Artistic Associate

Wade Jackson – Auckland, New Zealand

Wade Jackson (BA, Drama) is the founding member of The Improv Bandits and the Covert Theatre, New Zealand’s bleeding edge improvised comedy theatre company. Wade has been a fulltime improv producer, performer and trainer since 1997 and has many acting credits to his name in stage, screen and television.
Wade has performed improv in festivals and shows throughout New Zealand and in Melbourne, Montreal, Vancouver, Toronto, Texas, Los Angeles, New York and four times at the Chicago Improv Festival.

Wade has been studying improvisation since 1994. He has worked with Keith Johnstone (author of Impro and Improv for Storytellers and creator of Maestro and Theatresports) in both New Zealand and Calgary where he won the 2000 International Maestro Championship title. Wade prefers a narrative style of improvisation and this style saw his troupe The Improv Bandits win the inaugural Super Cage Match format at the ImprovOlympic in the 2002 Chicago Improv Festival. People have travelled from Sweden, Finland, Holland, Australia and the US to train with The Improv Bandits at the Covert Theatre.

Inspired by the Annoyance Theatre at the 2000 Chicago Improv Festival, the Loose Moose Theatre in Calgary and Gotham City Improv and UCB Theatre in New York, Wade created his own improv venue – the Covert Theatre, NZ’s only fulltime improv comedy theatre which ran for four years (2001 – 2005). This venue constantly produced new and exciting improv formats and the Covert Theatre now runs its shows from The Classic in Auckland, New Zealand. 

Wade is the co-director of Improv Solutions, an experiential training company specialising in organisational creativity and storytelling. He has been designing and teaching programmes that impart the principles of improvisation to corporate organisations, tertiary institutions, actors, students, youth at risk and community groups since 1996.

Fluent in Japanese with 3 internationally recognised black belts in Martial Arts, Wade has also studied Shiatsu, Japanese acupressure massage, is a qualified aerobics instructor and certified Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) Practioner. He is currently completing his Diploma in Advanced Hypnotherapy. 

Wade's interests are helping people to discover their passion whether it’s on an individual basis or in teams. He currently spends his time on stages and in organisations around the world performing improvisation and using it as a vehicle to impart crucial life skills. He is married to Evie and they live with their beautiful daughter Sabina and two cute dogs Sophie and Scamp.