Calgary High School Theatresports™ Championship

By Mat Mailandt


  • Donate $10 and Up

    Supporter: You will receive a personalized thank-you letter from the Artistic Director.

    Donate $20 and Up

    Friend: 1.You will receive all of rewards of the level above and… 2. With your permission, your name will be mentioned in our event program as a sponsor.
  • Donate $100 and Up

    Teammate: 1. You will receive all of rewards of the level above and…2. With your permission, your name will be mentioned in our event program as a premium sponsor. 3. You will receive an 8x10 photo of the cast of the event.

    Donate $500 and Up

    Mentor: 1. You will receive all of rewards of the level above and… 2. You will receive a signed 8x10 photo of the cast of the event. 3. You will receive a total of 4 tickets to the event, to be used for whichever shows you choose.
  • Donate $1000 and Up

    Leader: 1. You will receive all of rewards of the level above and… 2. You will receive a total of 6 tickets to the event, to be used for whichever shows you choose. 3. You will receive a verbal thank you onstage during the event. 4. You will be entitled to backstage access prior to every performance during the event. 5. You will be invited to the private post-event reception.

About the Project

About the Project

The Calgary High School Theatresports™ Championship is a youth driven improvisation initiative produced by the Improv Guild. After four years of producing the Calgary Improv Festival, we realized in 2012 that it was time to shine the spotlight on youth and give them the opportunity to engage in the art form of improvisation onstage. So we created the Championship as an outreach component of the Improv Festival. Improvisation is an extremely positive art form that builds teamwork, creativity and problem solving skills. Part of the mandate of the Improv Guild is to grow and foster the improv community in Calgary and beyond. Connecting with youth is an extremely important facet of this mandate.

Words of Support from Past Participants

“The Calgary High School Theatresports™ Championship was an amazing experience. Not only did I learn about teamwork, spontaneity and support but I had the opportunity to meet and work with professional improvisers from the Improv Guild. Throughout the tournament and now beyond it they continue to mentor me and provide opportunities to become a better performer. As a young artist, now graduated, this kind of support is so important. To anyone who is considering participating in this tournament I say DO IT. It may just change your life.” -Clare McConnell, Bishop Carroll Senior High Grad 2012- CHTC Alumnus

“This tournament has opened so many doors for everyone who competed in it, and has taught all of us a great deal. We've made friendships with one another, and learned more than we would have ever been able to without it. It was definitely the highlight of my year, and something I know I'll never forget.” - Sydney Herauf, Grade 12 Student, St. Francis Senior High- CHTC Alumnus

The Calgary Connection

Theatresports™ is an improvisational format developed in Calgary in 1977 by Keith Johnstone. He developed a format that blended the best of theatre and sports into a joyful performance experience. Both competitive and collaborative, this format is now played in more than 20 countries all over the world from Norway to Japan. Improv Guild Artistic Director Rick Hilton was one of the original players of Theatresports™.

Engaging Youth from All Corners of the City

Last February 24-25, we hosted the 1st annual Championship at the Engineered Air Theatre in the Epcor Centre for the Performing Arts. Eight schools participated from every quadrant of the city and beyond. Forest Lawn, Bishop Carroll, St. Francis, E.P. Scarlett, James Fowler, West Island College, Bert Church (Airdrie) and Notre Dame high schools sent a team of students to compete in the two day tournament. We were able to offer spots to eight schools, free of charge, as well as professional in-school coaching.

The top three teams will perform in a special showcase at the 6th Annual Calgary Improv Festival and all participants will receive tickets to the gala performance of the event. Also, the top three teams will be invited to Improversity, a weekend of improv classes taught by world class improvisers that the festival runs in conjunction with the University of Calgary.

2013 marks the ten year anniversary of the Improv Guild. As part of our celebration, our aim is to expand the tournament 50% to 12 teams. Eventually our goal is to host an annual celebration of youth improvisation that all of Calgary can participate in.

How You Can Help

Access to the arts is important to the Improv Guild. The inaugural tournament was 100% free to all the schools. We feel that financial considerations should never prohibit students from experiencing the arts and it is our commitment to keep the costs of participation at $0. However, with very little funding for the project last year, the Improv Guild needed to pay out of pocket almost all of the tournaments expenses. Renting a professional theatre, paying coaches for their time, providing food and drinks for all participants were just some of the costs associated with the event. And with the proposed expansion the expenses will certainly mount in 2013.

Your contribution though invest YYC will help us not only fund this year’s competition, but create a sustainable celebration of youth improvisation that will benefit Calgary students for years to come. You’ll be issued a tax receipt for all donations and we’ve come up with some great benefits as well. Thanks for taking the time to read this proposal. We hope you’ll consider helping us fund the 2nd Annual Calgary High School Theatresports™ Championship and supporting th Calgary Improv Festival

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This project will only be funded if at least $1100 is raised by Tuesday Mar 19th, 11:03 am

This project's fundraising period is over.

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Mat Mailandt
Mar 18