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Adult classes

COVID UPDATE: AUGUST 20, 2020
It’s too early to tell. Once everyone is back to school, we’ll have a better idea of how safe “in person” classes will be in January. At this time, we surmise that performing in close contact with others without masks in inadvisable but with masks is difficult for communication. So, we’re proceeding with fall online classes and shows. Missing you now so we can see you when …

We’re dedicated to keep our commitment to our members and students (new and experienced), and we hope to see you soon. Stay well and stay tuned!

MONDAY NIGHT DROP INS FOR ADULTS: 8:30pm ONLINE

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At Oakville Improv, we offer a range of improv workshops. To dip your toes, you may want to visit our “drop-in” class on Monday nights. For $5/person, you can try out an improv class and see what it’s all about. But to dig a bit deeper, our intro class will give you a more comprehensive introduction to what improv is all about. If you like it, you can build your skills in our higher level workshops, and even team up with other improvisers to perform in one of our many improvised stage productions. If you’ve registered with us before, you can email us at

 

Adult Intro (18yrs and up) ONLINE

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This class is a safe space for beginners and improvisers who want a quick refresher. 6 classes 1 and half hours only. Begins November, 2020 In the meantime, try the drop-in class. 

 

 

Adult Performance (18yrs and up)  ONLINE

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READY FOR MY CLOSE-UP (Teacher: Duncan McKenzie)
Theatres may be closed, but there’s never been a better time to build your skills working with cameras. In an increasingly wired world, looking and sounding good for the camera carries many benefits. You can also apply your skills to other forms of presentation – meetings, podcasts, online video productions, even TV and film work. 
 
This workshop focuses on performing for the camera – and particularly on the way we are working with them these days – closeups on a webcam. Like the stage, it has its own set of limitations and benefits. It’s a great format for genres like news broadcasts, sports commentary, movie parodies, and scenes with close or whispered conversations. We’ll reveal a few of the secrets that can make your on-camera performances more engaging (which are often very different from what works on stage!). You’ll learn techniques that make you look even better in your online performances. 
 
We’ll focus on performance skills, but we’ll also give a clear, easy-to-follow explanation of some of technical skills every online performer needs to know

This class is available to students who have successfully completed intro level improv. If you need permission, ask amymkz@gmail.com
6 classes 1 and a half hours only. Begins October 4th 3:30-5pm ($120 including HST)

Duncan McKenzie has been involved with improv for more than 30 years and he has produced, written and directed both professional radio and TV live action and animated series. His credits include That’s So Weird, History Bites and Train 48, Canada’s first improvised dramatic television series. 

 

Class Descriptions

(IN-PERSON CLASSES NOT AVAILABLE DURING QUARANTINE)

Adult Intro
This level is great for beginning improvisers, as well as being an enjoyable refresher for those improvisers who have had previous improv or acting experience. The workshops will cover a number of improv games and exercises and offer opportunities for students to perform for family and friends. All very low stress and fun. These classes are currently being held through the Town of Oakville at the QEPCCC (Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre – we like to call it “The Q”, but strangely, no one else does). You can register there through their on-line program connection Fall, Winter and Spring. In the summer, classes are scheduled through Oakville Improv. Schedules are listed below.

Andrew Zanella, Bob Kapur and Sam Hancock in our QEP Theatresports show 2016

Adult Performance 
These classes are for people who want more challenging material after beginners and may wish to join us on stage. Participants may be asked to play in demonstration rounds in venues across Oakville, to raise their skill level. 

Adult Advanced and Specialty Classes
Intended for those who have wider improv experience and are committed to working with a team. This workshop series explores more advanced scene work, as well as more challenging improv games. In addition to the final showcase, improvisers may be invited to perform at one or more local venues with more experienced players (eg. Theatresports) 

Terri Skov and Colin Mochrie at an “away workshop” in Durham 2015

 

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Lea Wilkening and Brennan Moro in The Nuts and Crackers Suite 2015

 

Jeremy Butler, Shann McGrail and Kim Beaune, Theatresports 2015

 

Kevin Kruglow and Troy Daniels at The Moonshine Cafe, 2012

Kathy Greenwood (Who’s Line and Second City) and Ed Sahely (Second City) join Gary Pearson at The Moonshine Cafe 2017[/captio

 

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