2018-19 UIG EXECUTIVE TEAM
Victoria(she/her) has been improvising for six years now and could not be more excited to be this year’s President External. Victoria continues returning to improv because it always inspires her in different ways. Smitten with theatre, Victoria first fell in love with improv in high school when she saw improvisers expertly weave a story together and since then, she was hooked. Passionate about drama instruction, Victoria is going into her third year in the BA/BEd program, where she hopes to teach high school students about being purple. She loves UIG because it is the only non-competitive improv troupe in the Edmonton area, and it is a group that promotes inclusivity, acceptance and improv education. When not responding to copious emails, Victoria can be found volunteering with Rapid Fire Theatre, and The Lemon Collective or at home playing anomia and eating vegetarian cauliflower wings.
Amanda(she/her) is your President Internal for the 2018/2019 season and could not be more thrilled!! She was unwillingly hooked into improv in the 10th grade, and has been willingly doing it ever since, now a rookie at Rapid Fire Theatre. What she loves about improv is the ability to create unique stories that have never been seen before, and will never be seen again. Amanda’s heart is warmed by the community that naturally forms around improv; most of her current friends were met that way! She views the UIG as an important place to foster a community based upon providing a safe space for improvisors of all backgrounds and skill levels. As an executive, she hopes to encourage inclusivity, and provide a fulfilling improv education to all. Amanda is entering her second year of her BSc Neuroscience degree, and when not crying over textbooks late at night, she can be found baking way too many cookies, listening to the Hamilton soundtrack for the 10000th time, or staring longingly at strangers’ dogs she is too anxious to ask to pet.
It's your resident Latino: Ana Mulino! Ana(she/her) is one of the UIG’s Workshop Instructors and is very excited to be teaching this 2018/19 season! She began doing improv at W.P. Wagner High School over 5 years ago, and is a current rookie ensemble member at Rapid Fire Theatre. Ana is going into her third year of university doing a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Drama and East Asian Studies, making her the resident weeb so if you want to talk about Japanese culture and art, get ready to have her not shut up while also randomly throwing recommendations to eat arepas (that's Venezuelan food mind you) with her.
Breck(he/him) is the other half of the workshop team for the UIG 2018/19 season! Breck began with the UIG in 2016 and is currently a rookie performer with Rapidfire Theatre in Edmonton and a player with Edmonton's Sorry, Not Sorry. He is in his fourth (of what will probably be like 25 years for one degree) year of education at the Secondary level, with a major in English and drama minor at the University of Alberta. Breck has taught, performed and taken improv and comedy classes all across Canada from Vancouver, to Winnipeg, Calgary and beyond. The boy is stoked to be bringing his experience in coaching, teaching and performing to the table this year. If you can’t find Breck doing improv then you’re likely to see him drinking in Deweys, his mother’s basement, not the Ranch Roadhouse (that place blows), or any street not currently occupied by the police! Go on, just give him a location!
Karanveer(he/him) is the 2018/19 Public Relations executive and hopes to bring the group larger audiences and more recognition through his work this year. Karanveer has been doing improv for 3 years since discovering it in his final year of high school. What he loves about improv is the community and the people he has the absolute most pleasure working with. Seeing a large group of people work together doing something they love fills his heart with all the good feelings. For Karanveer, the UIG has been a group that promotes positivity, and acceptance for individuals to enjoy the wonderful art of improv, no matter their experience level! While he’s not doing improv or doing science things, Karanveer can be found on the dance floor, at a game board or spilling TEA. As a member of the 2018/19 executive, he welcomes you all to what will be a great year!
Stephanie(she/her) first discovered her love of improv in her grade 12 year of high school, and since then has been improvising for 3 years. Her favourite part about improv is the opportunity it gives for individuals to work together to create whole new worlds, stories and characters, as well as the sense of community that is generated between improvisers during scenes on and offstage. To Stephanie, the UIG is an important group that advocates for acceptance and respect for everyone. The UIG is a safe space for anyone and everyone who would like to join, no matter their background or experience when it comes to improv. As the 2018/19 Social Coordinator, Stephanie hopes to maintain the positive atmosphere that has been fostered within the club, as well as to ensure that all new and returning members have a ROCKIN’ experience this year!!