Summer Programs

COVID-19 Program Update

From the Canadian Improv Games Board of Directors:

It is with a heavy heart that the Board of the Canadian Improv Games (“CIG”) announces the cancellation of the CIG National Tournament as well as CIG’s summer programming Improv U, Next Act, Improvcamp. At this stage we believe the pace of infection and increasing impact of COVID-19 in our communities makes cancellation the safest and most responsible course of action.

These programs are the culmination of the hard work and commitment to improvised excellence by students, teachers, volunteers and theatre professionals from across the country, and the decision to cancel was not made lightly. However we are committed to being responsible members of our communities, and we believe this decision is a reflection of that.

The Staff and Board of the Canadian Improv Games wish our students and all of our communities – volunteers, teachers, families, audiences and alumni – the best of health. 

Email if you have any questions.

Just because the school year ends, doesn’t mean improv does!

Canadian Improv Games offers 3 summer programs for young peopleImprov U (Quebec, July 2020) and Improvcamp (British Columbia, August 2020) as well as the Next Act Festival (to be hosted in Vancouver in August 2020).

Improv U and Improvcamp, are camps for young improvisers (ages 13-18) looking to explore the art of improv, learn life skills like positivity, communication, leadership, commitment and teamwork, make new friends and have fun.

At these camps, young improvisers have the opportunity to further develop their artistic expression as part of a group of ensembles that participate in workshops, learn the ins-and-outs of producing shows and creating scenes while working with different trainers.  Students also get a number of performance opportunities during their stay at camp, where they get to demonstrate what they’ve learned in front of a loving audience of their fellow campers and staff.  And, of course, it wouldn’t be real camp without outdoor activities!

Accommodations, meals and the camp program are all included in the registration fee.


Both Improv U and IMPROVCAMP offer the Camper Program and the Leadership Program

The Camper Program

The camper program is the ultimate combination of outdoor activities and the best improvisational training Canada has to offer. Each day campers take intensive workshops from some of the most talented instructors from across Canada and beyond, which cover all facets of improvisational theatre. They also participate in camp-wide games, swim, lounge at the beach and work together on performance projects. At night each camp becomes a venue for improv theatre and entertainment. Each evening there are performances by the campers, and themed activities. And dance parties. So many dance parties. This program is for improvisers of all skill and experience levels.

Leadership Program

The leadership program is designed for young people who are ready to take the next step, both as improvisers and youth leaders. The members of the leadership program take workshops to grow their improvisation skill set, but they also take seminars designed to enhance their abilities as leaders and mentors of youth. This program is both challenging and rewarding, and vital for those improvisers who are interested in assisting in the growth of the next generation. Acceptance is by application only.


NEXT ACT FESTIVAL (Vancouver, BC) August 2020

The Canadian Improv Games also runs a fun summer festival for improvisers out of high school (ages 19-24).  This intensive 4-day training program for intermediate improvisers takes place in different cities across Canada each summer in collaboration with theatre companies across Canada.  Participation is application based and open to CIG alumni only.  Email for more details.