For Immediate Release, October 17, 2018
(Vancouver, BC) – Vancouver TheatreSports™ (VTS) is pleased to announce that Improv Comedy Institute instructor, mainstage ensemble player and Co-Artistic Associate, Graeme Duffy, will be representing VTS in China from October 31 through November 16.
Duffy will be travelling to China to work with Fly Improv Theatre – teaching VTS’ style of improv to their mainstage ensemble, instructors and current students in Shanghai and Beijing. “As a teacher, Graeme communicates really well with improvisers and students,” states Eric Shen, Director of Fly Improv Theatre. “Instead of reaching all things at all levels, Graeme is able to break improv teaching into a few simple modules. It keeps the students engaged, and they are now very clear about what they need to accomplish on stage. As a seasoned performer Graeme’s is hilarious and widely respected. We are honoured and excited to have Graeme come to China to teach us as a representative of the very talented Vancouver TheatreSports,”
Previously, Fly Improv Theatre has imported guest instructors from famed improv companies such as Upright Citizens Brigade (New York) and Second City (Chicago). VTS Artistic Director Jay Ono, commented “VTS couldn’t be more excited to have Duffy teach VTS’s improv style and philosophy to Chinese improvisers. This is a great honour for us and we are so pleased to send one of our best instructors to represent us.”
Duffy has been a part of VTS since 2004. During his time with the company, he has developed a number of hit shows including: Throne and Games – Laugher is Coming (2015), Throne and Games – A Chance of Snow (2016), OK Tinder (2016) and Western World (2017). Follow VTS on social media as we share Duffy’s stories from China.
About Vancouver TheatreSports™ League:
Since its founding in 1980, Vancouver TheatreSports™ League (VTS) grown to become a well-respected international leader in the improv art form, entertaining more than 65,000 people per year through 12 shows a week, 52 weeks a year at its own theatre, The Improv Centre, located on Granville Island. An intimate space, The Improv Centre is a fully-licensed facility with its own Bar & Lounge over-looking False Creek Marina and VTSL patrons are welcome to take their beverages into the theatre to enjoy during the show. In addition, VTSL owns and operates The Improv Comedy Institute – an improv school offering classes from beginner through professional level, conducts province-wide school tours and operates Improv for Business, a corporate training division with a diverse portfolio of blue-chip clients. In 2016, VTSL was voted the ‘#1 Improv Comedy Company’ at the prestigious ‘Best of Vancouver Awards.’ Vancouver TheatreSports™ appreciates the on-going support of season sponsors: City of Vancouver, CMHC Granville Island, The Georgia Straight, and The Granville Island Hotel.
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