About us

We love to teach you improv

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Peter Graff

Artistic Director

Peter started improvising in 2009 while living in the United States. He studied at ImprovBoston, ComedySportz, Endgames Improv, Made Up Theatre, BATS, and the Upright Citizens Brigade. Peter took workshops with improv legends like Betsy Stover, Jimmy Fowlie, Susan Messing, and Matt Besser. His style is organic, emotive, and relationship-driven. He loves sharing his passion for improv through supportive and attentive teaching. Peter teaches improvisational theater for American Improv and the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU).

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Bex McLaughlin

Assistant Director

British-born, Vienna-thriving Bex has been dramatic since birth, but first improvised while studying abroad in the USA in 2013. In Vienna she is a regular in the stand-up comedy scene, works as a swimming teacher, plays rugby, rides her bike (and then complains her legs are tired), and likes to snuggle with her cat. Her improv style is witty, overflows with charisma, and utilizes the typical British dry sense of humor.

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Babsi Bandi

Main Stage Company

Babsi was born in Holland, grew up in Switzerland, and finally landed in Vienna. She's very interested in foreign languages and speaks many of them fluently. Babsi owns Babsi Bandis Bulli Bar, a mobile cocktail bar, where she serves drinks out of a 1975 Volkswagen T2. As a singer and songwriter Babsi released 2 CDs. She found out she could be funny and spontaneous during a live music event and never looked back. At American Improv Babsi found a creative playground, where she can be herself and share her endless positivity with the audience. Babsi is a master of character and physicality that must be seen to be believed.

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Anna Buder

Main Stage Company

Originally from Linz, Anna fell in love head over heels with improv when she participated in improvisational theater events as a student in Vienna. Although her busy work life kept her from playing regularly for several years, her interest and passion for the performance arts stuck with her until she started her improv training with American Improv in April 2022. When playing Anna likes to combine emotional and physical expression, while forming deep interpersonal connection with her fellow players on stage. Her comedy is rooted in deep, realistic emotional reactions peppered with quirky idiosyncrasies.

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Ted Grimes

Main Stage Company

Originating from deep within the English countryside in the beautiful county of Essex, Ted lived in London for most of his adult life. Surrounded by musicals and theater, he encountered long-form improv comedy in 2019. His fascination with the format culminated in taking up improv himself after moving to Vienna. Ted's style oozes confidence, nonchalance, and hilarious, dramatic characters. Outside of improv, Ted is a Technical Artist straddling the gap between art and technology. He enjoys cycling, making music and architecture.

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Klara Howorka

Main Stage Company

Klara studied Theater, Film and Media Sciences at the University of Vienna. She enjoys writing and performing plays with her friends. Klara got into improv in high school and has been passionate about it ever since. She also likes alternative fashion, coding and cats. Currently, Klara studies Artificial Intelligence at JKU in Linz as well as Gender Studies at the University of Vienna. Her improv is cerebral yet playful and overflowing with joy.

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Lilith Isa

Main Stage Company

Originally from Vienna, Lilith discovered the magical powers of Improv in London in 2019.  Lilith loves telling stories together with other players in a wide variety of long-form formats. When she's not playing games on stage, she studies Digital Art at the University of Applied Sciences in Hagenberg. In her spare time, Lilith loves drawing and wrestling with 3D software.

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Parnas Shapurkar

Main Stage Company

Parnas first fell in love with acting on the stage of Kodaikanal International School, India at the age of 11. He’s been living theatrically in real life ever since. The reason for his passion for acting is wanting to make people smile. This, coupled with his spontaneous energetic personality and infectious sense of humor, helps him put on a great show for his audience. Parnas discovered improv at the end of last year and believes that it’s the perfect way for him to get into the zone, be creative, and think quickly on his feet. He plans to pursue a career in the performance field after graduating college.

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Ben Smith

Main Stage Company

Ben hails from London originally but has since made Vienna his home. In summer he can normally be found swimming in or chilling next to the Alte Donau, or exploring the countryside. Improv lets him express his creative side, with a playful style brimming with absurdity. Inspiration comes from his love of literature. Away from the stage he enjoys sports and dancing, and he works professionally as a software engineer.

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Karin Sögner

Main Stage Company

Born and raised in Wien Simmering, Karin discovered her love for everything British when she spent a year working as an au-pair in London. She's passionate about traveling, and there is almost no place she wouldn’t love to visit and experience. Karin especially enjoys the storytelling aspect of improvisation, exploring unexpected twists and turns as she weaves a tapestry of layered plots for the audience. Karin's style is intelligent, sharp, and witty enhanced by spectacular characters and physicality. She also dabbles in painting and thrives on working with colors.

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