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Upcoming Classes

These are the current classes (upcoming November/December term offerings below).

Our class policies are updated each term — we recommend you give these a read for up to date information on refunds, class eligibility, and other policies before registering

Register before Friday, February 14 at 11:59 pm to get our 10% Early Bird discount! (Same deadline applies to our Inclusion Scholarship, which lets students from underrepresented communities and/or those with financial need to apply for subsidized classes)

Learn how to create relatable improv characters that can connect with your audience. Andrea will run a variety of warmups, exercises, and do scene work with you focused on character building. Have fun creating characters with strong points of view that are inspired by the people around you and your imagination. Thursdays, 7 to 9 pm, August 6 to 27 (with Andrea Marston)
Experience: Intermediate and above The course price is $100 (+HST). We have two free spots for applicants of our Inclusion Scholarship, prioritized for Black and Indigenous students (the deadline to apply is Monday, July 27 at 11:59pm — recipients will be notified by the end of the week). This course will be run online using Zoom. We recommend downloading the program in advance: https://zoom.us/download Andrea Marston is a comedian originally from Calgary, Alberta. She started her training and performing with Calgary’s Improv Lab – The Kinkonauts before moving to Toronto. Since moving to Toronto, Andrea has understudied the Second City Mainstage, been apart of the NBC Universal Bob Curry Diversity Fellowship, and was apart of the Second City House Company. Andrea is a teacher and performer at Bad Dog Theatre company. She also host two comedy podcasts – The Great Callback and HawtBox. RECOMMENDATIONS: 1. You will need a laptop or desktop with reliable internet connection, and we recommend using headphones or earbuds. 2. If you’ve never used the software before, please have it downloaded in advance — we suggest trying it out with friends before the beginning of the course and/or logging onto the session at least 15 minutes early to work out any tech issues.

This introductory stand-up course is geared toward BIPOC students new to comedy. This class is designed to be a safer space where students can share their voice and learn how to develop their unique perspective into a 3-5 minute comedic set.

Mondays, 7 to 9 pm, August 10 to 31 (with Ayan Ali and Sara Meleika)

The course price is $100 (+HST). We have two free spots for applicants of our Inclusion Scholarship, prioritized for Black and Indigenous students (the deadline to apply is Monday, July 27 at 11:59pm — recipients will be notified by the end of the week).

This course will be run online using Zoom. We recommend downloading the program in advance: https://zoom.us/download

Ayan Ali is an Ottawa-based Somali-Canadian improviser, standup comedian and oral storyteller. They are the Inclusion Coordinator at the Improv Embassy, performs regularly with Ottawa comedy shows The Fembassy and Spice, and has performed at Mprov 2019. Their absurdist, narrative style of observational comedy often centres on their intersections as a queer Black Muslim.

Sara Meleika is an Egyptian improviser, storyteller, and high-school teacher. She produces and performs in Colour Outside the Lines – a show created out of a desire to see greater representation appear on Montreal’s improv stages. She is the (Anglophone) Inclusion Coordinator at Montreal Improv, co-produced Ladyfest Montreal 2017 & 2018, and co-artistic directed MPROV 2019. She has performed in MPROV, Montreal Sketchfest, Ladyfest Montreal, the Ottawa Improv Festival, Toronto’s Combustion Festival, the Big City Improv Festival and OFF-JFL/Zoofest.


RECOMMENDATIONS:

1. You will need a laptop or desktop with reliable internet connection, and we recommend using headphones or earbuds.
2. If you’ve never used the software before, please have it downloaded in advance — we suggest trying it out with friends before the beginning of the course and/or logging onto the session at least 15 minutes early to work out any tech issues.

During this time of isolation, Solo Sketch Comedy is an outlet for all of your creative juices. As a Solo Sketch Comedian you are the Writer, Actor, Wig Specialist, Tech Wizard and MUCH MUCH MORE. At the end of Solo Sketch Comedy Creation you’ll walk away with polished characters and sketches (there will be weekly homework!) and have the tools to further develop solo content!

Tuesdays, 7 to 9 pm, August 4 – 25 (with Tom Hearn)

Experience: Some sketch comedy experience is preferred but not required. 

