her energy into the MissImp Exec to help facilitate a fun, welcoming environment for everyone.


Dave has been improvising since 2016. He has trained with MissImp, The Maydays, and Rhymes Against Humanity, as well as visiting sessions in Slovakia and Austria. He has performed in a range of MissImp shows, is a member of Five Chubby Foxes, and particularly enjoys musical improv. Dave produces and comperes the monthly Smash Night show in Nottingham, and started teaching improv in the summer of 2019.


Nick Tyler

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.

Orla Ratcliffe

During working hours Orla speaks German as a clothing wholesale customer service rep. Having trained with MissImp, Rhymes Against Humanity and The Maydays, she’s been improvising a couple of years and loves musical improv. When not distracted by cat videos or other cuteness, she likes to cook new recipes, play piano and slowly go running.



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 and Ian. 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.

Stuart Moore

In 2018 Stuart enrolled on the MissImp "Introduction to Improv Level One" weekend course to help him bring a new energy for his magician's act. The creative energy, passion and welcoming arms of the MissImp community meant he was hooked from day one.

As a member of the Exec team Stuart hopes to pass on that empowering feeling to as many people as possible. His goal is to help Missimp grow through collaborations with other communities to help spread the love and excitement of improvised entertainment.

Photos taken by Laura Chen at the Birmingham Improv Festival 2018. Find her on Facebook.

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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.


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