We are The Maydays

We are The Maydays, an award-winning improvised comedy company with bases in Brighton and London. We offer brilliant, acclaimed performances and life-changing tuition in improvised comedy – the creation of scenes and songs in the moment with the power to make people laugh, cry and think.

Meet The Maydays Performance Team
Headshot of The Maydays Heather Urquhart.
Heather Urquhart Heather trained in Physical Theatre and improvisation at Chicago’s I.O and Annoyance theatres. She improvises with the Olivier award-winning Showstopper! The Improvised Musical, Blues Hammer, an improvised blues show with the legendary Joe Bill and London’s premier all-female improv team ‘Yes Queens‘. Her show ‘Ten Thousand Million Love Stories’ has headlined numerous improv...
Headshot of The Maydays Jen Rowe.
Jen Rowe Jen trained in acting at ACT Brighton and joined The Maydays in 2006. Since then, she has trained with myriad improv-greats in Europe and the USA. She teaches and performs around the world, and has a special interest in using improv techniques to inspire creative writing. As an improviser, she also performs and...
Headshot of The Maydays Katy Schutte, trees and houses in the background.
Katy Schutte Katy Schutte is one of the UK’s original long form improvisers. She performs and teaches all over the world, is a Head Teacher for Hoopla (the UK’s biggest improv school) and Co-Founder Director of The Improv Place. She has been one of The Maydays since 2004, is half of legendary sci-fi improv duo...
Headshot of The Maydays Rebecca MacMillan.
Rebecca MacMillan Rebecca is one of our founding members and taught the very first Maydays beginners course. She has trained at iO Chicago and many other improv theatres and teachers both stateside and in the UK. Alongside the Maydays, she performs with Impromptu Shakespeare, The Improvised Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and in Steamed! The Improvised...
Headshot of The Maydays John Cremer.
John Cremer John started in improv with Louis Anthony Russo in Arizona and then joined Essential Theatre Playback Company. Returning to his native Brighton in 2001 he founded the Maydays. John works with a diverse range of clients including Microsoft, Deloitte, T-Mobile, Rio Tinto, Airbus, Lloyds TSB, HTC, ADT and Vistage. He is the author...
Headshot of The Maydays Liz Peters
Liz Peters Liz trained as an actress at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts before studying improvisation at iO Chicago, and with practitioners from many other improv schools and styles.  She performs and teaches improv around the world, playing with The Maydays and Bumper Blyton as well as guesting in productions.  Liz has had an extensive...
Headshot of The Maydays Jules Munns.
Jules Munns Since graduating from the Guildhall School, Jules has trained with improv luminaries from Keith Johnstone to Patti Stiles, David Razowsky to Armando Diaz. He was one of the founders of the Nursery, where he was Artistic Director for over a decade, directing and creating numerous shows and teams and running both the corporate...
Black and white headshot of The Maydays Rhiannon Vivian.
Rhiannon Vivian Rhiannon has been improvising since 2008, performing regularly in London, Brighton, and abroad with The Maydays. She is part of Dreamweaver Quartet, The Concept (developed by Lemon Jelly’s Fred Deakin), and tours the UK with Bumper Blyton the Improvised Adventure. She also performs in 5-star, immersive theatre comedy smash-hit Honey’s Happening, and has...
Black and white headshot of The Maydays Joe Samuel.
Joe Samuel Joe is the Musical Director of The Maydays.  He is a classically trained pianist and violinist and is one of only a handful of professional improviser musicians in the world.  He has directed and played for a baffling array of improv troupes both in the UK and across Europe as well, as playing...
Black and white headshot of The Maydays Chris Mead
Chris Mead Chris Mead is a UK-based performer and theatre-maker who teaches and coaches improvisation in London and around the world. He studied theatre at Royal Holloway College, University of London and improvisation at iO and The Annoyance Theatre in Chicago.  Chris is Artistic Director of The Nursery Theatre, a space in London dedicated to...
Headshot of The Maydays Lloydie James Lloyd.
Lloydie James Lloyd Lloydie is an improviser from Nottingham who performs with The Maydays and also with Rhymes Against Humanity – the improvised musical in Nottingham. He performs and teaches around the world and is the host of The Improv Chronicle Podcast, a documentary podcast for improvisers. Lloydie trained at UCB (New York), iO and...
