CLASSES FOR ADULTS

“The improv classes taught me to release personal inhibitions, to act freely and even make a fool of myself! Awonderful tool to increase personal growth.”

Vera Lohse

All 6-week sessions are $150 + HST. Specialty classes vary and fees are listed below their descriptions. To register e-mail us at:  info@durhamimprov.com or call (647) 899-3342

Summer session:

TV/Commercial & Film Acting workshop!

filmAs actors, working in the industry is the best way to practice our skills.  For 6 weeks the group will go through audition technique, how to find an agent, headshots, and script analysis. Participants will get a lot of hand- on monologues and scene work in order to get them comfortable in front of the camera.
Taught by Don Masters.
As an added bonus, for those who are serious about continuing with their quest to get in front of a camera, we have secured professional photographer, Jason Chow, for a one day photo shoot enabling you to get professional looking head shots at half his regular price (up to 5 looks for only $150!).

 

Dates: 4 classes - July 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th, 2014

Time: 6:30pm-9:30pm

Location: Harmony Creek Community Centre (15 Harmony Road North, Oshawa) in the “Layer” workshop room

Fee: $150 + HST

Starting this fall……

 

All new 6-week Stand-up course, with Ian Sirota!

ian sirota If you have an eye for the funny things in life, and are interested in telling it, this is your course. It takes a bit of guidance, a bit of work, and a bit of guts. The participants will work towards creating a strong 5 minutes worth of material which they will showcase at one of the monthly comedy nights!

About IAN: He  has opened for: Jim Gaffigan, Dennis Miller, Robin Williams and Dana Carvey and headlines comedy clubs across North America. Ian was a regular cast member and writer for COMEDY INC, COMEDY NOW, GUTTERBALL ALLEY and many more! Ian has been nominated for not one but two GEMINI AWARDS including “BEST COMEDY PERFORMANCE” This sharp tongued, take no prisoners comic can also blend in observational humour with a family focus all the while mastering the audience with lightning crowd work. A perfect fit for any fundraiser or corporate event Ian has been a regular contributor and was the winner of DYNAMIC FUNDS Humour Me COMEDY COMPETITION that pits CEO’s against other CEO’s under the tutelage of a comedian all in the name of raising funds for underprivileged kids.

Dates: Monday nights starting September 7th, 2014

Time: 7:30-9:30pm

Location: Harmony Creek Community Centre (in the Lounge)

Fee: $150 + HST

 

“Smart Acts: Theatre for ages 40+”

Smart-Acts-logo-finalDid you know that acting is one of the best ways to improve cognitive capacity as you age? This class is for the 40+ crowd who are “acting-curious”. In a safe, supportive environment, we will cover all the basics, from vocabulary and concepts, to some of the strategies that actors employ in creating a character. No experience necessary and no memorizing required. We will also look at the relationship between acting and the latest research in Positive Psychology, Mindfulness and Happiness Theory. So come out for this fun-filled class that is also good for you!

Dates: Tuesdays starting September 2nd, 2014

Times: 7pm-9pm

Location:  Harmony Creek Community Centre (in the Lounge)

Fee: $150 + HST

 

SKETCH WRITING IS BACK!

writersLearn the script writing tricks of the trade that shows like Second City, SCTV, and 30 Rock use to create funny sketches. This is a practical workshop, where we will improvise, create premises, script them, re-work them, read them, and perform them! We will have a showcase of our best material at the end of the course for friends and family to enjoy! Bring your ideas and your characters and shape them for the stage!

Dates: Wednesdays starting September 3rd, 2014

Time: 7:30pm to 9:30pm

Location: Harmony Creek Community Centre  in “The Lounge”

Fee: $150 +HST

 

Improv for the Terrified!

Ray's improv crewUsing improv games popularized on the TV show, ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway?’,  participants will partner with others on stage in order to create a relationship and story. Once their point of focus shifts from themselves to their partner they can discover their own natural comedic voices. As James Cagney once said of acting: “Look ‘em in the eye and tell ‘em the truth”. It is a six week course followed by a theatre performance.  Each participant agrees in advance to sell six tickets to the final show which allows for a supportive audience of friends and family to witness the confidence shift in the workshop players first hand! Taught by Ray James (click on “About the Instructors” for all our bios!)

Dates: Thursdays starting September 4th, 2014

 

Time: 7:30pm- 9:30pm

Location: Harmony Creek Community Centre (15 Harmony Road North, Oshawa)

Fee: $150 +HST