All workshops and performances will take place on Granville Island. In addition to our own theatre, The Improv Centre, we have secured two other venues – Studio 1398 (also called The Nest) and The Waterfront Theatre.
Hwy 99 = Granville Street. Anderson Street runs underneath the Granville Street Bridge.
Vancouver TheatreSports’ home venue the Improv Centre was purposely built for improv performances. It contains a raised stage and sound/lighting booth. The house seats up to 186 and incorporates a mixture of traditional theatre seating, banquettes and cabaret-style tables and chairs. The Improv Centre also features a fully-licensed Bar & Lounge with a patio overlooking the Marina and False Creek.
This is a versatile fully equipped 224-seat performance venue. Since its transformation from the old Tyee Machinery Building more 30 years ago, the Waterfront Theatre has hosted a myriad of productions.
An intimate, black-box theatre space located on the third floor of the Festival House building. This hidden gem is ideal for theatre shows, workshops and rehearsals. Standard configuration seats 111 people.
The Improv Centre:
We pride ourselves on having a completely accessible venue. The majority of the theatre is raked seats with stairs, but there are also plenty of floor seats that can be moved to accommodate a patron in a wheelchair. Our accessible washroom is located just off the lobby.
The Waterfront Theatre:
The venue is made up of raked seating with stairs, with a wheelchair section in the front row. The washrooms are accessible, but there is a sharp turn into the women’s washroom. The flooring is non-slip.
The Nest (formerly Studio 1398):
This venue is on the third floor of the building, but the staircase has sturdy stair-rails capable of supporting weight, and an elevator with a weight grade of 4000 lbs. The venue is entirely raked seating up short steps, with folding chairs in the front row that can be removed for wheelchair patrons.
Starting June 1st, all parking on the island is paid parking from 11am-6pm, some of which are accessible stalls that can be found across the island. There are a few spots right by the Waterfront Theatre, but the passenger side of the parking spot is blocked by a pole which may prevent cars from fully opening their doors. The Nest (Studio 1398) shares parking with Waterfront and may be subject to the same parking issues.
During the run of the conference, we ask patrons to be respectful of those with asthma, allergies, and other chemical and fragrance sensitivities during workshops or performances, and keep scented products to a minimum, when possible.
Please note, all three venues are entirely non-smoking (including vapes), and BC law prohibits smoking within 6 metres (19.5 feet) of public entranceways and air intakes.