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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 February 10th 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 (JAN/FEB)

These are the current classes (upcoming March/April 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! Saturdays, 3 to 5 pm, March 9 to 30 (with Meghan Murphy) Sundays, 6 to 8 pm, March 10 to 31 (with Gilbert El-Dick) Saturdays, 3 to 5 pm, April 6 to 27 (with Meghan Murphy) Sundays, 6 to 8 pm, April 7 to 28 (with Gilbert El-Dick) *PLEASE NOTE*: March/April 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, February 10 for 10% discount.

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, 12 to 2:30 pm, March 9 to April 27 (with Woody McCadden)
Sundays, 12 to 2:30 pm, March 10 to April 28 (with Krystal Merrells)

*PLEASE NOTE*: March/April 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, February 10 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.

Mondays, 6:30 to 9 pm, March 4 to April 22 (with Deborah Ring)

*PLEASE NOTE*: March/April 201 classes will be taught on the second floor of Arts Court (2 Daly), in the Courtroom.

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

Prerequisite: Longform 101

 

Instructor: Deborah Ring

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.

Next dates in May/June!

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.

Sundays, 3 to 6 pm, March 10 to April 28 (with Deborah Ring)

*PLEASE NOTE*: March/April 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, February 10 for 10% discount.

Prerequisite: Longform 301

Instructor: Deborah Ring
Stand-Up Comedy
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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!

Wednesdays, 6:30 to 9 pm, March 6 to April 24 (with Bill Wood)

*PLEASE NOTE*: Most of the classes (Week 1 to 5, and 8) 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) The other two dates (Week 6 and 7, on April 10 and 17) will be in the Courtroom, on the second floor of Arts Court.

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

 

Instructor: Bill Wood

How about some discounts?

  • Sign up before February 10th 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 February 10th 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, 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; 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.

 

I took this to push myself into having to interact with strangers. I have succeeded in pushing myself out of my box and that’s all that matters. Improv is beautiful and I’m in awe of what people can come up with!

John M.
Radio Host

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

Lindsay S.

Fabulous opportunity to … learn new skills, be expressive with only powerful move me forward comments and encouragement. This style created a better result in my day to day speaking.

Yetta D.
Business Owner/Realtor

The Improv Embassy helped me develop my sense of fun and play again! Thanks guys!

Woody M.
Carpenter

The Embassy improv classes were incredibly useful and fun. All of the instructors brought positive energy, a spirit of co-operation and support, and invaluable knowledge of the art of improv to the classes.

Dianne S.
Software Engineer

A welcoming, positive environment to step out of your comfort zone.

Marianne K.

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