Stephen Sim is a Winnipeg improviser, actor, voice actor, writer, teacher and Artistic Director. He does a lot of things. Primarily known for being a founding member of the international improv duo CRUMBS. He is also the founder and Artistic Director of the Winnipeg IF... Improv Festival.
Stephen Sim was introduced to improvisation by Stephen Eric McIntrye and Robert Slade while working with Higher Than The Ground. Higher Than The Ground was a sketch comedy troupe and improv company that was active from 1992 to 1996. He then formed CRUMBS with Lee White in 1997. He has toured internationally performing improv shows and leading master classes in improvisation. After attending an international improv festival in Seattle in 1999 he founded the Winnipeg IF... Improv Festival in 2000 with the Gas Station Arts Centre where he currently serves as the Artistic Director. Stephen Sim was also the President of the Manitoba Improv League (MIL) from 1999 to 2011. The MIL is a youth improv education program and is part of the Canadian Improv Games (CIG).
Currently Stephen Sim has been collaborating with other arts groups. Including teaching an improv workshop with playwrights in a association with the Manitoba Association of Playwrights (MAP), creating a show in association with the Winnipeg Spoken Word Festival and creating hybrid improv comedy shows with the local Stand-up comedy scene in Winnipeg. He continues to teach, perform and experiment with improvisation.
Stephen Sim has written and performed in sketch comedy, first in the Winnipeg sketch comedy troupe Higher Than The Ground (1992-1996). Stephen Sim has helped write, direct and produce comedy shows in Winnipeg. He has been involved in creating several shows with Fraz Wiest which have received critical acclaim and have toured the Fringe Festival circuit. He has also written and produced comedy content for CBC radio and has produced content for the CBC Comedy Factory podcast. He has also been known to do stand-up comedy and other alternative comedy stages in Winnipeg. He currently is working with the Winnipeg Comedy Festival and teaching improv workshops with stand-up comedians specifically to create an improv and comedy hybrid show.
Film and Radio
Stephen Sim has appeared on TV and Film. He was cast as the Back-up Goalie in the feature film "Goon".
He is a part of CRUMBS radio on 101.5 UMFM every Monday at 5pm. He and Lee White have been doing this live radio show for about a decade.
You can also hear Stephen Sim's voice on CBC radio's DNTO as he voices the splitters and IDs for the show.