Daniel Pavatich wrote a blog post to thank everyone who was apart of his life in 2015 and I was moved by it so I thought I’d do the same. I had a really great year and created and solidified some really important relationships. I got to do so many things that made me happy and I feel grateful for it every day. I just tried to count the amount of shows I performed in but lost count after 100. I performed in over 100 improvised shows in 2015. I am the luckiest. 2015 has been a huge year of personal growth for me and I can only thank the people I had the pleasure of surrounding myself with for it. There’s no doubt I’m going to miss people on this list because pretty much every person who has been in my life in the past twelve months has impacted me in some kind of way. If you’re reading this; thank you. Here we go:
Daniel Pavatich for being a mentor and a friend. For supporting my ideas, encouraging me, listening to me and always looking at me with level eyes.
Adam Kangas for having faith and trust in me before I could myself. For your patience, dedication and hard work in bringing The Improv Conspiracy to Melbourne.
Broni Lisle for being full of joy and love. Co-teaching the intensive in January with you was such a great experience for me. What an amazing way to start the year! Thank you for empowering me.
Justin Porter for being my spirit guide. For always listening to me and inspiring me. I admire you so much.
Laura Buskes for making me laugh and feel supported on and off stage. You were my friend goal when I first joined Conspiracy so hanging out with you in Perth and performing two-person Improv with you was the best.
Andrew Watt for making me look and feel like a genius. You have an awesome ability to feed your scene partner punch lines and it’s the best. Anyone who gets to share the stage with you is blessed.
Nadine Sparks for being a hilarious and supportive friend. For hanging out with me in Perth, Melbourne and Chicago and all the endless laughs. For your hard work.
The whole Play Like a Girl team and everyone who supported the show.
Lucy Horan and Sophie Fernandes for your effort, dedication and support. For being two amazing women I got to look up to when I was new and for having belief in me.
Hayley Tantau for listening to me and being passionate about your values. You inspire me.
Ryan Zorzut for being a good friend. You have such a kind heart and you’re great at what you do. Keep doing it.
Andrew Strano for your enthusiasm, passion and ability to empower people. For having an open heart and encouraging those around you to have the same.
Marcus Willis for being kind, sweet and encouraging.
Tim Quabba for being supportive, passionate, attentive and dedicated to the pursuit of improvement. It's really inspiring to see.
Alexis Watt, you’re so talented and you work so hard. Your dedication is something I aspire to.
Justin Palmieri for being a true angel and a good friend. For making the people around you feel loved and for being so warm and full of light.
Taylor Giltrap for being a friend and an angel. You’re so full of positivity and you have such a kind heart. I’m so glad I met you this year.
Angie Brown for being a real piece. For your presence.
Lauren Drzewucki for listening to my philosophies and making me feel wise. You’re wise, too. For all our invigorating, deep chats.
My Del Close Marathon team; Amruta Nargundkar, Mike Brown, Josh Chodziesner, Matt Jenner, Will Pridmore and Troy Rebello. For being cool pals and hanging out with me in New York City. For failing joyfully together.
Dan Macnee for opening your home to me and showing me around New York. You’re a kind hearted, generous legend.
Mario Hannah for being a great coach. For your support, advice and kindness. For making me feel like I’m good at things I do.
Kirsten Law for exploring Los Angeles with me. For being full of wisdom and inspiration. For combining our powers with the ever delightful, Francis Hadid to form BASIC SNATCH. Francis, you’re so full of positivity, support and love. You ladies are so strong and beautiful and I’m so grateful for the opportunity we had to perform together this year and I look forward to future times.
Jason Shotts for being one of the most challenging teachers I’ve had in a long time. For making me feel like an idiot in the best way possible. You said something after the class show at the bar that helped convince me that moving to LA was a good idea and so far so good so thank you.
Ange Armstrong for trekking alongside me throughout the U.S. visa process. I’d not be here if you hadn’t provided me with all that information.
Grace Presse for being my LA pal. For showing me how great LA life can be. For making me laugh till I cry.
Andy Balloch for your enthusiasm and all-round loveliness.
Simon McCulloch for your support. For telling people when they do cool things. That’s a cool thing to do.
Ivy Latimer for your playfulness, strength and confidence. Your creativity is inspiring. For making me laugh. You’re so joyful to watch.
Jayden Masciulli for your gratitude, passion and support.
Jess Hagan for reaching out and wanting me to coach you and reeling in teammates to attend each week. It was an honor.
James Brennan, Nick Spunde and Julia Haysom for being supportive and playful teammates. An awesome thing about 2015 was that I always had the next Harold Night to look forward to.
It’s bittersweet that I parted ways with a whole bunch of people on this list a few weeks ago. I’m going to miss you guys so much in 2016 but I’m so grateful for the memories we made together. A lot of which has shaped me. Thank you for giving me the time of day. Happy New Year, babes.