by Estelle Rosen
Vinny Francois has nearly 15 years of experience as a professional improviser. A founding director of Montreal Improv and producer of Mprov: The Montreal Improv Festival, he has performed in more shows and venues across Canada than he cares to count. He has co-produced four improvised plays for the Montreal Fringe Festival, runs the trivia-comedy podcast, "The Follow-Up", directed the tragic improv show "It's Not You, It's Me" and is now producing his monthly solo show, "Veni Vidi Vinny". He has appeared in improv festivals in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Austin, Ottawa, Toronto and Victoria, and has also held workshops in London, Paris and Antwerp.
So that's what improvised theatre IS but what does it mean? It means listening intently to your scene partners to find out where the scene is going. It means accepting their ideas and being open to the unexpected. It means being able to be playful and to take a joy in discovering what the scene is about as it is happening. Improvised theatre means watching something unpredictable, something a little bit dangerous, unfold before your eyes and being amazed when the performers land on their feet.