The course price is $100 (+HST). We have two free spots for applicants of our Inclusion Scholarship, prioritized for Black and Indigenous students (the deadline to apply is Monday, July 27 at 11:59pm — recipients will be notified by the end of the week).

This course will be run online using Zoom. We recommend downloading the program in advance: https://zoom.us/download

Tom is a sketch comedian, improviser and producer currently living in Toronto. You can catch him in the hit improv show Hookup at Bad Dog Theatre Company, Sunday Night Live with The Sketchersons, or his sold out original hit Lipsynced The Show. He also created the queer sketch revue “A Sketch Comedy Extravaganza Eleganza” which was named one of the Top Five Comedy shows of 2018 by NOW Magazine and won the Canadian Comedy Award for Best Live Production. “A Sketch Comedy Extravaganza Eleganza” also played in OFF-JFL in Montreal after a successful run on the Second City Toronto Mainstage. He produces and plays in “Kinsey Fail”, Toronto’s only queer improv ensemble and the award winning touring sketch duo Tom & Erica. He has also been featured on Funny Or Die’s Best of the Web for his sketch “10/17”. He recently toured his 5-star reviewed solo show “SLANG” with multiple performances across Canada.

RECOMMENDATIONS:

1. You will need a laptop or desktop with reliable internet connection, and we recommend using headphones or earbuds.
2. If you’ve never used the software before, please have it downloaded in advance — we suggest trying it out with friends before the beginning of the course and/or logging onto the session at least 15 minutes early to work out any tech issues.

You’ve participated in an opening, listened to a monologue or started from nothing, then you initiate a scene. Cool. Now what? Well, you’ve got to sustain that scene for up to 3-5 minutes. In this class you’ll learn how to break scenes down into two parts. Verse and Chorus. Information and fun. We can create multiple paths for heightening characters, environment and physicality. Cause we all like being on stage longer, ya?

Wednesdays, 7 to 9 pm, August 5 – 26 (with Adam Cawley)

Experience: A year of improv experience

The course price is $100 (+HST). We have two free spots for applicants of our Inclusion Scholarship, prioritized for Black and Indigenous students (the deadline to apply is Monday, July 27 at 11:59pm — recipients will be notified by the end of the week).

This course will be run online using Zoom. We recommend downloading the program in advance: https://zoom.us/download

An alumnus of The Second City Mainstage, The Just for Laughs Festival and a three time Canadian Comedy Award winner – including Canada’s Best Male Improviser. A recurring actor on Baroness Von Sketch Show and Workin’ Moms (also a writer) Adam lives in Los Angeles and teaches/coaches at Second City Hollywood, Westside Comedy Theatre and as a co-host of The Backline Podcast, tours the world teaching and performing improv.

Never tried improv before? This is the perfect introduction! We’ll work on teamwork, listening and presentation skills through fun improv games. It’s a great way to improve your public speaking, have fun and meet new people.

Wednesdays, 6:30 to 8:30 pm, March 4 – 25 (with Joshua Mayo)
Saturdays, noon to 2 pm, March 7 – 28 (with Gilbert El-Dick)
Wednesdays, 6:30 to 8:30 pm, April 1 – 22 (with Joshua Mayo)
Saturdays, 12:30 to 2:30 pm, April 4 – 25 (with Gilbert El-Dick) (Note: Class will be in session on Easter Weekend)

Location: 441 MacLaren St, Suite 330

This class is four weeks, two hours per session. $110 (+HST)
EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT: Register before 11:59 pm on Friday, February 14 for a 10% discount.
(FRIENDS DISCOUNT: Save $20 when you register yourself and a friend with the coupon code “FRIENDS” — please include a note of your friend’s name and email so we can add them to the class list)

CLASS POLICIES: There are no refunds or deferrals once class is in session (if you have to drop the class for whatever reason, there is the possibility of a discount to register for the next available class). Before registering, please read our policies on payment and other class expectations, to make sure that the class is right for you.

This class is all about finding the truth in comedy and initiating scenes. You will learn to generate unique characters through status, emotion and mining real life for ideas. You’ll learn the Armando, a format that combines scenework and storytelling. (It helps to bring a notebook, as there will be more advanced concepts and instructor feedback than in our Intro class!)

