INSTRUCTORS

 

Duncan McKenzie is highly regarded as a comedy writer, producer and teacher. As a writer, he worked on over one hundred episodes of the television comedy series History Bites. He was producer of Train 48, North America’s first improvised TV drama, which ran over three hundred episodes. He’s taught improvisation and comedy writing at Theatresports Toronto, Bad Dog, and the Toronto Film College. He was a writer on YTVs kids’ sketch show, That’s So Weird. Duncan lives in Oakville with his wife, Amy, and their four children.

Amy McKenzie is an improviser and comedian. She wrote for all five seasons of the Gemini-award winning History Bites and also performed in the series, most notably as Judge Judy. She was associate producer/ writer and guest on the improvised television series Train 48. Amy taught and improvised at Theatresports Toronto in what we call “the before time”. For seven years (2007-14), Amy volunteered as a representative on the Special Education Advisory Committee for the Halton District School Board, and actively advocates for students with special needs. She lives in Oakville with her husband Duncan McKenzie and four children.

Guest Teachers

Oakville Improv Theatre Company is well connected with the entertainment community, and we frequently bring in a very high calibre of guest teachers from Toronto and other areas. From time to time, adult and youth classes are taught by professionals who bring a wealth of experience and new approaches to the workshop groups. These include:

Gary Pearson (Sunnyside/MaddTV/Corner Gas/This Hour)

Geri Hall (Second City/This Hour/Ron James)

Hayley Kellett (Second City/Making Box Theatre)

David Raitt (Second City)

Jerry Schaefer (Muck Raker/Red Green/Little Mosque)

Carmine Lucarelli (Dreadwood and the new IMPROV SHOW)

Lisa Merchant (three-time Canadian Comedy Award winner, Second City teacher)

Jan Caruana (Second City, That’s So Weird and Canadian Comedy Award-winner)

Jane Luk (Kim’s Convenience, Deus Ex the video game)

Herbie Barnes (Dora Award-winner, National Arts Centre Repertoire Company)

AJ Vaage (That’s So Weird, Rapid Fire Theatre)

James Gangl (Sex, Religion and Other Hang-Ups)

Rob Norman (MANTOWN, RN and Cawls, Sunnyside)

Ralph MacLeod (The Social Capital)

Kayla Lorette (That’s So Weird, Roller Town, The Ron James Show)

Sam Agro (Improviser, Animator, Writer).

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