Bio

Quinn Contini is an improvisor, actor, emcee, and improvisation instructor.

 

He is an alumni of the Loose Moose Theatre Company in Calgary, where he volunteered and performed nearly every weekend for 6 years. This is where he cut his teeth, and learned the importance of listening, positivity, and failing forward. His improvisational foundation and philosophy is grounded in the work of Keith Johnstone, yet has been influenced by many others. 

 

He spent the year after graduating from Central Memorial High School's Performing and Visual Arts program working as the Junior Apprentice for Alberta Theatre Projects. This pivotal year instigated an interest in the organizational side of the arts, and after auditioning and not getting accepted into several theatre schools, Quinn accepted that this traditional path was not for him. He has since graduated from the University of Alberta's School of Business with a specialization in Entrepreneurship.

In 2014, Quinn joined the ranks of the Rapid Fire Theatre Ensemble in Edmonton. He is now a senior performer with the company as well as an instructor for their Academy, and can be seen on the Rapid Fire stage most weekends from September until June. Quinn has created, helped create, and performed several new formats at Rapid Fire Theatre and beyond; this includes, Built - an improvised construction show, Battle Royale - a format inspired by slo-mo improvised fighting, Impro Orchestra - where musicians take the stage, and Q&A which has gone to Europe. Other local credits include: Off Book – the Improvised Musical, Missed Connections, and Kill Hard – The Fully Improvised Action Movie. International credits include performances in Germany, Norway, The Netherlands, Czech Republic, and the United Arab Emirates.

Quinn is the Co-Artistic Director of the Canmore International Improv Festival, alongside life-time improv partner Ali Froggatt. This will be our third year putting on the festival, and it has featured some of the world's best improvisors. More info can be found here:  https://canmoreinternationalimprovfest.ca/

 

Quinn is very proud to be a founding member, performer, and writer for Marv n’ Berry, an Edmonton-based sketch comedy group made up of Nikki Hulowski, Mike Robertson, Sam Stralak, and Chris Borger. Marv n' Berry has performed in shows and festivals all around Alberta, Canada, and the US including: Vancouver, Montreal, Baltimore, Sacramento, Iowa City, Dallas, Phoenix, Seattle, and New Orleans. They have also written and performed for CBC Comedy. For upcoming shows and other info, check out https://www.marvnberry.com/.

 

Apart from performing, Quinn has developed a deep passion for teaching. He has most recently joined the ranks of the Rapid Fire Theatre Academy, and was the 2018-2019 Artist in Residence at Central Memorial High School. From 2014 – 2016 he was an executive member and workshop instructor for the University of Alberta Improv Group. Since 2015, he has been the youth improvisation instructor at the Foote Theatre School, He has taught workshops around the province from: public speaking and presentation to slow motion improvised fighting and wildness, as well as abroad in Dubai, Amsterdam, The Hague, Oslo, Bergen, and Prague.

 

Quinn’s foray into the world of emceeing was a baptism by fire due to his friend and mentor Andrew Phung. In the summer of 2016, Quinn became the emcee for The Canine Stars at the Calgary Stampede, and has toured with the group to the National Western Stock Show in Denver. He emceed this for 3 years, and now performs in the show with one of his dogs. Other emcee credits include: 39th Annual ACE Awards, Digital Alberta Ember Awards, 6th Annual VentureQuest Business Idea Competition, Get Out and Vote - Don Iveson, and his high-school graduation.

 

When he isn’t busy with the above mentioned activities, he is most likely exploring the sweet mountain air with his partner Kim and their dogs, and having a hell of a time.