Maddie Parker is an improviser, actor, writer and producer who stumbled upon improv at the tender age of fourteen and never looked back.
Since then, Maddie has been a regular fixture on stages around Sydney, performing with the ITS ensemble and her troupe Confetti Gun. She is a Sydney University Theatresports champion and winner of the Jordan McClellan Award for best new improviser, has appeared in multiple Cranston Cup grand finals at the Enmore Theatre and hosted the 2017 National Theatresports Championships with Julia Zemiro. She has taught Theatresports in high schools across Sydney, and has been the director and host of Impro Australia’s First Monday Impro Club. She was also the director of the 2018 Cranston Cup season.
Maddie has also performed internationally with ComedySportz Berlin, Berlin-based longform troupe Good Luck, Barbara, and PlayShop in Wellington, New Zealand. In 2017 and 2018 she performed in New York with Confetti Gun as part of the Del Close Marathon.
A strongly intuitive improviser, Maddie takes a ‘shoot first, ask questions later’ approach to improv, believing that the best way to learn it is just to get up and do it. She believes that there is no single way of approaching improv that will work for everyone, and so encourages her students to experiment, explore and occasionally get it oh-so wrong, to help figure out what works best for them. Her style of play is strongly relationship- and character-based; she strives at all times to make her improv collaborative, playful and joyful.