Adult Advanced and Specialty Classes

Ken Hall: Clown for Improvisers
October 19-November 30th, 2019
6:30-9:30pm, QEPCCC (2302 Bridge Road)
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As improvisers we are used to connecting with our scene partners. But what if our audience become our scene partners? In this introductory clown workshop you will be introduced to heightening your play and connection with yourself and with your audience. Clown is about taking risks, embracing failure and allowing ourselves to be seen all for the enjoyment of the audience. Incorporating clown into your improv will add a new playful dynamic in your performances and connection with your audience.
You must have permission to take this course.
The Want: Herbie Barnes
Great story has destination. The search for something. Weather it be gold, revenge, love or just the perfect burger if the character knows the destination the journey can begin. Understanding that we can then set up incredibly journeys immediately. 
You need permission to take this course.
Uninterrupted Play: Rob Norman (EXTRA CLASS)
Shortform scenework is based on a 30 second clock. It’s the average amount of time you have onstage before you’re interrupted with a “Shoulda said” or someone walking into your scene to “help”. In this workshop, you’ll push through the discomfort of inaction and find deeper relationships with your partner in 3 – 10 minute scenes. Stop trying to fix your scenes with something new. You’re scene is already great. Learn to use what you already have.
You need permission to take this course.
Go With The Group: Matt Folliott 
Group scenes can be challenging. How do we share focus when we’re all on stage and what do we focus on to explore when we all have our own ideas? This workshop will introduce you to different approaches for having fun, focused group scenes and creating group mind within your ensemble. 
SING IT OUT!  An improv music workshop with Jeff Rosenthal
Do you perform improv comedy, and want to incorporate music into your scenes? 
This workshop will let you practice, in a relaxed and supportive environment, 
improvised musical games like Sounds Like A Song, Musical Scenes, Opera, Irish 
Drinking Song, and Da Doo Run Run, using different song styles and lyrical 
techniques.  It will also help you let music guide your scenes, whether 
talking or singing, through Silent Scenes or Scenes Set To Music or 
Look-Look-Away.  Participants will then get to perform their new skills at the 
Moonshine Cafe show that same evening.
Character Therapy with Geri Hall: An eight week intensive character workshop, where we will create, build and ground characters together through improvised mock “private and group” therapy sessions. 
Starts Tuesday, January 8th, 2019 7-9:30pm at QEPCCC (2302 Bridge Road. Oakville). Room TBA. $245. Permission of Workshop director. 

Bruce Hunter Mask: 2019 QEPCCC 2302 Bridge Road. Music Room #1 
“Recently I have been able to rediscover Masks and their relationship to improv. You see I got my hands on some masks from Chile. And Keith Johnstone used masks to teach status and characters and I’ve used them over the years in different capacities when I studied Mime, Mask and Movement with Ron East’s school, I saw and felt the power they have. A lot of iconic characters are based on Commedia dell’arte archetypes, which would include these types of masks. Masks are an excellent tool for teaching body, character and status. The early days of Theatre Sports when my team The E’Shoes played, we would pull out the masks and always steal the game, they were the secret weapons. Now I felt that this form is being forgotten and lost in the improv world.But I have the good fortune of working with Monica Moya Reyes whose mask show I am directing while she is here from Chile, when she leaves the mask will leave as well. But this is a chance for people to work with these wonderful masks. I want to do a full day workshop and we want to raise money for Monica’s show and thought it would also be very beneficial to actors and improvisers. The full day workshop is six hours with a lunch break.”

It will be on an October 28th from Noon to 7pm. QEPCCC 2302 Bridge Road. Music Room #1

Gary Pearson’s From the Page to the Stage: 2019

The next hot sketch comedy writer is YOU!

Gary Pearson’s From Page to the Stage, will break down how a premise for a comedy sketch works, how the jokes come from the characters and situations and how you can mine various strategies to write sketch comedy that tells compelling stories and has big laughs. In class group work will be part of the fun, where your ideas are supported and enhanced by your peers. There will also be homework, but don’t worry, your instructions will be clear and you’ll be able to confidently finish your material. You will explore ideas and sharpen what is funny about them in character monologues, relationship scenes and movie, commercial and song parodies. It is all done with the leadership of Gary Pearson, with many sketch stage shows on his resume including The Second City Mainstage in Toronto and The Chumps. Gary has writing credits on over 280 half hours of TV, including MadTV, Corner Gas, 22 Minutes and Sunnyside. The class culminates with you and your classmates reading your material at a live Moonshine performance.

Improv CrossFit from  TEACHER: Gary Pearson
available later in the year (eight sessions) QEPCCC 2302 Bridge Road

Narratives need tightening up? Character details need bulking up?  Are all your choices forced reps? If you have been spinning your improv wheels for a while and want to hit that stage at the top of your game, challenge yourself to cross fit your scene work to look great and burn up those boards like a pro. Each week Gary Pearson will attack weak spots with isolation exercises specifically geared to the group, so that at the end of the course you’ll do sets like an improv champ

Moving the Narrative Forward through Emotional Events TEACHER: Allan Guttman
Summer 2018
This class uses concepts from both the Improvisation and Acting worlds to help create more interesting stories in improvised scenes. Story creation (in general) invariably involves interesting characters in a struggle against obstacles to achieve a goal, generating flowing units of action (beats, scenes, acts, chapters, etc); it is possible for improvisers to develop these kinds of structures by creating a variety of strong “emotional events” which lead to new actions (“tactics”) by the characters. The more grounded a performer is in a character (and in other scene details), the easier it becomes to generate a narrative.

