Marcel Blanch- de Wilt
Marcel wrote his first play at the age of nineteen in 2007 for the Adelaide Fringe. He has written and directed original works each year since for the festival from musicals to experimental theatre. He has now performed in every Adelaide Fringe since.
In 2011 he entered the world of stand-up comedy and was nominated for Best Newcomer at the Adelaide Comedy awards as well as winning a place in the State Finals of the Raw Comedy Competition. In 2015 he debuted his first solo comedy show Death of a Disco Dancer to great acclaim in Adelaide which toured to the Melbourne Fringe. He has since performed at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Sydney Comedy Festival, Sydney Fringe and Bondi Feast.
Marcel is a graduate of Improv Theatre Sydney and has toured to study at the home of long-form improv, iO in Chicago. There he trained under such improv masters as the co-founder of iO, Charna Halpern. While in Chicago he also performed as a guest at the iconic Second City. He has also trained under the award-winning Dr Brown in clowning.
He has also appeared on screen (in a manner of speaking) as the Mad Max-inspired Panda, Isaac, in the award winning web-series Wastelander Panda and a variety of short films. He has performed stand-up in Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne, Hobart, Perth, Newcastle, Wollongong, Canberra, London and Chicago.
Marcel regularly performs with his wife and ITS faculty member, Eleanor Stankiewicz, in their improv team The Newlyweds. In 2018 they won second place in the ITS Smackdown.