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MEET THE TRAINERS

AMSTERDAM IMPROV INSTRUCTORS

Our courses are taught by individuals who have been through the FA training program and have a wealth of experience performing in the FA’s unique style. Our trainers are trained and selected to teach the level that best suits their specialist skill set.

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STACEY SMITH

Stacey Smith is a loud Long Islander who just relocated back to Chicago by way of Boston where she was the Comedy School Manager at ImprovBoston, in addition to a cast member in both their Music Improv Cast and Mainstage cast. Stacey currently teaches at Second City and iO, and performs weekly at iO in The Musical Armando, Fraudway and The Deltones. Stacey performed in many theatricals at The Second City, including Life Hacks, #DateMe and two cruise contracts on The Norwegian Breakaway. Stacey recently toured her solo musical improv show STACEJAM and taught musical improv in Bulgaria, Germany, Amsterdam, Greece, Belgium, France, Norway, Italy, Estonia and Denmark.  She’s been lucky enough to headline comedy festivals all over the globe, playing alongside many famous comedians and actors like Amber Ruffin, Mary Holland, Seth Morris, Kevin McDonald, Chris Redd, Terry O’Quinn and Dickie Smothers. She is also the creator of The Chicago Musical Improv Festival.

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SIMON LUKACS

Simon Lukacs has been improvising for 7 years, and has trained with Second City, The Free Association, Monkey Toast, The Spontaneity Shop, as well as iO’s Brian Jack, UCB’s Billy Merritt, Showstoppers’ Pippa Evans and Patti Styles. He has also trained in clowning with the Edinburgh Comedy Award winning Dr Brown.

As well as being a Boom Chicago actor, Simon is part of the improv teams The Petting Zoo (described by Time Out London as an “improv supergroup”), The 838 (a house team at The Free Association), Equine Extravaganza, and has performed regularly with the FA players in their flagship show Jacuzii, in London, Edinburgh and Birmingham. He also performed 3 sold out runs at the Edinburgh Festival.

He also created the improv show Parky: The Improvised Chat Show for the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and has performed in New York (as part of the Del Close Marathon), Berlin and Dublin. He has taught improv at The Free Association in London, as well as being an approved coach for both them and for Monkey Toast, as well as coaching several teams in London and running his own workshops.

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FREDDIE SANDILANDS

Freddie Sandilands has a number of ‘strength arrows’ to his ‘improv bow’. These include: being punctual (almost always), looking the part (unless it’s raining), running a tight ship, and finishing everything he star. He has been improvising for 7 years, and has trained with The Free Association and Monkey Toast, as well as iO’s Brian Jack.

Freddie has been part of the following improv teams: The Petting Zoo (described by Time Out London as an “improv supergroup”), The 838 and Nightbus (both of which are / were house teams at The Free Association). He also performs regularly with the Boom Chicago cast, and is their ‘special guy’ (his words).

He has taught and performed at The Free Association in London, where he has coached several teams, some of which showed signs of improvement under his unorthodox tutelage. ‘Embrace the inner child!’ he insists on shrieking at his students. In 2017 he took his solo character show, Self Help, to the Edinburgh festival, and in 2019 he successfully convinced a number of talented improvisers to sit in a hot room for long enough to make his improvised podcast, The Besterdville Files.

In his spare time he is a committed social media user where he enjoys taking on ‘the deep state’, as well as warning people against the dangers of 5G masts, vaccines and reading books.

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LIZZ KEMERY

Lizz Kemery is a comedian, actor, writer and true crime aficionado. She studied improv comedy at The Groundlings, The Upright Citizens Brigade and The Free Association. Originally from Philadelphia, she has also performed in Los Angeles, London and finally here in Amsterdam.

She was a reoccurring guest player with London super group – Shoot From The Hip and member of their sister troupe Sweet Nelson – teaching workshops all over the world including places like London and Istanbul.

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SIMON FEILDER

Simon is an award-winning comedian, writer and actor from the UK who has performed stand-up all over the world, appeared in a multitude of TV & web content and lent his voice to all manner of commercials, idents & (BAFTA-winning!) TV shows.

Improv first sunk its teeth into Simon’s dainty flesh during a university semester abroad in the USA and since then he has studied in London under Monkey Toast, The Free Association, Craig Cackowski (iO) & Brian Jack (iO, Second City).