Canadian Improv Games National Festival
May 11-14, 2020
Ottawa, ON

Every spring the Canadian Improv Games hosts an exciting festival in Ottawa for students from schools across Canada.  Schools must be registered in the organization’s regional programs first in order to gain access to this very special national event.  Programming for the National Festival includes daily workshops, demos lead by improvisational theatre professionals and educators, unique field trips and evening showcases features some of the top student performers from across Canada.  Student teams (or members of the student team) MUST be accompanied by their approved teacher supervisor in order to attend.  Registration is $120 per student and includes admission to the National Tournament each night.  Teachers must register their student teams by March 27, 2020.


Daytime workshops, forums, demos and special events

Each day, students registered in the National Festival have the option to attend a specialized workshop of their choice (subject to capacity so register early!), a demo, warm-up or forum as well as the evening performance (National Tournament). Breaks will be given for meals as well as one free period to homework, sightseeing or down time.

We are also thrilled to announce that due to much success of the inaugural Advanced Workshop stream last year, the National Festival will be offering it again in 2020, and with EVEN MORE options to choose from! In order to be admitted into advanced workshops, students must meet one or more of the following criteria:
• Have competed in two or more years of competitive regional play at the senior tournament level
• Have attended CIG’s intensive summer programs ImprovU or Improvcamp
• Are in grade eleven or twelve

If you are signing up your students for advanced workshops please seriously consider their level of play. These workshops will be challenging.

Workshop registration will open March 9th and is accessible only to those who have pre-registered with the Canadian Improv Games National Festival registration team. A pre-registration email was sent to all schools teams in January 2020. If you did not receive this email, please contact immediately.


Tickets to evening showcases (National Tournament)

As part of the National Festival registration fees, students will also receive a festival pass to see performances at the Canadian Improv Games National Tournament each night (May 11,12,13,14) which gives them an exciting opportunity to see their peers (regional finalists from across Canada) perform while seeing firsthand the wide variety of styles the Canadian Improv Games has to offer (as represented by all the regional tournaments).

Mon May 11, 12, 13 – 7pm-10:30pm – semi-finals
Thurs May 14, 7pm-10:30pm – finals



Registration deadline MARCH 27, 2020

The Festival is open to school teams currently registered in a Canadian Improv Games regional program and must be accompanied by their assigned teacher supervisor (as approved by their school’s principal or school board).

Step 1: Register by filling out the National Festival registration form (click here) Perhaps you are waiting to see if you advance to the National Tournament as a competing team, but are interested in attending the National Festival if you do not win your Regional Tournament. We still strongly encourage you to pre-register by filling out this registration form (as space in the festival is limited). 

Step 2: Pay your registration fees by MARCH 27, 2020

The cost of registration is $120 per student. Print this INVOICE/ PURCHASE ORDER  and fill it out accordingly.  Save a copy for your records and send another copy to the Canadian Improv Games along with your payment.

Step 3: Read the CIG National Festival Information Package (click here

Step 4: Book your hotel accommodations

Once you have paid your fees the hotel will be in touch to coordinate your booking.  You included your booking details on the form you filled out above and we will use that information to send to the hotel.  Please ensure you have provided accurate information.  The hotel can only hold spots until March 27th, after that we cannot guarantee space.

This year we will be staying at Les Suites Hotel at 130 Besserer Street near UOttawa Campus. All rooms have full kitchens and pullout sofas.  Rates start at $249 per night for a 4 person room with full kitchen.  Rooms that accommodate 6 people are available at a rate of $329-$349)  For more information on the rooms, amenities and other services visit