Meet the Team

The Maydays team formed back in 2004, though the individual members of the troupe have been improvising for much longer than that. They spend their time equally between performing improvised comedy and improvised musicals and delivering improvisation-based training and development for organisations and individuals.
The Maydays have delivered training to some of the world’s top organisations and Fortune 500 companies and frequently travel around the world to do so. If not, you can often find them individually or collectively guest starring in improv festivals, most recently in India, Finland, Spain, America, Portugal, Spain, Scotland, Belgium, Netherlands, German, Iceland and Italy, to name but twelve.
Here they all are…

Heather Urquhart

Heather has worked as a corporate facilitator and roleplay actor with the Garnett Foundation and Capstone international. She has worked with 360 Degree Vision on corporates including verbatim theatre technique and with Tao Leadership on bespoke programs. As an improvisation corporate facilitator, she has designed and delivered a variety of programs from sectors ranging from refugees to footballers to bankers. She has additionally completed training in professional coaching with Cherry Growing, brain-friendly learning with Twenty One leadership, Neurodiversity with exceptional individuals all of which she incorporates into her improv training portfolio. She is also a qualified mental health first aider and holds an up to date DBS check.

Jon Nguyen

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Jon is an improviser based in Norwich, UK, he believes that fun, connectivity and inclusion should be present in all improv.
He plays with Unbridled – A Nursery Original, The Dogface Allstars, Michelle – A Hoopla House Team, Wretched Hive Comedy, The Comediasians and The Improvised Play. He has appeared at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and taken part in online improv festivals, including Improv Comedy Bangalore.
Jon had training with Dogface, The Nursery, Hoopla, Dummy, The Maydays, Showstoppers as well as a myriad of international teachers from across the globe.
Jon loves improv and tries all variations from shortform, various formats, narrative, musical and any other style offered. He has fully embraced online improv and plays with people around the globe. Jon is a self-professed nerd and borrows techniques from Stanislavski, Brecht and Artaud among others to infuse theatricality into his improv.

Jules Munns

Jules worked in cultural awareness and language training for many years before he even discovered improvisation. His list of clients is spread across sectors from Google to Unilever, Rosneft to E&Y, running sessions varying from several thousand participants down to just one. He is currently working on a book on the creative process.

Rebecca Macmillan

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As a founding company member, Rebecca has been using improv to help businesses for over 15 years. Prior to and alongside her work with the Maydays she has held multiple management roles in large organisations such as The Co-operative Group, and also in small to medium-sized businesses. Consequently, she has an insider’s perspective on issues faced by businesses and organisations as well as their training needs. In a position she held at a large charity she was responsible for capacity building dozens of volunteer groups across the SE and London, honing her understanding of training styles, and making training efficient and effective.

Joe Samuel

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Joe Samuel is a classically trained pianist and violinist having studied at Royal Holloway University.  He has provided musical accompaniment to large-scale conferences and events, facilitated workshops and designed risk-taking workshops using the power of music and singing for business leaders in the UK and worldwide. Joe has also been instrumental in bringing music into the world of corporate training to provide a slick, dynamic environment.

Liz Peters

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Liz Peters is an international performer, speaker and host with over 20 years of professional stage experience. She has taken applied improvisation into countless organisations, both independently and with The Maydays, Hoopla and The Nursery, and regularly designs and delivers training for team and leadership development programmes. Liz is a certified Embodied Facilitator, coaching professional women on public speaking and charismatic presence, and is the author of ‘Own It! How to boss your fears, free your voice and inspire the room’.

Jen Rowe

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Jen is a trainer, facilitator and performer with acclaimed improvisational comedy & theatre companies The Maydays, The Nursery, and Hoopla, working with clients that include GSK, Otsuka Global, Investec, Trinity Mirror Group and Facebook. Prior to this, she has worked for many years in Social Housing. She has over 14 years of experience in improvisation and theatre having trained and performed internationally.

Jenny Haufek

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Jenny trained at Youth Theatre Northwest in the States throughout her teens. She later relocated to Brighton. She has since studied with The Maydays, Jill Bernard, Joe Bill, Bill Arnett and Lindsay Hailey. As well as studying clowning with Dr Brown. Lucky her!

She is a founding member of the improv troupe Tiny Dynamite. They recently brought their sell-out show, ‘Yes, Anderson’ to the Brighton Fringe for the second year running. Jenny performs, ‘DOCUMENTARY’ as part of the 2-woman improv group, 2 Spoons. She is also one-half of the surreal, heart-prov twosome, Haufek and Lloyd.

Jenny received an Audioverse award for voicing Hartro Piltz in the Improvised Science Fiction podcast ‘Stellar Firma’. And, created, wrote and performed in its spin-off podcast ‘Compulsory Film Appreciation’.

Jenny’s favourite improv to perform is the boundless, joyful and experimental stuff and she is well versed in the Harold. She relies on her instincts and encourages this among her students. Her teaching style is similar to her performance style; playful and supportive, with a
willingness to explore the unknown.

Rhiannon Vivian

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Rhiannon is a corporate facilitator, trainer and performer with acclaimed and respected improvisational comedy/theatre companies The Maydays and Hoopla. Clients include Trinity Mirror Group, Total Media, NHS Collaborate, GSK and Otsuka Global. Rhiannon has over 10 years experience in improvisation, including international training, and has also worked as a senior team leader in many media agencies, giving her the inside track on what makes a great team tick. Rhiannon is a qualified mental health first aider.

Juwel Haque

Headshot of The Nursery Theatre and The Maydays online collaboration teaching team, Juwel Haque

Juwel Haque is an improvisation teacher, actor, and director. He is known and trusted for being an innovative and insightful, supportive and delightful improviser and facilitator.

Juwel teaches beginners’ and longform improv classes and courses for The Nursery Theatre and The Maydays. He loves to help his students surprise and delight themselves and each other, offering safety, encouragement, and challenge. Juwel develops exercises and games that show and teach complex concepts in an easy and fun manner and is generous with his knowledge.

Juwel performs with absurdist theatrical long-form troupe Somewhat Theatre, the UK’s first all-Asian improv collective Comediasians, and in many other projects across a variety of styles, on stages across London, international festivals and online. He brings a wealth of experience acquired from a diverse performing career, including Theatresports and Maestro, narrative, genre-based, theatrical and Chicago-style longform. Juwel is grateful to teachers from Hoopla, The Free Association, The Nursery, The Maydays, UCB, iO, and the likes of David Razowsky, Patti Stiles, Joe Bill, and Armando Diaz.

He is the creator/director of Nursery Originals production United, an improv show with the spirit of a sports team, and his solo short-form act Player One, among others. A part of London’s improv community since 2014, he has served and worked in a range of capacities, for instance as a producer of Slapdash International Improv Festival, Theatre Manager for The Nursery, and producer and host of shows and jams.

Richard Bradford

Richard is a non-magical Mayday who was not born with fully-fledged improvisational powers. His background is in education and organisational development. As our head of facilitation, Richard translates organisational needs into exciting business improv programmes, and supports the logistics in the run-up to your event, on the day and in post-delivery audits. In his spare time, he tinkles on a ukulele whether people like it or not.

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