Classes & 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 VTS 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 helps beginners learn the basics of improv. This class is the pre-requisite for all the other Core classes 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

A 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, Workshops & Intensives

The First 30 Seconds with Joe Bill

Learn how to handle the first 0-15 and 15-30 seconds of a scene and walk out with new tools that they can begin to employ immediately.

Truths with Kati Schweitzer

Play with using truthful content to enrich improvised scenes. Draw from your own experiences to create storylines, characters & environments

ImproWow – The Power of Inclusion with Elena Lah

Learn how to plant all the seeds we need in order to implement all the inclusion tools according to your needs and your culture.

Masks and Trance with Steve Jarand

Learn how to use mask work to go directly into the heart of improvisation.

Saturday Drop-in Workshops

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

Sunday Improv Stretch

Keep your Spontaneity skills growing, meet new people, play improv games and laugh...a lot – under the joyful direction of Clare Filipow.

Long Form Intensive

This intensive is for Core Series graduates who want to hone their understanding of popular VTS Long Form formats.

Acting & Auditioning

We offer ongoing monthly classes, and one off workshops, that provide students with practical skills to hone and nurture their on camera auditioning skills and acting talent.

Acting & Auditioning Classes with Graeme Duffy

Ongoing acting & auditioning classes for serious actors with Graeme Duffy.

Improv for Auditions [Commercials]

A workshop for actors and improvisers who wish to specifically hone their commercial auditioning skills.

Grounded with Lauren McGibbon

Lauren McGibbon will lead you through an intensive workshop showing each student how to perform with authenticity, honesty and bravery.

Performance-Based Programs

Rookie League

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

Teen Improv Programs

The ICI believes improv training can be highly beneficial for youth in that it helps to develop confidence and creativity.  Our programs are for those who are new to improv, and those who want to hone their onstage skills. We offer classes throughout the year including specialized camps during Spring Break and Summer.  The age range for our students is currently 13 to 17 years.

Teen Intro to Improv Program

Our 6-week Teen Intro to Improv Program is designed to empower youth with important basic improv skills and principles.

Teen Improv Ensemble Program

Our 8-week Teen Improv Ensemble Program is designed to grow the advanced improv skills of youth who are keen to perform.

Improv for Business

The Improv form allows VTS 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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