Ottawa Regional Program

Welcome to the Ottawa Regional Canadian Improv Games Program! 

Established in 1977 as the inaugural Canadian Improv Games, the Ottawa regional program is the longest running!  Today, the Ottawa CIG 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 Hayley Robateau.


Regional Director, Hayley Robateau

Hayley is a professional communicator, arts administrator, improviser and writer living in Ottawa, Ontario. She has been involved with the Canadian Improv Games for nearly a decade as a player, trainer, referee, judge, concessions dude, and now Ottawa’s Regional Director and the CIG’s Community Manager. She has volunteered at five different regional tournaments, plus the National and Online Wildcard tournaments and as a trainer at Improv University.  

As a performer, Hayley has worked with Crush Improv, GRIMprov, Experimental Farm Theatre, uOttawa Improv and many other improvisers in Ottawa. She has also performed at the Big City Improv Festival, Fresh Meat 5, the Ottawa Improv Festival and My Summer Crush.


2017/2018 Ottawa Region + CIG National Upcoming Events

November 16th – All Team’s Night / Coaches’ Coffee (University of Ottawa)
December 3rd – 6th, 2017 – Exhibition Week (Academic Hall Theatre)
Feb 26th – March 1st – Regional Tournament (National Arts Centre Studio)
TBA – Junior Tournament Night (University of Ottawa)

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 Ottawa Fun Fact:

The Ottawa program is the oldest in the Canadian Improv Games history – welcome to where it all started!  Originally founded as the Improv Olympics here in Ottawa in 1977, the name was shortly thereafter changed to Canadian Improv Games when the International Olympic Committee issued a cease-and-desist letter!


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