Festival Ensemble

Vancouver Improv Festival is thrilled to host some of the world’s top improvisational talent in our Festival Ensemble. This year The Festival Ensemble is directed by Coko Galore and Rich Talarico.

DREW CLARKE

Drew Clarke is originally from Sydney, Australia. He moved to Vancouver in 2006 and instantly fell in love with improv comedy. He’s trained and performed with Vancouver TheatreSports, Blind Tiger Comedy and Instant Theatre. He’s performed improv at festivals and also as a guest artist in New York, Edmonton, Bellingham and Sydney. You can catch his unique brand of mischief on stage every Sunday night with the Vancouver TheatreSports Rookie League, or at his monthly show Super Duper Deluxe.

DAPHNEY JOSEPH

Daphney Joseph is a bilingual actor, comedian and writer from Montreal. She is one half of the acclaimed comedy duo Coko and Daphney. Together, they have performed in all of over North America including Philadelphia, Chicago, New York City, Ottawa and multiple festivals including OFFJFL, Brave Festival where they’ve opened for Gina Yashere. Daphney also does stand up around the city and has performed at various festival like Yas Kween, SheDot, Shade and Spice. She’s currently writing digital series in French and English. You may have seen her on TV on Baroness Von Sketch Show, Private Eyes and TFO flip.

SARAH ORMANDY

Sarah Ormandy is a performance artist, improviser, and retired actor. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting from the University of Alberta, and is an alumni of Edmonton’s Rapid Fire Theatre. She was a member of Second City Toronto’s House Company (2018/2019), in an ensemble that has now transformed to be ‘Milk’. In addition to improvising extensively in Edmonton, Montreal, and Toronto, she has a background in devised creation and improvised movement, and has performed in a variety of theatres and found spaces across Canada. Sarah is most well known for Only Wearing Black Turtlenecks for a full year. She is currently handwriting out the entire contents of her Facebook profile. Please refer to www.sarahormandy.com for a more detailed overview of her work.

MADDY RAFTER

Maddy started improv as a teenager with the Canadian Improv Games, and performed with them from 2009-2012. She has trained with Instant Theatre in their Conservatory program, and played with UBC improv. Maddy currently appears in Instant Theatre shows, and performs regularly with her troupe Paintbucket.

CURT DA SILVA

Curt has been improvising for 8 years with Instant Theatre (Vancouver), performing in a number of shows over the years including Streetfight + the East Van Improv League, Cagematch, the Actor’s Nightmare, the improvised Final Fantasy show, Ad Improvinem, and Talk Felty to Me. Curt directs, produces, and plays in the improvised anime show Fistful of Kicks, which has been featured at the Seattle Festival of Improv Theater, the Vancouver Improv Festival, and the Austin Improvised Play Festival. He loves both game-based improv and story-based improv and playing the weirdest possible (but still grounded) characters on stage. 

MARGUERITE LAWLER

Marg Lawler is an Edmonton-based improviser, actor, musician and comedian. She is a senior performer of RapidFire Theatre, and performs in shows such as OffBook: The Improvised Musical, CALAMITY, Murder at Makeout Point, Resonance, LOLmandy, Theatresports, and more! Marguerite just performed as part of the festival ensemble at RFT’s festival, Improvaganza! Marguerite is mere weeks out of the BFA Acting program at the U of A and even has a piece of paper to show for it. Marguerite performs around Edmonton in scripted shows, as well as writes and performs solo sketch comedy.

Mariela Pabon

Mariela Pabon is a writer, comedian and illustrator that uses improv as part of her work. She is the author and illustrator of Check-In Mela, a platform of autobiografical comics, bad advice columns and Madame Mela, an astrologer. In 2013 she was part of the International Improvisation Theater Studies, specializing in Storytelling. She also performs with her improv duo, Non-Gratas.

Patricia Tab

Patricia Tab is an improviser from Toronto with strong background in postdramatic theatre and performance art. She is currently part of the Bad Dog Theatre Featured Players Ensemble (Toronto), and an alumna of the Second City House Co, and Second City Diversity Fellowship.

