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.

Olivia Coxhead

Olivia Coxhead

Producer
Olivia joined Improbable in September 2018. Previously she worked at Rose Theatre Kingston as a Production Assistant, and at The Old Vic as a fundraiser. Olivia reviews for Theatre Bubble in her spare time, and finds writing about herself in the third person very disconcerting.

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. After graduating from UCL in 2015, he co-founded Dirty Rascals, a performance and live art company based in South London. Previously, he worked for Bush Theatre as their Theatre Administration Intern, before moving to Omnibus Theatre as their Development Officer. He is currently studying for an MA in Arts Management and Cultural Policy at Birkbeck.

Ben Monks

Ben 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.

Nick Sweeting

Nick Sweeting

Senior Producer
Nick is a founder member of Improbable. He's produced all of Improbable's productions to date and is currently also working on a range of independent projects.  He is Chair of the Board of Directors at Theatre Bristol and also volunteers for ABC to Read.

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.