What We Teach
Improvisation, or improv, is a form of live theatre in which the plot, characters and dialogue of a game, scene or story are made up in the moment. Often improvisers will take a suggestion from the audience, or draw on some other source of inspiration to get started.See Classes
Sketch comedy comprises a series of short comedy scenes or vignettes, called "sketches", commonly between one and ten minutes long. Often sketches are first improvised by the actors and written down based on the outcome of these improv sessions.See Classes
Stand-up comedy is a comic style in which a comedian performs in front of a live audience.The comedian usually recites a grouping of humorous stories, jokes and one-liners, routine or act. Some stand-up comedians use props, music or magic tricks to "enhance" their acts.See Classes
We also offer other classes in character comedy, clown comedy, and more!See Classes
Why Classes at Instant?
Our classes have the power to change lives. As a professional actor they can level up your craft. As a comedian you’ll learn where the funny is and to tell great stories. Within your business you’ll have the confidence and presence to succeed. All of our classes are fun and teach you the rules and how to break them. Why take our classes? Because why wouldn’t you want to spend your life laughing?
Instant theatre has decades of experience providing great training in Vancouver and across Canada. We teach a wide range of performance skills from Improv to Sketch to Clown and Acting for the Camera. We enjoy visits from exclusive guest instructors all the time and love to create new programs.
Our purpose built training centre, Instant Studios, feels like a creative space. It is warm and welcoming and features two studios, a writers room, and a lounge. We are located in the heart of Mount Pleasant close to transit and great coffee.
Instant Theatre has always been dedicated to its students and to a belief that access to classes should be cheap and easy. We want you to take a journey with us and realize your potential as an improviser. This takes time and commitment. By taking either our Intro Class, Advanced Classes, or joining an ensemble in our Conservatory program, you will not only enjoy learning improvisational skills but also become a part of our community. Join us!
Instant Theatre is where I got my stage legs. Being part of the conservatory program provided me the training and opportunities to learn improv in a safe environment, allowing me to let go of my fear of failure, and develop myself as a performer and individual. When you're at Instant, you're not only taking classes, you're making new friendships and getting to be a part of an amazing community.
Carla Mah, Sketch Comedian, Former Student
I love Instant's classes is because the teachers are able to cater to each student's individual needs. They also create a safe space where you are able to experiment and grow to the next stage in your journey of improvisation.
Montana Rosalle, Former Student
Having spent over 35 years as an improviser and improv creator and director, I would say without hesitation that I've never met anyone who has more knowledge of contemporay improv than Alistair Cook. he is a great teacher and a great trainer of teachers. Simply put, you get the best when you takes classes or workshops from Instant Theatre.
Willie Wyllie, Co-Founder of the Canadian Improv Games
Julia Lank, Arts Administrator, Former Student