Vancouver International Improv Festival

October 11-14, 2017

International Ensemble

Tom Hill – Director

Tom is an comedian, producer and writer from Regina, Saskatchewan, and based in Vancouver, BC. He has toured North America extensively as one half of Hip.Bang!, a group that was nominated for the Canadian Comedy Award for Best Improv Group. … Continue reading

Kirsten Rasmussen – Director

Kirsten is comedian hailing from small town Saskatchewan. She was nominated for Best Female Improviser at Canadian Comedy Awards 2014.  Prior to joining the mainstage ensemble, she performed in The Second City’s Holidazed and Confused and toured with Second City aboard the … Continue reading

Becky Johnson – Director

Becky Johnson is a multi-decade practitioner of improvised comedy and other non-literary theatrical forms. She brings a long background in improv together with a nearly-as-long background in clown and physical theatre forms. Becky is a recent alumna of the mainstage … Continue reading

Matt Folliott – Director

Matt is a Comedian/Actor/Writer from Toronto, Canada and performs with Chad Mallett, CCA nominated K$M and CCA winners The Sketchersons. Recent TV credits include Make It Pop, Wandering Wenda & Baroness Von Sketch Show. Matt is an instructor at Second … Continue reading

Nikolai Witschl

I began doing improv with the Canadian Improv Games in high school in Edmonton, Alberta. Shortly after, I joined Rapid Fire Theatre, where I performed for six seasons, while going through the University of Alberta’s BFA Acting program. After graduating, … Continue reading

Sarah Zureick-Brown

Sarah Zureick-Brown is an improviser, actor, and writer from Atlanta, GA. She’s been improvising since 2013 and now performs regularly at Highwire Comedy Co. where she also teaches and coaches. Sarah was a local ensemble member in the 2016 Last … Continue reading

Michelle Hart

Michelle Hart is an improviser and writer hailing from New Brunswick. She is a recent graduate of the conservatory program at Second City (Toronto), with past training from iO Theatre (Chicago), and Annoyance Theatre (Chicago). She has improvised as a … Continue reading

Leigh Cameron

Leigh Cameron is an improvisor from Toronto. After graduating from Bishop’s University with a BA in theatre she returned to Toronto and began classes at the Second City. While completing their Conservatory program, Leigh and her classmates co-founded the improv … Continue reading

Briana Rayner

Briana Rayner found her calling in theatre in grade two when cast as the Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe; she hopes to reprise the role at a later date. In the meantime, she’s an improviser, actor, voice artist, … Continue reading

Alex Tindal

Alex has been improvising for almost 20 years. He’s performed at the Vancouver, Victoria & Chicago improv festivals in addition to the Del Close Marathon in New York and the Combustion and Big City festivals in Toronto. Alex loves to … Continue reading

Leeboyes

Leeboyes has been improvising for over twenty years. He is a founding cast member of Combat Improv and in 2008 began developing his one man show Leegion; a patiently explosive piece that blends huge characters, narrative story telling and silence. … Continue reading

Quinn Buckner

Quinn Buckner is a climber, baker, jack of all trades but an improvisor at heart. Since he began improvising in 2008, Quinn has performed and taught at various shows and festivals around the world in places such as Hawaii, New … Continue reading

Kara Moore

Kara has been performing, studying, teaching, and coaching improv comedy since 2001. In 2005 Kara moved to Chicago to immerse herself in comedy. She attended training centers at IO Chicago and The Annoyance Theater. She performed at IO Chicago on … Continue reading

Allie Entwistle

Allie is an improviser and sketch comedian based in Vancouver. She is a cast member with Instant Theatre, half of the breakfast power-duo, Brunch and a proud member of National Anthem. She was a member of Vancouver International Improv Fest’s … Continue reading

Daniel Chai

Daniel Chai has been improvising since 2008 and is a co-founder of The Fictionals Comedy Co.. He is the creator of Improv Against Humanity and Vancouver Improv Fight Club, and is the producer of the weekly Hot Improv Tuesdays at … Continue reading

