Workshops

The Fictionals have been entertaining audiences in Vancouver and beyond since 2010, and our performers have studied improv comedy in Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York City. Now we want to share our knowledge and passion for improv with you.

Co-founder Daniel Chai teaches weekly improv workshops at Kwantlen Polytechnic University during the Fall and Spring semesters. We also offer improv workshops for conventions and corporate events, and private coaching for improvisers and troupes looking to take their comedy to the next level! Let us create a customized workshop focusing on teamwork, storytelling, and other areas you’d like to focus on.

For more information or to book The Fictionals, please email  fictionalscomedy@gmail.com!

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Workshop Testimonials:

I decided to take up the Kwantlen Improv workshops as a means to step outside of my comfort zone and broaden my experiences with theatre and the expressive arts. I can say that these goals are actively being achieved with each new day. Daniel’s passion for facilitating engagement and contribution from the group while ensuring we are performing within our capacities is commendable and truly valued.

I would recommend anyone who has a zeal for self-expression and art to join this workshop! It is a safe and inclusive environment for all, even those with little to no previous improv exposure like myself. Kwantlen Improv has been an experience unlike any other I’ve had the privilege to take part in. I find myself growing each week with newfound appreciation for diversity in expression and interpretation.

~ Shahina Hakik, Kwantlen Improv student

“Our group spent an enjoyable hour playing, experimenting, moving, laughing, and learning more about supporting each other in a performance environment. I was particularly impressed with the way Daniel and The Fictionals worked at integrating some aspects of our festival into the session, using circus rings and our juggling skills to improve the flow of some of the games. Daniel created a very safe environment for everyone to participate, including those of us who were soft spoken or challenged by the speed.  Daniel’s skill and expertise gave all of us, with our wide range of ages and stage experience, a session to be remembered, and one that I can highly recommend for any and all groups in need of some improv play!”

~ Christa Giles, President, Madskillz Vancouver Society

“The Fictional’s improv workshops have all been eye-opening and engaging. We played awesome games, learned stage etiquette, and got up close and personal with the actors and our friends. Each separate time I attended, I felt more skilled and more confident in my improv and general performance abilities. These workshops have a home on my acting resume.”

~ Andie Lloyd, Momentum Youth Arts Festival

“Daniel took a group of somewhat straight-laced engineers, some of whom were pretty scared to give improv a try, and turned them inside out!  The whole group had so much fun and laughed all night long. We had a blast!”

~ Leah Ringwald, City of Richmond

City of Richmond Improv Workshop

Thank you for coming in and having a workshop with the students! Your openness and friendliness helped them warm up and allowed them to enjoy the class. There was a lot of great feedback from the students that they had fun with the activities. I know it takes a lot of courage and energy to step in front of a new class with students you’ve never met before and rally them to join you, so I thought you did a good job rising to that challenge. 

~ Rae Lethbridge, Royal Canadian College

I’ve had the pleasure of working with Daniel on several occasions. I’m proud to say too that he helped craft the performer I am today. Daniel has profound improv knowledge but also great, positive energy. His enthusiasm of improv is apparent when he’s coaching, as you feel you always have his full attention and support. His notes are always constructive and heartfelt. I look forward to the next time we work together.

~ Jeff Cooper, Union Jacked

“Daniel Chai’s improv workshop was an incredible experience. Taking an intro to improv class can be scary, but Daniel created a safe, inclusive and positive environment from the very beginning. By the end of the workshop, we were pumped with positivity and craving for more.”

~ Bea Martin, Culture Days 2017 student

The Improv community is known for it’s supportive community, and Daniel Chai is the epitomy of this. He’s a wonderful coach and supportive fan to all Improv actors. He is not only a knowledgable teacher, but generous as well, with his time, and with his helpful feedback. 

~ Charlene Agnew, 180 Improv

Daniel Chai’s Kwantlen Improv workshops are fun, engaging, and an excellent place to meet new people and make new friends. Daniel instills a sense of acceptance, humour, and creativity that helps participants break out of their shells and explore the imagination as an individual and as a group. Everyone should at least try the workshop once and experience the excitement during and the euphoria after.

~ Rhejis Wicks, Kwantlen Improv student

Daniel Chai Improv Workshop - Kwantlen Polytechnic University 2

I’ve worked with Daniel on several occasions. He did some coaching with the Banana Jam last year, and more recently coached 180 Improv. Daniel brings an enormous depth of knowledge and insight to his coaching, and provides positive, actionable feedback to all players. He’s professional, kind, and supportive, and I hope to get more coaching from him in future. Being coached by Daniel was a completely positive experience.

