Canadian Improv Games Programs

There are so many of reasons to get involved in the exciting world of improv!  Whether you want to learn theatre performance skills, build your confidence, become a strong public speaker or just have some fun, the Canadian Improv Games is a great way to be part of something different.

The Canadian Improv Games runs a number of programs throughout the year for high school students and young adults.  High school students usually get their start with the CIG by joining an improv team through their high school that is registered to participate in CIG High School Regional Programs.  After taking part in training and workshops, these students then compete regionally for a chance to take part in a 4-day festival at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.

Learn more about our programs and how to get involved:
High School Regional Improv Programs
High School Online Program
High School National Tournament & Festival
Youth Summer Camps
Next Act Summer Improv Festival  (ages 18-24)
New to Improv?

For over 40 years, students have enjoyed the thrill and excitement of participating in the Canadian Improv Games.  A place to make life-long friends, students have also praised their newly acquired talent and self-confidence, not to mention the endless fun that comes with taking part in this truly unique experience.

High School Regional Programs
With 14 regions across Canada, thousands of high school students from across Canada take part in our Regional Improv Programs. The Regional Improv Programs include core programming, training, workshops, resources and annual tournaments and competitions. Finalists from each regional tournament then travel to Ottawa for Nationals to perform in a 4-night festival at the National Arts Centre.

High School Online Program
The Online Wildcard is an opportunity for registered Canadian Improv Games student teams from across Canada to perform the CIG events, receive feedback from CIG judges, and qualify for the National Tournament in Ottawa by submitting a video of your performance online.

High School National Tournament & Festival
The top finalists from the tournament in each Regional Program get travel to Ottawa for the National Tournament & Festival each year to perform in a 4-night festival at the National Arts Centre. This week-long event is filled with improv training and workshops,  field trips in the Nation’s Capital, performance opportunities and other unique social activities.  Teams that did not qualify for Nationals are still invited to the National Tournament & Festival as a Festival team where they will take part in daily workshops and be able to watch the top teams in the country on stage each night.

Youth Summer Programs
Just because school is out for summer doesn’t mean that participating in improv is over!  CIG also runs a number of summer camps for students including Improvcamp and Improv University.  Each summer camp offers a unique experience to explore the art of improv, learn life skills like positivity, communication, leadership, commitment and teamwork, make new friends and have fun. These camps fill up quickly so follow our summer programs page for up to date information and the registration link which will be live February 14th!

Next Act Summer Improv Festival
The Canadian Improv Games also runs the Next Act summer festival, offering an intensive 4-day training program for intermediate improvisers (ages 18-24) in collaboration with theatre companies across Canada.  For more information on our programs, visit our festival page.  Registration will open February 14th.

New to improv?

Interested in taking part in the Canadian Improv Games?

Follow these steps!

#1 Visit our online Learning Centre, to learn all about the wonderful world of improv or check out one of our events in person to see what it’s all about!

#2 Have a teacher from your high school contact our General Manager at to register your team in our regional programs.  From there you will be put you in touch with one of our Regional Producers to get you started. You can also visit our Regional Directory page to see a list of programs near you.

#3 Take part in our Online Program as warm-up training before joining a Regional program.

#4 If you can’t get a high school team together right now or you want to continue your improv training after the National tournament, sign up for one of our amazing summer camps!