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. *Workshop fees are non-refundable, class credit can be uptained up to 72 hours prior to the first class. All credit must be used within the year and are applied to classes of the same value. Most of our regular classes have a “Try before you buy” policy, ask about trying the first class before payment.  Classes run on a minimum enrollment, register your spot by e-mail:  info@durhamimprov.com or call (647) 899-3342

 

 

 

 

 

NEW 6-week Stand-up course, with Angela Maiorano Thurston!

Angela newIf 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 the end of the 6 weeks!

About Angela: Angela is an actress and stand up comedian. She was seen in such shows as Due South and Sue Thomas F.B Eye, was the voice of characters in  such animated classics as The Carebear Movie and Bob and Margaret and is seen regularly on stages like Yuk Yuk’s, ALTdotCOMedy, and the Laugh Resort. After the success of her stand-up “Angela-land” at the Toronto Fringe Festival, she was invited to join comedian Joe Avanti’s North American comedy tour. She finds great joy in helping others shape their brand of “funny” and is looking forward to working with the class to prepare them for their graduation class: open mic. night at Buster Rhino’s!

Dates: Monday nights starting Feb 23rd, 2015

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! Taught by Michael Serres.

Dates: Tuesdays starting January 20th, 2015

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! 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

 

Smart Acts: Scene Study Class!

Coarse-Acting-ShowOur Scene Study Class is a great opportunity to take your skills to the next level. We’ll look at the given circumstances of the text, character and script analysis, character development, and explore ways to make interesting choices about your character’s actions and reactions. If you have taken some of our other classes, and are wondering “what next?”, or are looking to polish your skills, then our Scene Study Class is for you! Call now and reserve your place in this popular class! Taught by Michael Serres.

Dates: Fridays,  starting  Jan. 23rd, 2015

Time: 7 pm- 9pm

Location: Harmony Creek community centre in the Lounge.

Fee: $150 + HST

 

TV/Commercial & Film Acting workshop! (Beginners)

filmThis 6 week workshop will take you through all the basics of acting on camera, from stepping into the audition room (where to stand, what to say, how to prepare) to getting into the room (how to find an agent, building your reel and resume, finding work on your own). Each week you will have time to practice your craft on camera, working with TV and movie scripts, commercials, and a little improv, to make you audition ready!
Taught by Fran Stecyk.
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 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: TBA

Time: 7pm-9pm

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

Fee: $150 + HST

Advance On-camera acting class!

 

136186-425x282-acting-classes-for-teensPerfect for the actor with experience or who wants to challenge themselves further. This 6 week course will delve further into acting techniques with a larger range of scripts and genres. Practice makes perfect and with this class, you will feel more prepared going into auditions as well as breaking down a script and understanding a character.

Dates: TBA

Time: 7-9pm

Location: Harmony Creek Community Centre in the “Lounge”

Fee: $150 + HST