Improv U is a long-running summer camp program for high school students ages 13 to 18 that provides the opportunity for students of improv – new and old – to get together and hone their skills in a safe, inclusive and fun environment. Known as the best campus ever, Improv U is the most exciting way to spend your summer. Learn the art of improvisation from the best instructors from across the country while making lifelong friendships with their camp peers!
Each year, Improv U at Bishops University (in Sherbrooke, Quebec), offers young improvisors the opportunity to further promote 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. Improv U is the ultimate combination of the best improvisational training Canada has to offer and fun varsity style activities. Campers participate in games, swimming, intramural sports between working together on performance projects. And dance parties. So many dance parties. For improvisers of all skill and experience levels.
The Leadership Program is designed for young people who are ready to take the next step, both as improvisers and youth leaders. Members of the leadership program take workshops to grow their improvisation skill set, and 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. Must be a grade 12 student (as of September 2018) or a recent high school graduate. Acceptance is by application only. Applications are a part of registration.
Send your registration fee to the Canadian Improv Games by December 31st, 2017 for the early bird rate and May 31, 2018 for the regular rate. Camp registration is $799. The early bird rate $725 (ends December 31, 2017). Shuttle Bus is $69.
Students can arrive at Bishops University one of two ways:
Students can depart campus on the last day one of two ways:
Q: What should I bring?
A: Here’s a suggested packing list. Even if you’ve been to camp before it’s always a good reminder of what to bring.
The Bishops University campus is outfitted with dormitories, which have rooms with two beds (mattresses included). There is a dining hall where meals are prepared by Bishops’ certified staff. The dormitories also include washrooms with showers in each room, playing fields and a studio theatre in which we will hold performances each night.
Q: Will there be vegetarian/special dietary options?
A: Yes! The cafeteria at Bishop’s is vegetarian and vegan friendly, and is very accommodating with special dietary restrictions. Please ensure to include any special requests with your registration in the Allergies/Medical Conditions section.
Q: Do I have to have any improv experience?
A: None at all! Improv U is an inclusive, safe space for students of all ages and skill levels. Our programming is malleable, and will be tailored to each student’s level of comfort and skill.