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WHO

The festival will feature many improv players, sketch comedians, storytellers, poets, improv groups and sketch troupes.
STEPHEN SIM

STEPHEN SIM

Artistic Director

Founder of the Winnipeg Improv Festival way back in 2000. One half of the duo "Stephen & Caity". One half of the international duo CRUMBS. He is also the cofounder of "The Improv Company" and a life long improviser.

CAITY CURTIS

CAITY CURTIS

Associate Artistic Director

Improviser, performer and producer. She is cofounder of "The Improv Company" and one half of the duo "Stephen & Caity". She is the Associate Artistic Director of this festival as well as the Regional Director of the Canadian Improv Games in Manitoba. . She is amazing.

Dr Joel Carter

Dr Joel Carter

MINNEAPOLIS

Joel Carter is an accomplished palliative care and pain specialist, author, speaker, storyteller and artist. He speaks and lectures on various topics related to the life lessons of his patients share with him on meaning and life purpose, and the integration of creative art process with healing arts practice.

Meags Fitzgerald

Meags Fitzgerald

MONTREAL

Meags Fitzgerald is a Montreal based writer and illustrator. Over the last 12 years, Meags has performed and taught improv in theatres across Canada, in the United States and Australia. Meags is also an award-winning graphic novelist and an aspiring circus aerialist.

dave morris

dave morris

VICTORIA

Dave Morris is a speaker, teacher, and storyteller, but mostly he's an improviser. He's been teaching, producing and performing improvisation around Canada and the world since the turn of the century. He is the artistic director of the award-winning Paper Street Theatre co. in Victoria B.C.. He has performed and taught at festivals around the world, and he probably likes you already.

tony beeman

tony beeman

SEATTLE

Tony hasn't sent in his bio yet. He does improv in Seattle. He is the Associate Artistic Director of the Unexpected productions. He probably does other things too. I heard that he was the guy responsible for the character "Clippy" for Microsoft... that's cool huh? He is really cool. We like him a lot. You will too.

Stepheny Hunter

Stepheny Hunter

Halifax

Stepheny Hunter is an actor and improviser currently living in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She's recently graduated from Dalhousie's Fountain School of Performing Arts Acting Program and has been producing and performing in improv shows over the past four years. She has worked with Make 'Em Ups Improv Company as a performer, producer and teacher, as well as was a member of the East Coast Improv Festival 2015 and 2016 Ensemble.

Megan Gray

Megan Gray

NEW YORK CITY

Megan Gray is the Artistic Director of the Magnet Theater in NYC, a writer, performer, teacher and native New Yorker. She has been studying improvisation for over a decade. Megan has taught improvisation at universities and festivals around the country, Canada and Europe, as well as companies and organizations. She also does a lot of yoga.

Sketch Ensemble

Sketch Ensemble

All new, all women, all funny!

We have assembled a sketch ensemble for the festival and it's all women and all funny. We have (in particular order) Cathy Herbert, Jessina Cheffins, Ashley Burdett, Angie St. Mars, Sara Jane Martin, Taylor Owens and directed by Caity Curtis.

The Local Ensemble

The Local Ensemble

Hand picked improv ensemble

The Local Ensemble is back again after a very successful debut at last year's festival. The ensemble will be working with the improv festival to create some brand new improv for you. Who is in the ensemble? Jesse Bergen, Bohdan Dyck, Sam Antonick, Brigitte Sabourin, Anna Currie, Mack Norberg, Jayden Pommer, and Mike MacDonald.

Winnipeg International Writers Festival

Winnipeg International Writers Festival

Guest Spoken Word Artists

We will again be collaborating with some writer and poets, this time from the Winnipeg International Writer's Festival. Improv meets the written word. We have Steve Locke, Larysa Musik and Bruce Symaka will inspire the Festival Ensemble with the written word.

The Performers!

All the performers in the festival

This will take you to a page with all the performers at the festival. We have so many guests coming to town and locals performing that we want to tell you about.

The SHOWS

Tue, Oct 17th 8PM at Wee Johnny’s

The Big Stupid Improv Show This is the traditional FREE opening show to the Winnipeg IF… Improv Festival. We offer you up a sampler of what you can expect at the festival. And we do it as the Fringe hit show “The Big Stupid Improv Show” which is an improv jam show that has been […]

Wed, Oct 18th 8PM at the CCFM

Lost in Translation/Perdu en quoi? Two official languages in one hilarious show!  Deux langues officielles dans un spectacle qui vous fera plier en deux de fou rire ! This hugely successful improv show has been at the Improv Festival and the Comedy Festival and is a favourite for multilingual audiences. You don’t have to understand English OR […]

Thu, Oct 19th 8PM at the GSAC

The Sketch Comedy Night Sketch Comedy in an Improv Festival!?  For one night only we let the performers plan the show ahead of time.  Sketch comedy has roots in improvisation so we let it slide… but just for this one hilarious show.  Local sketch heroes HUNKS and President Bear will perform alongside the DEBUT of the festival’s first […]

Friday, Oct 20th 8PM at the GSAC

Writer’s Block (and more) The Friday shows will include so much. First, we will showcase some improv shows from our international guests. Then we will have a collaboration with the “Winnipeg Writer’s Festival THIN AIR”. Slam poetry is super lame and not funny at all.  Not one bit of funny.  Slam poetry is angsty and boring and embarrassing.  … … … […]

Friday, Oct 20th 10:30PM at the GSAC

Werewolf The show is inspired by the game “Werewolf”. The ensemble will be working with a Game Studies expert (Ryan Clement) on different theories about game play and narrative. That all sounds pretty academic… it’s also an improv show where there are werewolves who try and eat villagers. The game of Werewolf is a wildly […]

Sat, Oct 21st 8PM at the GSAC

Words To Live By Guest storyteller Dr Joel Carter is an MD who specializes in palliative care. After his inspiring talk at TEDxWinnipeg the connection was clear… storytelling has healing properties. Don’t just take our word for it, listen to Dr Joel’s compelling tales as he brings the ER to the stage. This show features […]

Sat, Oct 21st 10:30PM at the GSAC

Ghost Stories This show will feature real ghost stories that then inspire the improv show with the festival ensemble. Special guests and spooky stories.  Ghosts are real but they fear rooms of laughing people.     Saturday, Oct 21st 10:30PM Gas Station Arts Centre 445 River Ave Ticket LINK

Sunday, Oct 22nd 2-5PM at the GSAC

Improv Workshop Can’t We All Get Along? Theatre, Literature, Cinema and Real Life are all filled with people who like each other. People who fall in love, maintain friendships, and struggle not with enemies, but with friends, family, and love. The same can’t always be said for improvised scenes, where characters spend a lot of time defined by their disagreements. It can be hard for […]

HOW

HOW do you see these amazing shows? You get your tickets online. The Improv Festival will feature performers from New York City, Montreal, Seattle, Victoria, Minneapolis, Regina, and Winnipeg. 

Online tickets LINK

Gas Station Arts Centre LINK

HOW do we make this festival happen? We thank our wonderful sponsors... Club Regent event centre, The Gas Station Arts Centre, The Winnipeg Arts Council, The METRO, Jonnie's Sticky Buns, 101.5 UMFM