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TheatreSports Saturday October 12 2019 at 9:30 PM

The Improv Centre

2019 iTi Conference Registration Monday October 14 2019 at 9:00 AM

2019 iTi Festival & Conference
× Vancouver TheatreSports plays host to the 2019 iTi Conference and Festival – Improv Ecology Oct.14-20 in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Seven jam-packed days of inspiring workshops, panel discussions and public performances. It’s a great opportunity to learn from some of the best format teachers, network with fellow improvisers from around the globe and experience this vibrant city by the sea..
Registration Process: 1. Register through VTS, to process payment for the conference 2. A Workshop Registration Form will be sent to you via e-mail to register for your workshops. 3. Once you've filled in the form, you will submit the form, which will come back to VTS Guest Services 4. Upon submission, you will receive registration confirmation from VTS Guest Services

Theatresports Summit: Calgary Style Tuesday October 15 2019 at 7:30 PM

The Improv Centre
× Directed by members of Loose Moose Theatre (Calgary), Vancouver TheatreSports, Rapid Fire Theatre (Edmonton), Unexpected Productions (Seattle)

The Theatresports Summit explores the Theatresports™ format as it is played by the ‘four pillar’ companies – from Calgary’s Loose Moose Theatre (1977) where the format was first performed as created by Keith Johnstone at The University of Calgary (it is the foundation format) to variations as performed by hometown favourites Vancouver TheatreSports (1980), Rapid Fire Theatre (1981), and Unexpected Productions (1983). Each night, two teams of mixed international delegates (and directed by a representative of one of the ‘pillar companies’) will compete against one another utilizing one of the four styles.

The final three nights will be a mash-up evening in the original foundation format featuring all the bells and whistles, horns and baskets!


NOTE: This show is an International TheatreSports Festival performance

Le Roundabout @ The Nest Wednesday October 16 2019 at 7:30 PM

The Nest Studio Theatre
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Directed by Dan O’Connor, featuring an international ensemble



This fully improvised contemporary play deals with relationships, modern living and the change that happens when we commit to what we want. Who do we meet, when we walk into the unknown and discover new ways of thinking? What consequences will these new relationships bring? Le Roundabout sheds light onto these questions with one single narrative, performed by an international ensemble.



NOTE: This show is suitable for children aged 8 and over. We cannot accommodate younger children, toddlers or infants. Any show may contain mature content and language, parental discretion is advised.

Maestro @ Waterfront Theatre Wednesday October 16 2019 at 7:30 PM

Waterfront Theatre
× Created by Keith Johnstone
Maestro Impro™ is often described as a ‘crash-and-burn-elimination-style’ format that is ideal for a larger group of improvisers of varying skill levels. Each improviser is given a numbered button, or pinny, to wear and their names appear on the scoreboard next to their number. Two Directors (though you can do it with one) take turns randomly pulling the numbers of players to cast their scenes. The Directors are there to inspire the players, help out less experienced improvisers, and to keep the flow of the performance on track. A 'Host' asks the audience to score each scene out of 5. As the evening progresses, lower scoring players are eliminated until only one improvisor remains: The ‘Maestro’.
NOTE: This show is suitable for children aged 8 and over. We cannot accommodate younger children, toddlers or infants. Any show may contain mature content and language, parental discretion is advised.

Theatresports Summit: Vancouver Style Wednesday October 16 2019 at 7:30 PM

The Improv Centre
× Directed by members of Loose Moose Theatre (Calgary), Vancouver TheatreSports, Rapid Fire Theatre (Edmonton), Unexpected Productions (Seattle)

The Theatresports Summit explores the Theatresports™ format as it is played by the ‘four pillar’ companies – from Calgary’s Loose Moose Theatre (1977) where the format was first performed as created by Keith Johnstone at The University of Calgary (it is the foundation format) to variations as performed by hometown favourites Vancouver TheatreSports (1980), Rapid Fire Theatre (1981), and Unexpected Productions (1983). Each night, two teams of mixed international delegates (and directed by a representative of one of the ‘pillar companies’) will compete against one another utilizing one of the four styles.

The final three nights will be a mash-up evening in the original foundation format featuring all the bells and whistles, horns and baskets!

Gorilla Theatre @ Waterfront Theatre Wednesday October 16 2019 at 9:30 PM

Waterfront Theatre
× Created by Keith Johnstone
Gorilla Theatre™ is an advanced form for experienced improvisers who are also skilled in directing improvisation. One of the hallmarks of Gorilla Theatre is the inclusion of a ‘live gorilla’ (a performer in a gorilla suit) that adds an element of spectacle, mask work, and playful misbehavior.
A cast of 4 – 5 improvisers take turns directing each other in scenes. The audience is invited to reward, or punish the director of a scene by yelling “BANANA!” if they liked it, or “FORFEIT!” if they didn’t. Successful directors are awarded a banana. Unsuccessful directors are required to perform a forfeit, such as expose a personal secret, get beaten by a foam stick, or call their mom and tell her about the wretched scene they just directed. At the end of the evening the director with the most bananas wins “a week of quality time with the resident gorilla.”

NOTE: This show is suitable for children aged 8 and over. We cannot accommodate younger children, toddlers or infants. Any show may contain mature content and language, parental discretion is advised.

Lugares @ The Nest Wednesday October 16 2019 at 9:30 PM

The Nest Studio Theatre
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Directed by Felipe Ortiz (Colombia) & Patti Stiles (Australia)



This show is an elegant excavation of the unexpected secrets that places hold. Improvisers take inspiration from these treasure troves of memory and craft surprising and delightful worlds. Join us for an engaging and emotive show that unearths personal stories and comedic treasures! Lugares (places) invites members of the audience to describe a special setting, such as a house of a grandparent or a car you commute in. The improvisers create exciting new stories and parallel worlds that will change the way we see the spaces around us, and connect us to our own personal places. This is improvised theatre that is crafty, challenging and adventurous.

Lugares – a result of an international collaboration – was created by Felipe Ortiz (Colombia), Patti Stiles (Australia), Jim Libby (Austria), Mike Kennard (Canada) and Sarah Michaelson (Canada).



NOTE: This show is suitable for children aged 8 and over. We cannot accommodate younger children, toddlers or infants. Any show may contain mature content and language, parental discretion is advised.

OK Tinder- International Edition Wednesday October 16 2019 at 9:30 PM

The Improv Centre
× Is finding love easier in the 21st century or has social media made it more complicated? Do people really expect to find the love-of-their-life through a dating app? Are apps even used to make connections in other parts of the world? Is the dating scene as tough in Dublin or Auckland or Tokyo as it is in Vancouver? How do singles meet in Trondheim and Bangalore? This show brings together a cast made up of VTS ensemble members and international delegates for a global take on the trials, tribulations and triumphs of dating in the digital age. It’s all in good fun with audience suggestions used to spark the scenes.
NOTE: OK Tinder is a 17+ show, persons age 17 & 18 must be accompanied by an adult. We regret we cannot accommodate families with infants or toddlers. Shows may contain mature content and language, parental discretion is advised.