Oakville Improv Theatre Company puts on improv comedy shows for the town of Oakville, Ontario. Our performers are mostly from Oakville (or surrounding areas, like Burlington, Mississauga and Milton), although with the rise of online shows, we’ve had many guests from other parts of the world!
We teach improv, as well as perform it. (It’s important to develop local talent!) We run numerous workshops to cultivate more local improv talent, bringing in teachers, troupes and guest performers from across the province and around the world. We’ve put on hundreds of shows and trained hundreds of new improvisers.
The company was founded in 2009 by Amy McKenzie, Duncan McKenzie, and Gary Pearson. We all came from an improv background – which led to careers in professional comedy for each of us – and we wanted to create a theatre group that would do high quality work, and reflect the town we live in, with all its quirks and idiosyncrasies.
At Oakville Improv, we continually try to raise the levels of our professionalism, while remaining open and welcoming to anyone who wants to join us.
David Raitt gives Lea Wilkening the gift of flight
Oakville Improv often invites guest teachers. Velvet Wells has brought us workshops exploring improvised song for various skill levels.
Anand Rajaram, Herbie Barnes and Craig Lauzon perform Theatresports at the Black Box Theatre
We like to dress up, too. Although many improv shows have nothing on stage but a chair, every now and again we hold larger shows with ambitious sets and costumes.
Our adults classes have a show component so that you can try your skills on an audience.
Our members audition for our bigger improvised stage shows like Oakville’s Own Superhero, Heisterical and The Bronte Sisters of Bronte Creek.
Oakville Improv’s David Raitt, Christine Pillman, Natasha Bromfield and Gary Pearson perform in an improv festival at Bad Dog Theatre, Toronto.
UPDATE Sept 22nd, 2021. As of this day, The Town of Oakville will require that all partipants coming to QEPCCC will have to have proof of vaccination. See oakville.ca This will apply to all Oakville Improv Theatre Company classes occuring at the Queen Elizabeth Community and Cultural Centre. EVERYTHING IS FLUID – including sneezes, so be careful out there! Mask up and vax up for the love of your fellow humans.
Photography: Duncan McKenzie, Marina McKenzie, S.L. Brodie-Keys