Carlo Ritchie is one half of acclaimed improvised comedy duo ‘The Bear Pack’ alongside fellow ITS director Steen Raskopoulos. Since 2008 Carlo has performed in various long and short improvised formats both at home and abroad, including ‘Tennis’, ‘Soap’ and ‘Director’s Mind’ in Sydney, ‘Snort’ in Auckland and ‘Good Luck Barbara’ in Berlin. The Bear Pack has sold out at the Sydney, Melbourne and Edinburgh Comedy Festivals, as well as the invite only Cat Laughs Festival in Kilkenny and London’s Soho and 2Northdown Theatres.
Carlo holds a BA (Hons 1) in Linguistics from the University of Sydney, where he was a teacher from 2011-2014. This linguistic background is an important influence not only on Carlo’s individual performance but also his teaching style, exploring language use and norms, habitus and discourse within the framework of long form improv. The core of Carlo’s teaching style is the use of physicality and space to define characters, finding, rather than creating narrative and embracing the flow of the scene.
Carlo is one of the founding directors of Improv Theatre Sydney and the current Artistic Director.