The Tightrope is a professional theatre company specializing in improvised theatre. There is a growing gap in Vancouver of both artists needing mid-sized venues to perform in and people seeking high quality, connective and accessible theatre. The Tightrope is committed to filling this current gap in the market. Not only are we focused on producing professional quality improvised theatre, we are committed to fostering a growing community by providing a mid sized venue for local groups to produce independent and inspiring work. This is accompanied by our drive to create a sustainable business model for grassroots Canadian theatre.
The Tightrope will help in the development of local arts and culture in Vancouver, provide quality entertainment to both locals and tourists, and one day become a globally renowned improvisation theatre company that will be at the forefront of developing this expansive art form.
The Tightrope is the Canadian sister company to the highly successful Norwegian Det Andre Teatret.
The Tight Rope's competitive advantage is in our experience and our philosophy; deeply rooted in the works of Keith Johnstone. Tightrope's commitment to keeping the spirit alive, to fail forward, and continually push the boundaries of what is improvisationally possible, is what separates us from the rest.
This spirit will live on our stage and in our culture, and act as our driving force. Embracing failure while being obvious and good natured sets the ground work which our company is built, and this will be reflected in our people, in our training, and on our stage. We are not afraid to make mistakes. We are ready to turn those 'mistakes' into opportunities to grow.
“There are people who prefer to say 'yes' and there are people who prefer to say 'no'. Those who say 'yes' are rewarded by the adventures they have. Those who say 'no' are rewarded by the safety they attain.”
― Keith Johnstone
The Tightrope believes in genuine human connection and sustainability, and understands that profits are a product of the social benefits provided. These social benefits include laughter, connection, happiness, education, community involvement and development, as well as the preservation and promotion of arts and culture. Moreover, Vancouver, the location of Tightrope Theatre is growing and as the digital world takes over, real human interaction and connection is harder to find, yet more and more sought after. Let's create a place, an experience, where people can connect with people, face to face, to continue to challenge and investigate new ideas.
WHAT MAKES OUR SHOWS UNIQUE
High production value. An exceptional patron experience. Theatre that lives dangerously.
Shows are produced with theatrical production value in mind. All of our shows will be presented professionally to provide an outstanding and top quality audience experience. From lighting, to sound, to set, to audience seats, to the beer we serve in the lobby. Everything will be quality so that we can provide an unforgettable experience and gain return customers.
We will provide an excellent patron experience from the moment you walk into our lobby. Aesthetically pleasing and accessible lobby with plenty of cushioned seating and tables to hang out and be social. Local craft beer served at our bar and the warm and inspiring aroma of fresh buttered popcorn available for purchase. A place to connect.
A perfect balance of danger and success on our stage. The formats we produce will guarantee a place where experienced and rookie improvisors alike can explore the form while maintaining a quality performance for our audience. This will ensure that our performers remain inspired, and when performers are inspired the best work is created.
We want to bring Mountains, Beers, and Laughs to beautiful Vancouver. Canmore International Improv Festival (CIIF) was founded and is operated by members of our team. CIIF has successfully sold out 3 annual festivals. This festival is a key example of how our team is able to pull off such a successful and unique project. The Tightrope will be very similar to CIIF only it will be year round project rather than just 1 weekend every year.