Tuesday, 6:30 to 9 pm, March 3 to April 21 (with Adriana Johnston) (Note: Class will be in session on Easter Weekend)
Sunday, 6 to 8:30 pm, March 8 to April 26 (with Alex Keenan) (Note: Class will be in session on Easter Weekend)

Location: 441 MacLaren St, Suite 330

Classes are eight weeks, 2.5 hours per class, one class show. $225 (+HST)
EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT: Register before 11:59 pm on Friday, February 14 for a 10% discount.

Prerequisite: Prior performing experience or Intro to Improv

CLASS POLICIES: There are no refunds or deferrals once class is in session (if you have to drop the class for whatever reason, there is the possibility of a discount to register for the next available class). Before registering, please read our policies on payment and other class expectations, to make sure that the class is right for you.

This class is all about creating killer improv scenes. We delve deep into the dynamics of a scene, working on building strong relationships between characters, making the most of our stage presence and escalating humour by finding the “game” of the scene.

Mondays, 6:30 to 9 pm, March 2 to April 20 (with Woody McCadden) (Note: Class will be in session on Easter Weekend)
Saturdays, 3 to 5:30 pm, March 7 to April 25 (with Angus MacDonald) (Note: Class will be in session on Easter Weekend)

Classes are eight weeks, 2.5 hours per class, one class show. $225 (+HST)
EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT: Register before 11:59 pm on Friday, February 14 for a 10% discount.

Prerequisite: Longform 101

CLASS POLICIES: There are no refunds or deferrals once class is in session (if you have to drop the class for whatever reason, there is the possibility of a discount to register for the next available class). Before registering, please read our policies on payment and other class expectations, to make sure that the class is right for you.

This class is all about group dynamics. You will learn to navigate scenes with multiple characters, work on developing the groupmind with your ensemble, and find how your unique comedic voice can best serve your team. This class will help you learn to make support moves, analyze game mechanics, and use elements like movement, composition and music to add depth to scenes.

Sundays, 3 to 5:30 pm, March 8 to April 26 (with Dani Alon) (Note: Class will be in session on Easter Weekend)

Location: 441 MacLaren St, Suite 330

Eight weeks, 2.5 hours per class, one class show. $225 (+HST).
EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT: Register before 11:59 pm on Friday, February 14 for a 10% discount.

Prerequisite: Longform 201

CLASS POLICIES: There are no refunds or deferrals once class is in session (if you have to drop the class for whatever reason, there is the possibility of a discount to register for the next available class). Before registering, please read our policies on payment and other class expectations, to make sure that the class is right for you.

Instructor: Dani Alon

Now it’s time to put everything you’ve learned together to perform the granddaddy of all longform improv formats: The Harold. The ensemble learns to create a rich, comedic world with strong characters in an entertaining half-hour set. This classic format, from which most others are derived, is performed regularly at such institutions as the iO Theatre in Chicago and Upright Citizens Brigade in New York City.

Sundays, 12 to 3 pm, March 8 to April 26 (with Chris Hannay) (Note: Class will be in session on Easter Weekend)

Eight weeks, three hours per class, two class shows. $245 (+HST).
EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT: Register before 11:59 pm on Friday, February 14 for a 10% discount.

Prerequisite: Longform 301

CLASS POLICIES: There are no refunds or deferrals once class is in session (if you have to drop the class for whatever reason, there is the possibility of a discount to register for the next available class). Before registering, please read our policies on payment and other class expectations, to make sure that the class is right for you.

Instructor: Chris Hannay

This is where we get into the really bold stuff. Building on the previous level, this class will explore not only the ways that the audience suggestion informs the content of the scenes — but the very structure of the Harold itself. You will deconstruct the meanings and properties of words, get playful with theatrical techniques, and turn each individual Harold into its own unique experience.

Wednesdays, 6:30 to 9:30 pm, March 4 to April 22 (with Dani Alon)
Location note: this class will be held in the Library at Arts Court (2 Daly Ave).

Eight weeks, three hours per class, two class shows. $245 (+HST).
EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT: Register before 11:59 pm on Friday, February 14 for a 10% discount.

Prerequisite: Longform 401

Instructor: Dani Alon