Bestse Green

Betse Green has been a very active member of the Portland Improv scene since 2002. Currently, she is an ensemble member and teacher at Curious Comedy Theater and CSz (ComedySportz) Portland. She also performs regularly with the acclaimed indy teams B&B, B.A.B.E. and Unbreakable Chain. Her talents have been showcased performing and teaching at over 30 improv festivals in the last 4 years across the Globe. Her studies have included ComedySportz, IO Chicago and under Master Class instructors including Jill Bernard, Susan Messing, Joe Bill, Dave Razowsky and Carla Cackowski. As a Certified Applied Improvisation Architect/Teacher she has created and facilitated applied improv curriculum in classrooms and corporate business. In her spare time she is the co-owner of CSz (ComedySportz) Boston.

TRANG NGUYEN

Trang has been improvising for 10 years, first with the Canadian Improv Games in her hometown Regina, SK. Since moving to Vancouver, BC she has trained with Instant Theatre Company’s Conservatory Program and been Co-President of UBC Improv. She has competed in the College Improv Tournament twice (Seattle, WA), finishing 2nd in the international finals (Chicago, IL). She is a current producer and performer with Grad School Improv (Vancouver, BC) specializing in genre work which spoofs popular TV shows including The Bachelorette, Law & Order and Baywatch. In her spare time Trang enjoys providing improv education as a trainer for the Canadian Improv Games and Improv Camp (Gambier Island, BC). She is incredibly honoured to join this year’s Festival Ensemble!

Andrew Parry

Andrew is a co-founder of Hitchhikers Improv in Regina, SK, and in his sixth year as their Artistic Director. In 2018 he co-wrote and performed in “Two Chairs and a Piece of Wood”, a one act comedy at Regina’s Fringe Festival. Andrew has performed across western Canada at Improvaganza, Vancouver Improv Festival, and Prairie Bowl. Andrew has also been an instructor at Improvcamp and The Globe Theatre School for four years.

JORDAN WESLEY MOORE

Jordan has been performing, training and teaching improv in and around Vancouver for nearly ten years. He is especially proud of his work playing and directing at UBCimprov and as a (now former) member of Vancouver’s Grad School Improv. Jordan can be seen performing with Uncle Jane’s Queer improv and comedy, as well as training with Blind Tiger Comedy. Jordan is usually drinking an iced coffee.

ENSEMBLE DIRECTORS

COKO GALORE

Coko Galore is a Toronto-based actor, comedian and curator. In 2015, Coko wrote, performed and produced her first solo-show ‘Mixed Chick’ (dir. Leslie Seiler) at The Toronto Fringe Festival. She is one half of the acclaimed improv comedy duo Coko and Daphney. Together, they have performed in many festival and shows including Just For Laugh’s alternative festival OFF-JFL/ZOOFEST and the Harbourfront Centre’s 2018 ‘Brave Festival’ opener sets, which she also curated. In 2016, Coko was Assistant Director to Julie Dumais Osborne’s award-winning acclaimed ‘La Grande Jatte’. Coko curates and produces various shows that focus on highlighting BIPOC & LGTBQ+ performers including The Party Show, Kiss N Tell, and Black and Funny – Toronto. Coko Galore is currently Associate Artistic Director at The Bad Dog Theatre.

RICH TALARICO

Rich Talarico is an Emmy nominated and Peabody Award winning writer and producer best known for his work on Comedy Central’s “Key & Peele.” Additionally, Rich has written/produced “The Key & Peele Superbowl Special”, “Review” for Comedy Central, FOX’s “MadTV,” NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” “The Tonight Show w. Jay Leno”, and the 2-hour TV Special “Must See TV: A Tribute to James Burrows.” Rich also served as an improv coach on the first “Anchorman” and did punch-ups on the feature films “Mean Girls” and the Oscar-winning “Get Out.” Rich took his first improv class from Stephen Colbert at Chicago’s Second City Theater back in the 1900s. Rich went on to tour with Second City’s National Touring Company and later co-created five original sketch comedy revues with SC’s Etc., and Main Stage Companies. While in Chicago, Rich was also involved at Improv Olympic (Now iO) under the direction of Charna Halpern and the late, Del Close.