Workshops

Visit our Eventbrite page to register for one or more of the workshops below!

AWARENESS & IMPULSE
with Amber Barton
Vancouver, BC

This workshop is designed to bring awareness to the body in order to make authentic movement choices while improvising. Bringing awareness the directions of the spine, participants will experience a technical movement warm up bringing awareness to directions of the body and choosing different body parts to initiate movement choices. This class will progress from a technical and physical exploration of the body toward using an internal and/or feeling based interpretation of movement. Interpretation of music and musicality will also be explored.

Date: Wednesday October 13, 6-8pm
Location: In-person at Jim Green House Studio at The Cultch (1885 Venables Street). Masks must be worn at all times and proof of vaccination required.

Instructor Bio:

Amber Barton was born and raised in Vancouver and continues to live, work and play on the unceded and ancestral lands of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.
She has spent the majority of her life working in the arts as a professional contemporary dance artist, performing, choreographing, producing and teaching dance for the past 20 years and received her professional dance training with Goh Ballet Academy, Arts Umbrella, Ballet BC’s Mentor Programme and the Banff Centre for the Arts. The foundation of her training is classical ballet which was supplemented by modern, contemporary and jazz dance techniques.
She is also one of the few Canadians to receive a full danceWEB scholarship to study at the ImPulsTanz festival in Vienna, Austria and the inaugural recipient of the Iris Garland Emerging Choreographer Award awarded via The Dance Centre in Vancouver, BC. Amber was also the artistic and managing director of her own contemporary dance company, the response. from 2008-2021.
Amber continues to teach and choreograph contemporary dance throughout the lower mainland and also enjoys rehearsal direction and mentoring young and emerging dance artists. Amber is also a registered Yoga teacher and currently training to become a Yoga therapist.

AWARENESS & IMPULSE
with Amber Barton
Vancouver, BC

This workshop is designed to bring awareness to the body in order to make authentic movement choices while improvising. Bringing awareness the directions of the spine, participants will experience a technical movement warm up bringing awareness to directions of the body and choosing different body parts to initiate movement choices. This class will progress from a technical and physical exploration of the body toward using an internal and/or feeling based interpretation of movement. Interpretation of music and musicality will also be explored.

Date: Wednesday October 13, 6-8pm
Location: In-person at Jim Green House Studio at The Cultch (1885 Venables Street). Masks must be worn at all times and proof of vaccination required.

Instructor Bio:

Amber Barton was born and raised in Vancouver and continues to live, work and play on the unceded and ancestral lands of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.
She has spent the majority of her life working in the arts as a professional contemporary dance artist, performing, choreographing, producing and teaching dance for the past 20 years and received her professional dance training with Goh Ballet Academy, Arts Umbrella, Ballet BC’s Mentor Programme and the Banff Centre for the Arts. The foundation of her training is classical ballet which was supplemented by modern, contemporary and jazz dance techniques.
She is also one of the few Canadians to receive a full danceWEB scholarship to study at the ImPulsTanz festival in Vienna, Austria and the inaugural recipient of the Iris Garland Emerging Choreographer Award awarded via The Dance Centre in Vancouver, BC. Amber was also the artistic and managing director of her own contemporary dance company, the response. from 2008-2021.
Amber continues to teach and choreograph contemporary dance throughout the lower mainland and also enjoys rehearsal direction and mentoring young and emerging dance artists. Amber is also a registered Yoga teacher and currently training to become a Yoga therapist.

ZEN AND IMPRO with Jun Imai
Tokyo, Japan

Keith Johnstone (creator of Theatresports and writer of the book Impro) once told Jun Imai that improvisation was like Zen. That being spontaneous means being in the moment, and not in your head. In this workshop, we will focus on our impulses. We won’t invent anything, but simply discover what is right in front of us. We will use what we notice in our scenes. We constantly think and worry about the future or the past, and we are seldom present in our daily life. But what you can actually do is only in the present. What you think is not you, but how you are. Get rid of your thoughts, and enjoy being in the moment!
Date: Wednesday October 13 – 6:30-9pm Pacific
Platform: Zoom. Access to a device with camera, mic and reliable internet is required.

Instructor Bio:

Born in Tokyo, Japan, Jun Imai has been coaching and directing improv since 1995 and in 2005 he began to produce shows at the Tokyo Comedy Store. With a cast of over thirty talented improvisors, TCS is one of Japan’s premiere improv groups. He served for 8 years as the Asian Region Representative for the International Theatresports Institute’s Board of Directors for 8 years. A prolific writer, he published “It’s Hard to be Free – an Impro Manual” based on his experience with bringing improv to the Japanese in 2006. Imai’s books have earned him praise as a thoughtful and incisive teacher and director.

