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 a 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 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. He also has long history 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 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 a published author, and his book Inside Improvisation is a definitive text on improvisation theory and details the differences between the various improv methods and how to best learn improvisation.

Advisors and Executive Staff

Tony Starr

Tony Starr

Senior Advisor and Head of Comedy Writing and Sketch.

Peter Lead

Peter Lead

Senior Advisor for Improvisation and Corporate Education.

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.

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