Meet The Team

Festival Organisation Team

Jason Perez

Jason Perez Artistic Director / Co-founder

Jason is originally from outside of Los Angeles (Upland to be more specific) where he started doing improv 16 years ago.  He would later go on to train, perform, and/or teach with such companies as Second City, Upright Citizens Brigade, National Comedy Theater, Comedy Sportz, Improv Olympic, and the Peoples Improv Theater.  He has also taught improv at numerous high schools, universities, and festivals both back in the states and internationally.  Currently, Jason is teaching improv with The Tron Theatre as well as running and performing in shows around Scotland like the KinkyFish Improv Jam and Glasgow Harold Night with the house team Couch. He is also the Co-Director of the Arts Not For Profit, Blank Script Ltd.

Jason could not be more excited about the Edinburgh International Improv Festival. He sees it as an amazing opportunity to show off the amazing talent here in Scotland while also growing the community both locally and internationally.

Michelle McKay

Michelle McKay Executive Producer / Co-founder

Michelle is a freelance theatre producer and actress, co-founder of KinkyFish Theatre Company and Kinkyfish Improv. Michelle trained in Classical and Musical Theatre singing before moving into acting, performing extensively as a child in Scotland, later moving to London to continue her career. With her Business Degree and passion for theatre, moving into Theatre Producing was an obvious choice. Michelle honed her skills as a producer with Theatre503 in London as Resident Assistant Producer before moving back to Scotland. Michelle is working on a number of theatre projects as well as running a regular Improv Jam night with KinkyFish Improv.

Michelle is excited to be bringing Scotland’s first Improv Festival to Edinburgh and playing her part in growing the improv community and introducing new audiences to improv.

Board Members

Will Naameh

Will Naameh

Will Naameh is an improviser with twelve years experience. His training includes Second City Chicago, iO Chicago, Annoyance and UCB. He is a founding member of Men With Coconuts and The Spontaneous Players.

He is also an improvisational comedy rapper under his rap name MC Hammersmith. He is the 2017 UK Improv Smackdown Champion and Best Newcomer Scottish Comedy Awards 2018.

Laura Cheyne

Laura Cheyne

Laura is the Head of Marketing for the National Trust for Scotland and has 16 years’ experience in the marketing industry. She is a long-time supporter of tourism and culture in Scotland, currently sitting on the board of the Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions and the Scottish Tourism Alliance Council and having lead campaigns for award winning attractions such as Stirling Castle and the Battle of Bannockburn centre. Laura has also played a role in national tourism initiatives such as Homecoming 2014 and Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017.

Laura is delighted to be part of the team launching the innovative and exciting Edinburgh International Improv Festival to the bustling Edinburgh Festival scene. “Here’s to firing up February 2019 with laughs and giggles while welcoming participants from near and far.”

Kris Keane

Kris Keane

Kris is a Chartered Accountant, and is currently Assistant Director of one of the big 4 accountancy firms.

Outside of the day job Kris is a big fan of music, comedy, film and theatre, and frequently has tickets for some event or another! Kris hopes to provide support to the executive team of Blank Script Limited and the Edinburgh International Improv Festival by bringing his business experience and arts consumer experience to the table.

Design Team

Paul McEwan

Local boy Paul is an actor and improviser and can be found performing regularly with improv groups TBC Improv and the Spontaneous Players. Not to make his Degree in Computer Science redundant, Paul put his skills into practice and created our lovely website!

Brooke Bourgeois

Brooke is our American pocket rocket. As well as her fantastic designs (just check out our website) she studied at Harvard and can be found performing around Edinburgh with Improv Troupe, Where’s My Honey?

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