Say Yes To Your Mess
Ever feel the urge to bail in an improv scene because you don’t know where to go with it? This improv workshop will focus on how to make clear confident choices and develop skills to be a supportive scene partner. Participants will walk away with a stronger sense of how to feel in control even during chaotic scenes!
NELU HANDA is a Toronto-based performer and writer. She is a graduate of The Second City Conservatory program and teaches drop-in workshops at Bad Dog Theatre. Nelu performs improv with her troupes The Kweendom (OIF 2017), Brown Reign and Deranged Marriage. She’s the creator and producer of Yas Kween, a monthly night of comedy featuring women of colour.
Relation Through Space
Viola Spolin’s games invite the improviser to explore their relation to what she calls “space substance.” This is the material that we engage with so often as improvisers – it constitutes the objects and places we play in, it carries the sounds and words and images that we send across it. Having a comfortable relation to the space substance is crucial for any improviser who wants their theatrical performance to be active & in-motion. Exploring your relation to the space substance can help free us from chatty, static improvisation, and suddenly we find ourselves DOING things. In this workshop we’ll be engaging with the space substance – letting it support our bodies & our work!
MICHAEL BRUNLIEB is a Chicago-living performing artist from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He improvises with ensembles Sand (Spitballin @ Quenchers), Papa Legba (CIC Theater), and the Improvised Shakespeare Co (iO), and performs in the Holy Fuck Comedy Hour (Annoyance Theater). He got attacked by a dog on Chicago PD, and appears in upcoming shows Shrink (Seeso) and Patriot (Amazon). Mike trained at the Paul Sills Theater Center, and is represented by NV Talent.
Free Intro to Improv Workshop
This FREE drop-in workshop is perfect for anyone who’s wanted to try improv comedy in a fun, supportive environment. Walking onstage with nothing written down may seem daunting, but it’s a lot easier than it sounds — plus you’ll spend all class laughing! The skills you’ll learn here are also applicable to public speaking and other forms of performance art.
The Improv Embassy is Ottawa’s new studio dedicated to improv and sketch comedy. This 90-minute workshop will give you a taste of what we teach — and you might even make some new friends!
Finding Characters Physically
Acquire some tools and perspectives on how you use your body and better understand what it is you are actually communicating physically. Drawing from the Lecoq pedagogy and mime technique, we will explore this thing that’s under our heads and see what characters can come out of there. We will isolate and delve into the different parts of the body to create a more sophisticated physical vocabulary and look at how rhythm, emotion, and character as mask can be used to enrich the way you play on stage.
THOMAS KELLY received a degree in theater from Rhodes College and attended a two year physical theater course at the London International School for the Performing Arts. In his ten years in Chicago, he’s studied and performed with iO, the Annoyance, Second City, and the Neofuturists. He can be seen performing in the Holy Fuck Comedy Hour ensemble at the Annoyance Theater and around Chicago with the improv team, Sand named “Best Improv Troupe” in 2015 by New City Magazine. He had a heart attack on Chicago Med and starred in the stop motion short Sleepy Steve. He is represented by Paonessa Talent LLC.
Secrets to Narrative Improv
This workshop explores character desire as the root of narrative improv. Experiment with exciting and intuitive methods to get your stories started. It is taught by the members of Easy Action, an improvised tale that combines precise physical work, child-like play and high emotional stakes to create stories to delight any audience.
BRENT SKAGFORD and MARC ROWLAND are improvisers, actors and writers who perform, teach and coach at Montreal Improv. Marc is a founder of both the Montreal Improv Theatre and the Montreal Improv Festival. Brent is the co-creater and co-star of The Bitter End webseries which was hailed as “the funniest Canadian sitcom of the year” by the Montreal Gazette and “comedy series of the year” by EYE weekly. Now in their 10th year of collaboration, they have performed Easy Action in the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal and have travelled to perform the show in Edmonton, Ottawa, Vancouver, Toronto, Philadelphia, Cambridge, Brighton, and London.
Full Body Improv
Improv is a theatrical art form. Learn how to listen to and make offers with your whole body. Taking inspiration from dance and physical theatre, Kirsten will give you skills to improvise not just with your head but with your full body. Creating shapes and scenes that will visually delight and entertain your audience. A picture is worth a thousand words someone once said… and I say… SO USE YOUR DAMN BODY IN THAT IMPROV SCENE!
KIRSTEN RASMUSSEN is an actor/improviser living in Toronto. She is an alumni of the Second City Toronto Mainstage company where she wrote and performed in three shows. She won the 2015 Canadian Comedy Award for Best Female Improviser. Kirsten is currently a director and teacher at the Second City Toronto Training Centre and The Bad Dog Theatre. Kirsten has improvised all over the world and is co-founder of the Montreal Improv Theatre.