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International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation

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The International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation ( is a partnered research institute hosted at the University of Guelph. The partners include six academic institutions (University of Guelph, McGill University, Memorial University of Newfoundland, University of Regina, University of British Columbia, and University of California, Santa Barbara), a foundation partner (Musagetes), and over 30 community-based organizations. The Institute’s mandate is to create positive social change through the confluence of improvisational arts, innovative scholarship, and collaborative action.

Our team engages, connects, and mobilizes scholars, students, creative practitioners, and community partners in order to create a vibrant intellectual hub, and a focal point for leading-edge research and critical inquiry in the field of improvisation studies. The Institute offers new Masters ( ) and PhD programs ( in Critical Studies in Improvisationresearch and internship opportunities and is developing ImprovLab (, a cutting-edge performance and research facility scheduled to open in spring 2021.

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For more about the Institute and a full list of partners, please visit the IICSI website at

The University of Guelph resides on the land of the Between the Lakes Treaty No. 3, the territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit. This land is part of the Dish with One Spoon, a covenant between Indigenous nations to live peaceably on the territories of the Great Lakes region. We recognize that today this gathering place is home to many First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and acknowledging them reminds us of our collective responsibility to the land where we learn, live and work.