Heather Urquhart

Heather Urquhart

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Guest Name: Heather Urquhart
Location: Brighton/London, UK
Years improvising: 18
Team affiliations: The Maydays, Showstopper, 10,000,000,000 Love Stories, The Playground, The Bumper Blyton Improvised Adventure
Improv style: Truthful, silly, connected, musical (when I’m allowed)
Website: www.heatherurquhart.com
Twitter: @musicimprov
Additional notes: Today’s robot is probably different to yesterday’s robot and tomorrow’s. Bit like improv I guess.

Here’s a Youtube video that sums up life for me: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGoTmNU_5A0

Dylan Emery

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Guest Name: Dylan Emery
Location: London
Years improvising: 16 – although my first improv was actually 32 years ago when my amazing English teacher would do impro classes once a week.
Team affiliations: The Showstoppers, Grand Theft Impro, The Crunchy Frog Collective, The School of Night, Ghost Couple, The London 50-Hour Improvathons, Extempore Theatre.
Improv style: Theatrical. Ambitious. Well-acted or well clowned. Unexpected.
Website: www.dylanemery.com
Twitter: @dylanemery
Additional notes: Something to watch – the brilliant Kurt Smeaton and his impro/sketch troupe Falcon Powder made a series of educational webcasts called The Whole Truths. First episode of six: Wolves. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tND1J13xXH4

Valerie Ward

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Guest Name:Valerie Ward
Location: Austin TX
Years improvising: 16
Team affiliations: Parallelogramophonograph, Echo Lake
Improv style: Narrative, organic, stylized, playful, connected
Website: www.pgraph.com
Additional notes: What another would have done as well as you, do not do it. What another would have said as well as you, do not say it; what another would have written as well, do not write it. Be faithful to that which exists nowhere but in yourself — and thus make yourself indispensable. -Andre Gide

John Cremer

John Cremer

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Guest Name: John Cremer
Location: Rural Sussex
Years improvising: 24 years
Team affiliations: The Maydays. Guest on Whirled News Tonight.
Improv style: Character led, emotional, provocative, absurd.
Website: www.johncremer.co.uk
Twitter: @johncremer
Additional notes: My main non-improv influences are Monty Python, Alan Partridge, Ivor Cutler, Van Morrison, George Gurdjieff, Beethoven, holocaust literature, Cheri Huber, Cormac McCarthy and salt water fly fishing.

Ruth Bratt

Ruth Bratt

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Guest Name: Ruth Bratt
Location: London
Years improvising: 17
Team affiliations: Showstopper! The Improvised Musical, The Glenda J Collective, guest with Comedy Store Players, The London Improvathon, Panthercannon, Ghost Couple, Letts Vegas
Improv style: Narrative, fun, playful, generous. Good.
Website: www.ruthbratt.com
Twitter: @ruthbratt
Additional notes: If I’m ever feeling down, I watch these videos.

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David Shore

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Guest Name: David Shore
Location: Toronto, Canada
Years improvising: 20 years
Team affiliations: Monkey Toast (Toronto and London), Bald (London), Alumnus Second City Mainstage (Toronto) & IO West
Improv style: Organic Chicago-Style (focusing on letting the scene happen)
Website: monkeytoast.com
Twitter: @thedavidshore
Additional notes: Taking risks in improv isn’t about making bold, big or crazy moves, it’s about trusting your ideas and yourself and not being afraid to suck or tank in front of an audience or your peers.