Your Visit

Welcome to Rapid Fire Theatre! Here you will find information to prepare you for your visit to our shows or workshops.

Info for Shows

All of our programming takes place at 8529 Gateway Blvd NW, our home as of January 2022. Our weekly shows will make you laugh until it becomes an abdominal exercise. 

Rapid Fire Theatre honours the place that we call home; amiskwacîwâskahikan (ᐊᒥᐢᑿᒌᐚᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ), Treaty Six territory and the original home of Indigenous nations, including the Cree, Nakota-Sioux, Blackfoot, Dene, and Métis.

We celebrate this place, where people have been telling stories and making each other laugh for thousands of years. We honour the spirit of respect, collaboration and sharing that created this treaty, and in doing so, we celebrate the spirit of Tatawaw; that there is room here for all.

We strive to uphold these values in all that we do, for we are all Treaty people, making it up as we go, together.

Additional Show Info

In addition to the weekly shows, we produce Improvaganza (our annual international comedy festival), BONFIRE (our long-form improv festival) as well as The Wildfire Festival (our festival especially for gutsy jr. high and high school students).

We also produce numerous shows at The Edmonton International Fringe Festival, as well as Fringes across the country, in addition to festival touring! We like to keep very busy! 

Accessibility

Improv should be accessible and welcoming to everybody. That’s why we strive to ensure that Rapid Fire Theatre is a safe space for our audience, volunteers, staff and players. You can read our anti-harassment policy here.

There are two gender inclusive washrooms available near the Studio Theatre with wheelchair-accessible stalls and a baby-changing table.

Getting to Rapid Fire Theatre

Our shows and workshops take place at 8529 Gateway Blvd NW. There are plenty of ways to get here.

LRT

The closest LRT stations are University and Health Sciences/Jubilee. 8529 Gateway Blvd NW is about a 30-minute walk from these stations. There are also several major bus routes that connect with these two stations that can get you closer.

Bus

There are a lot of major bus routes that will take you near the 8529 Gateway Blvd NW, including the 4, 8 and 404. Plan your trip using the ETS Trip Planner.

Bicycle

The 83rd Avenue bike lane passes by the south side of 8529 Gateway Blvd NW.

Parking

If driving is your style, there is a ton of convenient surface parking options available in the area. Closest to 8529 Gateway Blvd NW is the Old Strathcona Theatre District parking lot, located just off Gateway Boulevard between 83rd and 85th Ave, with ample paid parking.

Rideshare

The theatre is in the Communauto parking zone, with many convenient places to park your rideshare.

COVID-19 Guidelines for Shows

  • All guests who are 12 years of age or older are required to show government proof of vaccination (QR code) and photo ID upon arrival at the theatre. If you do not have these with you, we won’t be able to let you in to see the show. Please be aware we do not provide refunds if you forgot to bring your ID or if the QR code scan indicates you are not fully vaccinated;
  • Masks must be worn over the nose and chin at all times in all areas of the theatre.
  • Since masks must be worn at all times, no outside food or drinks will be allowed in the theatre, and our concession will be closed.
  • Both masks and hand sanitizer will be available upon arrival at the theatre.
  • Theatre Capacity will be limited to 75 patrons.

Info for Workshops

Our workshops currently take place at 8529 Gateway Blvd NW. Most workshops take place on the main stage in the building.

COVID-19 Guidelines for Students
Keeping You Safe:
  • Our workshops are produced under Alberta’s Restriction Exemption Program, meaning that in order to attend our in-person workshops all participants must provide either:
    • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination (you can get yours quickly here)
    • Proof of negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to each class
    • Documentation of medical exemption
  • Rapid Fire Theatre maintains increased sanitization procedures around the building, including regularly disinfecting high-touch surfaces (door handles, Point-of-Sale machines, bathrooms, etc.), disinfectant misting (daily and between audiences)
  • All students are required to wear a mask within the building at all times, in accordance with City of Edmonton bylaw and Province of Alberta restrictions
  • Rapid Fire continually works closely to assess hazard mitigation for all participants
  • The workshop space is large with high ceilings, and class sizes are kept small to protect you and other participants, making it very easy to maintain social distancing throughout the class
Before you arrive:
  • If you have any COVID-19 symptoms that are unrelated to a preexisting condition (fever, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, sore throat, chills, painful swallowing, runny nose, nasal congestion, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, unexplained loss of appetite, loss of sense of taste or smell, muscle/joint aches, headache, conjunctivitis/pink eye), have travelled outside of Canada or had close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days, you should not attend;
  • If you are exhibiting symptoms and are unable to attend a class, please contact gm@rapidfiretheatre.com
Arriving for class:
  • The doors will open 15-minutes before the workshop start time unless otherwise communicated;
  • Everyone must wear a mask or face covering while in the building. If you forget yours, don’t despair! We have disposable non-medical masks available by donation;
  • Please sanitize your hands upon entering the building. Sanitization stations will be available at the entrance and throughout the building