Geri Hall is an actress, writer, producer, and Second City alumna with many credits to her name, including 22 Minutes, The Rick Mercer Show, Hairspray She’s been in numerous films and television shows and her unique voice is often heard on the radio. Geri has recently partnered with colleague Gary Pearson to write and star in their sketch duo Middle Raged, currently organizing a Canadian tour. She recently ran a master class through our Performance Levels called “Character Therapy” and has taught students through the HCDSB English Language Learners program. Currently Geri plays Christine on the tv show Astrid and Lilly Save the World (coming January 2022).
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 three of 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 currently lives in Oakville with her husband Duncan McKenzie and three of their four children.
Gary Pearson is a multiple award-winning comedy writer and performer who began in sketch and improv groups like Dangerous Poultry and is an alumnus Toronto’s famous Second City . He’s written both sit com and sketch, from Corner Gas to 22 Minutes to MadTV and as a television producer, Gary has been show runner for both award-winning ensemble shows, That’s So Weird and Sunnyside. As an improviser, Gary has played short form and long form stories with equal panache and has credits as memorable as they were hilarious, such as the long-running Star Trek parody shows on Queen Street’s Big City venue, and the incredible work with The Chumps “Without a Net” on CBC Radio. Gary has written three comic novels: Me and the Crack Mayor, Slapshot of Love and Marooned in Space! which are all available on-line.
David Raitt is one of the most physical improvisers we’ve ever met. He has an incredible ability to juggle “where” he is with brilliant comic characters as diverse as he is tall. David worked on Second City Main stage and Touring Company and now is living in Oakville where we benefit from his great performances as well as his excellent teaching. David’s new Improv Illusionist website and newsletter includes information and resources about improv in general and in particular, David’s deep understanding of physicality and environment. Watch for David’s new book coming out in 2023 with Bloomsbury Publishing.
Other Guest Faculty Members
Oakville Improv Theatre Company loves the entertainment community in the GTA, 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 have included:
Herbie Barnes (Dora Award-winner, National Arts Centre Repertoire Company, Tonto’s Nephews)
Jan Caruana (Second City, That’s So Weird and Canadian Comedy Award-winner)
Nigel Downer (Bit Playas, Second City)
Matt Folliott (Chad Mallett/Catch 23/Sketchersons)
James Gangl (Sex, Religion and Other Hang-Ups)
Allan Guttman (Second City/Humber College Comedy)
Geri Hall (Second City/22 Minutes/Ron James)
Ken Hall (People of Earth, 2 Man No Show, Chere)
Ted Hallett (Ted and Lisa/Chad Mallett)
Hayley Kellett (Second City/Making Box Theatre)
Kayla Lorette (That’s So Weird, Roller Town, The Ron James Show)
Carmine Lucarelli (Social Capital Co-Director, Julius Cesar, Dreadwood)
Jane Luk (Kim’s Convenience, Deus Ex the video game)
Ralph MacLeod (The Social Capital)
Kevin Matviw (Death Ray Cabaret/Second City/Bad Dog)
Lisa Merchant (three-time Canadian Comedy Award winner, Second City teacher)
Rob Norman (MANTOWN, RN and Cawls, Sunnyside)
Jerry Schaefer (Muck Raker/Red Green/Little Mosque)
Sage Tyrtle (Storyteller)
AJ Vaage (That’s So Weird, Rapid Fire Theatre)
Velvet Wells (Personal Demon Hunter, Velvet Duke Productions, Djinn Joint)