~ Tom Radcliffe, Banana Jam

I enjoy coming to Kwantlen Improv because it is a completely inclusive environment, and each and every person involved comes with a completely unique approach. After just a few classes, I felt more comfortable sharing my ideas with others, and I feel as though it has upgraded my acting and communication skills ten-fold. Daniel is an excellent guide along the path to improv glory – he makes you feel completely at ease with every scenario you’re asked to perform. I would definitely recommend these workshops to anyone looking to improve their overall confidence, polish their public speaking skills, or just to have a good time!

~ Karliana DeWolff, Kwantlen Improv student

Daniel is one of the most helpful teachers I’ve had since graduating high school. I will usually have one or two chats with Daniel per workshop, during the break and after class, where he gives me a generous amount of his undivided attention to provide constructive yet uplifting feedback. I actually have a note on my phone full of things I’ve learned during the class that I refer to every couple of days to try and keep in mind throughout my day.

I would highly recommend this class to any of my friends. I definitely feel that the class is helping me with my social confidence and moving along with my gut feeling rather than suppressing it. Aside from all the personal stuff, the class is just really fun overall! I love all the games we play, it really helps take the edge off before getting into scenework. It’s a very open and safe space.

Thanks for doing what you do, Daniel! I appreciate you.

~ Johnny Papan, Kwantlen Improv student

 

Daniel Chai Improv Workshop - Kwantlen Polytechnic University 3

When I decided to take Improv classes, it was to help me gain confidence and to open myself up to new people. After finishing my first class with Daniel Chai, I discovered that I thoroughly enjoyed being in a space that was non-judgemental, and one where I could use my creativity in a trusting and accepting space. 

Daniel provides a place where improvisers can cooperatively play and create scenes together, and to learn to say ‘yes, and’ to each other not only in the classroom but in other aspects of life. Daniel provides constructive feedback and is patient with his students when they are learning a new type of scene work or style of improv.

Overall, after finishing the first semester of Daniel’s classes, I have gained new confidence as well as a love for improv.

~ Seaira Enright, Kwantlen Improv student

Kwantlen Improv is a blast. No judgmental criticism, nor any worries about a right or wrong way to play, nor feeling like you have to catch up to the other players if you’re a latecomer. Everyone’s quite respectful of each other with each session, and Daniel Chai is a master as both a player and an instructor.

When you’re in a workshop with Daniel , you don’t get the sense that he’s saying, “Let me show you how it’s done”; rather, he encourages you to think, “Ah, maybe I can try that for myself.

~ Clive Ramroop, Kwantlen Improv student

I saw the flyer for the Kwantlen Improv class on the bulletin board and was interested in checking it out. I walked in the room, was greeted with smiles, and moments later I’m shaking my limbs and counting down backwards with the others in a warm-up activity. It is so much fun and I laugh so hard when I am there.

Last semester was really stressful for me and this was truly the highlight of my week. I could just let go of all of the stress and enjoy myself while learning various improv games. I feel that a lot of the skills we learn in this class can also be applied to giving oral presentations as it helps with public speaking, developing confidence and thinking on your feet.

“Daniel provides a non-threatening environment where everyone is welcome. If you love improv or you’ve never even heard of improv before you need to come check out this class, It’s awesome!

~ Darlene Isaac, Kwantlen Improv student

Kwantlen Improv is perfect – not only is it social but you’re learning and practicing the art of comedy. The teacher Daniel Chai is very welcoming and guides gently, cultivating the nurturing conditions critical to improv. He avoids exercising authority instead preferring to practice positive reinforcement.

It’s clear even upon first eye contact that everyone’s there to make each other laugh, have a good time, and make the world a brighter place just by enjoying each other’s company in a creative and clean way. What I enjoy most is everyone’s positive energy.

~ Michael Yoon, Kwantlen Improv student

I am incredibly grateful for Daniel’s warm welcome and patience during the Kwantlen Improv workshops. Daniel is a true professional at his craft. He teaches with ease, yet really pushes you to be yourself. He helps you overcome any thought process obstacles with fun exercises for stronger storytelling and character building.

I learned how to be more confident when presenting. I also learned to be more willing to “say yes” with my creativity and problem solving approaches. I have been to other professional improv classes before, and Daniel’s class is by far one of the best I have been to.

I am glad that KPU has improv classes like these and we are lucky to have Daniel teach them! Thank you!.

~ Chantelle Morzo, Kwantlen Improv student