IMPROVISED POP CULTURE
with Ronald Dario
Vancouver, BC

You’re in an improv scene and someone brings up Baby Yoda but you’ve never seen a Star Wars movie! You’re endowed as Frodo from Lord of the Rings but don’t know the difference between a hobbit and an elf! Not knowing a pop culture reference is something that can make us unsure or uncomfortable in scenes, second guessing our choices or working too hard to be “factually correct.” But it’s improv! We can pretend to be a surgeon in scenes without going to medical school, why can’t we fake our way as Luke Skywalker? In this workshop, we’ll let go of our need to be “correct” and improvise our way through scenes in popular franchises that we know nothing about.

Date: Thursday October 14 – 6:30-9pm Pacific
Platform: Zoom. Access to a device with camera, mic and reliable internet is required.

Instructor Bio:

Ronald Dario is an actor, improviser and sketch comedian from Vancouver, BC. He teaches at Blind Tiger Comedy and is a Program Coordinator for its Diversity Program. Ronald improvises weekly with his group Little Mountain Improv. He has also performed at comedy festivals like Just For Laughs NorthWest, Rapid Fire Theatre’s Improvaganza, the UCB Theatre’s Del Close Marathon, and the Vancouver Improv Fest.

IMPROVISED POP CULTURE
with Ronald Dario
Vancouver, BC

You’re in an improv scene and someone brings up Baby Yoda but you’ve never seen a Star Wars movie! You’re endowed as Frodo from Lord of the Rings but don’t know the difference between a hobbit and an elf! Not knowing a pop culture reference is something that can make us unsure or uncomfortable in scenes, second guessing our choices or working too hard to be “factually correct.” But it’s improv! We can pretend to be a surgeon in scenes without going to medical school, why can’t we fake our way as Luke Skywalker? In this workshop, we’ll let go of our need to be “correct” and improvise our way through scenes in popular franchises that we know nothing about.

Date: Thursday October 14 – 6:30-9pm Pacific
Platform: Zoom. Access to a device with camera, mic and reliable internet is required.

Instructor Bio:

Ronald Dario is an actor, improviser and sketch comedian from Vancouver, BC. He teaches at Blind Tiger Comedy and is a Program Coordinator for its Diversity Program. Ronald improvises weekly with his group Little Mountain Improv. He has also performed at comedy festivals like Just For Laughs NorthWest, Rapid Fire Theatre’s Improvaganza, the UCB Theatre’s Del Close Marathon, and the Vancouver Improv Fest.

IMPROV FOR SKETCH WRITING
with Allie Entwistle and Kerri Donaldson
Vancouver, BC

Calling all writing duos or writer groups! Join us for this online workshop where we explore sketch writing that uses improv to explore premises and beats. We’ll look at ways to brainstorm a concept; ways to explore, expand and heighten a joke; figuring out beats, and character premises —all while using improv techniques and improvising the scenes with your comedy partner. We’ll also see how to turn a good improv scene into a script and best practices for working with your writing partner. All are welcome, especially comedy writing duos! Hope to see you there!
Date: Friday October 15 – 6:30-9PM Pacific
Platform: Zoom. Access to a device with camera, mic and reliable internet is required.

Instructor Bio:

Kerri Donaldson and Allie Entwistle are Brunch: an award-winning comedy duo from Vancouver, BC. Brought to you by two women raised on Mary Kate & Ashley movies and Celine Dion’s greatest hits, Brunch promises to tell you that you’re not the Miranda of your friend group. Allie and Kerri are both on faculty at Blind Tiger Comedy and perform monthly at Little Mountain Gallery. They have performed at Portland Sketch Fest, Montreal SketchFest, the Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival, Just For Laughs NorthWest & Edmonton’s Improvaganza, to name a few. Simply need to hear their voices? Check out their podcast, When Kerri Met Allie where they grapple with their love/hate, hate/love relationships with Rom Coms.
“The Vancouver, BC, two-piece blew me away at last year’s fest” – Portland Mercury
 

HOT UNDER THE COLLAR
with Rhiannon Jenkins
London, UK

With a focus on consent, confidence building, and fun, this class will teach you a variety of techniques to discover your hot and sexy self. Learn how to flirt, create intimate scenes, and find your own brand of hotness.
Syllabus includes:
  • boundaries and consent, and how to communicate these with teammates
  • posture and breath work to help you get into your body, and improve your confidence
  • scenic exercises to help you explore sexuality and sexual content in improv
  • scenework, with coaching
This class is for anyone who would like to bring flirting and sexuality into their scenes.
Date: Sunday October 17 – 11-1:30pm Pacific

Platform: Zoom. Access to a device with camera, mic and reliable internet is required.

