Jim is an award-winning director, performer and 2017 Maestro National Champion Improviser. He began improvising at the sorry age of seventeen with Impro Australia, and went on to train at the iO Theater, Chicago, and at the Loose Moose Theatre, Calgary. He directed and produced Fresh and the First Thursday Impro Club from 2011-2014, directed and taught Theatresports™ at the University of Sydney from 2015-2017, and directed the 2017 National Theatresports™ Championships at the Enmore Theatre. He is a company member at Impro Melbourne, and regularly teaches and performs at national and international improv events.
As the General Manager of Jetpack Theatre Collective, Jim specialises in theatre experiences that are interactive, immersive, and intimate. His 2015 production Pea Green Boat won the Sydney Arts Guide’s award for Compelling Concept and Immersive Production. He recently directed Art Heist, an immersive escape-room-style adventure that had a sell-out run in Sydney, and is in demand as a design consultant on immersive and interactive work.
Jim is passionate about exploring improv that is artful, articulate, and attentive. He champions presence, support, inclusion and freedom in his craft. He co-edits the conversation series Scene From A Chat, and in his spare time he constructs cryptic crosswords, hosts a music podcast, and wishes he had more spare time.
“Jim is a caring, nurturing and inclusive teacher. I always learn so much in his classes and leave wanting to improve my own practice. His feedback is always bang on and productive. The gold standard in teaching, knowledge and people.” – a former student