Rhys Auteri

Rookie Company

Joined Impro Melbourne: Started classes late 2014, joined as rookie start of 2016.

Performance background:

Rhys is a writer, musician and theatremaker. He completed a Bachelor of Performing Arts (Hons) at Monash and an Advanced Certificate of Professional Screenwriting at RMIT. As a founding member of theatre group Welcome Stranger he was involved in a number of shows including the award winning ‘The End of Civil Twilight’ (2002) and co-writing/directing ‘Villanus’ (Brisbane Festival 2006). He is also a songwriter, playing solo and in the duo Baby Drivers.

On the web: www.soundcloud.com/rhysauteri

Impro credits:

  • First Draft Theatre
  • Monster of the Week

Theatre credit:

  • Most recently ‘Bucket’s List’ (Fringe 2014)

Impro motto or quote: “Make your partner look good” - Keith Johnstone

Impro Mentor: Mike Bryant

Favourite IM show or role: Lugares & Gorilla Theatre

Comic inspirations: Buster Keaton, Ernst Lubitsch, Samantha Bee, Bob Newhart, Dick van Dyke, Bea Arthur, Shaun Micallef, Jacques Tati, Monty Python, Steven Colbert, Julia Davis, Tina Fey

My little secret: I try to look over all the audience members’ faces as the show begins, and remind myself that everything I need for the scene is already there. Then I meditate and rise three feet above the ground as I reach enlightenment.


  • RMIT Award (Most Outstanding screenwriting student) 2014
  • Malthouse Theatre 3D Fest (co-winner) 2002