St. John’s Regional Program

Welcome to the St. John’s Regional Canadian Improv Games Program! 

Established in 1992, the St. John’s program (serving all of Newfoundland and Labrador) 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 Mike Hammond at


Co-Regional Director, Mike Hammond

Mike Hammond has a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Education and a diploma in Performance Arts and Media Communication. First introduced to the Canadian Improv Games in 2003, Mike has since acted as head trainer and judge for the Newfoundland region, Communications Director, and Co-Regional Director for the CIG.

Having trained all over Canada with some of the country’s top improvisers, as well as at the iO Theatre in Chicago, Mike is also a stand-up comedian and a founding member and current Artistic Director/Manager of Newfoundland’s longest running professional improv company, Stanley Braxton Improv Co.  The CIG has been a guiding factor in Mike’s life and is thrilled he gets to work for the Games in creating positive experiences for the next generation of improvisers!

Co-Regional Director, Stephen Payette

Stephen Payette is in his seventh year with the Canadian Improv Games. After falling madly in love with
the games as a player, he jumped at the opportunity to become more involved. Over the years Stephen has been a head referee, national referee, scorekeeper, what’s in the box dude, and now Co-Regional Director. He has also had wonderful privilege of teaching workshops at regionals, Nationals, and Improv University. Stephen can be found performing improv with his troupe Stanley Braxton and honing his comedy chops through stand-up and sketch all over his hometown of St. John’s. Improv has been one of the greatest influences in Stephen’s life and he has the Canadian Improv Games to thank for that!


2017/2018 St. John’s Region + CIG National Upcoming Events

Dec 2nd- Ex Games – 1 pm and 7 pm (LSPU Hall)
Feb 16 – Alumni Show – 8 pm (LSPU Hall: Cox & Palmer Second Space)
Feb 17 – Regional Prelims – 1 pm and 7 pm (LSPU Hall)
Feb 18 – Jr. High Tournament – 1 pm (LSPU Hall)
Feb 18 – Finals – 7 pm (LSPU Hall)

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 (across Canada)
August 20-27 – Improv Camp (Vancouver, British Columbia @Camp Fircom)


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