Meet The Team
2013 marked the first year for Improv Fest Ireland and an exciting year it was too! Over 20 acts performed featuring shows from the UK, USA and our own shores. We have continued growing with another successful festival in year on year.
Improv Fest Ireland was founded by Neil Curran. Having performed and taught improv in other parts of the world, Neil saw the popularity of Improv Festivals in other countries and saw the opportunity to put Ireland on the festival map. Órla Mc Govern joined Neil, initially as an artistic advisor, and is now also a Festival Director. Órla teaches and performs internationally and is equally passionate about furthering the recognition of Improvisational Theatre & Comedy as an art form. The festival team began to grow when artists Brian Quinn and Niceol Blue came on board as Technical Supervisors. The festival is supported by a wonderful group of helpers and volunteers each year. In 2018 the team expanded further to include the talents of Jessamyn Fairfield, Richard Zimmerman, Quinton O’Reilly and Anna Wilson.
Festival Team 2018
Founder and Director: Neil Curran
Director: Órla Mc Govern
Operations Manager: Richard Zimmerman
Social Media Manager: Jessamyn Fairfield
Volunteer Supervisors: Anna Wilson & Quinton O’Reilly
Technical Directors: Niceol Blue & Brian Quinn
Órla Mc Govern
Órla is professional performer, playwright and storyteller, as well as a veteran improviser and workshop facilitator. She has worked as an actor for many years in both here and in the US, the latter being where she fell in love properly with improv. She is an original member of US Improv groups The Seattle Neutrino Project, Seattle goga & The Spolin Players Seattle. She was an ensemble member and guest with numerous groups in the US, including, with The Edge, Jet City Improv, Dead Gentlemen, and appearances at Ryan Stiles’ ‘Upfront Theatre’ in Bellingham WA. Órla teaches improv globally for Corporate, Educational and Artistic projects, including at Finland International Improv Fest, Strasbourg International Festival, France, BIG IF Barcelona, Improv Fest Ireland, Improfest Sweden, The Romanian Improv Festival, Galway Actors’ Workshop, and The Blue Teapot Theatre Company. She runs regular ‘improv labs’ with The Spontaneous Theatre People and is Artistic Director of The Sky Babies, a dynamic improv troupe based in the West of Ireland. Órla also founded ‘Moth & Butterfly’ an innovative night featuring a fusion of storytelling and improvisation. In 2015 she founded ‘Wingin’ It‘, Ireland’s first curated monthly night to showcase different styles of improv, with national and international guests. She acts regularly for TV/Radio/Film projects around the world. Órla is extremely passionate about improvisational theatre, and is delighted to be a part of the Improv Fest Ireland team. For more info go to www.spontaneoustheatre.com
Jessamyn Fairfield is an improviser and comedian who does physics in her spare time.
She is the director of Bright Club Ireland, as well as an award-winning improviser and science communicator.
She performs as half of Jess’s’s’s. You will find here on Twitter here.
Brian has “helped out” on the tech side with every Irish Improv Festival since the inaugural Improv Fest Ireland. He has been involved in drama since 1995 making his first stage appearance as Polonius in Hamlet and working as a Drama Facilitator. He was co-founder in Drogheda of Kayther Theatre Group in 1998 and appeared in, wrote and directed a number of plays during a ten year tenure. In 2008 he became involved with No Drama Theatre which led to his introduction into all things improv. Along with Neil Curran, they founded the improv troupe Laughalot and Brian went on to be the techie for the inaugural festival in 2013. Since then he has been in a number of improv groups culminating in the formation of an Improvised Shakesperae Group called “Peareshakes“, so keep an eye and ear out for them…