About Us

Staircase Improv is one of the recognized regional comedy improvisation theatres and training centres. We believe that comedy improv should be available to the community and all artists, with no previous experience necessary.

Staff & Executive

Staircase improv is a community-run organization and we welcome people to join as volunteers or even take a position in one of our teams.

EXECUTIVE TEAM

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Andrew Whitney / execdir@staircaseimprov.com

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Sean Howard / artdir@staircaseimprove.com

EDUCATION DIRECTOR
Adriana Alfano / education@staircaseimprov.com

LONG FORM EDUCATION DIRECTOR
Scott Thompson / education@staircaseimprov.com

ADVERTISING DIRECTOR
Hugh MacLeod / sales@staircaseimprov.com

SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATOR
Sameera Singh

INCLUSIVITY SQUAD

The members change and the squad is open to new participants. Contact inclusivity@staircaseimprov.com for more information.

YOUTH PROGRAMS

Adriana Alfano
Scott Thompson

 

INSTRUCTORS

Adriana Alfano
Allison Rayner
Andrew Hopps
Andrew Whitney
Bill Dunphy
Brenda Lennie
Hugh MacLeod
James Butler
Kathy Garneau
Katie Kotulak
Kelly Kerr
Kristi Boulton
Lauren Charman
Mart Alas
Matt Bandura
Mbula Enobong
Nancy Watt
Scott Thompson
Sean Howard

1914

The building was originally a hydro transformer sub station built by Cataract Power in 1914. Cataract Power eventually became Hamilton Hydro. For more than 80 years the substation delivered electrical power to west Hamilton’s industry and residential buildings.

1996

Hamilton Hydro decommissioned the building in 1996, and then auctioned it off that year. The building was purchased in 1997 from developers by Hugh MacLeod and the saga that is The Staircase Cafe Theatre began.

2019

The Staircase has been Hamilton’s main arts incubator since the last millenium. All manner of film, play, stand up, improv, art, music, dance, poetry, craft, food and party has had its inception at the Cultural epicenter of Dundurn Street North.

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