In this panel, we will be discussing decolonization and its intersections in the improv art form both on and off stage. Decolonization here can be understood as subverting eurocentricity by amplifying BIPOC’s voices and inserting cultural alternatives to the colonial structure that has shaped our improv world. How and where have we made improvements to our improv communities to center BIPOC’s voices and how can we as BIPOC performers continue to bring ourselves to a stage that wasn’t designed for us?

This panel will be facilitated by Todd Houseman, and feature four other amazing improv artists to be announced.


Streamed live on the Vancouver Improv Festival Youtube Page here.

Artists involved in this panel receive an honorarium for their contributions and expertise. 

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Todd Houseman is a Nehiyo (Cree) mixed-blood actor, improviser, and writer from Edmonton, Alberta (Amiskwaci). His work focuses on decolonization by prioritizing indigenous narratives through satire, political commentary, and storytelling. Todd recently graduated from the acting program at the National Theatre School of Canada but has yet to physically walk across the stage. Prior to his schooling, Todd was a senior performer and instructor with Rapid Fire Theatre from 2009-2017. He is the co-writer/producer/star (with Ben Gorodetsky) of Folk Lordz, which began as a touring improvised play and has evolved into a 2-season political sketch comedy web series. In addition, Todd is co-creator of the play Whiteface with Lady Vanessa Cardona which received rave reviews at in its premiere fringe tour. In his free time, Todd enjoys building masks, forging knives, or being in the forests of western Alberta.