Jed Arkley

Jed Arkley is a co-founder and producer of The Stumptown Improv Festival in Portland, OR. His 20-year improv career includes performing and producing shows in Providence, RI, Seattle, and Portland. Jed is currently a member of improv groups Whiskey Tango, J Names, … Continue reading

Megan Leahy

Megan Leahy is an improv ensemble member at Dad’s Garage in Atlanta, Georgia. For the past 14 years, she has performed, written and directed for the stage and online for DGTV. Recent highlights include creating and co-starring in the sketch … Continue reading

Kaisa Kokko

Kaisa Kokko, an improviser, instructor and communication skills teacher, has learned, performed and taught improvised theater for more than 12 years and has more than 20 years of experience in scripted theatre. She has had the pleasure of teaching and … Continue reading

Jackie Twomey

Jackie is a graduate of Toronto’s Second City Conservatory and Longform Conservatory programs. She performs regularly at The Second City Training Centre on the Longform Grad Team, Grim Diesel. She’s also studied narrative improv at the Bad Dog Theatre Company. … Continue reading

Sehar Manji

Born and raised in Nairobi, Sehar Manji is now a Montreal-based improviser, writer, actor, teacher and comedienne at Montreal Improv. She improvises with Coffee Break and a is a core cast member of Colour Outside The Lines, a new show … Continue reading

Joost Tijssen

Joost Tijssen is a Dutch actor who started his improvisation career at Student Theatersports Association Rataplan at Tilburg University in 2000. In 2005 he made a career switch to the Fontys School of Arts – Academy for Drama and from … Continue reading

Keng-Sam Chane Chick Té

Keng-Sam Chane Chick Té is an improviser from Reunion Island (French Department). He has been teaching and performing improv for 15 years in many different places around the world such as Europe, the US, South Africa, and Australia. When Keng-Sam … Continue reading

Vance Gillis

Vance is a writer, actor and improvisor based out of Montreal.  He’s a member of the faculty at Montreal Improv Theatre, teaching students of all levels (but specializing in longform narrative). He is the producer for the half-scripted, half-improvised 50/50, … Continue reading

Kerri Donaldson

I have been performing improv for almost 3 years, having started in Calgary with the Kinkonauts then moving to Vancouver where I continued my training with Instant Theater through their conservatory program then joining their Streetfight team as a regular … Continue reading

Shane McLean

Shane is an improviser, actor and sketch comedian. He performs weekly with Little Mountain Improv and has had the opportunity to take part in Improvaganza, Combustion, Del Close Marathon, San Diego Improv Festival, and the Austin Improvised Play Festival. He … Continue reading

Julia Lank

Julia is a Vancouver-based improviser, theatre nerd, and list enthusiast. She started improvising at Second Storey Theatre in 2012 and has since performed at VIIF, the Seattle Festival of Improv, and the New York Musical Improv Festival. She is the … Continue reading

Meags Fitzgerald

Meags Fitzgerald is a Montreal based writer and illustrator. Over the last 12 years, Meags has performed and taught improv in theatres across Canada, in the United States and Australia. In recent years she has been an ensemble member at … Continue reading

Travis Bernhardt

Travis Bernhardt began improvising in 2013 with Instant Theatre, and thanks to inertia¹ just hasn’t stopped. In addition to his regular performing and hosting duties with Instant Theatre, he’s also the Travis half of the duo Chris & Travis, and … Continue reading

Kristen Schier

Kristen Schier is a teacher at the University of the Arts as well as a performer, instructor and Improv Producer at the Philly Improv Theater. She is also the Artistic Director of The Philly N Crowd, which performs weekly short … Continue reading

Tom Rittenhouse

I’m an ensemble member at Dad’s Garage Theatre Company in Atlanta, performing regularly since 2007. I’ve been lucky enough to participate in the following festivals: Improvaganza (Edmonton), VIIF (Vancouver), Combustion (Toronto), NCCAF (Raleigh-Durham), Sarasota Improv Festival (Sarasota), World Domination Improv … Continue reading

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