“From a teacher’s point of view I just want to say thank you for providing my high school students with their first steps over the bridge to the world of professional improv. This has been an excellent opportunity for them to see themselves as performers outside of the high school setting and I’ve seen a real jump in their self-confidence and professionalism. I just want you to know that the gifts an event like this gives kids can last their whole lives. Thanks again!”

Dorothy Palmer, Teacher, Pine Ridge S.S

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

On-camera Weekend Intensive! January 24th &25th

wywl_behindcamera_lb02_lgA lot can happen in two days! That’s the game plan for this Acting Intensive.
Coming Nov. 22nd and 23rd to Durham Improv and Acting Studio located at Harmony Creek Community Centre in Oshawa.
Day One: we will be breaking down the basics of acting, the Psychology of acting, ramping up a scene, other acting fundamentals, scene study, script analysis, making your choices, with some Improv and other acting exercises. We will also cover basic professionalism within our industry. All registered actors will receive scenes to study prior to the weekend via email.

Day Two: will be broken down by preforming different scenes and breaking down characters to see and find our motivation, learning to leave your Ego out of the performance. You will get on camera coaching, suggestions and direction, practice acting with a scene partner and not for the camera, and finally auditioning your prepared scene. A DVD copy of your work will be made available to you at a later date.
All actors MUST be signed up and registered for BOTH days. Space is limited due to the vast amount of hands on teaching and performing. Actors should bring lunches on both days.
Two Day Acting Intensive Fee $250.00(+HST) per person
Day One 9:30am to 5pm
Day Two 10am to 4:30pm

Both days are in the “Lair” (3rd floor in the building next to the church)
Please email Don or Stephanie to register your spot.


Regular classes starting this winter……


“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! Taught by Michael Serres.

Dates: Tuesdays starting January 13th, 2015

Times: 7pm-9pm

Location:  Harmony Creek Community Centre (in the Lounge)

Fee: $150 + HST



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! Taught by Stephanie Herrera.

Dates: Wednesday nights starting January 7th, 2015

Times: 7-9pm


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 January 15th, 2015


Time: 7:30pm- 9:30pm

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

Fee: $150 +HST


TV/Commercial & Film Acting workshop! (Beginners)

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: Fridays, January 16th, 2015

Time: 6:30pm-9:30pm (4 weeks)

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

Fee: $150 + HST

Advance On-camera acting class!


136186-425x282-acting-classes-for-teensThis is the second level to the Beginners On-camera class. Now that you have the techniques of auditioning, the class delves deeper into script work and all that wonderful on-camera practice that will take your acting to the next level. Taught by Don Masters.

Dates: Sundays, starting January 18th, 2015

Time: 6:30pm -9:30pm (4 weeks)

Location: Harmony Creek Community Centre in the “Lounge”

Fee: $150 + HST


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: TBA – contact us if you’re interested!

Time: 7:30-9:30pm

Location: Harmony Creek Community Centre (in the Lounge)

Fee: $150 + HST