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Pearce Visser

Co-Artistic Associate Director, Ensemble - Mainstage, ICI Instructor
  • Joined VTSL: 1989
  • Pearce trained at the University of Alberta and with the Rapid Fire Theatre Company in Edmonton.
  • From 2011-2013 he was VTSL’s Artistic Director
  • Other improv: The Comic Strippers
  • TV credits: Stargate Atlantis
  • Film credits: Tomorrowland, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
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  • Awards:
    • HERO Award winner for Arts contribution in the Vancouver GLBT community
    • 1996-97 Jessie Richardson Award for Free Willy Shakespeare at VTSL
  • Pearce has earned a spot in Cirque du Soleil’s actor talent pool
  • Favourite VTSL role: The Christmas Queen. Also known for his portrayal of Dr. Windy Stones in VTSL’s Raider of the Lost Improv
  • Favourite movie: Aliens (1986)
  • Comic inspirations: Jonathan Winters, SCTV
  • “I can make my right eye wander off on command.”
  • Follow Pearce on Twitter @PearceVisser


ICI instructor bio:

Pearce Visser began his training at the University of Alberta and with The Rapid Fire Theatre Company. Upon moving to Vancouver, he continued training with the VTSL, soon rising to the Main Stage ranks. He has trained with improv icon, Keith Johnstone, Charna Halpern, Jay Ono, Lyle Moon, Asaf Ronen, Randy Dixon, Dan O’Connor, Gina Bastone, and Christian Capazzoli. He has taught improv while attending improv festivals in Edmonton, Calgary, Melboune, Atlanta, and Seattle and to hundreds of B.C. students through the VTSL Training programs and corporate workshops. Pearce is well practiced in short and long form styles of improv. He has also toured seven times with the company, winning a Jessie for Free Willy Shakespeare, and has been accepted into Cirque du Soleil’s talent roster and hopes to perform and tour the world with this amazing company someday.

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