Image credit: Peter Dovgan

Image credit: Peter Dovgan

Maddie Parker is a Sydney-based improviser, actor, writer and comedian, who has trained with Improv Theatre Sydney, Impro Australia and New York’s Upright Citizens Brigade.

A champion improviser since her early teens, Maddie went on to cut her comedic teeth at the University of Sydney, where she performed Theatresports at the iconic Manning Bar, improv and sketch with comedy room Project 52, and wrote for, performed in and directed several revues. In her first year, she won the Jordan McClellan Award for Best New Improviser, and the Sydney Uni Theatresports championship.

Since then, she has been a regular fixture on stages around Sydney, firmly establishing herself as one of Sydney’s favourite improvisers. She is an ensemble member with Improv Theatre Sydney, and a member of well-known troupe Confetti Gun. She has appeared in multiple Cranston Cup grand finals at the Enmore Theatre, directed the 2018 Cranston Cup season, and in 2017 co-hosted the National Theatresports Championships with Julia Zemiro. She has performed at the Sydney Comedy Festival, the Sydney Fringe Festival and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

Further afield, Maddie’s performance credits span New Zealand, Germany and the US, including ComedySportz Berlin, Berlin-based longform improv troupe Good Luck, Barbara, PlayShop Wellington, and the New Zealand Improv Festival. In 2017 and 2018, Maddie travelled to New York with Confetti Gun to perform as part of the Del Close Marathon. Maddie is also an accomplished improv teacher; she is a faculty member with Improv Theatre Sydney, has taught specialty workshops at home and abroad, and has taught in schools across Sydney, as well as working with Impro Australia’s Theatresports Schools Challenge.

In addition to improv, Maddie regularly writes and performs sketch comedy; she has written for several sketch shows, including ITS Sketchy at Best, and for Confetti Gun. She has written and performed for storytelling nights, including Nailed It and A Likely Story. As an actor, Maddie completed the one-year NIDA Actors Studio course, and has starred in numerous productions, including David Mamet's Oleanna, and Sarah Kane's 4.48 Psychosis, directed by Anthony Skuse. She also has significant experience as an actor  for immersive/interactive theatre; she has worked extensively with Jetpack Theatre Collective, as well as with Zedtown, facilitating immersive experiences for up to 900 players at a time.

The Sydney Comedy Festival attracts the big hitters, but it’s also a chance to check out up-and-coming talents; Maddie Parker is one not to miss.
— The Daily Telegraph
Open, playful and experimental was the name of the game, and the duo effectively kept the audience laughing and/or gasping at any given moment.
— Sydney Arts Guide
Always receptive, never blocking or grandstanding, Parker is laid back and immersed...warm, comically rich, and completely charming.
— Sydney Arts Guide