Angela (she/her) has been a performer at The Improv Centre since 2012. She is currently the Co-Interim General Manager, helping to restart the theatre following its 17-month closure. She is incredibly passionate about improv comedy, having studied both locally in Vancouver, as well as Second City and iO in Chicago. Angela has a BA in Communications and an MA in International Affairs (faculty of Public Administration).
Outside of TIC, Angela Galanopoulos is an award-winning actor, writer and producer in Vancouver. You can see her in the Netflix reboot of the Baby-Sitters Club, Hulu’s, The Mysterious Benedict Society, and the webseries ‘Michelle’s: A Canadian Soap Opera‘, which she co-wrote and starred in. If there is something you need to know about Angela, it’s that she does an incredible dolphin impression.
Interim Co-General Manager
Cindy (she/her) comes to us from The Cultch where she was the Managing Director for 12 years. The Cultch has become one of the most successful theatre spaces in Canada with international connections offering world-class performances and serving as a dynamic and innovative hub for a broad range of expressive arts and as a community gathering space. It has done so by providing platforms, connections and partnerships with local performing arts organizations. Cindy will be bringing her extensive experience in shaping and supporting those endeavours in her new role at the Improv Centre. She is an active volunteer in the local arts, currently serving on the board of Company 605 and on the Advisory Committee for Electric Company Theatre.
Cindy has an emotional connection and long history to the visual arts, being the daughter of commercial artist Bob Reid. In joining our team, Cindy is coming full circle back to Granville Island, as one of her first jobs in her 20s was working in a studio a few doors down from the Improv Centre on Duranleau Street for her uncle, Haida artist Bill Reid. It was there that she scraped clay off the floor as George Rammell welded the armature from underneath the work which would become the famous sculpture THE SPIRIT OF HAIDA GWAII. Cindy says that her uncle Bill nicknamed it ‘the Big Muddy’. We look forward to working with Cindy and benefiting from more of these wonderful stories.
Interim Programming Coordinator
For the past fifteen years, Allen (he/him) has improvised with a variety of companies throughout Vancouver. He has participated in a myriad of shows and festivals and he has performed on stages all across North America and Europe. A graduate of the UBC BFA Acting Program, Allen has taught improv as an adjunct professor for the UBC Theatre Department for the past six years. Outside of improv, Allen has written and performed in a host of theatrical productions, most notably Felony, which won the award for Best Site Specific Show at the Vancouver Fringe Festival, and The North Plan, which won the Jessie Richardson Award for Best Small Theatre Production. He is also an acting coach, dramaturge, and youth support worker with Some Assembly, a youth theatre company that promotes awareness, dialogue, and positive social change around issues affecting young people. He proudly continues to work full time with the Vancouver School Board at a high school in East Vancouver, working regularly with at-risk teenagers from a variety of diverse cultural backgrounds and abilities. Allen is a published children’s author, an “online” ordained minister with the Universal Life Church, and is currently recovering from a shoulder injury sustained while playing his favourite sport, disc golf.
Outreach, Engagement & DEI Leader
Josh Ssettuba (he/him) is an actor, improviser, and writer, born and raised in Vancouver, BC. He got his first taste of improv in his stage debut as the dogcatcher in a sixth grade production of “Annie”. After improvising the line “I should have went to college” and walking off to a laugh, a career in the performing arts began to crystallize. Ironically, he shouldn’t have taken his eleven-year-old self’s advice and ended up dropping out of college and working as an actor on stage and screen. Josh started improv with the Vancouver Theatresports Rookie League in 2012, and has been hooked ever since.
Marketing & Events Coordinator
Chloe (she/her) joined The Improv Centre in January of 2021 to assist in rebranding of the space. Her role has grown into marketing, bookings, admin, as well as bartending. Chloe has a passion for the arts and is thrilled to be a part of the community. She spends her free time outside in nature, painting, shopping at thrift stores, attending yoga classes, and with loved ones. Chloe is excited to continue to learn and grow with The Improv Centre!
Ticketing & Guest Services Coordinator
Kayla (she/her) is ecstatic to be joining the wonderful team here at The Improv Centre and to be back in Vancouver! She has spent the last decade away training and working as an actor, receiving a BA in Theatre Acting from Dalhousie University (Halifax, NS) as well as an Acting for Media Diploma from George Brown College (Toronto, ON). Her love of the arts led her to work at various theatre box offices, giving her over seven years of ticketing experience. When not selling up a ticketing storm, Kayla can be found looking for cool rocks, making art, or seeing some great local theatre!
Avery Chapman (he/him/his) joined the Improv Centre in 2021 as a bartender and has since received multiple duty expansions which encompasses running the Box Office, managing the Front of House, and administrative duties. Enthusiastic, good humored, and endlessly witty when not being perceived by others, Avery is thrilled to be a part of The Improv Centre’s community. Outside of the theatre, Avery has a passion for writing, acting, and can be most often found staring ponderously into the waters of False Creek.