Genre Giant. Gary Pearson. Fall, 2017

Master Classes Sunday afternoons from 1-3:30pm starts April 23rd.
Kevin Matviw (Second City/Death Ray Cabaret)
Jack Mosshammer (Second City/Man Seeking Woman)
Gary Pearson (Sunnyside/Corner Gas/MaddTV)
Nigel Downer (Second City)
Geri Hall (Second City/This Hour)
David Raitt (Second City)
Matt Folliott (Chadd Mallett/Filthy/Bad Dog)
Sage Tyrtle (Toronto Storytelling Show/High Stakes) JUNE 18th.

Jan Caruana: Musical Improv March 18, 2017 11-5pm
Jan Caruana has taught in class rooms and board rooms across the country. Hundreds of improvisers have benefited from her onstage experience and her passion for the art form. She has taught improv to students from Bad Dog Theatre, Second City, Sheridan College, the University of Toronto and countless Ontario School Boards. Jan was also the originating teacher for C.L.I.C.K – A collaborative learning program created by Dr. Trina Epstein, helping children with social challenges, including Autism Spectrum Disorder, learn social skills and make friends. In the Corporate world, Jan has worked with companies such as Rogers, B.I/Lilly Pharmaceuticals, Kiewit Construction and BMO, teaching executives that work can be a lot more fun and productive when you just “yes and”

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September 2016 CREATING WORLDS: David Raitt (advanced)
“Where are you?” It’s a question most improvisers fail to ask themselves, keeping them and their audiences from the full theatrical and magical experience of improvisation. In this workshop you’ll reconnect with the essential skills of environment, object work, and physicality to make your scenes more active and visual. You’ll also learn how to use the Where as a source for character, conflict, and scene advancement. Master these skills and you’ll never be at a loss for what to do next!
8 sessions. $245.00. By permission of the Workshop Director only.
David Raitt has performed and taught with Second City, Toronto. David is known for his incredible mime and agility in scenes and we’re proud to say he’s one of our own.         







May 29th, 2016 Parade Workshop & Show: Chad Mallett is a high energy, long form improv adventure performed by Matt Folliott and Ted Hallett. With a suggestion of a geographical location, Chad Mallett transports you there to witness the adventures of two buddies on vacation and the parade of odd ball characters and situations they find themselves in. Always a crowd favourite, Chad Mallett is a high energy joyride, a kid with rockets attached to his roller skates, or like three Red Bulls for breakfast. It’s go time! Love the Chad.

February 2016 Gary Pearson’s TV Writer’s Room. February 6th we start a new class, offered in association with Comedy U. Gary Pearson’s TV Writers Room. A veteran of sketch comedy (This Hour, MaddTV, The Ron James Show, That’s So Weird and most recently Sunnyside), Gary Pearson brings his extensive and oh-so-current experience to our students. Learn first hand the way a writers’ room works and finish up with a “read” on stage at the Moonshine Cafe on March 27th.
FALL 2015
This class is for students who have all intermediate courses and feel comfortable with scene work. 8 Classes. Criteria: Permission of the Workshop Director. NO CLASS THANKSGIVING WEEKEND.
Teachers include:
October 4th Herbie Barnes
October 18th James Gangl
October 25th Hayley Kellett
November 1st Geri Hall
November 8th David Raitt 
November 15th Rob Norman
November 22nd Bruce Hunter
November 29th Gary Pearson

Carmine Lucarelli: Yes (March 29th).
Improve your “yes” by listening with more than your ears. Get bigger and bolder with your “and” by answering the question why. Be specific. Always. Also, I’ll likely give you personal notes to help you grow or possibly make you cry. But man, it will be committed and specific crying! SOLD OUT

Rob Norman: Callbacks & Connections: Intro to Longform (February 15, 1:30-5:30pm) Canadian-Comedy Award winning improviser Rob Norman, guides you through simple techniques used by professional improv troupes.  No fluff, no philosophy – just practical tips and tricks to help you tell longform stories onstage tonight. Rob Norman has also written a new book on improv, Improvising Now

Lisa Merchant: Giving a S**t in Scenes  September 28th 3-5pm3time Canadian Comedy Award-winner, Lisa Merchant teaches us to make historical and emotional connections to the characters on stage to ground your scene and bring a achievable depth to the narrative. Students in this class will be invited to perform at the Moonshine Comedy Jam, 7:30pm September 28th.

Jan Caruana June 22nd 1-5pm “Voice: Use it or Lose it”As an improviser your voice is one of your most important tools. This class will take you through a full vocal warm up and show you exercises and technique to help you use your voice in a way that will keep it reliable for 8 shows a week. This class will also help you identify your voice‘s quirks and help you use them to your full advantage, as well as looking at habitual vocal behaviour that may be hindering your performance. The final part of the class will work on finding character voices that will help you on the road to building a character.

AJ Vaage April 27th 2-5pm Story What often makes an good improv scene into a great improv scene is the story telling behind it. This workshop will show how important it is to create a simple story when improvising. This will be a one day intensive that focuses directly on narrative in short form improv. It will work on strengthening the foundation of telling a strong, short story and creating individual points of view, while adding games on top of it.

Gord Oxley February 23rd 2-5pm “Improv Song” Take your scene work and schnazz it up with tunes. This introduction to improv song, will have you make it up as you crow along, using a number of fun rhythm- and singing-based games and exercises. Sounds like a song! Criteria: Permission of the Workshop Director

Rob Norman January 26th 1-5pm “Zen and the Art of Improv”  There are four noble truths: 1) Scenes will ALWAYS be fraught with anxiety, fear, and the smell of farts. 2) There is a reason for this anxiety, fear, and farts.  3) There is way to overcome these anxieties, fears, and farts. 4) When you overcome these anxieties, fears, and farts – you will be a great improviser. Spend an afternoon breaking down boundaries and exploring your own impulses.  Walk into scenes with a focus on fun, play, and exploration.  Spend less time thinking onstage, more time enjoying the experience.   

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