Ali cut her teeth 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. Having zero patience to wait for opportunities to come her way Ali formed Sour Dog Theatre in 2014 and began producing various improvised and scripted work, as well as administrating and teaching a regular sold out Impro For Actors course in Vancouver. 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 founder and Co-Artistic Director of the Canmore International Improv Festival.
He is an alumni of the Loose Moose Theatre Company in Calgary, where he volunteered and performed nearly every weekend for 6 years. This is where he cut his teeth, and learned the importance of listening, positivity, and failing forward. His improvisational foundation and philosophy is grounded in the work of Keith Johnstone, yet has been influenced by many others. He spent the year after graduating from Central Memorial High School's Performing and Visual Arts program working as the Junior Apprentice for Alberta Theatre Projects. This pivotal year instigated an interest in the organizational side of the arts, and after auditioning and not getting accepted into several theatre schools, Quinn accepted that this traditional path was not for him. He has since graduated from the University of Alberta's School of Business with a specialization in Entrepreneurship. In 2014, Quinn joined the ranks of the Rapid Fire Theatre Ensemble in Edmonton. He is now a senior performer with the company as well as an instructor for their Academy, and can be seen on the Rapid Fire stage most weekends from September until June. Quinn has created, helped create, and performed several new formats at Rapid Fire Theatre and beyond. International credits include performances in Germany, Norway, The Netherlands, Czech Republic, and the United Arab Emirates.
A graduate of Queen's University Drama (B.A.H) and Artist in Community Education (B.Ed), Dan has been performing and teaching theatre and improv for over twenty years. Performing in film, TV, theatre, commercials, and live events like the Olympic Opening Ceremonies, Dan gradually focused the primary expression of his acting in improvisation. Training with and then joining the ensemble casts of QueerProv and Vancouver TheatreSports, Dan still finds weekly joy and fulfillment on the improv stage with these companies. In 2015, Dan moved to New York City with his husband Jonathan and studied improv with UCB and Annoyance Theatre. There he founded the Dirty Little Secrets Improv show, which still runs monthly in the East Village. Returning to Vancouver, Dan co-founded Momentous Comedy and continues to produce improv shows across the city. Dan now serves as the President of the Queer Improv Society of Vancouver where he builds community through improv, guiding the non profit board, directors, and a troupe of over 40 members. Leading for the past six years at Theatresports, Dan continues as a faculty member in the Improv Comedy Institute and as a facilitator with Improv for Business, bringing improv training to hundreds of organizations in the province. Recently, Dan has brought improv workshops to people with Parkinson's Disease and partnered with the UBC Brain Wellness program to deliver Improv for Brain Health classes. Dan is also a corporate communications consultant with The Humphrey Group and has been delivering leadership training and executive coaching for the past eleven years across the globe to Fortune 500 companies, governments, professional associations, first nations councils, and with Universities including UBC Sauder Executive Education and Masters programs. Dan is passionate about improv's unique ability to bring people into the moment to discover the connective power of presence and co-creation.
Jeff Gladstone grew up on Treaty 7 land, splitting his time between Calgary, and lease-land on the Akisqnuk First Nation on Lake Windermere. Jeff is an Alumni of Loose Moose Theatre Company and graduate U of C (BFA Drama). He now lives in Vancouver on the unceded Coast Salish Territories, where he joined Vancouver TheatreSports and soon began work on The Life Game (CBC Radio) with Veena Sood and Keith Johnstone. A Jessie & Leo award nominated actor, Jeff keeps busy on stage, film & television, having recently wrapped his fourth season at Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival, and the feature film Kingsway (written & directed by Bruce Sweeney) which premiered at TIFF. Television credits include roles on The Twilight Zone, Legends of Tomorrow, The Killing, Motive & Second Chance. A passionate advocate for art & social justice, Jeff has led free impro workshops in Vancouver's downtown Eastside for the Kettle Society, Carnegie Centre & Kickstart Disability & The Arts.
Amy is an improvisor and theatre artist living in Vancouver, Canada. She started improvising with Edmonton’s Rapid Fire Theatre in 2002, and she served as the company's Artistic Director for six years. In 2015, she was honoured with an Excellence in Artistic Direction Award from the Mayor’s Celebration for the Arts in Edmonton. Amy now lives in Vancouver, teaching improvisation with Blind Tiger Comedy, directing a monthly Maestro show, and performing weekly with Little Mountain Improv. She is Festival Director of The Vancouver Improv Festival, which takes place every September. She also is a Lead Artist in the Arts + Health Project at Carnegie Community Centre, alongside Jeff Gladstone, collaborating with seniors and Elders to explore improvisation. Amy is passionate about making improvisation more spontaneous, and telling stories that impact an audience. Improv has taken Amy many places. She is so pleased to have been able to perform at festivals around the globe; FERIIR on Reunion Island, Monkeyfest in Bogota, Improvention in Canberra, The Lost in Translation Festival in Milan, The Wurzburger Impro Festival, and many more. She tours regularly with her improv duo Rå Power, with Joleen Ballendine.
Jeanine is a Senior Operations leader within the Vancouver retail sector and has worked across multiple categories including apparel, home goods, accessories and beauty with 10+ years of experience in the business. Jeanine is eager to use her skill set to create growth and community in the local arts scene. Moreover she is inspired to bridge the gap between the corporate lifestyle and the arts community in Vancouver to create opportunity for collaboration and exploration.
Lucia Forward is an actor, singer, dancer and beer enthusiast born and raised in Vancouver. Her love of beer and good times has brought her from Vancouver Urban Winery to Postmark Brewery, to Brewhall, to bartending and managing private parties and events. Lucia is keen to bring her passion for beer together with her passion for the performing arts to create a unique and vibrant space at Tightrope for patrons and performers alike to enjoy, and foster community.
Spontaneous Theatre specializes in creating daring productions that feature an audience member as the star of the show. With an ensemble of some of Canada’s top improv and theatre talent, lead by Canadian Comedy Award winner, Rebecca Northan.
“Spontaneous Theatre” also describes our genre of theatre, combining rigorous narrative structure with the thrill of improvisation, our productions not only have audiences leaning forward in their seats, but also encourage repeat viewings, as no two shows are ever the same.
Det Andre Teatret (DAT) is the largest theatre in Scandinavia with focus on improvisational theatre. Founded in 2011, as Norway's first and only theatre focusing on improvisation, the theatre has grown every year, and in recent years it has welcomed over 30,000 visitors every year, in addition to performing for over 20.000 spectators per year on tour. With over 350 shows every year and touring extensively in schools, theatres and international festivals all over the world, DAT is known for its varied repertoire of scripted and unscripted shows for audiences of all ages. A focus on sincerity, storytelling and a playful risk-loving attitude have earned the company an outstanding reputation for excellence and innovation in improvised theatre within the international theatre community.