The Canadian Improv Games are a national theatre competition that started in Ottawa in 1977. Over the years a number of notable Canadian performers have got their start on the CIG stage including Sandra Oh, Seth Rogan, Alanis Morissette and Tatiana Maslany. Having started in 1977 means that this year is the Fortieth Anniversary for the competition. Eighteen teams from across Canada compete during the week and on Saturday night five schools competed for the championship. About the Improv Games

Jason Donaldson has been the coach of the GISS Improv team since he began teaching drama at the high school. In past years GISS has made it to the competition as the Vancouver Island rep or a wild card but never has one of his teams made it to the finals. This year his six students ranging from grade 9 to grade 12 made it and managed to win by only 1 point! The students are Kane O’Scalleigh, Fiona Pirie, Shaye Steele, Melanie Gregory-Worsell, Amelia McCluskey and Peter Hoskins.

Canadian Improv Games trophy to GISS Senior Team (Corbin Smith)
With the trophy (Corbin Smith)
With the trophy (Corbin Smith)
Improv Team arrives back from Ottawa ( Rob Pingle)
Improv Team arrives back from Ottawa ( Rob Pingle)

Story: Rob Pingle
Top Photo: GISS Improv back on the ‘rock’ with the gold! (Philip Reece)

See also: GISS to National Finals and Improv at ArtSpring