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Michael Teigen

Ensemble - Mainstage
  • Joined VTSL: 1999
  • Michael saw his first VTSL show when he was 14 and took his first improv class that weekend.
  • 2016 (June & July) Michael was part of the VTSL touring company (with Graeme Duffy, Denise Jones and Laura Skelton) that performed on the Crystal Symphony’s cruise of the Baltic and Scandinavia
  • Favourite VTSL role: Loose Cannon Cop in Gritty City Fever
  • TV credit: guest star, Motive
  • Film credits: Lead role, A Snow-Capped Christmas (2016), TRON Legacy (2010), Good Luck Chuck (2007)
  • IMDB Profile
  • Favourite book: The Complete Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson
  • Favourite movie: District 9
  • Comic inspiration: Christopher Lloyd

How did improv change your life?
“My big brother brought me to an improv show (at Vancouver Theatresports) in 1987, I was 14 years old.  I went to the drop in workshop that sunday.  I was fortunate to have a teacher through grades 8, 9 and 10 that was a fan and had improv/theatresports as part of the drama curriculum.  I remember one of my big brother’s friends, whom I really respect, saying ‘Michael, if you can improvise, you got the world by the balls.’

I was on a team in High School, pursued acting in university, attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City where I studied and performed for 3 and a half years, only to return to Vancouver and take improv at Theatresports in 1998.

I am a professional actor with 30 commercial credits and over 80 film and TV credits. I have studied acting since I was 14 but Improv is my most used tool, I believe, it got me the part, and secured the next one.  But most dear, most precious and what makes me most proud, is the person I think improv made me; open, giving, brave, playful, caring, and with a Joy For Life.”

ICI instructor bio:

Michael has been a mainstage performer with the Vancouver Theatresports League since 1998, a fan since 1987 and a fireman never. He also does movie stuff and TV stuff, commercial stuff, stuff outside and stuff late at night. That kind of stuff.

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