CLASSES FOR ADULTS

“I just found out that I have the highest drama mark in my entire school. I know it is because of my improv workshop with Stephanie. I’m more outgoing and participation is a big part of the class mark. I can’t wait until the next workshop!”

Alysha Harris, 13 years old

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

 

OUR GUEST EXPERT SERIES CONTINUES WITH….”Ted & Lisa”! Professional People Watchers

tedandlisa-page-001See the truth….be the truth. Great improvised scenes are great stories because they mine the truth of the scene, the truth of the characters and the truth of their relationships.This workshop will focus on strong initiations, the power of playing multiple characters and taking your scene work to the next level. This workshop is for improvisers who want to perform killer scenes, find their stage power and super charge their fun batteries.

Date: July 11th
Time: 3pm-6pm
Location: Harmony Creek, the Lounge
Cost: $75

About the instructors:
lisa-page-001Lisa Merchant

Lisa Merchant is a multiple nominee and winner of numerous Canadian Comedy Awards for Best Female Improvisor as well as Best Ensemble. Lisa was a cast member of the Gemini nominated Joe Blow Show. Television credits include: Murdoch Mysteries, Rookie Blue, and Train 48. Lisa is a 20+ year Senior Faculty member at The Second City Training Centre and corporate facilitator with The Second City Biz Co. division, Bad Dog Theatre and privately. She is also an instructor at Humber College Comedy Program. She spent 10 years creating, producing and starring in the March of Dames Comedy Festival. Heralding kudos from the Governor General of Canada Adrienne Clarkson, Prime Minister Chretien, Mayor Mel Lastman.
ted-page-001Ted Hallet

Originally from St. Catherines Ted moved to Toronto after graduating from the music theatre program at Sheridan College. During this time Ted got to film an episode of DOC starring Billy Ray Cyrus. When getting his makeup touched up, Billy Ray leaned in and said, “Ya know Ted, you’re a natural”. Excited and driven, he took Billy Ray’s comments to heart and started working at The Second City, Toronto. He then moved to Chicago and started a producer’s internship at the original Second City. He then worked in Vancouver with TheatreSports and returned to Toronto to star in roles in Train 48, The Breakout Kings, The Buddy Holly Story and to join the Second City Touring Company.

 

 

*New class!!!* Voice overs 101!


IMG_0774 2Learn the techniques and etiquette of recording voice overs. Get practice on the microphone, practicing how to lift the words off the page. The participants will get MP3 copies of their takes and will gain a basic understanding of acting in voice overs. Taught by Stephanie Herrera, on location at a studio in Pickering.

 

 

Date: Sundays starting July 12th, 2015
Time: 7pm-9pm
Fee: $150 +HST
Location: Pickering

 

*New Class!!*
Physical Comedy & Stage Combat!!

combatLearn how to do the prat falls and tumbles safely. Learn the techniques of stage fighting, how to throw and take a punch, basic sword play and more! Taught by Adam Lloyd Wilkinson

Date: Wednesdays starting July 8th, 2015
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Fee: $150 + HST
In the Gym

 

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: 6-weeks starting Monday, July 6th, 2015

Time: 7 pm- 9pm

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 July 7th, 2015

Times: 7pm-9pm

Location:  Harmony Creek Community Centre (in the Lounge)

Fee: $150 + HST

 

Improv for Beginners!

improv class 4Using improv games popularized on the TV show, ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway?’, participants will learn to trust their instincts, build on the skills of listening, connecting with people, being spontaneous, and most importantly, they will get out of their comfort zone and learn to react! It is a six week course followed by a performance. There will be a final class show which allows for a supportive audience of friends and family to witness the confidence shift in the workshop players first hand! Taught by Sheri Prescott (click on “About the Instructors” for all our bios!)

**NEW DATE!!**

Dates: Thursdays starting July 9th, 2015

Time: 7:00pm- 9:00pm

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

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!
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: Wednesday starting July 8th, 2015

Time: 7pm-9pm

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

Fee: $150 + HST