Who's Ivan Chew?
Besides having multiple qualifications in Construction, Project Management, Energy Studies (majoring in Innovation Management) and Training, I've also been an improvising actor since 2007.
However, I started out in the improv game by chance; I won a lucky dip prize for acting lessons! True story!
By coincidence (or fate..?) the teacher taking the class was Lyn Pierse who had brought down the Theatresports concept to Australia about 30 years ago. At the end of the course, Lyn recommended I try improvisation as well as I seemed to have a knack for it. Although the basic elements of improv learned did make me less shy back then, I was unsure what 'improv' truly was and decided to take more acting courses at the Marian Street Theatre (Sydney) for 6 months.
After finishing the courses at the Marian Street Theatre, and a couple of intensive courses at NIDA, I graduated from Lyn's two level course in 2007. Over the next few years, I was a regular of Scared Scriptless (Sydney's Longest Running Comedy Show, but now defunct as of 2010), and even ran it being a man of many hats (casting, directing, producing, marketing, tech desk, etc).
In between playing and helping run Scared Scriptless, I took a couple of puppetry courses run by Jim Henson trained puppeteer: Gary Friedman. From there, I also wrote my first script, storyboard and experienced pitching a production. The result was the short film, "COURTING".
In 2011, I also had my own improvised show, IMPROMANCE, in the Sydney Comedy Festival with almost sold out shows for the 3 nights at the Factory Theatre, Marrickville.
In 2012, I received a special commendation for my entry (NET ATTACK) in the Improvised Film Festival and the film was screened in a cinema to the applause of the rapturous audience.
Today, besides running the 'Improv(e) Your Life' business providing training, role-playing, and seminars on life skills using improv, I also have a monthly improv comedy show and am part of the Programming Committee at 2RDJ 88.1 FM.