Adult Classes

Our improv classes are a great way to be creative, have fun, and make friends.

You don’t need any previous experience. Most of our participants don’t have a performing background. They’re often smart, creative people looking for an outlet. Improv workshops provide a gentle and enjoyable way to develop powerful performance skills, which have applications beyond the stage – for example, in the workplace or when doing public speaking.

However, if you ARE an aspiring or professional actor, you’ll find that improv gives you a set of skills that will raise your performance to a higher level, both in live shows and auditions.

We offer both online and in-person classes. You can read more about both below.

“wormpickers!” James Jeffers, Christine Pillman, Terri Skov, Lisa Butler, Natasha Bromfield,  Bradley Ellis 2023

Jeremy Butler, Shann McGrail and Kim Beaune

Andrew Zanella, Bob Kapur and Sam Hancock at QEPCCC

IN-PERSON CLASSES

The Covid Thing… We’re cautiously restarting some in-person classes, but there’s still a pandemic going on, and we take the health of our students seriously. Please stay home if you’re symptomatic. More news when we have it …

The Weekly Drop-In

In person “drop ins” are on again. Monday nights from 7-8pm for EVERYONE at QEPCCC 2302 Bridge Road. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. The class is free, but if you can make a small donation (we suggest $5), it helps us cover the costs of the room rental – if not, we’ve got your back. If you want more info mail amy@oakvilleimprov.com for more information. You can check in to make sure the class has not been cancelled if you are coming from a distance.

AT 8:10 we welcome you to stay for a workshop style show after the drop in. You can be our audience for the night.

Adult Intro to Improv (18yrs and up)

STARTING

Tuesdays on March 26th (Cancelled due to low registration — our hope is that the Town opens the class again for the waitlist on Thursday …) More news as we know.

or Thursdays on March 28th
SOLD OUT/WAITLISTED 

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.

We have two separate classes starting on Tuesdays or Thursdays from 7-9:30pm at QEPCCC (2302 Bridge Road, Oakville, L6K 2G6). Both classes are eight weeks in length and cover the same material.

Registration available on the Town of Oakville programs PAGE
Click on “Registered Programs”, scroll down to “Browse” and then find Adults: Theatre Arts (Improvisation with Oakville Improv)

Adult Performance TUESDAYS and THURSDAYS (18yrs and up)

TUESDAYS March 26th (6 spots left)

THURSDAYS: March 28th (SOLD OUT)

After finishing our Intro Class students must have permission to move forward to our “in person” Performance Class. This level is more challenging and will prepare students for improv performance. If you’re currently in our Intro class, we will have notes for you after the final performance.

Total: $295 including HST.

REGISTRATION WILL BE AVAILABLE on February 28th. You need permission to take this class.

Bursaries are available without condition.

Improv Illusions (18yrs and up)

SEE DAVID’S NEW BOOK (OUT AUGUST 24th, 2023) WHICH IS AN EXCELLENT RESOURCE AND TRAINING DOCUMENT FOR PHYSICAL IMPROV. See here!

PRE-REQUISITE: ADULT PERFORMANCE (or Workshop Director’s Permission)
STARTS: January 9th – February 27th 2024 (8 classes – 2 and and half hours each).

SUMMARY: Give your audiences a SHOW by creating improvised worlds they can see! In this workshop, we’ll increase your skill with Physical Improv (including environment and object work) and explore how you can use it to make discoveries, handle tricky situations, and find more play. We’ll also discuss important topics for the working improviser, including safety (physical and emotional), performing shows, and learning from your experiences.

IMPORTANT NOTES: Please consider your ability to attend every class, as later sessions build on previous work. There will also be homework assignments to prepare. You’re not expected to have read my book. Plan to wear comfortable clothing that allows for movement. If you have concerns about your physicality and/or mobility, please ask – we can accommodate.

Bursaries are available without condition.

ONLINE CLASSES

We use Zoom to connect. Of course, there are some technical requirements – each student should be well lit and have a suitable internet connection. The speakers and microphone on the computer may work adequately, but we find that a headphones and a mic do improve quality, and make the classes more fun.

FAMILY DAY! One more thing to celebrate!

Hey Folks. Stay tuned. We’re gearing up for Family Day in 2024 with workshops and shows — all free for you through the Town of Oakville. February 19th, 2024. It’s a stat holiday so … SEE YOU THERE!

REGISTRATION WILL BE AVAILABLE ONCE WE KNOW WHAT VENUE and TIME WE’RE SCHEDULED FOR.

The Weekly ONLINE Drop-In

Adults, Wednesday Nights (free) 6-7 pm.

Get a feel for improvisation – and Oakville Improv – with our Drop-In classes. Register here first, then drop on by. We’re looking forward to meeting you!

Adult ONLINE Intro to Improv (18yrs and up)

This online class is a safe space for beginners and improvisers who want a quick refresher. 6 classes 1 and half hours only. High Speed Internet, Headphones/mic recommended (You can request more information)
If you want to be on our waiting list, please email us!

Bursaries are available without condition, just ask.

ADVANCED AND SPECIALTY CLASSES
From time to time, Oakville Improv Theatre Company offers courses from professionals in formats and platforms that connect directly to improvisation comedy. If you have permission, you can take one of the courses offered here.

CANCELLATION POLICY

If In-Person classes are cancelled prior to start date due to lockdown or public health restrictions regarding numbers or criteria, OITC will refund the full amount (except for Adult Intro Classes booked through the Town of Oakville, which will be refunded through the Town). If In-Person classes are cancelled during the session, we will refund you for the classes you missed. If possible OITC may be able to shift some classes online for students if numbers allow.

Refunds are not made for anyone opting out of class unless it’s for medical reasons. Bursaries are available, unconditionally – just ask.

Lea Wilkening and David Raitt in Theatresports

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

Geri Hall, David Raitt and Gary Pearson in

All You Need Is Love and Other Lies 2018