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Classes At Instant Theatre

There is a reason why hundreds of people all over the world spend time learning and performing comedy. Why wouldn’t you want to spend hours laughing?

Improv Core Classes

ClassDescriptionDateLengthRegistration and Info
Drop-InThe First StepSaturdays1:30-4:00Course Details
Intro to ImprovThe BasicsOne Sunday4 hour intensiveCourse Details
Level One: Exploring ImprovBuilding a SkillsetOnce a Month12 hours over 3 weeksCourse Details
Level Two: FocusTechnical TrainingBimonthly18 hours over 4 weeksRegister with classes@instanttheatre.com
Level Three: ActionStage TrainingBimonthly24 hours over 6 weeksRegister with classes@instanttheatre.com
ConservatoryEnsemble BuildingSept-Nov2 hour weekly classes over 3 months + 2 showsCourse Details
IncubatorPrivate Ensemble CoachingRolling Intake2 hour weekly classes over 3 months + 2 showsCourse Details

Upgrade your improv skill set with these intensives taught by some of the greatest instructors from all over the world.

Improv Skill Intensives

ClassDescriptionDateTimeRegistration and Info
The Genre WorkoutA Monthly Rotating Genre IntensiveOne Saturday per month4pm-8pm (after Drop-In)TBA
Lee White of CRUMBSListening in Two Person ScenesSat, August 12th, 201712-6pmCourse Details

Instant Theatre offers classes in Stand-Up, Sketch, Clown, and more! Check it out below.

Stand-Up Classes

ClassDescriptionTimeInstructorRegistration and Info
Level OneYour First 5 minutes8 hours over 4 week + 1 showAdam PatemanCourse Details
Level OneYour First 5 Minutes8 hours over 4 week + 1 showKatie-Ellen HumphriesCourse Details
Level TwoLeveling up8 hours over 4 week + 1 showTBATBA

Sketch Comedy Classes

ClassDescriptionTimeInstructorRegistration and Info
Level One: The IntensiveFrom Premise to Comedic Twist.12 hours over 4 weeksJackie BlackmoreCourse Details
Level Two: Building a ShowPulling it all together12 hours over 4 weeksTBATBA

Other Classes

ClassDescriptionTimeInstructorRegistration and Info
Character ComedyBuilding a characterTBATBATBA
Clown: Level OnePhyical comedy and being presentTBATBATBA

Our preference is to give you the overall experience–regardless of the inherent contradictions–to allow you to LEARN THE RULES, AND WHEN TO BREAK THEM.

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!

Learn More About Our Instructors

With many years of experience and a myriad of performance backgrounds

This impressive set of instructors, are both dedicated and passionate in teaching their craft, to help you hone your skills, and discover your comedic voice in the art of improvisation, stand-up and sketch comedy.

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Katie-Ellen Humphries

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Adam Pateman

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Alistair Cook

Founder

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Amy Shostak

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Brad MacNeil

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Brent Hirose

Co-Artistic Director

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Cameron MacLeod

Chelsey Stuyt

General Manager

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Elliot James

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Jackie Blackmore

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Janet Davidson

Joel Cottingham Headshot

Joel Cottingham

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Max Tennessen

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Nikolai Witschl

School Director

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Patrick Dodd

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Shane McLean

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Travis Bernhardt

Instant Theatre’s school and training programs are proudly run by School Director Nikolai Witschl, an actor and improvisor based out of Vancouver.

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What is your improv and 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. You can view my imdb page here: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm5775621/?ref_=rvi_nm

Also, here is a demo reel with many clips from my dramatic, comedic, and even scary (!) television and film work: https://vimeo.com/222026398

What is your improv philosophy?

As I often tell my students, improv makes me better at everything I do, which includes acting and auditions, as well as feeling more comfortable and confident in social situations, including public speaking. All improv stems from the core philosophy of “Yes, And” which is essential for collaboration and group storytelling, as well as discovering the comedy in any given scene. I believe in providing students with many opportunities to learn and perform, which is why Instant Theatre has Conservatory, a 3 month long advanced improv training program that gives students a weekly class and a couple of shows so you can learn in a supportive environment that provides opportunities to take risks and learn in front of an audience, who I find teach almost as much as our instructors.

How do improv and acting skills feed one another?

I find that improv helps with all of my acting work, from making quick, well informed decisions when I get the script for an audition the day before, to making dynamic acting choices that come from characters and can connect with an audience, improv simply helps me live in the moment and feel like a character living through an experience for the first time. Also, as an improvisor, many people get stuck in their “writer’s brain” and can drop the character they are playing to try to tell the story, when in fact creating characters that the audience can empathize with will always make for a funnier, more dynamic performance.

What is exciting about running a school?

Instant theatre has collected many amazing working actors and comedians from Vancouver to teach improv and acting, as well as stand up and sketch comedy. Instant Theatre’s mission statement of “What do you want to do, and how can we make it happen?” is a testament to our broad range of comedy courses, and it’s always thrilling for me to hear a student or cast member who wants to learn how to create something we don’t currently offer.