meet the team
Educators, performers, artists and creators come together in our StorySnorts cast and crew.
Ian’s affinity with children’s entertainment began in the late 1990s when he and his wife, Michelle, produced and performed the Kangaroo Creek Gang Roadshow in South Australia for more than two years. As Ranger West, he was joined by the larger-than-life Kev Kangaroo and an extensive cast of puppets, entertaining children across all regions of the state. In recent years, Ian has fulfilled another creative passion as a middle grade children’s author, penning environmental fiction such as Melody Finch and The Last Firedog, and the semi-autobiographical The Frog Bridge. After two and a half years as a committee member of the Children’s Book Council SA Branch, including one year as Vice President, he found himself suddenly drawn to the exciting world of improv theatre for children. And in that spontaneous transition, StorySnorts was born.
Jemma Boyd is a local creative and digital marketing specialist, with a background in improv beginning in 2016. After an internship with world-renowned musical improv group Baby Wants Candy, she became an associate producer for Adelaide Fringe seasons 2018 + 2019, before moving overseas to assist in weekly residency shows at Second City Chicago. Jemma has participated in various local productions as a composer, lyricist, actor, producer and critic. Seeing the impact of improv in children’s shows firsthand in the US, she co-created StorySnorts as a way of bringing the same joy to kids in Australia!
Kirsty is an improviser, children's entertainer, MC and school Drama teacher who loves bringing the joy of improv to children and adults alike! Improvising and teaching for over 10 years, Kirsty has taught improvisation and acting to students aged 4 - 74, and performed everywhere from schools, libraries, and local theatres to Fringe and Comedy Festivals in Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Edinburgh. She has also worked as a children's entertainer for over 6 years. Starting as an improviser at On the Fly Impro in Adelaide, Kirsty quickly became a regular performer, teacher, producer, and committee member with On the Fly as well as many other Adelaide improvisation troupes and shows including Alex and the Babes (Haiku For You, She Shanties), Improv Adelaide (Space Quest, Improv Battle Royale), Emma Knights Productions (Tales of Adventure), Scriptease (UnPlotted Potter, Death Comes at the End), and Spoonerise This (Vicarious Cabaret).
Dan McGuiness is an author and illustrator based in South Australia. He began his career with the children's graphic novel series Pilot and Huxley, which was published in multiple countries. He has illustrated books for a number of Australian authors and is currently the illustrator on the successful Hot Dog series. He has a fun, high-energy presentation style and engages audiences by sharing his interests, his process, and his path to becoming a published author. He enjoys introducing audiences to the graphic novel format, and is passionate about character creation and encouraging young people to be creative.
Writer/Illustrator Louis Decrevel (pronounced Louie Decra-vel), lives on a hobby farm in the beautiful Inman Valley, South Australia, where he and his wife homeschool their nine hilarious kids. Louis has a Master of Visual Art & Design [Illustration] and a Bachelor of Arts [Multimedia] from UniSA. He won the Australian Society of Authors Mentorship in 2022 for Picture Book Illustration, and in 2021 won the Faber Writing Academy Scholarship for Writing for Children, was runner up for the Book Links Mentorship for his Middle Grade fantasy novel, won both second place and a commendation in the New England Illustration Prize, and wrote a poem that won a prize worth almost $1,000 from Pencraft SA.
Hunter Brown is a musical improv director, performer and instructor. As musical director for critically acclaimed comedy ensemble Baby Wants Candy, Hunter has traveled the world, including multiple sell-out seasons at the Edinburgh and Adelaide Fringe Festivals. He has collaborated with some of the world’s best and brightest performers, including a headline spot at the Chicago Podcast Festival with popular improvised musical podcast Off Book, residencies at The Second City Chicago, iO, ComedySportz and more. As an educator, Hunter has a multitude of experiences teaching sold out workshops, classes and 8-week programs with a wide variety of age groups.
Eden Trebilco is an actor, improviser and producer. He is a Flinders University Drama Centre graduate and has been performing and producing professionally for the past fifteen years. While primarily based in South Australia, Eden has toured shows around Australia and internationally, including four seasons in the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and two seasons in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. In addition to his work as a practising performing artist, Eden is also a qualified workshop instructor, having run workshops for the major South Australian universities, corporate institutions, and education centres. He is co-founder of the critically acclaimed theatre troupe Changing Jennifers and also manages the Improv Adelaide collective.
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Ryan O'Dea is a versatile artist from Adelaide whom you might recognize as the “moustached guy” from the Happy Wash and Fantastic Noodles’ “Yup to the Cup” television commercials. When Ryan is not busy audio designing local musical productions and working as an audiovisual technician at Mosaic AV, he is producing music for his solo project, Coldhands. Ryan discovered improv in 2017 with On the Fly and made his improv debut in 2018 with Vicarious Cabaret. Since then, he has been a regular performer at the Adelaide Fringe Festival.
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