About

 

Slapdash International Improv Festival is presented by  The Nursery,  a company focused on improvised theatre and training, in central London.

Look for our team at the festival and be sure to say hello!

 

Molly Merwin, Lead Producer

Molly is an actress, voice-over artist, writer, and cat herder. Originally from Atlanta, she moved to London from Denver. In Denver, Molly performed regularly with improv troupes Carnival Code and Transplants as well as served on the board of the Denver Improv Festival. She has extensive event management experience in the UK and US. Molly has studied improv with iO and Second City as well as various theatres and teachers throughout the US and UK. She teaches improv through The Nursery and St. Mungo’s Recovery College. You can see Molly regularly in Careless Vespa, PiggyBack, and With Special Guest.

Judith Amsenga, Producer

Judith is an actor who graduated from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA, BA Hons) in 2008, after which she appeared in various off-west end, international and fringe productions. She also works as a voice-over artist and has a production company, Back’s Broke. In 2009, she founded The Nursery with Robin Steegman and Jules Munns, and is now responsible for its day-to-day running. Judith has extensive experience in the organisation and running of public and academic events, both in the UK and the Netherlands, where she worked for TV (NPO), museums (Amsterdam, Delft), magazines and the University of Utrecht. (Photo credit: Bernadette Baksa)

Jules Munns, Producer

Jules is one of the UK’s most active and prolific improvisation performers and teachers. Since graduating from the Guildhall School in 2008, he has performed with groups including Sitting in a Tin Can, the Maydays, Music Box and Impromptu Shakespeare, as well as playing in shows including the Playground, Men with Coconuts, London 50-hour Improvathon, and Ten Thousand Million Love Stories. Jules has performed around the world including in Finland, Germany, Pakistan, Spain, Portugal, Canada and the US. Jules is co-artistic director of the Nursery and the founder of Slapdash International Improv Festival.

Stephen Davidson, Volunteer Coordinator

Stephen is the artistic director of Improvable, and co-director of Zeal: The Pride Improv Festival. He currently also directs QI: Queer Improv, and plays with The Verbs, house team of the Nursery theatre, in interdisciplinary ensemble Zootropic, and in twoprovs The Eh Team and The Happiest People in the World. Stephen teaches improv through Improvable, the Nursery, and Hoopla and is also a diversity officer for Hoopla Impro. He has studied improv through i/o Chicago, The Nursery, UCB, Hoopla, The Maydays, Music Box, Showstoppers, and City Academy, Imprology. He is also a musician and conductor.

 

Audra Goffeney, Hospitality Coordinator

Audra started improvising in 2009 and hasn’t stopped since. She has trained with Vancouver TheatreSports League, Keith Johnstone and Gary Austen. Before making the leap across the pond to London, Audra was a cast member at Unexpected Productions in Seattle and co-creator of the cult favorite improv team Girls With Power Tools. Since moving to London,  Audra had performed with Classic Andy and the confusingly named With Special Guest. In addition to helping out with Slapdash, Audra directs and performs in the brand new-to-London improv and stand-up show, PiggyBack.

 

Julia Mitelman, Sponsorship Coordinator

Julia is an avid improv performer and enthusiast. A transplant from Brooklyn, she performs regularly with Story Kitchen Impro (London’s official Theatresports and Maestro team), and with experimental story-based team Troupeless. With a background in theatre, Julia also enjoys running tech and front of house for performance venues throughout London. By day, she is a strategy consultant with a background in psychology and computer science.

 

Juwel Haque, Hospitality Coordinator

Juwel is currently performing in Theatresports and Maestro with Story Kitchen, weird long-form with Somewhat Theatre, scenes inspired by sound and images with Night Version, and his solo games act Player One. A proud East Ender with a maths degree, Juwel didn’t think the arts were for him until he discovered the magic of improvisation and London’s improv community in 2013. He wants as many people as possible to find their courage and genius by doing the same. In civilian life, Juwel reads smart stuff, writes dumb stuff, plays with cameras, sings to himself, and longs to play football again.