Welcome to the Canadian Improv Games online training resource.
We believe that anyone can learn how to improvise. It isn’t just for “creative types” or “quick thinkers.” The truth is that we are all creative and we can all think quickly – it’s just that, as with everything, the more you practice, the better you get.
So to help you out, here’s an Online Training Resource to help you get you started in learning more about the wonderful world of improvisation.
Our Training Videos
Canadian Improv Games has been producing instructional training videos for over 25 years. Our new online training series, available to stream for free, breaks improvisation down into easy to understand component skills, such as Accepting Offers, Listening, Staging, etc. This list of skills are the same skills our judges evaluate in tournament play. More…
Here’s what you can find under this section:
Our updated Coaches Training Manual
Our updated training video series
A directory of Warm-ups
A directory of Improv Exercises
A directory of Practice Games
A series of Lesson Plans
Our online video banks are a wealth of classic training video scenes (just because it’s older, doesn’t make it any less relevant) as well as many examples of full scenes performed at the regional and national level, uploaded by ourselves as well as students, coaches and fans. Check out our YouTube channel and get lost in hours of scenes and training content.
Visit our Rule Book page and read up on the specifics of how the Canadian Improv Games’ tournament system works.
The Coaches Companion Manual
The Coaches Companion (now in handy digital form!) is a full overview of the Canadian Improv Games Format, Rules, judging as well as an excellent guide for teaching improvisation. The manual also includes insights on how to build your team and includes a valuable suggestion resource. Every registered team receives this manual. If you aren’t putting together a team, or have not yet received yours, contact the director in your region and we’ll get you what you need.
Book a workshop
As much material as there is here on improv.ca (and all over the internet!) there’s no substitute to being in a room with a trained professional. You too can learn from a Canadian Improv Games trainer, whether you are a school club, class, community group or business. Our Canadian Improv Games trainers can help point out where you’re already on the right track as well as suggest in which areas more work needs to be done. Most regions offer private one-on-one workshops for schools and groups as well as larger group training sessions where students from different areas can learn together. Private instruction for professionals and businesses also available. We’ve also got an amazing network of instructors that span the entire country, so get in touch and we’ll find you the perfect instructor to teach you the basics, help you brush up on some skills, or help take your game to the next level.