Meet The Team

Judith Amsenga

Chief Operating Officer

Originally from the Netherlands, Judith Amsenga came to the UK to train at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) in 2005. After graduating, she co-founded the Nursery in 2009.

Her acting credits include Caterpillar (Theatre503), The Golden Dragon (ATC), Mixed Up North (Out of Joint), Scars (Vivienne Franzman, Theater Utrecht), DEVS (Alex Garland), Mr Turner (Tin Man Productions), Doctors (BBC) and Soup and Salad (Melanie Martinez).

Judith also works as a voice-over artist, translator (for Harper Collins, TU Delft, ABN AMRO and others) and teaches presenting skills to PhD students with Artesc. In a faraway past time she obtained an MA in Cultural History. Judith lives in north London in a shared house with a cat called Edith. They are thinking about a web series.

Jules Munns

Artistic Director

After seeing Lifegame at the National Theatre in 2001, Jules Munns waited over five years before starting to improvise during his acting training at the Guildhall School. After graduating, he co-founded the Nursery in 2009. He has performed with Music Box (5* FringeGuru and Remote Goat) and Friendly Fire before joining the Maydays in 2012. He is the director of Impromptu Shakespeare (5* Broadway Baby and Playstosee), which he also performs in and is one half of improv duos Ten Thousand Million Love Stories and Sitting in a Tin Can.

He has performed and taught at festivals across the UK and in countries including the US, Pakistan, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Portugal and Finland. At the Nursery, Jules has directed ‘Magicked – the improvised Harry Potter’ and ‘Happy in their own Way’, as well as house teams Parkin and Dinner from Scratch. He has also taught applied improv at companies from Google to Unilever.

Heather Urquhart

Co-Artistic Director

Heather trained in Physical Theatre but after graduation started her lifelong affair with improv joining Kepow Theatre with Kevin Tomlinson in 2004 and has been with the Maydays since 2006.

She has co-written a book on the subject of musical improv called ‘Sing it!’ and has a series of associated podcasts. Heather is also part of a two person improv team with Jules Munns. Their show ‘Ten Thousand Million Love Stories’ is a multi-character longform improv show around the theme of love which they took to the Improvised Play Festival in Austin Texas April 2013. Heather is winner of Foghorn’s UK Improv Smackdown 2013 and winner of The Latest Brighton Festival and Fringe awards Best female performer 2013.

She compliments her improv career with acting, sketch comedy and singing. She has been a performer with Brighton’s satirical comedy sketch company The Treason Show since 2007, as well as a sometimes singer with the mercury music prize nominated Electric Soft Parade.

Chris Mead

Co-Artistic Director (Nursery Originals)

Chris’ first exposure to improv was at the Edinburgh Festival when he stumbled across Baby Wants Candy: The Improvised Musical by sheer coincidence. What he saw that night was so monumental it seared itself onto his brain. After years of stumbling through scripts and following someone else’s directions it became very clear that improv was his mothership. Luckily, Baby Wants Candy had forgotten to bring anyone to tear tickets for them. Chris seized the job and promptly watched every one of their performances for a whole glorious month. Travelling back to London, Chris immediately started looking for a local improv scene, but failed miserably. This was either because they were hiding from him, or because the internet was less sophisticated back then, comprising solely of US military infrastructure and Hamster Dance. Nearly a decade later, Chris was surprised to find a massive, thriving improv community had silently grown up around him, like ninja plants. From that moment on he threw himself into training like a man possessed. Chris has studied with Second City, The Annoyance and iO in Chicago, as well as teachers from Baby Wants Candy, Dummy, Crunchy Frog, Hoopla Impro, Free Association, Monkeytoast, UCB, Bad Dog and The Hideout Theatre.

He has performed as part of a regular team with The Ministry, 8-Bit, Music Box, Curt Hatred, Silly String Theory, The Cartel, Destination and Project 2 as well as making guest appearances with Grand Theft Impro, Hoopla, Baby Wants Candy, The RH Experience, At Home with Katy & Tony, The London and Liverpool Improvathons, Dad’s Garage and The Maydays.

Away from improv, Chris co-writes, performs and produces cult Doctor Who comedy podcast The Ood Cast, which somehow attracts thousands of listeners worldwide.

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 site-specific venues and toured the UK as a performer, director and workshop leader and currently teaches Improvisation at The Nursery.

