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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)

This workshop is sold out. If you would like to be added to the waiting list, please write to info@improvembassy.com. $80 (+HST) Saturday, May 23 and Sunday, May 24 6 hours (1 to 2:30pm, 3 to 4:30pm) Learn how to effectively and efficiently identify what part of a monologue to use, how to create a new and heightened premise based off of that idea, then how to initiate it a way that communicates your idea as clear as possible for maximum fun! Prerequisite: At least a year of improv and experience with the Armando format.
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.
This course will be run online using Zoom. We recommend downloading the program in advance: https://zoom.us/download 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.

$80 (+HST)
Saturday, May 30 and Sunday, May 31
6 hours (1 to 2:30pm, 3 to 4:30pm)

The Maker is Toronto’s signature Longform format. This thematic show turns a Harold into an exploration of metanarrative that confronts the audience with the power of their own suggestion. Prepare to see the making and breaking of improv rules as we know them and a healthy dose of breaking the fourth wall.

Prerequisite: At least a year of improv and experience with the Harold format.

Rob Norman is the author of Improvising Now: A Practical Guide to Modern Improv and co-host of The Backline with Rob and Adam. He has performed with MANTOWN, The Second City, The Bad Dog Theatre, and across North America and Europe with his duo RN and Cawls. Rob co-starred in the sketch show Sunnyside, and has appeared on Baroness Von Sketch, Odd Squad, and a bunch of other shows.  He currently hosts the CBC podcast Personal Best.
This course will be run online using Zoom. We recommend downloading the program in advance: https://zoom.us/download

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 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 pm, June 7 to 28 (with Dani Alon)

Prerequisites: Longform 101 or equivalent longform experience.

Variable Pricing: The regular course price is $100 (+HST). We are also offering spots at the reduced price of $50 (+HST) for students with financial need, as well a donor’s price at $150 (+HST), for those with the means to donate extra to support the Embassy. There is also a free spot for recipients of our Inclusion Scholarship (the deadline to apply is Monday, May 25 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

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.

Instructor: Dani Alon

Improv for Tweens teaches 10-12 year olds about principles of longform improv such as Teamwork, Agreement, Base Reality, and Character. In a supportive environment using games and exercises, tweens will learn how to listen, use emotions and physicality in a scene, and how to “yes, and” their scene partner! The best part of this class? No homework!

Tuesdays, 4 to 5 pm, June 9 to 30 (with Lindsay Snow)

Variable Pricing: The regular course price is $40 (+HST). We are also offering spots at the reduced price of $20 (+HST) for students with financial need, as well a donor’s price at $60 (+HST), for those with the means to donate extra to support the Embassy. There are also a couple of free spots for recipients of our Inclusion Scholarship (the deadline to apply is Monday, May 25 at 11:59pm — recipients will be notified by the end of the week).

Other notes: Please review the code of conduct on the registration page with your child before enrolling. In the “order notes” section of the registration, please let us know the name, age and pronouns of your child, and any accommodations they will need. Once registered, you will be sent further info as well as a class waiver to sign.

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

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.

Instructor: Lindsay Snow

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 enough material for your first 3-5 minute set.

Wednesdays, 7 to 9 pm, June 3 to 24 (with Dani Alon and Chelsea Fahey)

Variable Pricing: The regular course price is $100 (+HST). We are also offering spots at the reduced price of $50 (+HST) for students with financial need, as well a donor’s price at $150 (+HST), for those with the means to donate extra to support the Embassy. There is also a free spot for recipients of our Inclusion Scholarship (the deadline to apply is Monday, May 25 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

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.

Instructors: Dani Alon, Chelsea Fahey

This collaborative writer’s room is geared toward improvisers curious about other forms of comedy, and for sketch and standup writers wanting to add to their idea generation toolkit. Using the Embassy’s style of truthful, game-based improv, you will mine real life stories and observations for comedic ideas, develop your unique writing voice, and learn how to adapt ideas to different comedy styles. By the end of the course, you will have a collection of sketches and standup bits that you can continue to refine for future performances. There will be homework!

Sunday, 3 to 5 pm, April 19 to May 10 (with Dani Alon)
Tuesday, 7 to 9 pm, April 21 to May 12 (with Dani Alon)

Prerequisites: Longform 101 or one of the Embassy’s Stand-Up or Sketch writing classes (if you have other comedy experience, write to the admin at info@improvembassy.com for permission before registering)

Variable Pricing: The regular course price is $100 (+HST). We are also offering spots at the reduced price of $50 (+HST) for students with financial need, as well a donor’s price at $150 (+HST), for those with the means to donate extra to support the Embassy.
There is also one free spot per class for recipients of our Inclusion Scholarship (the deadline to apply is Monday, April 13 at 11:59pm — any questions can be directed to our Inclusion Coordinator at ayan@improvembassy.com).

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

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.

Instructor: Dani Alon

The Preserve Longform Improv Jam is back — online!
These jams are every Thursday 7-9pm (eastern time) and PWYC (with different pricing options based on financial need)**.

**If you have financial need, we have a Free option available. The jam is usually valued at $5. (And if you have the means and would like to make a donation to help the Embassy with expenses while we work on developing new programming for the community, we also have a $10 and $20 ticketing option.) Please note we are not able to move dates or offer refunds if you can’t make it. 

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

HOW IT WORKS:
On the day of the workshop we email you log-in info for the zoom chat, at least an hour before the start time.
If you’re new to the technology, don’t worry! We will review the basics at the start of the jam.
As with our usual jams, we start with a check-in about access needs and boundaries, and then do a warm up, a couple of games/exercises, and then after the break do some open montages of scenes.

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 you log onto the session at least 15 minutes early to work out any tech issues.

ABOUT THE JAM!
These workshops are all about flexing your improv skills in a fun environment. The first part focuses on skillbuilding (i.e. object work, character, ensemble, stage picture); the second part features longform sets with occasional side-coaching.

If you’re brand new to improv, you’re welcome to participate as much as you’re comfortable with.

If you have previous improv experience, you may find our style different than what you’re used to.
These jams, facilitated by our Artistic Director (Dani Alon) and other instructors, are offered as a place to get stage reps and practice skills learned in Embassy classes, which focus on thematic longform and game of the scene.

These jams take place in a welcoming, non-competitive space. While we’re all here to have fun, we’re also here to up our improv game, develop good stage habits, and create an environment of encouragement and community.

We discourage any conduct, onstage or off, that is sexist, racist, homophobic, ableist, etc. Toxic behaviour will be shut down.

The Preserve, even more than a place to play, is about community. Everyone was new and shy once — if you’re a jam regular and see a newbie who doesn’t know anyone, say hello!

See you at the jams!

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