Dave Morris is a speaker, teacher, and storyteller, but mostly he's an improviser. He's been teaching, producing and performing improvisation around Canada and the world for the last 15 years. He is the artistic director of the award-winning Paper Street Theatre co. in Victoria B.C., was a long-time volunteer and regional director for the Canadian Improv Games, and performs his one-man improvised storytelling shows to high acclaim. He has performed and taught at festivals around the world, including Seattle, London, Berlin, Amsterdam, Chicago, and many more across Canada. He's busy often, but can always be busier.
Missie Peters is a founding member of Paper Street Theatre. She is an improviser, poet and performer and has performed across Canada and throughout Europe, most recently in Romania. She is a past Victoria Slam Champion, and was the producer of the Victoria Spoken Word Festival. She is often seen hosting events around town including Pecha Kucha and TEDx Victoria. She also sometimes designs and makes the costumes for Paper Street shows.
Byron Kjeldsen is one of the original Paper Street cast members and has been improvising for 15 years, playing make-believe before that. He is especially drawn to the mime and clown aspects of improv. Together with Nicole Malcolm, they have created an improv duo format called Ants which combines narration and clown elements. They have performed it many times at improv events/festivals around town. Byron also creates art (painting, sculpture, digital, etc.) and builds props for the Paper Street shows. Him and his father are responsible for Paper Street wooden weapon arsenal. During the day he loves his kafkaesque cubicle dream job at an insurance company.
Scott Thompson is a founding member of Paper Street Theatre. He’s been improvising regularly for the last eight years, teaching the craft for the last four, and was director and producer of Victoria’s own “An Improvised Dungeons and Dragons”. He now lives in Hamilton, Ontario. He’ll be back to visit soon, and can’t wait to see everyone!
Chris is proud and privileged to be one of the Original Five members of Paper Street Theatre. He has also performed with Launch Pad Theatre and Atomic Vaudeville. Chris's favourite moments with Paper Street include when he got a huge laugh with a single word at the start of a show (A Fistful of Improv), the entirety of a late night show (Improv's For Closers), and the entire cast cracking up at the end of a show (A Murder on Paper Street).
Monica Ogden is an actor, storyteller, and Filipina feminist activist. Improvising with Paper Street since 2011, she is a visitor on Lekwungen territories. She co-created NickelPumpernickel with Tony Adams, is a member of ColorQoded Collective, and past panelist at Emerald City Comic Con. Festival credits: Seattle International Festival of Improvisation (Duwamish territories), Vancouver International Improv Festival (Tsleil-Waututh, Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw, xʷməθkʷəy̓əm territories) Paper Street Theatre Improv Festival (Lekwungen territory), and the Canadian Improv Games in Ottawa ON (Algonquin and Anishinaabe territories). Her solo show Monica vs. The Internet, directed by Ann-Bernice Thomas, won Pick of the Fringe 2017 for Bravest Show.
Christina is an actor, writer, director, improvisor, and producer, who has enjoyed being in a wide variety of Paper Street shows since joining in 2012. She was part of the Vancouver Theatre Sports Improviser’s Training Program and Tony ’n’ Tina’s Wedding at Toronto’s Second City. Co-creator’s of the ‘M’ Award and Pick-of-the-Fringe winning Launch Pad Theatre Company; she and her partner David developed Watch for Bones sketch comedy and the Kingdom for a Stage seasons at Craigdarroch Castle, including the popular Bard in the Ballroom Series, and are currently working on the Nautilus at Nine Podcast. www.launchpadtheatre.com
Nicole is thrilled to be a part of another Paper Street Theatre Season. She started improvising over 19 years ago in Regina, Saskatchewan. On stage she has worked with Anoetic Improv, Hectik Improv, and co-founded Regina's Combat Improv. Off stage, she’s worked locally with the Canadian College of Performing Arts, Pacific Opera Victoria, Ballet Victoria, and Intrepid Theatre. Along with Byron Kjeldsen, she created and performs the format Ants: A kafkaesque absurd narrative improv format. Her favourite Paper Street shows were Kafka , Rom-Com, and Poe. Her favourite audience member is you.
Brooke Cameron has been performing with Paper Street Theatre since her arrival to Victoria in 2015. Brooke is also a cast member of Entertainment Village, and recently returned from the Caribbean from her contract as cast member of BeerProv on the MSC Seaside. Previously, she performed with Vikes Improv, Crush Improv (Ottawa) & MI-6 Improv (Ottawa), and has taught improvised theatre classes through Paper Street Theatre, Crush Improv, and the Ottawa Acting Company. When not immersed in the improvised theatre world, Brooke teaches biology and enjoys hiking in the coastal rainforest.
Chaz first started his improv journey over half his life ago. From Middle School, to the Canadian improv Games, to PaperStreet, Chaz has embraced the improv lifestyle with open arms. When Chaz isn’t performing on the stage, he spends his time coaching younger generations of improvisers as they compete in the CIG’s. Chaz’s favourite part of improv is supporting everyone on stage. Even if he doesn’t know where the scene is going, he knows we’ll discover it together.
