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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 December 16th 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

CLASSES IN SESSION

These are the current Nov/Dec classes (upcoming term 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!

Saturdays, 12 to 2 pm, January 5 to 26  (with Deborah Ring) SOLD OUT
Saturdays, 12 to 2 pm, February 2 to 23 (with Jesse Henneberry)

*PLEASE NOTE*: January/February classes will be taught on the first floor of Arts Court (2 Daly), in the boardroom of the Ontario Arts Council (Accessibility: The building has an accessible entrance and washrooms but the boardroom is down a short set of steps. If you require assistance or have questions please email us at inclusion@improvembassy.com)

This class is four weeks, two hours per session. $100 (+HST)
EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT: Register before 11:59 pm on Sunday, December 16 for 10% discount.

This workshop will focus on “being human” on stage. We’ll focus on emotionally-driven scenes, relationship dynamics, using our personal truths to inspire scenework, as well as hyper-listening and responding without dropping your “thing”.  (It is recommended that participants have previous improv experience)

Location: Arts Court, 2 Daly Ave (Courtroom, second floor)
Time: 3-5pm on Sunday, January 6

(And catch Sehar with her troupe “Colour Outside the Lines” at our comedy fundraiser “Ring in the New”, at Happy Goat (35 Laurel St) 8pm, Saturday, January 5!)

Born and raised in Nairobi, Sehar Manji is now a Montreal-based improviser, improv teacher, actor, writer, standup and sketch comedian. She performs regularly on stages around the city and has appeared in local festivals (MPROV, Montreal Sketchfest, Ladyfest, Fringe, OFF-JFL, POP Montreal) and has also performed in Toronto (The Big City Improv Festival and JFL42), New York (The Del Close Marathon) and was a part of the International Ensemble at the Vancouver International Improv Festival for the third year in a row, this Fall. Most recently, Sehar was selected as a participant of CBC’s Kim’s Convenience Emerging Writers’ Room and got the opportunity to work with showrunners, Ins Choi and Kevin White.

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.

Thursdays, 6:30 to 9 pm, January 3 to February 21 (with Chelsea Fahey) SOLD OUT
Monday, 6:30 to 9 pm, January 7 to February 25 (with Woody McCadden) SOLD OUT

*PLEASE NOTE*: January/February Thursday classes will be taught on the first floor of Arts Court (2 Daly), in the boardroom of the Ontario Arts Council.
Monday classes will take place in the Courtroom on the second floor (except on Jan 28 and Feb 4, when they’ll be in the boardroom on the first floor)
(Accessibility: The building has an accessible entrance and washrooms but the boardroom is down a short set of steps. If you require assistance or have questions please email us at inclusion@improvembassy.com)

Eight weeks, 2.5 hours per class, one class show. $205 (+HST)
EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT: Register before 11:59 pm on Sunday, December 16 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.

Wednesdays, 6:30 to 9 pm, January 2 to February 20 (with Deborah Ring)

*PLEASE NOTE*: January/February classes will be taught on the first floor of Arts Court (2 Daly), in the boardroom of the Ontario Arts Council.
(Accessibility: The building has an accessible entrance and washrooms but the boardroom is down a short set of steps. If you require assistance or have questions please email us at inclusion@improvembassy.com)

Eight weeks, 2.5 hours per class, one class show. $205 (+HST)
EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT: Register before 11:59 pm on Sunday, December 16 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.

Sundays, 3 to 5:30 pm, January 6 to February 24 (with Bill Wood and Dani Alon)

*PLEASE NOTE*: January/February classes will be taught on the first floor of Arts Court (2 Daly), in the boardroom of the Ontario Arts Council.
(Accessibility: The building has an accessible entrance and washrooms but the boardroom is down a short set of steps. If you require assistance or have questions please email us at inclusion@improvembassy.com)

Eight weeks, 2.5 hours per class, one class show. $205 (+HST)
EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT: Register before 11:59 pm on Sunday, December 16 for 10% discount.

Prerequisite: Longform 201

Instructors: Bill Wood, 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.

Saturdays, 3 to 6 pm, January 5 to February 23 (with Chris Hannay)

*PLEASE NOTE*: January/February classes will be taught on the first floor of Arts Court (2 Daly), in the boardroom of the Ontario Arts Council.
(Accessibility: The building has an accessible entrance and washrooms but the boardroom is down a short set of steps. If you require assistance or have questions please email us at inclusion@improvembassy.com)

Eight weeks, three hours per class, two class shows. $220 (+HST).
EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT: Register before 11:59 pm on Sunday, December 16 for 10% discount.

Prerequisite: Longform 301

Instructor: Chris Hannay

This is where we get into the really bold stuff. Expanding on the previous class, this level will build on the Harold and explore advanced techniques, as well as other Chicago improv formats like the Deconstruction, JTS Brown, and Cat’s Cradle.

Sundays, 12 to 3 pm, January 6 to February 24 (with Dani Alon)

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

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT: Register before 11:59 pm on Sunday, December 16 for 10% discount.

*PLEASE NOTE*: January/February classes will be taught on the first floor of Arts Court (2 Daly), in the boardroom of the Ontario Arts Council.
(Accessibility: The building has an accessible entrance and washrooms but the boardroom is down a short set of steps. If you require assistance or have questions please email us at inclusion@improvembassy.com)

Prerequisite: Longform 401 (and permission from instructor)

Instructor: Dani Alon
Stand-Up Comedy
Sold out.

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 to 8:30 pm, January 6 to February 24 (with Bill Wood)

*PLEASE NOTE*: January/February classes will be taught on the first floor of Arts Court (2 Daly), in the boardroom of the Ontario Arts Council.
(Accessibility: The building has an accessible entrance and washrooms but the boardroom is down a short set of steps. If you require assistance or have questions please email us at inclusion@improvembassy.com)

Classes are eight weeks, 2.5 hours per class, one class show. $205 (+HST)
EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT: Register before 11:59 pm on Sunday, December 16 for 10% discount.

 

Instructor: Bill Wood

How about some discounts?

  • Sign up before December 16th 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 December 16th 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.
  • ADVANCEMENT: Students who miss more than 2 days of a class may not be eligible to advance to the next level. (If you register without emailing us, your tuition will be refunded and a $25 admin fee deducted.)
  • 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.
  • 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, a $25 admin fee will be deducted, to adjust the class availability and re-advertise to fill the spot)
    After the first class and before the second 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, otherwise an admin fee will be charged).
  • 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.
  • 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.)
  • 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.
I never knew I could do the things I’ve done here!
Geoff B.
Engineer

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

Wes S.

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

Jeremy W.

I really enjoyed being in a space that celebrates punching up and encourages inclusion!

Lindsay S.

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

Michelle S.
Teacher

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