Engage with the CIG in a meaningful way!
The Canadian Improv Games seeks three (3) new Board members, to start immediately.
The Canadian Improv Games (CIG), is a national charitable organisation dedicated to empowering youth across Canada by teaching them invaluable life skills like leadership, communication,
commitment, positivity and teamwork through improvisational theatre and leadership education
Founded in Ottawa in 1977, CIG is now home to the largest and most geographically dispersed
youth theatre festival in Canada as well as 14 regional programs that welcome 5000+
participating students each year. CIG has also expanded to host two week-long summer camp programs, Improv Camp and Improv University for young individuals who wish to grow and hone their skills outside of the high school environment.
For 45 years, our programs have helped students build their confidence and leadership capacity, strengthen their critical-thinking skills, enhance their overall mental health, learn respect for others, improve their listening skills and develop life-long friendships with other participating students from across Canada.
But more than just a high school theatre program, the Canadian Improv Games is a national community that spans generations and includes over 100,000 alumni, many of whom continue to enrich Canada’s cultural landscape today.
Throughout the year, the Canadian Improv Games operates student programs in partnership
with over 250 high schools across Canada. Each year, students between the ages of 13-18 can
register for our programs through their high school and gain access to workshops, performance
opportunities and training sessions as well as a chance to take part in a 4-day youth theatre
festival in Ottawa each spring at the National Arts Centre (NAC).
Recognized by high school teachers and parents as a place that creates opportunities for students to develop and nurture the interpersonal skills required for success after high school, the Canadian Improv Games aims to help students explore their full potential and inspire success in a fun and nurturing environment.
The CIG Board of Directors comprises leaders from a range of professions (including some CIG alumni) who are dedicated to supporting the organisation. Board members meet monthly or bi-monthly, and are invited to be part of one or two committees of the Board, depending on their interests and skill set.
We seek three new people to join the Board, to bring their experiences, expertise and enthusiasm to help guide the organisation.
As a charitable organisation, all Board positions are unpaid.
Term: 3 years (with up to 3 x 1 year extensions)
Hours required a month: 4 – 6 (approximately – depends on the month and committee initiatives etc)
Board meetings are held remotely, and monthly, usually on a Tuesday or Wednesday, starting at 8pm EST.
We welcome applications from people in traditionally marginalised communities, including (but not limited to) people who are Indigenous, Black, People of Colour, LGBTQQIP2SAA and People with Disabilities.
We are hopeful to find new members who have experience or expertise in one of the focuses below. However, if you have a different set of skills, are interested, enthused and identify with a group mentioned above – we would love to hear from you, so please still get in touch.
Skills or attributes we are looking for:
Relationships with the Canadian Improv Community
Inclusion and Diversity
Please send expressions of interest including a short bio, why you’re interested in joining the Board to Jameson@improv.ca
Regardless of whether you are an improv insider or not, please let us know your relationship to the arts. You don’t have to be alumni of the games, a regular at your local comedy theatre, nor a high level donor to a fancy opera, but we would love to hear about what’s important to you.