International Institute for Critical Studies in Improivsation (IICSI) Launches Fall Programming | College of Arts

International Institute for Critical Studies in Improivsation (IICSI) Launches Fall Programming

Posted on Friday, September 8th, 2023

Written by Rachel Ruston

The International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation (IICSI) launches robust fall programming, including three intertwined initiatives:
A Retrospective Exhibition - October 16-21, 2023
Location: University of Guelph, Massey Hall and the ARC, the recently renovated performance wing of the MacKinnon Building
Celebrating the work of the incredible team members and partners during the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Partnership Grant (2013-2022). The exhibit includes a variety of projects that showcase the breadth and diversity of IICSI’s research and features a video game component designed by IICSI’s partner Studio Oleomingus.
Sound, Meaning, Education (SME) Conference - October 20-22, 2023
Location: University of Guelph
Presented in partnership with IICSI, the conference will gather all manner of curricular innovators to share research/scholarship, pedagogical strategies, narratives/stories, performances, and imaginings for the purpose of building infrastructures that support sound and meaning explorations within teaching and learning contexts.
Improvisation Festival (IF 2023) - October 20-21, 2023
Location: University of Guelph, the ARC, Improv Lab and satelite locations

A 24-hour LIVE presentation of performers connecting open-minded audiences to improvised performances by some of the most exciting artists. IF 2023 will branch out from its previous iterations by offering mostly in-person immersive performances, while highlighting a few virtual components that IF audiences have come to love and expect. IF 2023 also launches IICSI’s new CFI-funded state-of-the-art research and performance space, ImprovLab.
Roles needed for the three events are:
  • Drivers: escort presenters to and from the airport
  • Hospitality: welcome presenters and help them get oriented
  • Technical support: under the supervision of trained staff
  • Security: maintain a welcoming environment for our guests and their equipment
  • Logistical support: tear down and setup, monitor spaces, liaison with guests

Please contact IICSI Communications and Research Assistant Jordan Zalis and Volunteer Coordinator Carey West at to get involved and find out more!