Team

Just Improvise works collaboratively with some of the best people we know – including improvisers, trainers, psychologists and performers. We tailor the right team to deliver the best outcome for you – let’s talk some more.

Chris Bedding

Chris has competed in Theatresports™ at a state and national level, and appeared in the innovative improvised theatre work Zeitgeist. In 2014 he received The Robert Juniper Award for the Arts which enabled him to study at the renowned Second City Training Centre in Chicago. He is part of the development team for Improv Club and appears regularly with the Just Improvise Team at corporate events. At Improvention 2014, Chris featured in the Canberra Impro Challenge Grand Final and as the monologist in The Armando Diaz Experience.

A multiple Raw Comedy and Green Faces state finalist, Chris appeared as one half of Pirate Church in the 2013 Melbourne International Comedy Festival. His musical theatre credits include Spamalot (WA Premiere), Falling To The Top (ArtRage Award Winner), Les Miserables, Jesus Christ Superstar and Fiddler On The Roof.

Chris brings diverse experience in the non-government sector. He serves on the board of Parkerville Children and Youth Care and on the Edith Cowan University Human Research Ethics Committee. He served as General Secretary of the Council of Churches of Western Australia and acts as a systems reviewer to a range of community groups. As a social commentator, Chris is regularly featured on ABC Radio, and serves as priest to an Anglican parish in the Perth Hills with a strong focus on social justice and community development.

Chris studied in the Arts faculty at Charles Sturt University, holds AMEB certificates in voice and piano, and studied theatre direction at NIDA.

Chris thinks improvisation is like life: things don’t go the way you expect, you don’t always get to play with your favourite person and disasters are normal! Life is messy, and the skills of improv help build the resilience to get through it with a smile.

Esther Longhurst

Esther has worked as an educator and facilitator for the Department of Education of Western Australia, Helen O’Grady Drama Academy and TAFE WA and is a trainer for Just Improvise’s BOOST: Improv for Kids and Teens program.  Esther has performed, written and directed for the Fine Edge Theatre Company.  Her plays have been seen in countless schools and communities around Western Australia. She is currently artist in residence, leading BOOST at Subiaco Primary School.

Esther has been instrumental in developing a range of new improvisation formats. These include three new works for Just Improvise – In A New York Minute, Zeitgeist and Improv Club, and two appearances alongside Pirate Church. She devised Sense and Spontaneity, an improvised play in the style of Jane Austen, which boasts two sold-out season. Esther helped devise The Standover Man which will be showcased at the conference of Women Playwrights International in Capetown later this year.

She has enjoyed learning from Improvisers across Australia and the world, including Jill Bernard, Dave Razowsky and Nick Byrne. In 2014 she enjoyed attending her first Improvention, where she featured on the main stage in Zombsical – The Improvised Zombie Musical.

Esther holds tertiary qualifications in art and design, and creative arts. She maintains a strong professional interest in photography.

Esther’s presence on stage is characterised by physical energy and she loves to sing. She believes that through improvisation, learning to listen, showing kindness, and taking risks, we don’t just become better players on stage, we become the kind of person everyone wants to play with.

Kylie Bywaters

Commencing her career in the theatre at a young age, Kylie Bywaters has extensive stage performance and training experience in both Western Australia and the United States. Kylie worked in Chicago from 2008 until 2012 facilitating visual and performing arts programs and teaching Theatresports™ for children and adults at Camps Henry Horner and Red Leaf.

As Youth Theatre Director for the South West Academy of Performing Arts from 2012 – 2015, she developed and delivered programs in theatre, improvisation, on-screen acting and stage make-up. Kylie has performed with popular South West drama outfit Bare Naked Theatre Company, where she toured regional Western Australia with productions and children’s workshop delivery.

Her recent work with Tempest Theatre at Perth’s Fringe World earned Kylie theatre award nominations, with the production set to tour at the San Diego Fringe Festival later this year.

Kylie has been a performer and trainer with Just Improvise since 2015 where her skill in conveying vulnerable, honest, charming and humorous characters made her an instant audience favourite.