Favourite quote: “You can’t spell improv, without love” - Dave Morris
Fresh out of Paper Street's masterclass (for the second time), Liz Colangelo can be seen playing all sorts of witty and no-so-witty (most likely) characters in Paper Street's improvised Jane Austen play, Yes and Yesteryear. When not laboriously reading Jane Austen novels and projecting her voice across the Emily Carr front yard, Liz may be spotted swing dancing the night away at local live band events. On rare nights of imbibing, she may be spotted playing ukulele loudly (and badly) in attempts to distract from her singing loudly (and badly).
At the tender age of 11 years Taylor began improvising with her middle school’s theatre club on Salt Spring Island. Fast forward ten years later and she’s still doing it! Although no longer in a junior high school on a tiny island. Instead she’s in Victoria and just finished her last month of the Paper Street Scholarship. When she’s not doing improv you can probably find her making lattes or making up songs. She’ll be performing with Enigmatic Events in the Victoria Fringe Festival in August as well as Paper Street Theatre’s Ghost Stories show this coming Fall.
Tony Adams (he/him, they/them) is a creator, performer, director, and improvisor. Along with Monica Ogden, Tony is one half of NickelPumpernickel, a duo committed to theatrical experience tethered to social justice, community building, and deconstructing popular (white) Canadian theatre. Tony is also the Co-Artistic Director of May Can Theatre and has developed 15 new works with them. Originally from Ottawa (Algonquin/Anishinaabe Territory) Tony is happy to be living in Victoria, located on the unceded territory of the Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples.
2012 was important for 2 reasons, the world didn’t end and Olivia Karpyshyn discovered improv. She was introduced to improv in her high school improv club and quickly started improvising with Loose Moose Theatre Company in Calgary. She then moved to Victoria to pursue a degree in Biochemistry. Now in her final year at UVic, Olivia has spent 3 years improvising with Vikes Improv, acting as their president since 2017. When she isn’t improvising or in the lab, she can be found watching reality TV. You can to see Olivia in various events around the university and in Paper Street Theatre’s Isle of Cranes.
Aaron Simm is an improviser, playwright, and award-winning spoken word artist. He has been featured artist at the Winnipeg Improv Festival, the Verses Festival of Words, and the Victoria Spoken Word Festival. He has written three books of poetry and performed two Fringe shows to critical acclaim. This is his first time performing with Paper Street Improv, and he is very excited about the whole thing.
Jonah was born in the sleepy little Canadian town of Vancouver. Tucked away in the misty mountains of the North Shore, he began performing improv with CIG where he was given tutelage by great Daves such as David Beare and Dave Morris. Following school, Jonah took a break from performing until he moved to the busy city of Victoria. Here he saw his first Paper Street show, and realized he needed to bring his folksy small town charm back. On the stage is where Jonah could express his true talents: make stuff up, and getting a rise out of people.
Natasha has been an improv student ever since she can remember. “Really?” You ask. Yes, and she is ecstatic to be able to continue this work with such talented, dedicated folks who finally get her improv jokes. Natasha is an Applied Theatre student at UVic and has previously performed improvised roles with Enigmatic Events in A Quiet Season, Jukebox Drive, and #Past#Present#Future at Victoria Fringe.
Alexandra attended the Canadian College of Performing Arts 15 years ago, where she discovered her passion for improvised comedy. She continued to train and perform with some of the best improv companies Canada has to offer, including Second City Toronto, Calgary’s Loose Moose, Vancouver’s Theatre Sports League, Vancouver Urban Well Improv and now Victoria’s famous Paper Street Theatre. Alexandra is also a regular on a monthly comedy panel show called “The Mash”, and is a co-member of an improv/sketch comedy group called “Entertainment Village.” She can also be heard on local comedy podcasts “Must be Nice” and “The Hate Locker.”
Sami Al-Khalili is a beatboxing, poet-spreading, vocal performance student at the Conservatory of Music in Victoria, BC. He considers himself a jack of art with interests in voice acting, acting for tv/film, improv acting, theatre, event production and event hosting. Currently, he runs his showcase in town called Speak, Easy at the Mint Victoria once a month. He’s been in the Full Monty as a principal lead under the theatre production of New Vintage Theatre in 2016. Inevitably, what he loves the most, is making inhuman sounds for people and for the stage.
Gargi is going into her third year as an improviser, having received the majority of her training in Paper Street Theatre classes. She first came to explore improv when she said "yes, and!" to a sign outside the studio that read: "Try improv?" and she never looked back. Gargi is also a founding member of local improv group First Time Last and is known in some circles for a character named Sassy Sally.
Emma is a local technician and lighting designer and has been a part of Paper Street Theatre for the past three seasons. If you want to watch her do something completely different check out her work with Ballet Étoile Canada. You've probably heard her cackle from the back of a theatre.
Dan G is a musician, sound designer, and digital instrument developer based in Victoria BC. He writes and performs experimental electronic music as okpk, and is a member of Laggards.
Theodore is one of those people who does many things, people call him for reasons, and then things happen. In this instance Paper Street Theatre asked for a set design and construction, it will probably happen when there is a show. It will likely be acceptable, at the very least it will be fun for Theodore.