Justin has been improvising for close to a decade. While getting his B.A. in Theatre and English from Mount Allison University, he performed in several plays and musicals, as well as co-wrote, directed and performed in an original sketch comedy show. He is the founder of Sackville's ongoing weekly improv show, Presents: The Improv Show. Justin is an alumni of the Canadian Improv Games where he now continues to serve as a national judge and trainer. As a teacher, he has taught at Chicago's Theater Momentum as well as Mount Allison University. As a performer he has performed across North America with different groups as well as being an ensemble member at the Last Seen Festival in Atlanta, and the Tumbleweed Project at Toronto's Combustion Festival. Recently he spent a year in Chicago where he trained with IO and the Second City's conservatory program now he lives in Toronto where he works with Bad Dog Theatre.
Justin is teaching personalized workshops with IMPULSE's university performers.
Alistair has been performing, instructing, consulting and directing improvisation for audiences and companies across Canada, the USA and Europe for almost 20 years. He has had the great pleasure of working and training with some of the greatest teachers in improvisation. From these varied styles and beliefs Alistair has developed his unique brand of performing and instructing.
Alistair’s main focus has been as the National Artistic Director and president of the national Improv tournament the Canadian Improv Games. This long standing relationship with the CIG has lead to his development of the IMPROVCAMP, NEXT ACT and IMPROV UNIVERSITY programs. With the creation of these programs and the tournament it’s self Alistair’s work reaches over 2800 students every year. For his years of work Alistair received the Founders award for his dedication and contributions to the CIG.
Instant theatre Company has long been Alistair’s professional improvisational playground and artistic outlet. Working with outstanding local improvisers Alistair has produced many seasons of work and launched the Vancouver Improv Festival, Vancouver Cage Match, the Young and The Spontaneous series and Instant Theatre’s much sought after Conservatory program.
Alistair is teaching "Advanced Improv" on Friday, March 25th (Sorry, this workshop is now full).
Kaitlin is an award-winning writer and improvisational theatre performer and director. She has studied at the Magnet Theatre in New York City, and with Instant Theatre here in Vancouver. She is a founding member of Rosa Parks Improv, and can be seen on stage currently with Ghost Jail Theatre and Instant Theatre's Conservatory program. Kaitlin's first book, Fresh at Twenty: The Oral History of Mint Records, comes out on ECW Press on October 1. She's very pleased to be spending the day with UBC Improvisers as the club is where she got her start in this art form she loves so much.
Kaitlin is directing the Festival Ensemble who perform on Friday, March 25th.
Ember has been improvising for almost a decade. In high school she was a national bronze and gold medalist in the Canadian Improv Games (CIG). She remains involved with the CIG, training and judging at the regional and national levels. During university she performed weekly with Rapid Fire Theatre (Edmonton). Since moving to Vancouver, Ember has performed improv and sketch at Bronx Cheer's Hero Show, in UBCi's Impulse Festival, at the Upfront Theatre in Bellingham and with Vancouver Theatresports League. She currently coaches one of UBCi's teams.
Ember is teaching "Introduction to Improv" on Saturday, March 26th from 1:00-3:00pm in the Student Union Building room 214/216 (Drop-in's welcome).