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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TAMAR BROADBENT

Tamar Broadbent is a comedian, improviser, singer, actor, musician, award-winning songwriter and eternal optimist from the UK. She has written topical songs and sketches for the BBC (The Now Show, Sketchtopia) and filmed for Comedy Central Online’s Ones To Watch.

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ROB ANDRISTPLOURDE

Rob AndristPlourde has been professionally performing and teaching short form improvisational comedy since 1989. After three years of performing with Comedy Sportz Chicago, Rob moved to Amsterdam to work, improvising, writing and teaching comedy with Boom Chicago. In addition to his solo shows “Rob It Like it’s Hot!” and “Legends of Rob”, Rob is one of the co creator’s of “Yo! Here We Go”, Boom Chicago’s longest running, hip hop freestyle piece. Bringing a serious sense of joy and wonder to comedy, Rob loves short form, beat boxing and watching students get improv. When not doing comedy, Rob pursues the music scene and recommends music you will like.

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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 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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MICHAEL ORTON-TOLIVER

Mike OT is the Head Teacher at the Free Association. With over two decades of playing and teaching all over the world, Mike’s developed the Free Association Syllabus both in London and Amsterdam. Previously, Mike performed with Boom Chicago and The Second City. When he’s not teaching, Mike writes comedy.