Workshops

PUBLIC WORKSHOPS

Rapid Fire Theatre offers public improv workshops throughout the year. Public Workshops take place at The Foote Theatre School at The Citadel Theatre (9828-101A Ave – Shoctor Alley). This fall we are also offering special movement classes (see the bottom of this page), co-presented at Mile Zero Dance at Spazio Performativo (10816 – 95 street).

FALL/WINTER SESSIONS

4 week classes cost $175 and include a performance opportunity. 8 week classes cost $350 and include a performance opportunity. December intensives & our Mile Zero classes are costed differently (as marked).

September/October

Level 1 – Sundays – Sept 6-27 – 11-1:30pm – Register Now
Level 2 – Sundays – Sept 6-27 – 2-4:30pm – Register Now
Level 3 – Tuesdays – Sept 8-29 – 7-9:30pm – Register Now
Workshop Show: Thursday Oct 1, 7:30pm in Zeidler Hall
Level 4A – Wednesdays – Sept 7 – October 28th – 7-9:30pm (*Level 4 classes are 8 week courses*) – Register Now

Level 1 – Tuesdays – Oct 6-27 – 7-9:30pm – Register Now
Level 2 – Sundays – Oct 4-25 – 2-4:30pm – Register Now
Elective: Improvising Musicals – Sundays – Oct 4-25 – 11am-1:30pm – Register Now
Workshop Show: Thursday Oct 29, 7:30pm in Zeidler Hall

November

Level 1 – Tuesdays – Nov 3-24 – 7-9:30pm – Register Now
Level 1 – Sundays – Nov 1-22 – 11-1:30pm – Register Now
Level 2 – Wednesdays – Nov 4-25 – 7-9:30pm – Register Now
Level 3 – Sundays – Nov 1-22 – 2-4:30pm – Register Now
Workshop Show: Thursday Nov 26, 7:30pm in Zeidler Hall

December

Intensive: Genre Workout – Register Now
Sunday Nov 29 – 11-4:30pm
Tues Dec 1 – 7-9:30pm
Wed Dec 2 – 7-9:30pm
You must have completed Level 3 or 4 to register. There is no performance component to this class.
Cost: $160

Intensive: Intro to Improvised Songs – Register Now
Sunday Dec 6 – 11-4:30
Tues Dec 8 – 7-9:30
Wed Dec 9 – 7-9:30
You must have completed Level 2 to register. There is no performance component to this class.
Cost: $160

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS

LEVEL 1 – Intro to Improv

A foundations workshop on the concepts of improvisation, with a focus on agreement and confidence-building. In this class, you will be challenged to start obeying your impulse, and to work collaboratively with others. A great way to challenge yourself and break out of your comfort zone! You will have the opportunity to perform for 15 minutes in the Workshop Performance Series (dates below). Performance is encouraged, but not mandatory.

LEVEL 2 – Scenework

A workshop that combines all we’ve worked on in Level I, with a focus on scenework. You will develop complex characters, and explore your environment in more depth. By the end of this class, you should be able to confidently perform the scariest scene of all; the open scene! You will have the opportunity to perform for 15 minutes in the Workshop Performance Series (dates below). Performance is encouraged, but not mandatory. *You must have permission from your Level 1 instrutor to register.*

Level 3 – Advanced Shortform

This workshop expands the definition of what scenework is, by exploring different structures such as monologues, split scenes, narration and edits. Students should be able to set up and play Theatresports games by the end of this class. You will have the opportunity to perform for 15 minutes in the Workshop Performance Series (dates below). Performance is encouraged, but not mandatory. *You must have permission from your Level 2 instructor to register.*

Level 4A – Intro to Narrative Longform

An exploration of long format improvisational structures that are both linear and non-linear narratives, such as directed long forms and Tap Outs. You will discuss advanced storytelling concepts, as well as continue to develop editing techniques. You will have the opportunity to perform 30-minute pieces, and receive specific notes on your performance. *You must have permission from your Level 3 instructor to register. You may register for 4A or 4B in any order.*

Level 4B – Intro to Thematic Longform

An exploration of The Structured Harold and Harold-derived thematic long format improv. You will work on different openings, and developing a group mind mentality with your ensemble. You will have the opportunity to perform 30-minute pieces, and receive specific notes on your performance. *You must have permission from your Level 3 instructor to register. You may register for 4A or 4B in any order.*

Intensive: Intro to Improvised Songs

An intro class to improvised singing, which will focus on song structures and singing technique. A fun and informal way to gain confidence using your voice and working on skills like rhyming and song style.
*You must have completed Level 2 to register. There is no performance component to this class.

Intensive: Genre Workout

Join us for an intensive exploration of how genre can play a part in short form improv. You will discuss the structural and content tropes in genres of film, theatre, and literature, and then improvise scenes in those genres. You will also hone genre slides, melds, and rollercoasters in this class.
*You must have completed Level 3 to register. There is no performance component to this class.

Elective: Improvising Musicals

Our students asked for it, and here it is! A special 4-week course focused on musical scenes. You will explore song structure, musicality, scene work, and putting together an improvised musical. *You must have completed Level 3 or 4 to register

PHYSICAL IMPROVISATION

Additional Workshop, in partnership with Mile Zero Dance.

This workshop will heighten your physical presence on stage, bring embodied decision-making to your improv and sensitize your group-mind for big, beautiful physical choices. Whether you are an improviser looking to expand your character range, or a dancer looking to gain confidence improvising scenically this workshop will provide you with the tools to leave your mark on the stage. The workshop series culminates in a performance of a new, improvised form that will employ your physical intelligence and spontaneity. All skill levels welcome.

Thursdays (3 weeks) – September 17 – October 1 – 7-8:30pm – Register Now
Location: Spazio Performativo (10816 – 95 street)
Cost: $100
Showcase performance at MZD

Sundays November 1 – 22 (4 weeks) – 7-8:30pm – Register Now
Location: Spazio Performativo (10816 – 95 street)
Cost: $125
Showcase performance at MZD or RFT