Jonah trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and the Webber Douglas Academy.

He has studied clowning under Philippe Gaulier, stand-up comedy under Logan Murray and improvisation under Keith Johnstone.

Stephen Davidson

Training Centre Manager

Stephen Davidson is the Artistic Director of Improvable, QI: Queer Improv, Carmen: A gender-swapped Film Noir Fantasy, Love and Misinformation: An Improvised Play in the style of Caryl Churchill, and co-director of Zeal: The Pride Improv Festival. He currently also plays in Boxed in, Castles in the Air, an improvised Studio Ghibli film, in The Nursery Theatre’s mainstage ensemble, and in duo The Happiest People in the World with Erick Castellan.

Stephen teaches improv through Improvable and the Nursery Theatre, and is also a diversity officer for Hoopla Improv. He has taught and performed all over the world. He is also the author of Play Like an Ally.

Stephen loves improv and one of the world’s most cheerful people when playing or teaching. When coaching and directing improv he prides himself on creating a positive environment so that players can perform at their best. Stephen likes his improv like he likes his partners; silly, clever, and emotionally connected. Stephen has studied improv through i/o Chicago, The Nursery, Annoyance, UCB, Hoopla, The Maydays, Music Box, Showstoppers, and with many visiting artists including Dave Razowsky, Bill Arnett, Kaci Beeler, Heather Anne Campbell, Deanna Fleysher, and many more.

Juwel Haque

Theatre Manager

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 Original productions Magicked!, Castles In The Air, and Heads Might Roll. A part of London’s improv community since 2014, Juwel is Theatre Manager for The Nursery and a producer of Slapdash International Improv Festival.

Juwel plays with heart and cheek as much as head, is known for his enthusiastic and encouraging spirit, and loves playful shows with emotional substance. He is extremely 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. You might hear Juwel beatboxing or humming a tune while plodding after two cats, hunting Pokémon, or agonising over his fantasy football team.

Jennifer Jordan

Training & Events Manager

Jennifer trained in Acting at Bretton Hall and, after ten years of performing and workshop facilitating professionally, she then discovered improv in Vancouver where she trained & performed with Vancouver Theatre Sports League, Instant Theatre, Second Storey, and The Fictionals. Now living in London, Jennifer teaches/performs/works at The Nursery. She has also trained with iO Chicago, David Razowsky, Joe Bill, Lee White, Free Association and Showstoppers. Jennifer has been a cast member in Nursery Original shows The Restaurant and Magicked! (Improvised Harry Potter show), and currently performs with The Concept, Impromptu Shakespeare, Actor’s Nightmare, and The Society.

She also super likes Shakespeare, and when she’s not improvising she’s filming Sonnet Sisters – a webseries she co-created with Anna Rose James in which Shakespeare’s sonnets are analysed and performed in little bitesized videos.

Kate Cotruvo

Transition Project Manager

Kate hails from San Francisco, California where she worked in film and theatre for over a decade. In 2013, she founded the aerial theatre company Volare Variety and went on to produce nine shows with them.

She moved to London in 2016 and completed her M.F.A. in Creative Producing from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Kate is currently the founder and director of AloeArts, a creative producing and consulting service.

In her free time, Kate spends her days fermenting bread and pickles.

Britt Pay

Brand Marketing Manager

Britt is an improviser, comedian and marketer, who grew up in Sydney, Australia. She is a founding member of Classic Andy, and has featured at Camden Fringe Festival and The Edinburgh Improv Festival.

Since 2017, she has performed regularly at Breaking & Entering’s The Playground. In 2019, she joined the cast of Unbridled, a Nursery Orginal production.

Britt’s professional background is in marketing consultancy.

Rob Armstrong

Media Producer

Robert first began writing internet videos in 2005 when you still had to rent an FTP server and beg websites to post links to the file. After studying Maths and Film Studies at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth – during which time YouTube thankfully became a thing – he continues to enjoy experimenting with what’s fashionably known as ‘the democratisation of (insert previously expensive and tricky thing here)’. This currently takes the form of game engines, machine vision and motion capture.

He first came across improv in 2015. His friends had become exhausted providing voicework for his not-always-well-written videos, which led him to try signing up for an acting course at RADA. As it turned out, this course always sold out within minutes of being posted online, so he had to settle for an ‘improvisation’ class instead. This was probably for the best because he thinks improv is fun and writing is hard.

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