Headshot of The Maydays Jennifer Jordan.
Jennifer Jordan Jennifer has been improvising since 2014 and performing/facilitating since around 2006 after her Acting training at Bretton Hall. Her improv training began in Vancouver, training & performing with: Vancouver Theatre Sports League; Instant Theatre; Second Storey; and The Fictionals. She has also trained with iO Chicago, David Razowsky, Joe Bill, Lee White, Impromiscuous,...
Headshot of The Maydays Edmund Fargher.
Edmund Fargher Ed initially trained as a filmmaker, attending the New York Film Academy before getting his degree at University College Falmouth. He spent eight years working in the film industry before becoming an improviser and an actor in 2013. He trained in writing and performing improv and sketch comedy at Hoopla Impro, Upright Citizens...
Meet The Maydays & The Nursery Theatre Online Collaboration Teaching Team
When you take a class with the Maydays, you can be taught by any of these wonderful teachers.
Headshot of The Maydays Heather Urquhart.
Heather Urquhart Heather trained in Physical Theatre and improvisation at Chicago’s I.O and Annoyance theatres. She improvises with the Olivier award-winning Showstopper! The Improvised Musical, Blues Hammer, an improvised blues show with the legendary Joe Bill and London’s premier all-female improv team ‘Yes Queens‘. Her show ‘Ten Thousand Million Love Stories’ has headlined numerous improv...
Headshot of The Maydays Jen Rowe.
Jen Rowe Jen trained in acting at ACT Brighton and joined The Maydays in 2006. Since then, she has trained with myriad improv-greats in Europe and the USA. She teaches and performs around the world, and has a special interest in using improv techniques to inspire creative writing. As an improviser, she also performs and...
Headshot of The Maydays Katy Schutte, trees and houses in the background.
Katy Schutte Katy Schutte is one of the UK’s original long form improvisers. She performs and teaches all over the world, is a Head Teacher for Hoopla (the UK’s biggest improv school) and Co-Founder Director of The Improv Place. She has been one of The Maydays since 2004, is half of legendary sci-fi improv duo...
Headshot of The Maydays Rebecca MacMillan.
Rebecca MacMillan Rebecca is one of our founding members and taught the very first Maydays beginners course. She has trained at iO Chicago and many other improv theatres and teachers both stateside and in the UK. Alongside the Maydays, she performs with Impromptu Shakespeare, The Improvised Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and in Steamed! The Improvised...
Headshot of The Maydays Liz Peters
Liz Peters Liz trained as an actress at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts before studying improvisation at iO Chicago, and with practitioners from many other improv schools and styles.  She performs and teaches improv around the world, playing with The Maydays and Bumper Blyton as well as guesting in productions.  Liz has had an extensive...
Headshot of The Maydays Jules Munns.
Jules Munns Since graduating from the Guildhall School, Jules has trained with improv luminaries from Keith Johnstone to Patti Stiles, David Razowsky to Armando Diaz. He was one of the founders of the Nursery, where he was Artistic Director for over a decade, directing and creating numerous shows and teams and running both the corporate...
Black and white headshot of The Maydays Joe Samuel.
Joe Samuel Joe is the Musical Director of The Maydays.  He is a classically trained pianist and violinist and is one of only a handful of professional improviser musicians in the world.  He has directed and played for a baffling array of improv troupes both in the UK and across Europe as well, as playing...
Black and white headshot of The Maydays Chris Mead
Chris Mead Chris Mead is a UK-based performer and theatre-maker who teaches and coaches improvisation in London and around the world. He studied theatre at Royal Holloway College, University of London and improvisation at iO and The Annoyance Theatre in Chicago.  Chris is Artistic Director of The Nursery Theatre, a space in London dedicated to...
Headshot of The Maydays Lloydie James Lloyd.
Lloydie James Lloyd Lloydie is an improviser from Nottingham who performs with The Maydays and also with Rhymes Against Humanity – the improvised musical in Nottingham. He performs and teaches around the world and is the host of The Improv Chronicle Podcast, a documentary podcast for improvisers. Lloydie trained at UCB (New York), iO and...
