Our Instructors

Stephanie Herrera

Stephanie has been working professionally in the arts for over ten years. Mediums have included film, TV and theatre. While in the musical theatre world she received rave reviews in such shows as “Chorus Line” and “Fame” (which also toured Italy and won her the THEA for Best Leading Actress in a Musical that year). In the improv world she performed in various shows including “Curtains Up”, “Neil Muscott’s Comedy Debates”, and as a cast member of Second City’s “Tony & Tina’s Wedding”. She graduated from Second City’s Conservatory program after having won their cross-cultural improv scholarship and also went on to become a main-stage cast member of Theatre Sports Toronto.

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Scott Barnes

Scott has been working in theatre and improv for decades. Originally from North Vancouver, he began his career as a Canadian Improv Games regional finalist, and worked with the Uncle Randy Musical Theatre Company for over ten years. Later, he co-founded Triptych Theatricals on Granville Island, and coached the Carson Graham Canadian Improv Games team for seven years; the team placed in the regional finals all seven years. Scott’s major roles, in Vancouver, were Harod, in Jesus Christ Superstar; Uncle Anthony in Lucky Stiff, and Buttons in Cinderella; he has filled dozens of supporting and chorus roles.

Scott has also worked with Scouts Canada and the Canadian Forces, holds a Masters of Education, and taught at public school for five years before moving to Ontario. Improv is Life to Scott, and he is excited to be sharing his skill and experience with new learners, once again.

Connor Atkins

Connor is a long time student of fellow Durham Improv instructor, Sheri Prescott. He is an active competitor in the Canadian Improv Games national tournament with his team at Ajax High School. In the 2014-2015 season, Connor’s team placed gold at the Toronto East Zone Playoffs, and silver at the Toronto East Zone Finals. He also assists Sheri Prescott in teaching the senior improv course at Ajax High School. Connor acknowledges how improv can be applied to benefit you in everyday scenarios. Connor likes to teach the recreational games made popular on Whose Line is it Anyway, as well as the competitive formats and theatresports from the Canadian Improv Games. Connor also takes pride in character work and enjoys helping students create their own creative characters. Connor enjoys watching improvisers grow as they gain confidence on stage and in social environments.

Adam Lloyd Wilkinson

Adam is a graduate of Humber College: School of Comedy. Where he was nominated for the Mike Myers Award for excellent achievement in comedic studies. He went on to perform all over Toronto in a number of sketch troupes including Turn Down the Grill with Second City cast member Marty Adams, and Yuk Yuk’s Comedian Andre Arruda. He won the “Toronto 24 hour film challenge” with the comedic troupe Geronimo Deadly and Adam was honoured with best comedic performance for a worldwide “100 hour film race”.

In the last 10 years Adam found his love of helping people and teaching. Adam toured for 7 years with the company Mad Science Productions, performing across North America in live interactive educational performances. In the meantime he became a co-creature of an amazing puppet production company Rock The Arts, currently running out of Ottawa, Ontario.

Adam studied as a Developmental Services worker at Loyalist College, and is currently providing respite support to people in need across Durham region.

Which has led to Adam’s current amalgamation of all the things that truly matter: helping people, having fun, and performing. Adam has found his way to Durham Improv and, along with Stephanie Herrera, has been able to create Durham’s only “Mixed Abilities” Improv team. Adam is teaching regular classes in which everyone is welcome. This year Adam will be working with Social Solutionz creating “Accessible Arts” which will help to bring all forms of performing arts to those of any ability, well improving the quality of life, with FUN!