7:30PM – Culture Lab
OPENING NIGHT CELEBRATION
With guests from around the festival!
Join us for the opening night of the 24th Vancouver Improv Festival. For the person who likes a little of everything: this show will be a sampling of the amazing acts you can expect at the festival this year!
7:00PM – JIM GREEN HOUSE STUDIO
WORKSHOP: Big Breaths and Being Brave
With Liam Fair (Halifax, NS)
Take a big breath and find out how to stay grounded, engaged, and confident in your scene work.
7:30pm – The Historic Theatre
SHOW: Hello City & Broke Gravy
Halifax superstars Hello City join the powerhouse group Broke Gravy from Portland, Oregon for a night of unforgettable fun. Two different coasts, one excellent show!
7:30pm – Tightrope Impro Theatre
It’s a fast and furious elimination improv show — join Tightrope Theatre and some very special festival guests for Maestro!
8:00pm – The Culture Lab
SHOW: Baby Syrup & Festival Ensemble
Do you ever wish your meetings were less like “meetings” and more like “improv shows”? Baby Syrup has you covered. Plus, we have the Festival Ensemble creating a uniquely amazing show before your very eyes!
7:30 PM – Tightrope Impro Theatre
SHOW: Gorilla Theatre
Join Tightrope Impro Theatre and some wonderful festival guests for a night of Gorilla Theatre! Directors go head-to-head, directing each other in improvised scenes and you, the audience, decide whether each director’s work deserves praise or punishment. A blast and a half!
8:00 PM – The Culture Lab
SHOW: Missed Connections & Velvet Hammer
In Missed Connections, the amazing Tightrope Theatre players bring real Craigslist missed connection advertisements to life. Then, Portland superstars Velvet Hammer take to the stage for a night of amazing characters and comedy!
10:00PM – Culture Lab
SHOW: Hello City & Soul Decision
All the way from Halifax, Nova Scotia (that’s right, THAT Halifax), it’s the amazing Hello City! Followed by the cross-Canada duo Soul Decision, this is a night of wonderful improv comedy you’re not going to want to miss.
5:00PM – JIM GREEN HOUSE STUDIO
WORKSHOP: Improv for Absolute Beginners
With Christian Smith and Kevin Vidal (Toronto, ON)
Dip your toes into the world of improvisation in a safe and supportive environment
10:00AM – JIM GREEN HOUSE STUDIO
WORKSHOP: Introduction to Shakespearean Improvisation
With Sean McCann (London, UK)
Learn how to turn a phrase, improvise sonnets, soliloquies, and other Bardian-delights from one of the best Shakespearean improvisers around!
7:30 PM – Tightrope Impro Theatre
SHOW: Smash Hit
Join Tightrope Impro Theatre and special festival guests for the next Smash Hit! A team of directors have a singular vision for their improvised story but only one will see theirs through to the end, decided by you the audience.
9:45pm – Historic Theatre
SHOW: Soul Decision & Fistful of Kicks
Best friends duo Soul Decision are reunited once again and local all-Asian group Fistful of Kicks brings their unique brand of stage combat to their even uniquer brand of Asian-inspired comedy.
10:00pm – culture lab
SHOW: Duo Pop Up Show
Ten improvisers, five duos, and two cartoonists drawing the scenes as they happen in real time — it’s the utterly delightful and funny Duo Pop Up Show!
10:00AM – JIM GREEN STUDIO
WORKSHOP: The Improv Expansion Pack
With Billy Socco (New York City, NY)
Expand your improv toolkit with all the tricks of the trade from this New York-based master improviser!
4:00PM – JIM GREEN STUDIO
With Kevin Vidal (Vancouver/Toronto)
Get out of your head and get into the moment to support what’s happening on stage — with the fantastic Kevin Vidal (Kim’s Convenience, Strays, Workin’ Moms, But I’m Chris Jericho, Soul Decision Comedy)