Vancouver International Improv Festival

October 11-14, 2017

International Ensemble

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 from Vancouver. She started improvising with UBC improv in 2010 and has since become a performer with Instant Theatre, Grad School Improv, and National Anthem. National Anthem won Instant Theatre’s 2015 Cagematch Tournament, and performed at … 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 a Vancouver improviser, actor and sketch comedian. He performs with Instant Theatre, Little Mountain Improv and with Blind Tiger Comedy’s improv and sketch house teams where he recently  wrote and directed the sketch show Miami Vice Principal. Internationally … 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

Devon Henderson

Devon has trained in longform improvisation at Toronto’s Second City and in narrative improv at The Bad Dog Theatre Company. She is a graduate of The Second City Training Centre’s Conservatory and Longform Conservatory programs, and still performs there regularly … Continue reading

Geoff Walter

Geoffrey Walter took his first improv class with Instant theatre in the spring of 2014. He’s taken what he’s learned to stages across Vancouver, and to New York City at The 2015 Del Close Marathon. He proudly represented National Anthem … Continue reading

Jennifer Pielak

Jennifer is an actor, improviser and singer who has trained as a performer in Vancouver and Chicago. She is becoming known as one of the top musical improvisers in Canada – she currently performs completely improvised 2-act musicals, teaches classes … Continue reading

John Gebretatose

John Gebretatose rose from the ranks of a HUGE Improv Theater student, to a HUGE Improv instructor and now also the Director of Diversity and Inclusion. He trained and worked at Brave New Workshop and has been performing stand-up comedy … Continue reading

International Ensemble

Vancouver Ensemble