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.

Kathryn Bilyard

Kathryn Bilyard

Executive Producer
Kathryn joined Improbable in June 2020 from Fuel, where she was Senior Producer. Kathryn has been Creative Producer at Emergency Exit Arts, worked in events and project management at the Donmar Warehouse and Battersea Arts Centre and as a freelance stage manager with companies across the UK.

Anna Crisp

Anna Crisp

Fundraising Officer
Anna is Improbable’s Fundraising Officer and joined the company in May 2018. Before that she worked in research, development, and learning & participation for arts organisations including Turner Contemporary, Garsington Opera and the Institute of Art and Ideas. She trained as a classical singer before completing an MA in Cultural & Creative Industries at King’s College London, where she will begin a PhD in October 2018. She is a volunteer at both the Baytree Centre and Black Cultural Archives in Brixton.

Jeremy Wong

Jeremy Wong

Operations & Finance Officer
Jeremy joined Improbable in August 2018. Previously, he worked for Bush Theatre as their Theatre Administration Intern, before moving to Omnibus Theatre as their Development Officer. He also co-founded Dirty Rascals, a performance and live art company based in South London. He recently completed an MA in Arts Management and Cultural Policy at Birkbeck College, University of London - he graduated with First-Class Honours and was the recipient of the Arts Management Dissertation Prize.

Ben Qasim Monks

Ben Qasim Monks

Executive Director
Ben joined Improbable in September 2016. Before that he was the co-founder of theatre 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, Tender Napalm and Radiant Vermin. Ben has been producer for the Women Centre Stage Festival at the National Theatre and Birds Eye View, the UK's Festival of women filmmakers at BFI Southbank, Curzon and the Barbican; and has worked for the Koestler Trust delivering arts mentoring for prisoners and secure patients. He is a trustee of Sphinx Theatre and the Multi-Story Orchestra.

Sarah Grange

Sarah Grange

Research and Open Space Associate
Sarah produces the D&D satellite programme, facilitates Open Space events, and is a PhD candidate at University of Brighton where she’s exploring impro as a way to understand the life of Mary Frith / Moll Frith / Mal Cutpurse, for which Improbable is her research partner. She also makes her own work - live and text-based, and sometimes in drag. slgrange.com

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.

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.