Classes and Workshops

Improv Comedy Institute Workshops

The goal of the Improv Comedy Institute is to provide high quality, professional improv education that is flexible and responsive to student needs. Our goal is to immerse students within the core principles that we follow at VTSL and to expose them to additional improv schools of thought via guest instructors.

Please note: With the exception of Teen Improv Programs and Camps, all ICI classes are 18+.

Classes & Workshops Cancellation Policy
An administration fee of 25% of the workshop cost is retained upon cancellation. If cancelled within 2 weeks of the workshop start date NO amount is refunded. An administration fee of $15 is retained upon class exchanges.

Core Series

The Core Series contains the essential building blocks for training at the Improv Comedy Institute. During this series of four separate 8-hour classes, you will be introduced to the basic improv skills and philosophy as practiced at Vancouver TheatreSports™ League. You will learn core improv skills in the areas of Spontaneity, Story, Character and Environment. Improv skills will be developed through a variety of exercises, handles and scene work. All courses will be taught by our experienced mainstage players.  

Spontaneity

Spontaneity class help beginners learn the basics of improv. This class is the pre-requisite for all the other Core classes in at the ICI.

Environment

Learn how to create environments and objects out of thin air, and make scenes and stories come to life on stage. Pre-requisite: Spontaneity

Character

You will learn the importance of status and complimentary and parallel characters. Pre-requisite: Spontaneity

Story

As good improviser needs to be able to work with your team to tell a great story based on an audience suggestion. Pre-requisite: Spontaneity

Drop-ins and Workshops

Create Your Own Demo Reel

Learn and film a scene or monologue to create your own demo reel.

Sketch: The Writers’ Room

Learn some of the key skills needed to write and perform different styles of sketch comedy for the stage.

Saturday Drop-in Workshops

A fun, supportive, 2-hour, improv sampler class for students with little to no training.

Acting: Scene Study with Graeme Duffy

An ongoing scene study class for serious actors with Graeme Duffy.

Performance-Based Programs

Performance Studio

This course is for Core Series students who want to hone their improv skills via performance.

Rookie League

Rookie League is the performing arm of the Improv Comedy Institute. It is a performance only based program.

Teen Core Series

The Core Series contains the essential building blocks for training at the Improv Comedy Institute. Our Teen Core Series program teaches the same curriculum as our main Core Series, customized for teenaged students. During this series of three separate 8-hour classes, you will be introduced to the basic improv skills and philosophy as practiced at Vancouver TheatreSports™ League. You will learn core improv skills in the areas of Spontaneity, Story, Character and Environment. Teen Spontaneity is the pre-requisite for Teen Story and Teen Character & Environment, which can be taken in whichever order suits you best. Improv skills will be developed through a variety of exercises, handles and scene work. All courses will be taught by our experienced mainstage players.

Teen Core Series: Spontaneity

A 4-week teen program offering a fun-filled start into the core skills that are necessary for good improvisation.

Teen Core Series: Story

A 4-week teen program where students will learn how to work with a team to construct and tell a great story.

Teen Core Series: Character & Environment

A 4-week class teaching the importance of status, creating characters, how to create an environment, and how to make your scene come alive.

Teen Workshops and Camps

Teen Performance Studio: TheatreSports

A 8-week teen program offering an intensive performance opportunity for advanced improvisers.

Improv for Business

The Improv form allows VTSL to tailor a workshop to suit the needs of corporate clients. We offer a range of products and services geared to help you recruit, retain and reward your clients, customers and staff.

Team Building, Leadership Training, Presentation Skills, Creativity & Innovation

It was at times exhilarating and terrifying and joyful and stressful and the best thing I've ever done. Thank you, Vancouver TheatreSports League and Improv Comedy Institute. I can't wait for my next class!

Cathy Browne, Motivational Speaker, Blind Photographer

When I cast a movie in Canada, the crew at Vancouver TheatreSports™ are always my go to for the best talent in the country. Not only do they nail the role as written, they up the ante and always take it to the next level. This is a group of Superstars. Join them, follow them, learn from them.

Anna McRoberts, Producer

Eighteen years ago after making Air Bud I was frustrated by the lack of comedic actors presented to me in Vancouver. I heard about an improv company, Vancouver TheatreSports League. More than 20 movies later the talented actors that honed their skill at Vancouver TheatreSports™ League have become the comedic backbone for all my movies and even the stars. VTSL is a comedic gold mine of talent.

Robert Vince, Producer/Director

I love actors who work at Vancouver TheatreSports™ League. Smart, quick thinking, funny and true to the moment. My favourite actors to audition. I am a huge fan.

Sean Milliken, Casting Director

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