Our People

Our improvisation teachers have been performing theatrical and comedic improvisation for over 20 years, and have been teaching for more than 15 years. They each have an comprehensive and detailed understanding of the different methods of improvisation, have extensive experience performing both short–form and long–form impro and improv, including Theatresports and Harold, and still perform regularly on various theatre stages across Sydney.

Our people have worked closely with senior teachers and staff at most of the improvisation schools in Sydney, and our contacts in the Sydney improvisation community are extensive.

School Principal

Richard Bennett

Richard Bennett

Academy of Improvisation is owned and run by Richard Bennett, a long time improvisor, producer, director and improvisation innovator, in radio, video and on stage. Richard also has an even longer history of innovation using lean/agile processes and methods, including spontaneity, divergent thinking and creativity, in the corporate and tech startup spaces.

Richard’s worked with most of the other improvisation schools in Sydney, including many years producing and directing shows for Impro Australia, including many years guiding their training show Scared Scriptless, and as an integral part of the initial development of curriculum, faculty, house team program and show production at Laugh-Masters Academy.

Richard’s often been called the “Archive of Improv Knowledge” and “The Keeper of Chicago Long Form in Sydney”, and his knowledge of Chicago style improvisation is unrivalled in Australia. Richard is also author of the book Inside Improvisation, a definitive text on improvisation theory, which details the differences between the various improv methods and how to best learn improvisation based on science, history and arts theory and practice.

After 20 years performing and teaching in the inner city, Richard opened Academy of Improvisation in Chatswood, bringing the highest quality improv and performance training to Sydney’s north shore.

Advisors and Executive Staff

Our advisors and executive staff are Sydney based veteran performers and professional practitioners, using improvisation in both theatre, the entertainment industry and in their specific domains of expertise.

Tony Starr

Tony Starr

Senior Advisor and Head of Comedy Writing and Sketch.

Peter Lead

Peter Lead

Senior Advisor for Improvisation and Corporate Education.

Cindy Tonkin

Cindy Tonkin

Senior Advisor for Curricula and Corporate Applied Science.

Guest teachers

We bring more guest improvisation teachers to Sydney than pretty much any other school. And we believe everyone should get to work with them, regardless of the school that brings them to Sydney.

So if you’d like to come to Sydney to teach, then do it through us.