8 week Youth Improv Course - $175
April 12th-June 7th (No class on May 24th)
Instructors: Lili Beaudoin & Sarah Ferguson
In this virtual youth improv course students will learn the foundations of improv through various games and exercises to help build their confidence and team cooperation superpowers! We will focus on positivity and imagination to create playful improvised stories with unforgettable characters. Through these safe spaces students will be encouraged to take risks, say YES, and have fun.
8 Week Teen Improv Course - $250
April 14th- June 2nd
Instructor: Aidan Parker
In this virtual teen improv course students will learn the foundations of improv through various games and exercises. We will focus on embracing failure, being positive, and working to inspire our partners to create strong spontaneous improvised comedy. Teens will also receive feedback in this safe and encouraging environment, and learn cooperation skills to be able to share the stage with their peers.
Ashlee Ferral is both Black and White, but not Read-All Over, so she's not a Newspaper. She recently won Story, Story, Lie! and regularly can be found performing Improv and Stand-Up all over Vancouver. She has trained with, The Groundlings, Second City, and UCB. Ashlee attended Queen’s University where she pursued her bachelor’s degree in Film and Media Studies. The department had just added the “media studies” suffix because they thought the whole “YouTube thing might really be sticking around.” — this was 2010. While she did receive a world class education in classical film studies, Ashlee has gone on to train in sketch and web series writing with Second City, Blind Tiger, and the Vancouver Film School. Ashlee has had her works shown and featured at Comedy Here Often, Vancouver Sketch Fest, Van Chan, Smash Comedy Fest, Comedy Waste Fest, Teen Angst, Tindr Tales, Sad magazine, The Hero Show, and Sidekicks. Ashlee is a very accomplished woman who has never learned how to tie her own shoes.
Based out of Vancouver, Lili works regularly as an actor, improvisor and voice artist and has performed on stage all around Canada. Some of her notable credits include Mimi/scenographer in Blind Date, Brigid Blake in The Humans at Theatre Calgary, Gracie in Gracie at ATP & Belfry and Miranda in the Tempest at Bard on the Beach. Lili’s voice can be heard in several animated shows such as Beat Bugs, Littlest Pet Shop, Rainbow Ruby, Max Steel and My Little Pony. She is the honoured recipient of the Anthony Holland Scholarship for Outstanding Ability and Dedication as well as the Betty Mitchell award for Outstanding Performance by a lead Actress in a Drama. In her spare time Lili loves to make art, play music and laugh as hard as he possibly can.
Aidan Parker is a Vancouver-based writer, improvisor, actor, and teacher. He holds a BFA in playwriting, screenwriting, and creative non-fiction from the University of British Columbia’s Creative Writing Program. He’s performed with various shows and companies, including the Canadian Improv Games, UBC improv, and Instant Theatre. He is currently a cast member of Fistful of Kicks, an Asian Canadian improv troupe. He teaches improv to students from a variety of backgrounds aged 6-45 for many institutions, including Instant Theatre, UBC Improv, The Canadian Improv Games, the East End Boys Club and Girls Group, the Vancouver School Board, and Improvcamp. Aidan Parker is the co-founder and director of Instant Theatre’s diversity initiative Colour Commentary, which aims to bring more people of colour into the improv theatre community. He is currently lead instructor for The Arts Club Theatre Company’s devised theatre programs, where he directs and builds shows with students from equity-seeking communities in the lower mainland. Recent theatre credits include a production of Macbeth (Carnegie Centre / The Honest Fishmongers), the semi-improvised The Tragic Comedy of Macbeth (Jericho Arts Centre), and SIB CITY which he created and directed with The Arts Club Theatre Company. Recent festival credits include: the Stumptown Improv Festival in Portland, the Improvised Play Festival in Austin, the Montreal Improv Summit, and the Vancouver Improv Festival.
Ali began her journey as a performer and storyteller as a teen at Loose Moose Theatre Company, founded by Keith Johnstone. Ali went on to study acting, singing and dancing at Randolph College of Performing Arts as well as Film and Video Production at Sait Polytechnic. Ali has performed and taught improv on numerous stages across Canada as well as in Norway, Holland, Germany, Czech Republic and the United Arab Emirates. Ali is both a cast member and associate producer of Spontaneous Theatre, a company founded by Rebecca Northan which merges the worlds of high level improvisation with professional Theatre, select Spontaneous Theatre credits include: Mimi in Blind Date (Artsclub & 2019 Edinburgh Fringe), assistant director of Undercover (Tarragon Theatre), and ensemble member in An Undiscovered Shakespeare (Stratford Festival). She has performed in numerous international improv festivals, including Den Andre Teaterfestivalen, Wurzburg Impro Fest, Improvaganza, Vancouver International Improv Festival, and is the co-founder and Artistic Director of Tightrope Impro Theatre.
Sarah Ferguson is a Vancouver based actor, improvisor, and theatre-maker. She holds both a diploma in Theatre Performance from Mount Royal University, and a BFA in Theatre from Simon Fraser University. She has performed in and produced four of Tightrope Impro Theatre's (formerly Sour Dog Theatre) productions in both Calgary and Vancouver. Her previous Tightrope credits include Dog Sees God, 7 Stories, Queenpins of Ponoka, and Girls Like That. She was the lead instructor for Airdrie’s youth/teen theatre program Kids on Broadway for two consecutive years. Sarah taught Dance, Gymnastics, and Karate for 6 years to kids ages 4 months - 12 years old at The Little Gym of Airdrie. It was there that she learned how important Improvisation is to the motor skill development, and imaginations of kids. Tightrope’s values of “Always learn, always play” are one of the many reasons she is excited to be a part of the Youth and Teen Faculty. Because she is a settler on the unceded Indigenous territories belonging to the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations, she is critical of her own privilege as a witness and creator. She is excited to continue to be a student, performer, and supporter of Tightrope Theatre!