Headshot of The Nursery Theatre and The Maydays online collaboration teaching team, Jonah Fazel
JONAH FAZEL Producer, Thursday Night Lights & The Carousel Jonah is an experienced theatre-maker and comedian and has appeared at in the West End as well as being a veteran of the London Fringe and Edinburgh festivals. He has created work at The Battersea Arts Centre, Royal Court and The National as well as many...
Headshot of The Maydays Jennifer Jordan.
Jennifer Jordan Jennifer has been improvising since 2014 and performing/facilitating since around 2006 after her Acting training at Bretton Hall. Her improv training began in Vancouver, training & performing with: Vancouver Theatre Sports League; Instant Theatre; Second Storey; and The Fictionals. She has also trained with iO Chicago, David Razowsky, Joe Bill, Lee White, Impromiscuous,...
Headshot of The Nursery Theatre and The Maydays online collaboration teaching team, Juwel Haque
Juwel Haque Juwel is an improvisation actor and director. He is the creator/director of United, an improv show with the spirit of a sports team. He also performs absurdist theatrical long-form with Somewhat Theatre, Theatresports and Maestro with Story Kitchen Impro, his solo games act Player One, and features on other projects including former Nursery...
Headshot of The Nursery Theatre and The Maydays online collaboration teaching team, Dan Ryan
Dan Ryan Dan is a London-based improviser and coach, and currently plays in Nursery house team Parkin, and in Soundcheck, the show of amusing musical musings. After doing his first improv show in Slovenia in the late nineties, he co-founded Barcelona Improv Group in 2011, before joining Ripcord, London’s first freeform team, in 2014. His...
Headshot of The Nursery Theatre and The Maydays online collaboration teaching team, Jon Nguyen
Jon Nguyen 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...
Headshot of The Nursery Theatre and The Maydays online collaboration teaching team, Francesca Reid
Francesca Reid Francesca is a facilitator for our Online Kids and Teens Improv courses. Francesca has worked creatively & therapeutically with the arts & young people for over 18 years. As a graduate of East 15 Acting school’s Acting with Community Theatre BA, she has run youth theatre sessions, holiday activities schemes & been the...
Headshot of The Nursery Theatre and The Maydays online collaboration teaching team, Vic Hogg, standing in front of a brick wall.
Vic Hogg Vic is a facilitator for our Online Kids & Teens Improv courses. Vic is an experienced improvisation teacher who has taught young people as an important part of her work for nearly a decade. She runs weekly improv clubs in various schools, including Dulwich Prep London. Vic also devises creative sessions that support...
Headshot of The Nursery Theatre and The Maydays online collaboration teaching team, Rhiannon Jenkins
Rhiannon Jenkins Online Education Administrator Rhiannon is an improviser, actor, teacher, facilitator, and director working across London and Europe. She performs regularly with They Don’t Know the Half of It, The Ol’ Bill, and Eggplant improv, and has directed and performed at The Hideout Theatre, Austin. She was an original cast member of Acaprov: the...
Headshot of The Nursery Theatre and The Maydays online collaboration teaching team, Jessica Mitolo
Jessica Mitolo Online Education Manager Originally from Youngstown, Ohio, Jessica Mitolo received her degree in Acting and Directing from Bowling Green State University. Since moving to Chicago, Jessica has studied, performed and directed at various schools and venues throughout the city. Her directing credits include Nostalgia Sucks: But It Used To Be Awesome!, Second Day Party Hair...
Headshot of The Nursery Theatre and The Maydays online collaboration teaching team, Velvet Wells, standing in front of a microphone
Velvet Wells (he/him) is an award-winning, world-beloved multi-faceted creator, facilitator, and community leader living in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He is the Outreach and Inclusion Manager for The Nursery Theatre and the Director of Operations for the Black Improv Alliance as well as an online teacher for The Maydays/Nursery Theatre Collaboration. Velvet co-founded both The Dandies, a...
Headshot of The Nursery Theatre and The Maydays online collaboration teaching team, Gaurav Singh
Gaurav Singh is a theatre-maker, improviser and production manager from India who currently lives in London, where he is studying an MA Advanced Theatre Practice at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama as a Chevening India scholar. He is also the General Manager at Kaivalya Plays, an Indian performing arts company known for...
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