CUSP stands for courageous, uplifting, spontaneous performance. We are a troupe of improvisors and creative cats that love to tell stories and delight our fellow humans. CUSP has two show formats that we are currently offering to the public and schools, The Wisp and The Wishing Star. These are shows that have a defined structure with improvised content based on audience suggestions. CUSP, leaping into the unknown since 2019!
CUSP is Daniel Allan, Lisa Allan (director), Jade Alborn, Glenn Cousins, Gina Foley and Fleur Jackson.
Gina is a nurse, a mum, and children's book writer. She enjoys playing board games, writing, adventuring in the great outdoors, and of course, playing (aka Improv)! She won the Nelson Pun Battle in 2018 and recently devised and performed The Wishing Star for the Volume Mapua Literary Festival. She is a human of many talents and is responsible for The Wishing Star imagery and providing real-time, projected and improvised drawings for our Little Andromeda season of The Wisp.
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Fleur is a passionate performer and music educator. Originally from Nelson and an active musical family, she completed a BA/MUSB at Canterbury University under the tutorage of Jan Tawroszewicz. In 2016 she returned to study and completed her BMUS (First Class Hons) and her MMUS in Classical Performance under Helene Pohl from the NZSQ at Te Koki New Zealand School of Music. In Nelson she has been part of an eclectic mix of ensembles, ranging from an American folk duo to a Klezmer band and a Classical string quartet. She is currently a member of the Goya Ensemble, Trio Jackson, the NCMA Chamber Orchestra, various chamber music ensembles, CUSP and teaches at NCMA.
Lisa trained at the Hagley Theatre Company in 1999 and 2000. She went onto complete a BA, BSc and GradDipArts at the University of Canterbury. During this time she was active with DramaSoc, directing, choreographing, producing, acting and writing theatre. She co-created her first independent theatre company, The Loopen Experiment, in 2004 and has been heading up troupes ever since. CUSP is her most recent adventure and with this troupe Lisa has conceived The Wisp and The Wishing Star, to date. The Wisp was accepted into the 2019 Nelson Arts Festival and was performed at the Waimarama Brook Sanctuary as a fundraiser for the Sanctuary and the Nelson Fringe Festival- a Festival that Lisa and her husband Dan founded in 2015.
Jade is 18 years old and currently taking a gap year after graduating from Garin College in 2019. Jade has been doing improv since around 12 years of age and is a super keen actor/performer. Participating in an interpretive dance troupe called ART is probably her highest qualification. Some fun facts about Jade are that she can speak Chinese, and is really into video editing/directing.
Bio coming soon!
Bio coming soon!