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Amy Shostak

Ensemble, ICI Instructor
  • Joined VTSL: 2016 (Guest Artist)
  • Amy started improvising in 2002 with Edmonton’s Rapid Fire Theatre and was the company’s Artistic Director for six years. She now splits her time between Edmonton and Vancouver.
  • TV credit: Tiny Plastic Men (2012), Superchannel
  • IMDB Profile
  • Radio credit: The Irrelevant Show, CBC
  • Other improv:
    • Det Andre Teatret in Oslo Norway
    • Monkeyfest in Bogota, Columbia
    • The Vancouver International Improv Festival in Vancouver
    • The Lost in Translation Festival in Milan, Italy
    • The Wurzburger Impro Festival in Wurzburg, Germany
  • Awards:
    • Excellence in Artistic Direction, Mayor’s Celebration for the Arts (Edmonton), 2015
    • Horizon Award, University of Alberta Alumni Association, 2014
    • Best Comedy Short, Canadian Comedy Award, 2013
  • Favourite VTSL show or role: “I love classic TheatreSports. I’ve been playing this format since I was 17 years old, and have had a complicated relationship with it artistically. Today though, I love it more than ever. You can mash games together, be mischievous, and get the audience involved.”
  • Favourite books: No One Belongs Here More Than You by Miranda July, Improvise by Mick Napier
  • Favourite movie: There Will Be Blood
  • Comic inspirations: Ilana Glazer & Abbi Jacobson (Broad City), Noel Fielding & Julian Barratt (Mighty Boosh)
  • “I get nervous before every show. People often ask if the nerves go away once you start performing regularly. For me, they never have! “
  • Learn more about Amy on her website

How did improv change your life?
“Practising improvisation has made me a curious person. Now, I am ever-curious about the art form (how to challenge expectations of what improv is), and more broadly, about the world around us. I am curious about new experiences, because they serve as inspiration on stage.”


ICI instructor bio:

Amy started improvising in 2002 with Edmonton’s Rapid Fire Theatre and was the Company’s artistic Director for six years. She now splits her time between Edmonton and Vancouver. She has also performed improv at Det Andre Teatret in Oslo, Norway, Monkeyfest in Bogota Columbia, The Lost in Translation Festival in Milan Italy, and more. Amy’s awards include ‘Excellence in Artistic Direction’ at the Mayor’s celebration for the Arts (Edmonton, 2015), and the Horizon Award from the University of Alberta Alumni Association, 2014.

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