CLASSES FOR ADULTS

“As art imitates life, I have found that the techniques used in improv has improved my quick “respond on the spot” timing in social situations where there is that tiny window of time to interject with a humorous quip. Also, in work related situations dealing with disgruntled clients, I can diffuse a confrontation before it escalates into an argument. Improvisation classes are truly confidence building and the most endorphin releasing fun I have ever had in a long time.”

Cher Morari

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

 

Our Next Guest Expert Series….

ANIMATION VOICE-OVER WORKSHOP WITH MELISSA ALTRO!

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Melissa Altro is one of Canada’s premier voice talents with 18 years of industry experience. Best-known for playing the role of the sassy Muffy Crosswire in the 4-time Emmy-Award-winning show Arthur, now recording its 18th and 19th seasons.  Over the years, Melissa has voiced a multitude of animated series leads and commercial campaigns.  She shares her expertise by offering in-studio classes, guest-speaking, producing voice demos and 1-on-1 voice coaching.A 5 hour workshop at MCS Studios, in Toronto, where you will walk away with the do`s and don`ts of voice animation, in-studio practice, one-on-one coaching, and a copy of your best work!
Saturday, April 26th, 2014 
$200 + HST (past and current students of Durham Improv get $25 off!)
Register now!

Special guest: voice agent,  Darryl Hogan from Ta-Da Voice works!

 

“Improv for Everyone” – Beginners course taught by Stephanie Herrera through Durham College (Oshawa location)

Learn the basics of working without a script! This is a 9-week course (3 hours each class) taught on the Oshawa campus of Durham College in their Continuing Education Department.

Start date: Tuesday, April 22nd

Time: 6:40pm to 9:30pm

Registration is through Durham College, click this link for details and to be directed over to registration!

 

Advanced Improv!

shrugging to adam(smaller)For those who have improv experience and for actors looking to spread their creativity in a new direction, this class works on getting more indepth with character, story, and relationships. We will leave time each class to explore more advanced improv games, long-form or “narrative” improv, and the ultimate challenge: improvising on stage alone! Taught by Stephanie Herrera (click on “About the Instructors” for our bios!)   Dates: Next 6 week course starting Sundays, April 27th, 2014. Time: 5pm Location: Harmony Creek Community Centre (15 Harmony Road North, Oshawa) Fee: $150 +HST

Are you 40 or over? Interested in doing some acting and trying something new? Check out….

Smart-Acts-logo-final Drama that’s Good for You! An introduction to acting and drama 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. Did you know that acting is one of the best ways to improve cognitive capacity as you age? So come out for this fun-filled class that is also good for you! Taught by Michael Serres (click on “About the Instructors” for our bios!)   Benefits: ·      Reduce stress ·      Boost working memory ·      Improve focus ·      Improve cognitive flexibility ·      Improve life satisfaction ·      Improve self-confidence ·      Meet new people ·      Try something different! Dates: Next 6 weeks starting Tuesday, May 13th, 2014 Time: 7:00pm Location: Harmony Creek Community Centre (15 Harmony Road North, Oshawa) Fee: $150 +HST

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 (2 looks for only $150!).

 

Dates: 6- weeks starting Sundays, April 27th, 2014

Time: 3pm-5pm

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

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: Next 6 weeks starting Thursday, May 15th, 2014 Time: 7:30pm Location: Harmony Creek Community Centre (15 Harmony Road North, Oshawa) Fee: $150 +HST