Theatresports Youth Programme


Many of our current company members cut their improvising teeth at school with the Theatresports Youth Programme (TYP).  If you like the sound of making people laugh while making stuff up…then this is the programme for you.

Our experienced tutors will come to your school and coach you in the basics of improvised comedy.  Then, once you have the skills, you can enter competitions against other schools to see who will be the glorious Theatresports Champions of the world…or at least Auckland anyway.

Of course if you just want to play and leave the competing to others, we can arrange that too!

Feel free to email us with any queries regarding the Youth Programme. Information packs can be sent to your school when requested.

Some well known graduates from Theatresports in Schools include Creative Director Greg Cooper, senior actor Penny Ashton, Outrageous Fortune Star Wesley Dowdell, Fleur Saville, Dean O’Gorman, Madeleine Sami and Oliver Driver.


Our fabulous staff and tutors

Clare Kelso – Program Manager and TYP TutorClare

Clare is a long serving Tutor with the Theatresports Youth Programme.  She has over 30 years experience as a tutor of drama, specializing in improv.  Clare works in most performance areas – you may even recognise her from series such as “Shortland Street”, “Outrageous Fortune” and “Super City” with Madeleine Sami, who was one of the first successful Theatresports Youth Programme students to go on and have a great career in film and live performance, but its live improv that Clare loves to teach.

“There’s nothing more enjoyable to me than to see a young actor struggle, push, work and achieve.  In fact, the best results are when I see students come through training and performance experience and end up better than me.  The teachers get real skills from their training and the students learn confidence, team work and thinking on their feet.  It’s great preparation for the world in and out of school.  I hope we can grow both numbers and content of the programme and it has 100% of my support” – Clare Kelso


Sam Scott – TYP Tutor

Sam Scott is a director and tutor working in theatre, television and film. Sam is the founder and artistic director of MASSIVE Company.

Sam has a particular commitment to working with and developing emerging artists, alongside professional practitioners. Sam has been with the Theatresports Youth Programme (TYP) since it began in 1990, and has been the Director (1990-2000) and Educational Officer (2008-2011). During this time Sam has always been a tutor of the Theatresports Youth Programme.

Theatre credits include Havoc in the Garden, Whero’s New Net, Up Close Out Loud, 100 Cousins, The Sons of Charlie Paora, The Love Wrangler, Still Moving, Legacy, Storm On The Lawn, Still Speeding, Rush, Blood and Bone, Fire In The Heart, Stamping Ground, Feet First, Alice In Cyberspace, Walking The Plank, Cool Gangs, Hunting The Heart. For other companies The Two Marias, Alice In Wonderland, Bouncers, The Wedding Party, Top Girls, Risk, Blood.

Television: Shortland Street (South Pacific Pictures) 1998-2007

Film: His Fathers Shoes (2003) a short film funded by the NZ Film Commission, was chosen to be shown at the Melbourne Film Festival (Australia), Montreal Film Festival (Canada), St Tropez Film Festival (France), Seagate Foyle Festival (Ireland), Telecom 2004 NZ International Film Festival (NZ) and Richmond Rd Festival (Auckland). It was one of 3 films nominated for Best Short Film in the New Zealand Screen Awards 2005.


Lori Dungey – TYP TutorLori

Lori Dungey has been a professional actor, tutor, director and writer for the past 30 years.  She has a BFA in Acting from the University of British Columbia, Canada and has specialised in Improvisation.  Nineteen years ago she came to Auckland from Vancouver to perform in the International Theatresports Commonwealth Games Festival.  She stayed on as the first Artistic Director for the Wellington Theatre Company, The Improvisors.

She is currently a Creative Director, performer and trainer with the improvisation company, ConArtists (formerly Theatresports Auckland).

She is also a tutor with the Theatresports Youth Programme (TYP). She co-wrote the teaching manual that is used by the schools in the programme.  For the past seven years she has taught Long Form improvisation to teenagers at the National Youth Drama School in Hawkes Bay.  She has appeared on Shortland Street, Mercy Peak, Xena, Hercules, Lucy, Superfire and LOTR.


Madeline Lynch – TYP TutorMad

Madeline has been working professionally in TV and theatre for the last 17 years in a wide variety of comedy and drama productions. Madeleine has popped up in most local TV dramas including STREET LEGAL, JACKSON’S WHARF, DUGGAN, RIDING HIGH, COVERSTORY, MARLIN BAY and SHORTLAND STREET (for which she was nominated for a NZ Film & Television Award 1993). In 2006 she returned to SHORTLAND ST as the unpopular Dr Ingrid Cambell.

Madeleine has been a member of ConArtists since 1991, performing in many public and corporate shows. She has even been known to produce, administrate and sit on the Board. She is one of the company’s longest serving Theatresports Youth Programme tutors, was the Administrator of the programme for 3 years and part of the team which updated the Schools Manual in 1998.


TelisaTelisa Wood – TYP Administrator

Telisa is the Office Manager with the improvisation company, ConArtists (formerly Theatresports Auckland). She also takes on the role of the Theatresports Youth Programme administrator. She maintains a smooth programme while acting as the hub of communication.  She runs all the behind the scenes tasks in regards to the programme. She was a part of Theatresports Youth Programme while at high school herself.




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The 2013 Theatresports Youth Programme is supported by:

 ASB Community Trust Low-Res Auckland Council Creative Communities low-res

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