Vancouver International Improv Festival

October 4-8, 2016

International Ensemble

Jonathan DeMuth – Director

By day, Jonathan is a freelance television editor. By night, he performs improv regularly with his Magnet Theater Megawatt team Sexy Baby! He also performs every Saturday night at 8p with his hop-hop improv group North Coast at the People’s … Continue reading

Tom Hill

Tom is a Vancouver comedian, writer, improviser and person. He has toured internationally as one half of sketch/improv duo Hip.Bang!, a group that has also produced a number of very fine videos you can see here. Tom is a proud cast … 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

T.J. Mannix- Director

T.J. Mannix is a 19-year veteran of the NYC improv scene. He has toured several times with The Second City/NCL, was an original cast member of the critically-acclaimed “BLANK the Musical” off-Broadway, and is the Founder/Producer of the 8th annual … Continue reading

Amie Roe

Amie Roe is an improviser, therapist, and highly expressive face based in New York. She has been improvising literally since birth in an ongoing, roaming monoscene. Amie performed, taught, and directed improv at the Philly Improv Theater from 2007 to … Continue reading

Jared Stepp

From 2009-2012 Jared Stepp could be found on the many improv stages of Austin, TX. He is a member of the ColdTowne Conservatory was a regular contributor to main stage shows at The Hideout Theater, The Institution Theater, and ColdTowne … 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

Paul Blinov

  Paul is an Edmonton-based improviser, writer, and comedian. He’s been a member of Rapid Fire Theatre since 2006, and toured his improv to faraway Canadian places like Toronto (Big City Improv Festival), Vancouver (VIIF [part of  the 2014 ensemble!]) … 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

Leon Anderson

First and Foremost Leon Anderson likes to talk about himself in the third person. Leon has been performing improv comedy since 2003 in various forms. He solidified his training at the Second City Conservatory in Hollywood, CA, and after a … Continue reading

Sehar Manji

Sehar Manji is a Nairobi-born, Montreal-based improviser, writer and comedienne. She trained in short-form and long-form improv at the Montreal Improv Theatre for 5 years where she was also a  member of their house teams, Night Bus (2013 – 2014) … Continue reading

Vinny Francois

Vinny Francois has over 20 years of experience as a professional improviser. A founding director of the Montreal Improv Theatre, he has performed in more shows and venues across Canada than he cares to count. He also is on the … 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

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

Ed Morgan

Ed is currently the Associate Artistic Director of Dads Garage in Atlanta, Georgia. He’s been kickin’ around the ATL improv scene for about 13 years now, but he’s also had the privilege of performing all over the place, including a … 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

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

Domeka Parker – Director

Domeka Parker has gratefully enjoyed a life rich in improvisation. She first performed for alive audience at 9 years old and has been performing consistantly for 26 years. Domeka has developed and directed several improvisational longform works, including the award … Continue reading

Rene Dellefont – Director

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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

Karen Cassady

I’m an ensemble member and improv teacher at Dad’s Garage Theater in Atlanta  and have been a part of that family for going on 6 years now.  I am also an ensemble member of Atlanta’s longest running comedy troupe, “Laughing … Continue reading

Amy Shostak

Amy Shostak is an improvisor, comedian, and nacho-enthusiast from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. She has been performing with Rapid Fire Theatre (Edmonton’s longest-running improv company) since 2002. She appears weekly in Theatresports, as well as RFT’s weekly longform show, CHiMPROV. She … 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

Devin Mackenzie

Devin is an improviser, comedian, writer and producer. He performs with Hip.Bang!, Vancouver Theatresports League and Blind Tiger Comedy. He has entertained audiences in improv and comedy festivals all over North America including San Francisco Sketchfest, Northwest Comedy Fest, Del … 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

International Ensemble

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