Vancouver TheatreSports® League is a unique professional theatre organization dedicated to the growth and exploration of exceptional improv-based work for the purpose of challenging and inspiring the community.
Who We Are & What We Do
Vancouver TheatreSports™ League (VTSL) began in 1980 and is now an award-winning theatre company and a worldwide phenomenon recognized for producing some of the most daring and innovative improv anywhere with a style that is a highly theatrical fusion of the dramatic elements of comedy and tragedy coupled with the enthusiasm and edge-of-your-seat excitement of professional sport.
Boasting six International Improv Comedy Awards and starring in several television specials, Vancouver TheatreSports™ League first opened its doors at the Back Alley Theatre, where it consistently drew cult-like, capacity crowds. VTSL continues to wow audiences at The Improv Centre on Granville Island performing to more than 50,000 enthusiasts yearly, 5 nights a week, 52 weeks per year. Since 2000, VTSL has also produced the annual Jessie Awards – the ‘Oscars’ for Vancouver’s theatre community.
VTSL’s improv tournament at Expo ’86 provided the impetus for the present worldwide interest in TheatreSports™. The improv techniques pioneered by Vancouver TheatreSports™ League are now used for everything from corporate training to TV parodies. The names of VTSL players and alumni are a veritable ‘Who’s Who’ of the North American entertainment and improv scenes. Award-winning performers, TV celebrities, and international personalities have filled out the ranks of VTSL’s fast-thinking players including: Ryan Stiles and Colin Mochrie (Whose Line Is It Anyway), Ellie Harvie (The New Addams Family), Dean Haglund (The X-Files, The Lone Gunmen), and Nancy Robertson (Hiccups, Corner Gas).
In addition to award-winning main stage shows, VTSL presents more than 150 corporate events yearly – producing custom-tailored shows for corporations, associations and not-for-profit organizations. VTSL also offers corporate training programs which focus on enhancing teamwork, communication, creativity and innovation in the workplace.
Doug McCann – President
Marlie Oden – Past-President
Roland Monteiro – Vice-President, Hospitality
Claire Brown – Treasurer
Gary Arca – Vice-Treasurer
Sarah Hentschel – Secretary
Jeffrey Goldberg – Director at Large
Robert Phillips – Director at Large
There are many well known performers that have passed through the ranks of Vancouver TheatreSports® League over the years.
Ballard, Florence E.
Beley, Lisa Ann
Jones, David C.
McDonald, Ian Ross
Van Deurse, Lynn
Van Riesen, Wendy
Weeks, Heidi Lynne
Yorke, Wayne Thomas
Van Keekan, Fran
Van Ritzen, Kirsten