Instructor Bio:

Rhiannon is an improviser, actor, teacher, facilitator, and director working across London and Europe. She performs regularly with They Don’t Know the Half of It, The Ol’ Bill, and Eggplant improv and has performed in and directed several shows at The Hideout Theatre. She directs Hot Singles in Your Area, and directed The Love Circle at The Hideout Theatre, which was nominated for the Ethel Hinkley Award for Outstanding New Troupe. Rhiannon was an original cast member of Acaprov: the improvised A Capella Musical, and previously played with Improbotics, Happy in Their Own Way, and other Nursery Originals productions. Rhiannon works for HeartLink: a startup in the death, dying, and bereavement space, and runs a Death Café for Performers. She has completed Level One End of Life Doula Training with Doulagivers, and was previously in training as a vet, so has had her fair share of experiences working with Death! Rhiannon trained in Musical Theatre at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and in improv with Hoopla, The Free Association, and the Nursery. You can find out more about Rhiannon at rhiannonjenkins.net.

HOT UNDER THE COLLAR
with Rhiannon Jenkins
London, UK

With a focus on consent, confidence building, and fun, this class will teach you a variety of techniques to discover your hot and sexy self. Learn how to flirt, create intimate scenes, and find your own brand of hotness.
Syllabus includes:
  • boundaries and consent, and how to communicate these with teammates
  • posture and breath work to help you get into your body, and improve your confidence
  • scenic exercises to help you explore sexuality and sexual content in improv
  • scenework, with coaching
This class is for anyone who would like to bring flirting and sexuality into their scenes.
Date: Sunday October 17 – 11-1:30pm Pacific

Platform: Zoom. Access to a device with camera, mic and reliable internet is required.

Instructor Bio:

Rhiannon is an improviser, actor, teacher, facilitator, and director working across London and Europe. She performs regularly with They Don’t Know the Half of It, The Ol’ Bill, and Eggplant improv and has performed in and directed several shows at The Hideout Theatre. She directs Hot Singles in Your Area, and directed The Love Circle at The Hideout Theatre, which was nominated for the Ethel Hinkley Award for Outstanding New Troupe. Rhiannon was an original cast member of Acaprov: the improvised A Capella Musical, and previously played with Improbotics, Happy in Their Own Way, and other Nursery Originals productions. Rhiannon works for HeartLink: a startup in the death, dying, and bereavement space, and runs a Death Café for Performers. She has completed Level One End of Life Doula Training with Doulagivers, and was previously in training as a vet, so has had her fair share of experiences working with Death! Rhiannon trained in Musical Theatre at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and in improv with Hoopla, The Free Association, and the Nursery. You can find out more about Rhiannon at rhiannonjenkins.net.

SHADOWPLAY FOR IMPROVISERS
with Mind of a Snail
Vancouver, BC

Are you an improviser who is curious about how to integrate shadow puppetry into your work? This workshop is an introduction to shadow play using an overhead projector. Using our silhouettes, found objects, scrap materials, and puppets, we will explore a variety of visual storytelling techniques and games together. We will play with our shadows to build scenes from the animated shapes and sounds that arise in the moment. A fun & active session! Participants should dress comfortably for movement.

Date: Sunday October 17 – 2-4:30pm

Location: In-person at Jim Green House Studio at The Cultch (1885 Venebles Street). Masks must be worn at all times, and proof of vaccination required.

Instructor Bio:
Mind of a Snail is a shadow puppetry duo currently based out of Vancouver BC. Since 2003, Chloé Ziner and Jessica Gabriel have been developing a multilayered style of visual storytelling using overhead projectors as their main light source, and have been recently integrating live video and interactive live-streaming into their tool kit. Their performances play at the intersection of puppetry, visual arts, clowning & music. Their show “Multiple Organism” won Critic’s Choice Innovation Award at the 2018 Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards. During covid, they quickly pivoted to an interactive online format and have performed live virtually for a number of festivals.

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS FOR IN-PERSON WORKSHOPS

As of September 13, by order of the Provincial Health Officer of BC, proof of vacation will be required to access indoor events. Audience members at shows and participants at in-person workshops will be asked to show proof of vaccination. Masks will be worn at all times, with the exception of eating or drinking while seated as an audience member.

FOR ALL WORKSHOPS

Workshops open to improvisors of all skill levels, age 19+. All participants will be required to sign our Anti-Harassment Policy prior to the workshop. Please note, we will not be able to offer refunds for workshops.

If finances are a barrier to your participation in a workshop, please email info @ vancouverimprovfest.com.