ABOUT THE COMPANY
Degrees of Error are an improvised theatre company based in Bristol, focused on producing improvised dramatic and comedic work. Degrees are the resident theatre company of the Bristol Improv Theatre, where they rehearse and perform regularly. Degrees of Error was originally founded in 2010 as Only Humour but rebranded in 2013 to feature at the first ever Bristol Improv Theatre Festival.
Their improvised Murder Mystery play Murder, She Didn't Write has toured the UK and enjoyed sell-out runs at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe since 2013.
PETER BAKER - BOOKINGS OFFICER
Peter joined Degrees in 2015 after starring in a short film with Lizzy Skrzypiec. A professional actor and singer, Peter’s past roles include Woyzeck, Sherlock Holmes, Elvis Presley and Titania. Alongside writing and devising new work, Peter performs with Closer Each Day and is the Bookings Officer for Degrees.
LIZZY SKRZYPIEC - DIRECTOR
Lizzy joined the Degrees in 2011. Last year she represented Degrees with Andrew Yeoh at the London 50 Hour Improvathon, and for her day job, Lizzy works in TV development, with credits on productions by the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and more. She is the director of Murder, She Didn't Write.
STEPHEN CLEMENTS - SECRETARY
Stephen is one of the original founding members of Degrees of Error, when the company first started in 2010 as 'Only Humour'. His now Degrees of Error's Secretary and Treasurer. Stephen is also General Secretary and Trustee of the Bristol Improv Theatre.
TESSA GAUKROGER - PRODUCTION OFFICER
Tessa joined Degrees in 2016 for their fifth sell-out fringe run. An experienced actor and comic, her previous credits include Tanya in Jerusalem (Exeter Northcott/West Country tour), Tina in Beta (House Party Collective), as well as several UK tours and a comedy short film series with her acclaimed comedy duo: O&O. She is currently production manager for Murder, She Didn't Write.
Tom joined the company in 2015, with previous improv credits including Unspeakable Tales, the improvised H.P. Lovecraft show. Tom's devised theatre company, Heretical Productions have several knock-out Fringe runs under their darkly satirical and absurdist belts.
Caitlin joined the company in 2012. She is now Assistant Director of the Bristol Improv Theatre and teaches with the BIT Theatre School. Outside of improv, Caitlin works in theatre in education, and has worked on projects with At-Bristol Science Centre, Cancer Research UK, and Bristol group Rising Ape.
Stephen joined Degrees in 2014, having previously worked alongside the company on several other projects. He is an instructor with the Bristol Improv Theatre. Steve recently returned from travelling around New Zealand, where he met and worked with local improv groups.
Rachael is an actor, improviser and secondary school English teacher. She joined Degrees of Error in early 2017 after performing alongside Peter Baker and John Lomas in Closer Each Day, the improvised soap opera.
Joining in 2017, John is an actor and writer from Bristol. He directs Closer Each Day and is a member of Impromptu Shakespeare. He is a lead instructor for the Bristol Improv Theatre and Gatecrash Theatre in Swindon. Acting credits include Meet the Humans (BBC), The Bristol Hum (Bristol Old Vic) and The Driver (Theatre West).
Andrew is one of the founding members of Degrees of Error, and the company's development director. Outside of Degrees, he is Director of the Bristol Improv Theatre and a lead instructor with their theatre school. Andy holds an MA in Drama & Theatre Education from Warwick University.
SARA GARRARD - MUSICAL DIRECTOR AND ACCOMPANIST
Sara joined the company in 2013 to underscore Murder, She Didn't Write in its first run at the Edinburgh Fringe. She is currently studying for a PhD in Composition at the University of Bristol.
ALEX HOYLE - LIGHTING AND SOUND
Alex joined the company in 2015 in preparation for Degrees of Errors' third Edinburgh Fringe run. A former stand-up comic, he brings his instinct for comic effect and timing to the company's lighting and sound design. He is Stage Manager and head technician at the Bristol Improv Theatre.
DEGREES IN ABSENTIA
Ella joined Degrees in 2016 for their highly successful fifth fringe run. She discovered improv at the weekly courses run by the Bristol Improv Theatre (and taught by members of Degrees) and subsequently auditioned for the company. Previous to joining Degrees she has directed, performed and written for theatre. She is currently studying at clown school in France.
Olivia joined the company in 2015. She is currently studying Drama at East 15 Theatre School in London.