Vancouver TheatreSports League has been making Vancouverites laugh for a very long time – since before many Vancouverites were even born. Their shows feature a lineup of some of the world’s best improvisors, including all-stars Colin Mochrie, Ryan Stiles and Ellie Harvie.
But did you you know VTSL also teaches improv? The Improv Comedy Institute takes the business of laughter very seriously as it teaches skills that are fully transferrable off stage into areas of your personal and professional life.
Improv classes can help you be a better interviewer (or interviewee), hone your presentation skills or give you the confidence to be more outgoing. You might even find you have a “talent” for it and want to join their Rookie League. Who knows – maybe you’re the next Colin Mochrie and don’t even know it yet! Regardless, you’ll learn new skills, and have a ton of fun doing it.
Improv Comedy Institute
Saturday Drop-In Workshops:
This is an improv sampler class where students with little to no improv training can take a two hour improv class in a fun, supportive environment.
This is a series of four separate eight-hour courses that will teach you the key fundamentals that VTSL values in their work and are the basic building blocks of VTSL scene work. The mandatory first class is Spontaneity. Then, students can take the remaining three courses (Story, Character and Environment) in any order.
This is the continuing education part of the ICI. Here, advanced students can hone their improv scene skills or learn specialized skills in on-going series workshops.
This is the ICI performance only program. Students who have successfully completed ICI training (the Core Series) are welcome to audition for this six month program. In the Rookie League, the students perform their own weekly show under the guidance of VTSL main stage coaches.
The ICI also offers specialized classes for teens.
A Colin Mochrie Scholarship Pass from the Improv Comedy Institute that can be used towards any ICI Core Series class.
Must be used by December 31, 2015. Must be 18+ years of age to attend Core Series classes.
Prize valued at $129.
To enter to win the Colin Mochrie Scholarship Pass, do at least one of the following:
1. Tweet the following on Twitter: (1 entry)
- Win world-class improv training from the @Vantheatresport Improv Comedy Institute via @VancityBuzz http://ow.ly/RKNsC RT to enter!
2. Like Improv Comedy Institute on Facebook. Leave a comment below telling us once you have. (1 entry)
3. Follow @VanTheatreSportson Instagram. Leave a comment below telling us once you have. (1 entry)
4. Leave a comment below telling us why you want to take an improv class. (1 entry)
Contest entries will be accepted from time and date of publishing until 4 p.m. PST on September 11, 2015. One winner will be chosen at random and contacted through the platform they enter by.
Vancity Buzz Night at The Improv Centre
Every Friday Vancity Buzz presents Improv After Dark at The Improv Centre. Use coupon code BUZZ15 at the checkout and receive a ticket and drink for only $15! (Available online, NC17 show)