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Workshops

All workshops are held at Arts Court. Spaces are limited, please register as early as possible to guarantee a spot.

Scene Killer

with Ted Hallett (Various, Toronto)

Just be.

The best improvised scenes have a strong relationship and live in the present. What ever is happening at that very moment in time, is the scene. Just you and your scene partner, living moment to moment.

This improv workshop is for improvisers who want to start performing killer scenes, find their personal stage power and super charge their fun batteries.

We will focus on being present, making strong initiations, and heightening with truth bombs!

Life is too short to walk off stage with regrets. Today it stops. Take control of your performance.
You are an improv god. Create.

Mic drop.

About the Instructor

Ted Hallett has been writing, directing, performing and improvising for over 15 years. Ted has trained with David Razowsky, Mick Napier, Armando Diaz, Susan Messing, Joe Bill, Jill Bernard, Craig Cackowski and Bob Martin. Ted’s favorite credits are “Mel” in Train 48; “Badass Security Guard” in The Breakout Kings; “Big Bopper” in The Buddy Holly Story; “Travis” in the Dora-nominated The Red Queen; and Toronto’s Second City Touring Company.

Date

Saturday

April 16th 2016

Time

11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Cost

$40

Heighten & Destroy

with Matt Folliott (The Second City/Bad Dog Theatre, Toronto)

Learn to heighten your scene to new levels, with tools and techniques that help you push your scene to the point of no return. We’ll look at what elements of your scene are the most fun to heighten, with a clear approach to intensifying those specific elements and building upon every offer — until you’ve created a volcano that spews comedy magma over your admiring audiences.

About the Instructor

Matt Folliott hails from Toronto, Canada and performs comedy with Chad Mallett, S&P and Canadian Comedy Award Nominee’s K$M. An improv instructor at Second City & Bad Dog Theatre, Matt also coaches and directs numerous comedy groups, and has been nominated for Now Magazine’s Readers Choice Award for Best Male Improviser two years in a row. Recently, Matt lived out his dream of smashing a glass over his head in a Lil’John music video, and now he can die happy. TV credits include The Next Step, Make It Pop, Illusions of Grandeur and some of your favourite commercials.

Date

Saturday

April 16th 2016

Time

2:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Cost

$40

Storycrafting

with Vinny Francois & Meags Fitzgerald (Montreal Improv Theatre, Montreal)

How do stories work? Learn how to weave a tale out of thin air whether it’s two minutes long or a whole hour. Start strong scenes, build the tension as the story evolves and finish it up on a high. Audiences LOVE being taken on a journey. This workshop teaches the structures, ideas and basics of narrative improv as it applies to individual scenes or improvised plays.

About the Instructor

Vinny Francois has 20 years of experience as a professional improviser. A founding director of the Montreal Improv Theatre, he has performed in more shows and venues across Canada than he cares to count. He also is on the board of directors of Mprov: The Montreal Improv Festival. Vinny plays regularly with his troupe, Quest of the Dragon King which toured Northeast USA in 2015 (NYC, Boston, Philly, Hartford, & Baltimore). He often performs with Sean Michaels as absurdist duo Venezuela (Ottawa 2011 & 2014, Philly’s Duofest 2014, Toronto 2012, Montreal Fringe 2011). Trained by improv luminaries Keith Johnstone, Joe Bill, Bob Dassie, Scott Adsit & John Lutz among many others, Vinny is excited to share the thrill of doing improv with anyone willing to learn.

Meags Fitzgerald began improvising as a teenager in 2001 with her high school improv team. In Edmonton, Fitzgerald became a member of Rapid Fire Theatre and a regular guest of Die-Nasty the Improvised Soap Opera. While living in Calgary, she performed with the Loose Moose Theatre and the Kinkonauts. She is also an alumna of the Canadian Improv Games and has volunteered in the Alberta, Toronto, Nova Scotia, Montreal and National tournaments. As an instructor, Fitzgerald has taught at six Improv Camps, including the first ever in Australia in 2009. Also a visual artist, Fitzgerald has created live Improv Art at the Vancouver International Improv Festival, Edmonton’s Improvaganza and the Chicago Improv Festival.

Date

Sunday

April 17th 2016

Time

12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Cost

$40