Established in 1989, the Lower Mainland program 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 program or to get involved as a volunteer, player or coach, please contact Regional Producer Shawn Norman at
Regional Producer, Shawn Norman
Shawn Norman has been working with the CIG for his entire adult life. After coaching his former team for a few years after graduation, Shawn joined our team and became a judge at our National Tournament. For 3 years he served as Regional Director of the Vancouver Island Tournament and now serves as a member of our Artistic Advisory Committee. Outside of the CIG, Shawn performs improv regularly with Little Mountain Improv and Uncle Janes in Vancouver.
CIG Lower Mainland Fun Fact
The Lower Mainland tournament used to be called the BC tournament and included teams from Vancouver Island. It was the first tournament to be founded outside of Ontario. Vancouver is also the region that the current Junior Tournament format was first played. Rumour has it that a failed fundraising effort called “Garagey the Garage Sale Dinosaur’s Thrift Shop of Dreams” was experimented with for several years in BC. Audience members brought items for other audience members to purchase at intermission. The sale was operated by a small plastic dinosaur with a famous catchphrase “no mattresses.”