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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, October 11 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)

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, October 2 – 23 (with Laura Jarescni) SOLD OUT Sundays, 6 to 8 pm, October 6 – 27 (with Adriana Johnston) Saturdays, 3 to 5 pm, November 2 – 23 (with Adriana Johnston) Mondays, 6:30 to 8:30 pm, November 4 – 24 (with Laura Jarescni) Saturdays, 3 to 5 pm, November 30 – December 21 (with Adriana Johnston) Mondays, 6:30 to 8:30 pm, December 2 – 23 (with Laura Jarescni) 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, October 18 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 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!)

Wednesdays, 6:30 to 9 pm, October 30 to December 18 (with Nick Howe)
Sundays, 3 to 5:30 pm, November 3 to December 22 (with Alex Keenan)

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, October 18 for 10% discount.

Prerequisite: Prior performing experience or Intro to Improv

Instructors: Alex Keenan, Nick Howe

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.

Sundays, 12 to 2:30 pm, November 3 to December 22 (with Woody McCadden) 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, October 18 for 10% discount.

Prerequisite: Longform 101

 

Instructor: Woody McCadden

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.

 Tuesdays, 6:30 to 9 pm, October 29 to December 17 (with Dani Alon)

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, October 18 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.

Wednesdays, 6:30 to 9:30 pm, October 30 to December 18 (with Chris Hannay)

Location note: this class will be held in the Boardroom of the Ottawa Arts Council (Arts Court, 2 Daly Ave), which is down 7 steps (email us at inclusion@improvembassy.com if you will need assistance).

Eight weeks, three hours per class, two class shows. $245 (+HST).
EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT: Register before 11:59 pm on Friday, October 11 for 10% discount.

Prerequisite: Longform 301

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.

Next offered in January-February 2020.

Eight weeks, three hours per class, two class shows. $245 (+HST).

Prerequisite: Longform 401

Instructor: Dani Alon

Stories can be powerful, and improvised stories can be both powerful and hilarious. In this class, you will learn to create compelling characters, hone your acting chops, and analyze the structures of common genres.

Sundays, 3 to 5:30 pm, September 8 to October 27
 SOLD OUT

This specialty course is taught by Chris Hannay and Angus MacDonald, two members of the action-movie-spoofing trio Bro Bro Bro Your Boat (winners of the 2016 Crush Improv Bout Time tournament) and two of the founders of Quest Friends Forever, Ottawa’s Dungeons & Dragons improv show.

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, August 16 for 10% discount.

Prerequisite: Longform 201 or permission of the Artistic Director