About

The Vancouver Improv Festival (formerly known as VIIF) is one of North America’s longest running improv festivals. The festival aims to celebrate spontaneity and collaboration through the art form of improvisation.

Since 1999, Vancouver Improv Fest has showcased over 1200 international and local performers for thousands of Vancouver theatre and comedy fans. The annual festival features over 40 unique performances, inspiring public workshops and an opening night gala to celebrate Vancouver’s booming improv scene.

The festival started in the late nineties as an impulse based arts festival. Music, physical theatre and comedy were all showcased for their own style of spontaneous excitement. As the years passed, and the festival grew, improv comedy became the main focus and the audiences grew as the festival became a destination for improv companies from around the world.

Van Improv Fest 2019 will run September 24-29 at The Cultch in east Vancouver.

Festival Staff 

AMY SHOSTAK|Festival Director

Amy started improvising with Edmonton’s Rapid Fire Theatre in 2002, and she served as the company’s Artistic Director for six years. Amy now spends her time in Vancouver, teaching improvisation to adults with Blind Tiger Comedy, and performing weekly with Little Mountain Improv. In addition to improvising, Amy writes and performs sketch comedy in her Canadian Comedy Award- nominated sketch duo Gossamer Obsessions with Paul Blinov. She loves heavy metal, and nachos.

 

PATRICK DODD|Artistic Associate

Patrick is a Vancouver-based actor, improvisor, and theatre producer. As a cast member at Instant Theatre Company for the past five years, Patrick is a co-producer and performer in the monthly shows Actor’s Nightmare and Shakespeare After Dark. He has been a part of the Vancouver Improv Festival as a performer and volunteer administrator, as well as performed in the Del Close Marathon, the Seattle Festival of Improv Theatre, and with Rapid Fire Theatre and Die-Nasty in Edmonton.

STACEY MCLACHLAN|Artistic Associate

Stacey is an improvisor, sketch comedian and journalist from Vancouver. You’ll find her on Vancouver stages as part of Nasty Women Comedy, Garbage Sisters and Cake Walk, or in the pages of Vancouver and Western Living magazines. In 2019, she helped co-found and co-direct Smash Comedy Fest, celebrating women/trans/femme performers in Vancouver’s comedy scene. She also used to work on a bee farm and will not shut up about it.