Improv University

12736921_10156469003500612_1823935058_o (1)2017 registration opens late winter!

Improv University (or Improv U) is a summer camp program for high school students ages 13 to 18 who love the art of improv, learning leadership skills and are looking to have a truly memorable and fun experience!  Known as the best campus ever, Improv U is the most exciting way to spend your summer. Learn from the best, meet forever friends, and learn to #BeAnything.

At the week-long event at Bishops University outside Sherbrooke, Quebec, young improvisers receive comprehensive instruction in improvisational theatre by professionals from all over North America. Students will be organized into ensembles that will travel from workshop to workshop, gaining skills and learning about their craft. There are performances each night in two separate theatres, and many varsity-style activities like intramural sports and outdoor team building. It’s a great way to meet other young improvisers from across Canada!

 

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Registration includes:

  • 6 nights accommodations in a private or shared dorm room
  • 6 days of improv and theatre workshops, field activities, social and team building activities
  • 17 meals in the campus’ extensive all-you-can-eat cafeteria featuring a wide range of dietary options
  • up to 5 performance opportunities in the state-of-the-art Turner Studio Theatre
  • a camp t-shirt, water bottle and notebook
  • placement in both a performance ensemble and in a “House” where you’ll work, perform and play with new friends from across Canada

The Improv U Program:

At camp, young improvisors have 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.  IMPROVU 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.

Leadership Program:

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. Acceptance is by application only. Applications are a part of registration.

How To Register:

The registration cost for the Improv U Program is $799. There is an additional fee of $55 for return bus transportation from the airport or bus terminal to Bishop’s University. Please note that registration for 2017 is not yet open.

For our online registration system you will need the following information:

  • Billing info, including home address, phone numbers, email address and credit card information.
  • Medical info (including allergies and medication).
  • Information regarding improvisation experience for our Ensemble form.

You can keep your login name and password to log back into the system later if you would like to have your son or daughter fill in the Ensemble info him or herself.

Feel free to email Chris Ramelan and Justin Collette at improvU@improv.ca if you have any additional questions or problems with registration.

Shuttle Bus (Arrivals & Departures)

Students can arrive at Bishops University one of two ways:

  1. Students can be dropped off at Bishops University. We will have staff there to meet them.
  2. Travelling by Plane or Bus?
    Students travelling from afar can take the bus or a flight to Montreal and we’ll transport you by Shuttle Bus to the Bishops Campus for an additional $55 fee. Shuttle Bus fee includes a return trip from the airport, bus or train station to Bishop’s.

Students can depart campus on the last day one of two ways:

  1.  Students can be picked up at Bishop’s University. Our staff will keep them company until you arrive to take them home!
  2. Travelling by Plane or Bus?
    Our Shuttle Bus will leave Bishop’s in the morning of the last day, and will arrive in Montreal.  Shuttle Bus fee includes a return trip from the airport, bus or train station to Bishop’s.

Frequently Asked Questions:

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.