Jenny is... an improv comedy musical director
Jenny is the mainstay improv comedy accompanist in Scotland. She is the musical director for two Edinburgh based improv comedy troupes - The Spontaneous Players and TBC Improv Theatre, and regular guest player and workshop leader for several other groups. In 2020 she began leading musical improv workshops independently as Jenny's School of Musical Improv.
Jenny first encountered the improv comedy scene somewhat by accident in 2016, when her flatmate was recruited to play violin for Spontaneous Sherlock in the basement of the Canon's Gait pub in Edinburgh. After the show, it emerged that they were on the hunt for a new pianist as their current player was only available for one more show. One quick audition later, and Jenny joined the troupe and never looked back. With The Spontaneous Players, Jenny has toured packed theatres across the UK, performed sell out runs with Gilded Balloon during the Edinburgh Fringe, and won a Scottish Comedy Award.
As well as providing improvised incidental music for the shows, Jenny is also an adept accompanist for improvised songs and musicals, which she performs primarily with Men With Coconuts and TBC Improv. She is experienced in leading workshops in musical improv for improvisers, both within these troupes and independently. Jenny is passionate about helping improvisers achieve their musical improv dreams, and is doing so with regular workshops in Edinburgh. Sign up to the mailing list below to be notified when new workshops are announced!
Jenny is available as an accompanist for improv comedy shows, for training/mentoring of new accompanists, or to run/accompany workshops for your group. To discuss availability and rates, please get in touch!
Musical improv workshops
In 2019, Jenny began devising her methods for teaching musical improv, drawing from her understanding of songwriting, singing, and non-comedy improvisation practise. This fresh approach is used to teach at Jenny's School of Musical Improv (est. 2020), providing a deep understanding of how to structure brilliant songs on the fly. During the pandemic, Jenny held a series of workshops online, with attendees from all over the globe. From 2022 she is delighted to offer in-person workshops. After a series of private workshops, her first public workshop was held on 29th July in Edinburgh. Monthly workshops will be announced from September - December 2022, and a course announced for 2023.
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