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.

Instant is proud to be a leader in Vancouver’s Improv Scene. Inspired by our unofficial motto “Aim for Art, Settle for Comedy”, Instant is built under the following pillars:

Artistically  Bold
We develop and perform original improvised comedic theatre with a strong emphasis on narrative and a theatrical undertone unique to our company.

Accessible
We strive to create shows that appeal to diverse audiences, with a cast that reflects the makeup of our community.  We keep our inclusive shows and classes in an affordable price range and actively reach out to new voices.

Smart
Our shows draw from diverse and culturally aware sources, creating comedy and concepts that hold themselves to a high standard. We create work that reflects the intelligence of our cast and audience.

Funny
We’re funny.

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

acting experience