Vancouver International Improv Festival

October 6-11, 2014

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VIIF 2009

Learn. Grow. Do Improv.

VIIF is proud to present workshops in improvisation from some of the best instructors that the improv world has to offer. The two workshop packages will take place on the weekends of October 4th-5th and 11th-12th. Both weekend workshop packages will take place at the Instant Shop and are available as a single package or mega-pack only. Workshops do sell out, so don’t delay!

A weekend workshop package of four workshops is only $149 for one weekend or $229 for both weekends!


To purchase Workshop Packages, Click Here


Saturday October 4th


Billy Tierney: Snatch the Stone

Does your scene partner get in the way of you having a GREAT scene? That’s just like, your perspective, man. Truth is, you might be derailing yourself. In this workshop, Billy brings his unique experience to VIIF with exercises and perspective geared toward enabling YOU to find control in your scenes and inspiration in your scene partners.

Instructor Bio:

Billy Tierney is the General Manager and Artistic Director of Ryan Stiles’ The Upfront Theatre in Bellingham, Washington, USA. His 15+ years of improv experience have been highlighted by a North American/European tour of improvisation and his participation in a dozen or so improvisation festivals. He has taught improv to a wide array of people, from youth as young as 1st grade all the way through high school, to seniors in a nursing home, to improvisers from the collegiate to professional levels.

Workshop to be held at Instant Shop (650a East Broadway) from 11:00 to 1:30. 


Ryan Beil: Acting for Improvisers

The difference between an improv scene and a one from a play is simply a script. The emotional journeys performers have to take to move the audience through story is the same.  With the explosion of improv schools around the world many performers find themselves seasoned improvisers with no formal (or informal) actor training. While going to theatre school isn’t always a prerequisite to becoming a great actor, it certainly helps. And the marriage of classical acting technique and an in-depth knowledge of improv creates a more versatile, and almost unstoppable, performer. Join award winning actor, Ryan Beil, for a watered down version of 3 years of theatre school. Learn how and when to turn up you “actor dial” to enhance your scene work.

Instructor Bio

Ryan Beil is a classically trained actor, with a BFA in Acting from The University of British Columbia. As a working actor, you’ll find Ryan in plays all over the place. He runs a small theatre company (Main Street Theatre Co) and a small venue (Little Mountain Gallery). He is a co-creator of an improvised one-act play format called Skin and Lungs and co-founder of Vancouver’s Legendary Improv Troupe, The Sunday Service.

Workshop to be held at Instant Shop (650a East Broadway) 2:30 – 5:00. 


Sunday October 5th

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Dave Morris – Talkin’ Pretty.

Master Storyteller Dave Morris will teach you to tell great stories. Using his experience as a spoken word poet and improviser, he’ll teach you how to add depth to your stories and characters, how to create meaning out of the simplest idea, and how use narration to do more than ‘just’ tell stories.

Instructor’s Bio:

Dave Morris has been teaching improv full-time for the past 6 years. He is the artistic director of the award winning Paper Street Theatre co. and has taught at festivals around the world including Berlin, Vancouver, and most recently was a headliner at the London Slapdash Festival. If you like improv, you’ve probably seen his TEDx talk: The Way of Improvisation.

Workshop to be held at Instant Shop (650a East Broadway) from 11:00 to 1:30. 



Becky Johnson – Character

A fun exploration of character building techniques. The group will work on both internal and external sources of character inspiration. See what works best for you!

Instructor Bio:

Becky Johnson has been performing improvised theatre and comedy for twenty years. She was half of influential improv duo Iron Cobra (with Graham Wagner) and is currently half of The Sufferettes. With these two groups, Becky has toured extensively throughout North America and Europe.

Workshop to be held at Instant Shop (650a East Broadway) 2:30 – 5:00. 

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Saturday October 11th

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Ben Gorodetsky – Haiku:  The Art of Smart Short Form

An in-depth look at how to bring style and substance to the lighting fast world of short form games. Focusing on the meeting place of qualitative scene work and structure based games, this workshop promises to inject relationship and stakes into all your high comedy short form games!

Instructor Bio:

Ben Gorodetsky is a Vancouver-bred, Edmonton-based improviser and Associate Artistic Director (Promotions) of Rapid Fire Theatre. Ben’s been improvising since 2004 and in that time he’s played and with Lorax, Instant Theatre, Pumptrolley Comedy, UBCimprov, The Canadian Improv Games, and Vancouver TheatreSports League. As an improv teacher Ben has also brought his ideas to students at the Detroit Improv Festival, the Canadian Improv Games, Rapid Fire Theatre’s Public Workshops, The Improv Camp, and the Notorious UIG. When he’s not improvising Ben likes acting in plays and occasionally writing his own.


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North Coast – Intro to Hip Hop Improv

Think you’ve got what it takes to freestyle? Are you an improviser who knows how to rhyme but can’t rap? At the core, improv and free-styling go hand-in-hand. Whether you’re going in for 8-bars, dropping a beat into a mic, or initiating an improv scene, the same principles apply. Join North Coast, NYC’s premier free style rapping, beatboxing long-from improv team, as they guide you through the tricks to turn your Dad Raps into Biggie quality rhymes. Learn how to set yourself up, find your flow, and weave your rapped verses in and out of your scenework.

Instructor Bio:

Established in 2009, North Coast is New York City’s premier hip-hop improv comedy team. North Coast consists of performers that also teach at the Magnet Theater and the P.I.T. in NYC… including teaching “Hip Hop Improv” workshops and a full 8-week class at the Magnet Theater since 2011.

In our different “team taught” workshops, we focus on different aspects of what we do… from teaching attendees how to freestyle rap, beatbox, and what to focus on in their improv scenework!

North Coast Instructors* Include: James Robilotta, Douglas Widick, Jonathan DeMuth, Rachel Rosenthal, Boris Khaykin, Kaila Mullady (Beatrhyming and Beatboxing champion).

* – Instructors subject to change

Workshop to be held at Instant Shop (650a East Broadway) 2:30 – 5:00. 


Sunday October 12th

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Marc Rowland and Brent Skagford – Sh*t Just Got Real

In this workshop, you will focus on creating rich, cohesive realities on stage. Exploit your physical and emotional offers to the fullest by learning to tap into what’s really happening in the moment.

Instructor Bios:

Brent Skagford & Marc Rowland are improvisers, actors and writers who
perform, teach and coach at Montreal Improv. Marc Rowland is a
director of both the Montreal Improv Theatre and the Montreal Improv
Festival. Brent Skagford is the co-creater and co-star of The Bitter
End web series which was hailed as “the funniest Canadian sitcom of
the year” by the Montreal Gazette and “comedy series of the year” by
EYE weekly. Now entering their 8th year of collaboration, they have
travelled to perform Easy Action for the last three years across
Canada and England.

Workshop to be held at Instant Shop (650a East Broadway) from 11:00 to 1:30. 


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Joe Bozic Mike Fotis – First Three Lines

This workshop focuses on the the idea that everything you need for a scene can be found in the first three lines. From relationships to emotions to games and everything in between, we’ll help you tune in and commit to everything that happens at the start of a scene.

Instructors Bio

Mike Fotis and Joe Bozic are the two members of Ferrari McSpeedy, an improv and sketch comedy duo based in Minneapolis, MN. Mike and Joe have been performing and teaching improvisation since 2001. They also ran the Brave New Workshop Student Union, one of the largest schools of long-form improvisation in the US, for five years.

Workshop to be held at Instant Shop (650a East Broadway) 2:30 – 5:00. 

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