Tom is a performer and theatre maker, based in London but originally from Cornwall. He has devised several award-winning shows, (most notably with Laura Mugridge and The Frequency D'ici) and is co-director and curator of The Campsite, a pop-up venue for intimate live performance, music and film.
He has collaborated with a diverse collection of companies and artists in recent years, including Chris Goode & Company, Wildworks, Shakespeare's Globe, Coney, Stuff & Nonsense Theatre and the Cornish Theatre Collective.
Recent projects have been supported by the Camden People's Theatre, the Battersea Arts Centre, The New Wolsey Theatre and Beaford Arts, Devon.
Katy Schutte is one of the UK's top improvisational comedians. She performs and teaches improv comedy, specialising in long form. She is a Funny Women finalist and winner of the Brighton Festival Fringe Best Comedy Show award. She was the England coach for the 2012 Match Improvvisazione Teatrale in Italy, taking England to the world semi-finals. She also won the Comedy School Improv Cup and the Bristol Improv Festival Throwdown with the Maydays.
Katy has been one of the Maydays for 9 years, she has toured with Fluxx, improvised musicals with Music Box for 2 years and is half of the 5-star two woman long form show Katy and Rach. Katy trained at the Second City and iO bootcamps in Chicago, as well as with teachers from the Annoyance, UCB and more. She coaches long form teams and leads public workshops in England and across Europe. She has guested with Baby Wants Candy and performs with sci-fi improv team Project Two.
Katy spent several years performing and writing with BAFTA nominated sketch satire company the Treason Show. In 2011 she spent a season writing and acting with Fringe First winner and Perrier nominee NewsRevue at the Canal Cafe Theatre.
Katy storylined and directed four improvised film shorts with Back to the Feature/Throwing Snow in 2011 as well as starring in a series of Katy and Rach webisodes for Jibba Jabba. In 2011 & 12, she directed and performed in Silly String Theory, her improvised play with songs at Canal Cafe Theatre. She makes film shorts for fun and for corporate clients.
In 2012 & 13 Katy co-created and directed The Watery Journey of Nereus Pike with Fringe First winner Laura Mugridge. She also made two interactive audio shows with Tony Harris for The Campsite at the Ipswich Pulse Festival and the Natural History Museum. Katy performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2013 with The Maydays' improvised Confessions show and debuted her first musical 'Who Ya Gonna Call?' which received rave reviews and left standing room only.
Katy recently performed in site-specific immersive theatre show The Department of Unreliable Memoirs in a caravan outside of the Tate Modern with Stillpoint and played at TILT, the Estonian Improv Festival. She has also been filming internet virals for Barclaycard's Bespoke Ballads, Giffgaff's One Breath Updates and Playfolly. You can currently see her advertising Beechams on Channel 5.
Cow milk makes her snotty.
Jonathan watched Baby Wants Candy in 2001 and was so amazed by what he saw that he forgot impro existed for several years... years that incidentally coincided with not wanting to go on stage again after the ‘Great Pasta Incident’ of 1998. After being badgered into a Hoopla improv workshop by some sadists, he realised improv was his true love all along.
He now believes there are no other valid art-forms.
Jonathan studied improv at The Annoyance Theatre in Chicago, and founded LondonImprov.co.uk as part of a secret vendetta, producing a weekly improv night for two years, and continuing to support the UK improv community. As a member of Music Box: The Improvised Musical he was reviewed as "Like a young Oliver Platt" (★★★★★ - Remote Goat), and he is a continuing member of Silly String Theory, an improvised musical, and was part of the original cast for Marcus Brigstocke's Unavailable For Comment.
His main improv focus is with science-fiction long-form group Project Two; "I don't give a shit about sci-fi, but I could watch them for hours." - Susan Messing. "The best improv show I've seen outside the U.S." - Neil Curran, Laughalot Comedy, Dublin. He is also part of improv democracy The Grandmaphones, and directs "Lucky To Be Alive: Improvised Beckett".
Jonathan has also performed in extreme theatre improv marathons "Cellblock" London (26 hours), "Back to the Studio" and "Goin' West" with Impropriety, Liverpool (both 34 hours), the "Great Bristol Bake Off" at Bristol Old Vic (30 hours) and The London 50-hour Improvathon, three times. In June 2014 he played 43 shows in a row at the 45-hour Improv Marathon in Austin, Texas.
Jonathan co-created and performed in Andrew And The Slides Of Chaos (Edinburgh, 2010), Ghostbusters: The Musical at the Pulse Festival as part of The Campsite - a touring arts festival for which Jonathan is technical director and associate artist. The Ghostbusters musical was rewritten as Who Ya Gonna Call? for a hugely successful run at the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe Festival (★★★★★ - Three Weeks).
Jonathan is one of the country's leading improviser-technicians. He improvises with full lighting rigs for multiple award winners: Showstoppers: The Improvised Musical, Chortle Award nominees Austentatious: The Improvised Jane Austen Novel, as well as regularly teching for Grand Theft Impro, Monkey Toast UK, School of Night and Newborn Comedy at the Leicester Square Theatre. He was one of only two technicians in the world to completely tech the full 50-hour Improvathon with The Sticking Place and Die-Nasty theatre companies.
Jonathan also designs and technically-supports non-improvised things, including acclaimed The Watery Journey of Nereus Pike by award-winning Laura Mugridge and Katy Schutte, the European premiere of Below The Belt by Richard Dresser, Rachel Parris: The Commission, The Freewheelin' Cariad Lloyd, Trodd En Bratt, Surname & Surname, and Sara Pascoe's Edinburgh Shows. Most recently he co-created Still Score with Tom Adams.
He sleeps far less than doctors advise.