When Huw was taken to an improv theatre workshop in 2008 by a friend who had already been involved in both physical theatre and music for many years, it had a deep impact on his way of looking at creativity as a whole.
Over the next few years, Huw became a regular member of the Tokyo English-language improv scene, studying at the In The Moment workshop program under director of Tokyo Comedy Store Chris Wells, and taking part in student performances. After a brief stint with The Pirates of Tokyo Bay, he was invited to join the Tokyo Comedy Store's professional troupe for the Improvazilla MainStage Show, which includes an improvised musical.
Shortly thereafter, Huw was also asked to begin teaching for the workshop program he had come through, and since 2013 has become a skilled teacher of improv theater for both regular and intensive workshops.
In 2013 Huw debuted the first improvised show he had directed, The PopJazz Circus, which brought together improvising musicians and actors for a joint jam session. In 2016 he began curating Intangible Tightrope, which combines sets of unique music and theatre for very personal shows.
Huw's teachers in the world of improv theatre include "father of impro" Keith Johnstone, Shawn Kinley, Gary Schwartz and Rob Adler. He has also benefitted from numerous workshops in the art of trance mask with local Tokyo expert Jun Imai, and also with Steve Jarand, and has made his own masks which he hopes to develop more in the future.
Though currently on a hiatus from performing improv theatre, Huw is excited to return in the not-too-distant future, and further develop his own approach to the art form.
Many of the picture here are by writer and photographer John LaTorre: