Our Story

1994 was a big year for Vancouver. On a tiny stage in Gastown a band of Vancouver’s finest young comedic minds began to build what would become Instant Theatre Company: the home for alternative theatrical improv in Vancouver. Our community of talented improvisational performers produces more than 200 shows locally every year in addition to performing at as guests worldwide from Bellingham to Berlin.

our school director

nikolai witschl

improv experience

I believe that improv and acting share many of the same interconnected principles, which probably comes from the training I received in Edmonton, AB. I graduated from the BFA Acting program at the University of Alberta, while simultaneously being a cast member at Rapid Fire Theatre. After graduating I moved to Vancouver and began performing and teaching with Instant Theatre, which continues my improv career of 15+ years, where I perform in many of our weekly and monthly shows, including the Twilight Zone-esque Outer Middle Zone, and our modern take on the Bard, Shakespeare after Dark. I have also gotten work in many film and television projects, including Supernatural, Once Upon a Time, X-Files, Lucifer, Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl (with Kevin Smith) and Guillermo Del Toro’s The Strain.

acting experience

I believe that improv and acting share many of the same interconnected principles, which probably comes from the training I received in Edmonton, AB. I graduated from the BFA Acting program at the University of Alberta, while simultaneously being a cast member at Rapid Fire Theatre. After graduating I moved to Vancouver and began performing and teaching with Instant Theatre, which continues my improv career of 15+ years, where I perform in many of our weekly and monthly shows, including the Twilight Zone-esque Outer Middle Zone, and our modern take on the Bard, Shakespeare after Dark. I have also gotten work in many film and television projects, including Supernatural, Once Upon a Time, X-Files, Lucifer, Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl (with Kevin Smith) and Guillermo Del Toro’s The Strain.