Edmonton Regional Program

Welcome to the Edmonton Regional Canadian Improv Games Program! 

Established in 1997, the Edmonton program (serving all of Alberta) is part of a national network of regional teams that join the Canadian Improv Games through their local high school.  During the school year, students gain access to a number of exciting and unique programs that encourage exploring the art of improv, learning life skills like Positivity, Communication, Leadership, Commitment and Teamwork, making new friends and having fun.

For more information, to register your high school in our 2018 program or to get involved as a volunteer, player or coach, please contact Regional Director Joe Vanderhelm at alberta@improv.ca


Regional Director, Joe Vanderhelm

Since November of 1999, Joe Vanderhelm has been improvising with Rapid Fire Theatre in Edmonton, AB, performing in their weekly shows TheatreSports and CHiMPROV. Joe has had the opportunity participate in many improv festivals around the world including: Vancouver, Winnipeg, Montreal, Toronto, Atlanta, Germany and Reunion Island. Joe Vanderhelm is Alberta’s Regional Director for the Canadian Improv Games and after a decade of serving Rapid Fire Theatre as the Associate Artistic Director – Youth, Joe is now the Director of Education. One of his joys is that he produces the 3-week improv festival for teens: The WildFire Festival which unites The Canadian Improv Games regional tournament with The Nosebowl (a TheatreSports tournament for high school students) and the WildFire Jr (an improv tournament for junior high students). Joe participated in the Games himself from 1999-2001, representing Alberta at the National Festival in 2000. When he isn’t improvising, Joe works as a Science and Drama teacher after having earned his Bachelor of Education, with a Drama minor, from the University of Alberta.


2017/2018 Edmonton Region + CIG National Upcoming Events
Feb 12th-16th 7pm – Regional Tournament (Zeidler Hall of the Citadel Theatre)
Feb 17th – All Teams Workshop (Zeidler Hall of the Citadel Theatre)
Feb 18th 2pm – Regional Finals (Zeidler Hall of the Citadel Theatre)
April 19-22 – CIG National Festival (Ottawa, ON @ Bronson Center)
July 15-21st  – ImprovU Summer Camp (Sherbrooke, QC @ Bishop’s University)
July 25-29 – Next Act Festival (Halifax, NS)
August 20-27 – Improv Camp (Vancouver, British Columbia @Camp Fircom)


CIG Edmonton Fun Fact: Alberta was first seen at the National Festival in 1994 when the Westwood Improv Team from Fort McMurray were chosen from the video competition. In 1997, thanks to the wonderful work of Karen Towsley, Alberta became its own region in the games. For the next 10 years the games were hosted by various schools across the province until 2006 when Edmonton’s premiere improv company: Rapid Fire Theatre became the producer of the games. Teams come from all over the province (Calgary, Red Deer, Edmonton, Fort McMurray, etc), and even once from the Yukon. In 2016, to honour her retirement from teaching and coaching the games, Alberta’s Spirit of the Games award was renamed the Karen Towsley Kick Butt and Sparkle Award.


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