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Classes

The Improv Embassy runs improv and sketch 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 April 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 (MAR/APR)

These are the current classes (upcoming May/June 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. FRIEND DISCOUNT: Sign up with a friend and save $20 on classes! Sundays, 3 to 5 pm, May 5 to 26 (with Adriana Johnston) Tuesdays, 6:30 to 8:30 pm, May 7 to 28 (with Laura Jarecsni) Sundays, 3 to 5 pm, June 2 to 23 (with Adriana Johnston) Tuesdays, 6:30 to 8:30 pm, June 4 to 25 (with Laura Jarecsni) 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 Sunday, April 21 for 10% discount.

How do Maria Bamford, Ali Wong and Hannibal Buress come up with their routines? Lots of different ways! No two comedians are the same, and this class will give you an assortment of tools to find your unique comedic voice. Students will learn how to structure a joke, mine real life for comedic premises, and develop their onstage persona. By the end of the course you’ll have developed a tight 3-5 minute set

Sundays, 6-8:30 pm, May 5 to June 23 (with Jennifer Whiteford)

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 Sunday, April 21 for 10% discount.

 

Instructor: Jennifer Whiteford

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.

Saturdays, 3 to 5:30 pm, May 4 to June 22 (with Woody McCadden)
Wednesdays, 6:30 to 9 pm, May 8 to June 26 (with Chelsea Fahey)

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 Sunday, April 21 for 10% discount.

 

Prerequisite: Prior performing experience or Intro to Improv

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.

Saturdays, 12 to 2:30 pm, May 4 to June 22 (with Angus MacDonald)
Sundays, 12 to 2:30 pm, May 5 to June 23 (with Chris Hannay)

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 Sunday, April 21 for 10% discount.

Prerequisite: Longform 101

 

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.

Mondays, 6:30 to 9 pm, May 6 to June 24 (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 Sunday, April 21 for 10% discount.

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 May-June term.

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

Prerequisite: Longform 301

How about some discounts?

  • Sign up before April 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 April 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.

 

This class will make a butterfly out of you.

C.P.

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

Jeremy W.

These classes are memory-making. Besides what you learn about spontaneity and physicality, you have a blast.

Wes S.

It was a great experience and a chance to let go of the mundane, and meet new people.

Michelle S.
Teacher

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

An excellent opportunity to be my authentic self, 2 hours to be larger than life.

Roz W,
Project Manager

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