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Classes

The Improv Embassy runs improv, sketch and stand-up classes in Ottawa for those wanting to learn comedy in a fun, supportive environment. With improv, walking onstage with nothing written down may seem daunting, but it’s a lot easier than it sounds — plus you’ll spend all class laughing! You’ll learn skills that will make you better at public speaking, get you out of your comfort zone and kick-start your creativity.

Register before Friday, June 21st 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)

CLASS POLICIES

Our class policies are updated each term — please read these for up to date information on refunds, class eligibility, and other policies before registering.

CLASSES IN SESSION (MAY/JUN)

These are the current classes (upcoming July/August term offerings below).

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. Sundays, 3 to 5 pm, June 2 to 23 (with Adriana Johnston) SOLD OUT Tuesdays, 6:30 to 8:30 pm, June 4 to 25 (with Laura Jarecsni) SOLD OUT Mondays, 6:30 to 8:30 pm, July 8 to July 29 (with Krystal Merrells) Location: 441 MacLaren St, Suite 330 This class is four weeks, two hours per session. $100 (+HST) EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT: Register before 11:59 pm on Friday, June 21 for 10% discount. (FRIENDS DISCOUNT: Save $20 when you register yourself and a friend with the coupon code “FRIENDS” — don’t forget to include a note of your friend’s name and email)

This workshop series, in partnership with The Fembassy, is geared toward women and non-binary performers — at the end of the course students will have the option of performing in the September Fembassy, date TBD.

Comedy is an art form that contains multitudes. Danielle K.L. Grégoire will help you explore the gamut of comedic arts, from stand up, to improv, through to storytelling. This course will work on writing techniques, developing your own voice, learning from your influences, and give you a chance to perform for your peers. Danielle will also delve into what it takes to produce your very own show. This summer long workshop series is partly about your own comedy and a lot about building a small community of folks who can support each other in the adventure of being a comedian.

Sundays, 6-8:30 pm, July 7 to August 25 (guest instructor on August 11)

Danielle K.L. Grégoire is a parent, poet, comedian, storyteller, and proud Northern Manitoban. She/they stand at the intersections of many identities: Métis, French Canadian, English Canadian, queer, gender-fluid, rural and city. Danielle was a former co-director of the Capital Poetry Collective, the founder of Seattle’s Comedy Womb (now the Comedy Nest), and former producer of the Seattle Moth StorySLAM. Danielle is dedicated to helping people tell their own stories, and is opening a venue in Almonte, ON called Curious & Kind for all spoken word art forms, podcasting, crafting, and soap pouring in 2019.

Location: 441 MacLaren St, Suite 330

Classes are eight weeks, 2.5 hours per class, one class show. $205 (+HST)
EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT: Register before 11:59 pm on Friday, June 21 for 10% discount.
(FEMBASSY DISCOUNT: Save $20 with purchase of ticket for our June edition of The Fembassy – message fembassy@improvembassy.com for details)

 

This class is all about truth in comedy. 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.

Tuesdays, 6:30 to 9 pm, July 8 to August 27 (with Woody McCadden)

Location: 441 MacLaren St, Suite 330

Classes are eight weeks, 2.5 hours per class, one class show. $205 (+HST)
EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT: Register before 11:59 pm on Friday, June 21 for 10% discount.

Prerequisite: Prior performing experience or Intro to Improv

Instructor: Woody McCadden

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.

Wednesdays, 6:30 to 9 pm, July 10 to August 28 (with Dani Alon)

Location: 441 MacLaren St, Suite 330

Classes are eight weeks, 2.5 hours per class, one class show. $205 (+HST)
EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT: Register before 11:59 pm on Friday, June 21 for 10% discount.

Prerequisite: Longform 101

 

Instructor: Dani Alon

This class is all about the ensemble. You will learn to navigate scenes with multiple characters, work on developing the group mind with your ensemble, and find how your unique comedic voice can best serve your team.

Not offered in the July-August term.

Eight weeks, 2.5 hours per class, one class show. $205 (+HST).

Prerequisite: Longform 201

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.

Not offered in the July-August term.

Eight weeks, three hours per class, two class shows. $220 (+HST).

Prerequisite: Longform 301

How about some discounts?

  • Sign up before June 21st at 11:59 pm to get our 10% Early Bird discount!
  • Sign up for an Intro to Improv class with a friend and save $20! Just purchase more than one at a time and enter the coupon code “FRIENDS” at checkout. Email us if you have any questions.
  • Want to retake a class? You can take a class again and meet a new group of students, all for 50% off the regular class price. Email us for more info.
  • Our Inclusion Scholarship lets students from underrepresented communities and/or those with financial need to apply for subsidized classes. Deadline before the next term is June 21st at 11:59 pm.

And some class policies:

  • CLASS MINIMUM: In general, we require a minimum of 6 people registered to run a class.
  • Participants should be 18 or older to sign up; interested parties under 18 should have a parent or guardian contact us.
  • LATENESS/ABSENCES: Please aim to arrive 10 minutes early to ensure class starts on time. If you know you’re going to be late or absent, email the teacher so they can adjust, as a courtesy to them and your classmates.
  • ADVANCEMENT: Students who miss more than 2 days of a class may not be eligible to advance to the next level, without prior approval from our education director. (If you register without emailing us, your tuition will be refunded and a $25 admin fee deducted.)
  • PREREQUISITES: If you register for 201 or higher and haven’t done a pre-requisite or any classes at the Embassy, email info@improvembassy.com to introduce yourself and your background, and the admin can decide at their discretion.
    (If you register for the class without emailing first, it will be automatically refunded with the $25 fee deducted.)
  • REFUNDS: in fairness to others who couldn’t secure spots, full refunds can only be made one week before the first class.
    (Less than a week before class, you may get a 50% refund.
    If you register for a class but find your availability changes, you can defer a class till the next term only (one week before start of class; once class is in session it cannot be deferred)
  • RETAKING A CLASS: If you are hoping to retake a course, email info@improvembassy.com and we can set up a 50% discount coupon for you if there is space in the class (note: we prioritize students who haven’t taken it the first time; depending on demand, we may have you register the week before class starts)
  • SIGNING UP A FRIEND: If you’re signing up for or with a friend, please include a note with their name and email so we can add them to our class list.
  • EMAIL ADDRESS: Make sure you enter your email address correctly so we can add you to the class list and you will get necessary info and updates.

 

So much fun, energetic, great games, the whole class is down!

Barbara P.
Advisor

Fun and challenging. Will force you out of your comfort zone and make you challenge you to do your best.

Matthew V.

It’s a blast! Easy on the terror, heavy on the fun.

Jeremy W.

This is a great choice if you are looking to be involved in a positive community which allows you to have many laughs and build on your self-confidence.

Stéfanie D.
Camp Manager
I never knew I could do the things I’ve done here!
Geoff B.
Engineer

This class will make a butterfly out of you.

C.P.

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