Improv shows and workshops from Canada's silliest queer+ talent

Improv shows and workshops from Canada's silliest queer+ talent

Improv shows and workshops from Canada's silliest queer+ talentImprov shows and workshops from Canada's silliest queer+ talentImprov shows and workshops from Canada's silliest queer+ talent

All QP staff members are also regular performers. Pretty talented bunch, eh?


Our fearless leaders keep the group inspired, educated, and visible online:
Michael | Julia | David | Brendan | Stephanie | Alex | Cassidy

(Jump to the QIS Board)

Jamie Chrest

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Role: Artistic Director

Jamie loves the smell of campfire in hair. 

What's her improv background?

Vancouver TheatreSports  

Momentous Comedy

Fictionals Comedy Co


"Improv is a magical way to keep my fear of commitment alive and well. No  lines to memorize, no permanence. Pure moments. So, in fact, improv is a major commitment of mine. I have put more years into improv than anything else really; it is a true love of my life."

Her passion?

"I am a Production Designer on films in Vancity, winning a Leo Award in  2018 for a short drama. I love to build spaces, bringing my design and  character sense together. I also own a dog care company!"

Alex Rowan

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Role: Education Director

Alex loves vegan things that aren't apples. Purple. Harold and Maude. Brie the dog is her real favourite. 

What's her improv background?

"I started doing improv at the Brody Theatre in Portland, Oregon in 2013. I took classes at a bunch of places and eventually wandered into QueerProv and the rest is history."

Other skills?

"I'm an unregistered (aka renegade) social worker. I like crafts and naps."

Bill Taylor

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Role: Social Media Director

Bill likes to ride busses.

What's his improv background?

"25+ years experience, starting with VTSL, into their rookie league, been  with Queerprov almost since the beginning. Was Show Director for 2  years."

What else does he do?

"I'm pretty mellow at the moment. I used to be busy, busy, busy, but the older I get the more I enjoy the me time.


"I'm one of the world's leading experts on anti-gay propaganda films. I've toured the world twice with my collection, Lock Up Your Sons And Daughters. I also am a content editor for archive.org."

Jordy Matheson

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Role: Artistic Associate

"I eat lots of sushi, and have a passion for créme brûlée. I think the placing of colours next to each other is always prettier than a colour alone. Spirited Away, All About Eve, Magnolia, Lord of the Rings. Erykah Badu, Radiohead, Beach House. The Fifth Season, Cloud Atlas, White Teeth, Vampires in the Lemon Grove, Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh. I play music sometimes and write. I like working with children and feel most valuable as a person when I connect in a genuine way with strangers."

His improv background?

"A little bit of improv in high school (Harold High, Improv Camp etc) but there were no CIGs where I grew up. After finishing acting school at Douglas College I got more involved in taking classes (mostly Conservatory at Instant Theatre) in 2014. Since then I've performed with Instant Theatre, QueerProv, and other groups around town."

His passion?

"I am a theatre student and creator. I write plays, I act a bit, I direct. I work with kids, teaching acting and theatre among other things. I'm hoping to have an original full length play of mine produced in the next year and a half."

The Queer Improv Society (QIS) is our non-profit title. The following people keep things moving smoothly when they're not on-stage themselves: Dan | Jamie | Aamir | Robert

Dan Dumsha

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Role: President

Dan loves his dog Kai... and also his husband.

What's his improv background?

Vancouver TheatreSports  

Momentous Comedy

"I started performing improv in my elementary school drama club - been  doing it ever since. Trained with QueerProv and the VTSL Rookie League  and at the UCB Theatre and Annoyance Theatre in New York City."

Other skills?

Corporate leadership coach with The Humphrey Group

Certified teacher

Stephanie Webster

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Role: Vice President

Stephanie love strong coffee and comfy couches.

What's her improv background?

VTS Rookie League

Momentous Comedy

Uncle Janes / IG 

The Dirty Betty Show



"I made a decision in 2014 to pursue improv comedy and I haven’t looked back! I started with classes, open mic’s, and jams with friends.  

Her passion?

"I love writing and filming sketch comedy and I am currently taking scene  study classes so I can hone my acting chops! I recently worked on  Michelle’s: A Canadian Soap Opera, and various fun projects with  friends. When I am not pursuing all of my fav things, I tree-plant to pay the bills! I am currently writing a comedic something about my  job."

Aamir Khan

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Role: Secretary

Food: Samosa

Colour: Orange

Band: Everything But the Girl

Book:  Ice-Candy Man

Film: Star Wars

Spirit "Personality": Princess Leia 

What's his improv background?

VTS Rookie League

Dirty Little Secrets


Mission Imrpovable UMass Amherst, MA (USA) (1994 -1998). Joined the Cast of Tops & Bottoms in 2010 and has been a part of  that ensemble in its current (re)incarnation: QueerProv. 3rd season with Vancouver Theatre Sports's Rookie League Quad Comedy Players Ensemble in 2018​ Producer  and Host of QueerProv : Challenge since inception 2017 Trained with VTSL ICI Series, ICI Intensives, Instant Theatre, IO Chicago, Musical Improv with Jennifer Pielak and Peter Abando, Vancouver Queer Improv Qmmunity Workshops.

Other skills?

"Sell towels and linens to hotels by day - binge watch Netflix and Amazon  by Night - (un)official Bollywood Expert - Jedi in the Streets- Sith in the Sheets - would love to produce my own Bollywood inspired Improv  Show - teach improv."

Robert Mackie

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Role: Treasurer

Robert loves scarves.

What's his improv background?

In Vancouver - Vancouver Theatre Sports, Blind Tiger Comedy, Instant Theatre and Second City. Training in other cities such as San Francisco, New York, Chicago and Portland.

Other skills?

Training, Learning, Facilitation, Co-Hosting OutLook TV, Mentorship


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Founders

Pearce Visser

Pearce Visser

Pearce Visser

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David C Jones

Pearce Visser

Pearce Visser

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