Meet Improbable


Here are just some of the people who make Improbable what it is.
We think they’re improbably brilliant in all sorts of ways.

Anabel Barnston

Anabel Barnston

Administration & Finance Officer
Anabel joined Improbable in December 2016, previously a Project Manager for the NHS as well as a radio show host for Soho Radio. Now, when she's not busy helping co-ordinate the Improbable office, she writes for her comedy group, Fridge Magnet, and takes part in her own weekly improv group.

Ben Monks

Ben Monks

Executive Director
Ben joined Improbable in September 2016. In 2008 he co-founded production and management company Supporting Wall, and for them produced the Olivier Award-winning production of Mike Bartlett's BULL with the Young Vic and world premieres of five plays by Philip Ridley including Dark Vanilla Jungle and Radiant Vermin. Ben has been producer for the Women Centre Stage Festival (National Theatre) and Birds Eye View, the UK's Festival of women filmmakers at BFI Southbank; and was creative producer at the Tristan Bates Theatre from 2011 - 2016. From 2009 - 2010 he worked for the Koestler Trust, delivering arts mentoring for prisoners and secure patients.

Lucy Foster

Lucy Foster

Participation Director
Lucy is a director and facilitator. She has previously been an Associate Director with Improbable and created The Pirate Project, an Improbable Associate Artist Project, in 2012. Alongside her work with Improbable, she currently works with the Half Moon Theatre, the Unicorn, and teaches at East 15.

Sarah Grange

Sarah Grange

Open Space Producer
Sarah is Improbable’s Open Space Producer, looking after all the Devoted & Disgruntled, and Open Space for Hire projects. She is also a multi-disciplinary performance maker and a writer, working with her own companies Sundogs and Kraken Studios. She has an MA in Advanced Theatre Practice from Central School of Speech & Drama.

Matilda Leyser

Matilda Leyser

Associate Director
Matilda was an aerialist for 10 years. She now works as a writer, mother and an Associate Director with Improbable – she considers all of these roles to entail more daring and dangerous work than her previous circus career ever demanded of her.

Phelim McDermott

Phelim McDermott

Artistic Director
Phelim is a founder member of Improbable. He has won various awards such as an Olivier Award for Best Entertainment, TMA Awards for Best Touring Production and Best Director and a Critics Circle Best Designer Award. He was awarded a National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts fellowship and an Honorary Doctorate from the Middlesex University. He is also a father and a husband.

Nick Sweeting

Nick Sweeting

Producer
Nick is a founder member of Improbable. He's produced all of Improbable's productions to date and is currently also working with  dreamthinkspeak. He is Chair of the Board of Directors at Theatre Bristol and on the Board of China Plate.  He can also be found on the rugby pitch coaching the Tadley Tigers Under 14 team.

Lee Simpson

Lee Simpson

Artistic Director
Lee is a founder member of Improbable, a Comedy Store Player and one of Paul Merton's Impro Chums. He’s also been a croupier, cinema projectionist and breakfast show DJ. He’s written plays, appeared in sit-coms and in some films, been on some Radio 4 panel shows and once did a very poor poodle act at the London Palladium. He feels this lack of direction is the essence of his work. His real name is Len.