About Vancouver Improv Festival
The organizers and board of the Vancouver Improv Festival respectfully acknowledge that the land on which the festival takes place is the traditional and unceded territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. The members of our team are settlers on this land and come from places now called Vancouver, Edmonton, and Calgary. Through the lens of our work, we are committed to dismantling settler colonialism, a mindset that fails to respect Indigenous society, governance and jurisdiction. We believe that the spirit of improvisation is one of collaboration and joy, and we do this work with the hope that it will strengthen our collective communities through laughter and connection.
The Vancouver Improv Festival (formerly the Vancouver International Improv Festival) 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, it has showcased over 1300 international and local performers for thousands of Vancouver theatre and comedy fans. The festival started in the late nineties as an impulse-based arts festival, focusing on the spontaneous excitement of music, physical theatre and comedy. As the years passed, and the festival grew, improv comedy became the main focus. Audiences grew as the festival soon became a destination for both local and international improv companies. The festival has hosted artists from all over the world; from Berlin, Helsinki, Los Angeles, Montreal, New York, Toronto and Reunion Island. A unique feature of the festival are ensemble-based shows, where individual improvisers collaborate with a director to create never-before-seen performances.
The mission of the Vancouver Improv Festival is to produce high-quality improvisational performances that raise the profile of the talented improvisers of British Columbia, while hosting international improvisers to the benefit of the local community, and to entertain a growing audience. We welcome your feedback or questions. info @ vancouverimprovfest.com
FESTIVAL ORGANIZING TEAM
CURT DA SILVA
Curt Da Silva is a Vancouver-based improviser and math-fan. He is the creator and director of the all-Asian stage-combat improv comedy group Fistful of Kicks. He has performed all around North America, but most notably in Portland, Oregon and Austin, Texas. He has a degree in Math + Computer Science, if you’re into that sort of thing. Catch him performing on stages all around Vancouver, as well as working with Blind Tiger as a Diversity & Inclusion Coordinator.
Patrick is a Vancouver-based actor and improviser who has performed in cities across North America, most recently with the duo Always Growing Up. He is a co-creator of the Alley Theatre’s #whatnow, which will see a full production in October 2021, and has been involved with the Vancouver Improv Fest as a volunteer, performer, and now Festival Organizer.
Brigitte is an improviser and writer from Vancouver, British Columbia. She serves as a cast member of Fistful of Kicks and has toured with them internationally, performing at Stumptown Festival in Portland and The International Improvised Play Festival in Austin. She received her BAH in English from Queen’s University and is a staff writer for the satire news website the Beaverton.
Amy is an improvisor and educator living in Vancouver, on the traditional, unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and səl ̓ ilw̓ ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. Amy started improvising with Edmonton’s Rapid Fire Theatre in 2002 and served as the company’s Artistic Director for six years. Amy now spends her time leading improv workshops with Blind Tiger Comedy, performing weekly with Little Mountain Improv, and touring with her duo Rå Power with Joleen Ballendine. In addition to improvising, Amy writes and performs sketch comedy in her Canadian Comedy Award-nominated sketch duo Gossamer Obsessions with Paul Blinov.
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