Amy and her colleague went above and beyond what we had expected. Our experience with them was phenomenal. The session was expertly organized to help the students become gradually more comfortable and more willing to step outside their comfort zone. Every activity had a valuable lesson or presentation skill built directly into it. For example, students learned about the importance of eye contact and the value of attentive listening, and were continually challenged to think on the spot. Not only did the students improve their presentation skills through drama, but they were also won over to the value of improvisation in just an hour and a half. I would highly recommend Amy McKenzie as an improvisation teacher to both dramatic and non-dramatic
Professor, McMaster University
Department of Chemical Engineering
(My daughter) really learned a lot from your instruction and we can see her confidence now shines at school. She was a little reserved and shy, but not anymore … she tells it how it is and more! Her sense of humour has also developed into a fun and interesting characteristic we are all enjoying at home.
Parent, Fall Session, 2012
“This was my first acting class ever. I’ve always wanted to become an actor, just never had the “b***s” to do it. When I finally decided to tackle it head on, and go after what I really want in life, I ended up in a class full of people who had fun and gave me confidence and belief, that I could accomplish whatever it is I put my mind to. I’m so happy and lucky to have taken a class filled with people that taught me something new every time I came to class. With that in mind I thank all of you, especially Amy, who made me break out of my shell and realize that it’s ok to fail, as long as you get back up”.
J Cuen, 2013
A show at the Moonshine Cafe
I rediscovered my love of improv through my class with Amy McKenzie at Oakville Improv. She has been knowledgeable, inspirational, encouraging, and great to work with. As an illustrator, what is amazing about improvisation, is that it “fuels my creativity”, gives me energy, and enhances my ideas.You meet great people, and everyone brings their unique background and life experiences to the group, making everything you do a lot more interesting, and a ton of fun. Improvisation is in a league of its own, because working as a team, people are supportive, and a blast to be around. The spontaneity of improv is what I love.
C. Endacott, 2017
I signed up for my first intro classes as a way to face my fear of speaking in public. Though my first few classes gave me more than a few “what the heck do you think you are doing?” moments, Oakville Improv’s teachers got me over my fear and gave me so much more. Increased confidence to tackle new situations, a greater appreciation for genuine team work and cooperation, and fantastic listening skills, all positives I use every day whether participating in difficult meetings at work, negotiating a refund from a reluctant shop owner or spending time with my family. Plus you get to laugh and play while learning.”
Our “Away Team” at Bad Dog Theatre
(my daughter) certainly came away with more confidence and excitement than other extracurricular activities we have tried. This transferred into her regular school work as well … her sheer enthusiasm every week for Improv speaks volumes about the leadership within the classes.
Parent of Fall Participant, 2011
Thanks for introducing me to the “crack pipe” of performing. LOL! You’re solely responsible for the fact that I’m out “jonesing” for an improv hit.
J. Silvestro 2014
I want to thank Amy, Duncan and Gary for bringing improv into my life. It has changed the way I view the world and brought back that childlike wonder that we all seem to lose with time.
Bradley Ellis 2019
I just want you to know that I am LOVING the class.
C. Camirand 2016
Thank you Amy! Taking your class has felt like a divine intervention and a life permission slip to explore a wonderland of creative possibilities. Your teaching style was detailed, thoughtful and caring, I always felt like you were coming from a place of love -especially in the constructive criticisms! I felt safe and comfortable to be myself.
Aurea C. 2019
I’ve found all 5 of the workshops (sessions) I’ve taken to be well worth the time and money. All have been fun and I’ve learned a lot. I didn’t expect to find a group of peers that I liked so much. I also didn’t expect to feel the pull to continue with workshop after workshop. –
I had always avoided trying “improv”, but because of my confidence in Amy, I took a class. The first class show may have been the scariest thing I’ve ever done, but after it was over, I understood the value of it. I have continued to take classes, because I am learning really important things about how I interact with people, and habits I want to change. It’s a challenging, fun way to grow as a person, and as a performer.
“I love improv. you are both great instructors. Thanks”
J Breitenfeld, 2013
We joined up because I thought it would be a fun birthday present for (my husband) and it ended up being something we both love doing together.
H Baker, 2013
Natasha Bromfield, Sam Hancock and Lea Wilkening in The Nuts ‘n’ Crackers Suite
“My time with Oakville Improv was amazing! I struggle with anxiety and depression but this class made me feel so comfortable and I felt I could be myself. In today’s world it can feel like we have to do and say the right things all the time, but playing improv games shows you it’s okay to just play, and make mistakes, and have fun doing it! It builds resilience and confidence. Maybe not in leaps and bounds, but you’d be surprised how much it can help you in everyday life.When I started this class a friend told me they could never do improv because they’re “too awkward”, and I told them that’s exactly the reason they should consider trying it. I think it’s one of those activities that’s actually perfect for awkward people because you learn how to let go a bit and live in the moment. So, if you’re considering trying it but not 100% sure you should, take this as a sign you’re meant to try it. Believe me, you’ll have fun!”
Phoenix Potter 2019
I just wanted to let you know what a fabulous time I had in your class. I haven’t laughed that hard in a long time, and found a part of myself I had forgotten about …
J. Salvadore, 2017