Workshops

Rapid Fire Theatre offers public improv workshops throughout the year. Whether you have no experience whatsoever or are a performer looking to hone your craft, we have a workshop for you! Boost your confidence, gain new skills, and have fun!

Public Workshops take place at The Foote Theatre School at The Citadel Theatre (9828-101A Ave – Shoctor Alley). 4 week classes cost $175 and include a performance opportunity. 8 week classes cost $350 and include a performance opportunity.

Our Level 1 – 4 workshops are intended for adults.
Under 10 years old? Check out our Kidprovisors program.
Older than 10 but not quite an adult? Then the Improv for Teens is the workshop for you!

Most workshops sell out, don’t delay!

If you have any questions about our workshops, please contact Joe Vanderhelm, Director of Education at joe@rapidfiretheatre.com

Level 1: Intro to Improv

No experience necessary. Level 1 classes are a 4 week course.

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. Performance is encouraged, but not mandatory.

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Level 2W: Scenework – The World of Scene

You must have permission from your Level 1 instructor to register. Level 2 is split into two classes: 2C & 2W. They can be completed in any order, but both classes must be completed to advance to Level 3. Level 2 classes are a 4 week course.

This workshop combines all we’ve worked on in Level I, with a focus on improvised scenework and character development. You will develop a variety of tools to create complex improvised characters. 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. Performance is encouraged, but not mandatory.

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Level 2C: Scenework – Focus on Character

You must have permission from your Level 1 instructor to register. Level 2 is split into two classes: 2C & 2W. They can be completed in any order, but both classes must be completed to advance to Level 3. Level 2 classes are a 4 week course.

This workshop combines all we’ve worked on in Level I, with a focus on improvised scenework and environment. In your scenes, you will explore your environment in more depth, using narration, object work, soundscape and more. 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. Performance is encouraged, but not mandatory.

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Level 3: Advanced Shortform

You must have permission from your Level 2C & 2W instructors to register. Level 3 classes are a 4 week course.

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. Performance is encouraged, but not mandatory.

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Level 4N: Intro to Narrative Longform

You must have permission from your Level 3 instructor to register. You may register for 4N or 4T in any order. Level 4 classes are an 8 week course.

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.

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Level 4T: Intro to Thematic Longform

You must have permission from your Level 3 instructor to register. You may register for 4N or 4T in any order. Level 4 classes are an 8 week course.

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.

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Elective: Improvising Musicals

You must have completed Level 3 or 4 to register.

Our students asked for it, and here it is! A special course focused on musical scenes. You will explore song structure, musicality, scene work, and putting together an improvised musical.

You will have the opportunity to perform 30-minute pieces, and receive specific notes on your performance.

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Elective: Specialty Series

You must have completed Level 3 or 4 to register.

The Specialty Series is a rare opportunity to work with four different instructors, each of them teaching you the secrets of their own improv super-power. Every class will be spent with a different instructor, it’s like the Fantastic Four of improv!

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Elective: Improv Diagnostic

You must have completed Level 3 or 4 to register.

Sometimes when developing the skills of improvisation we reach a plateau. This plateau is a time to reflect on everything you have learned and prepare yourself for the ascent to the next basecamp on the mountain of improvisational development!

This diagnostic class will focus on identifying personal strengths and strengthening weaknesses you may have in your improvisational skill set. You will receive more individual feedback and challenges throughout this level.

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Improv for Teens

Rapid Fire Theatre’s team of instructors also teach improv classes for teens at the Foote Theatre School at the Citadel Theatre. Visit the FTS website for more info.

Kidprovisors

No experience necessary. The Kidprovisors is a 10-week course and costs $195.

Rapid Fire Theatre and the Foote Theatre School join forces to present this improv class for kids! In this class your child will learn the basics of improvised theatre; narration, character, and scene work. They will learn how to harness their imaginations, while working with others. With two seasoned improvisors in each class the students will have hands-on experience with the pros. This 10 week course will include two performance opportunities starring your child and the cast of Rapid Fire; fun for the whole family!

Upcoming Sessions with Joleen Ballendine, Matt Alden, and Joey Lucius:

Ages 6-9:

Ages 10-12:

  • Sundays, September 17 –  November 26, 4:00-5:30 (No Class October 8) Shows on October 22 and November 26 at 3:30 – Check Availability & Register
  • Sundays, January 7 – March 18, 4:00-5:30 (No Class February 18) Shows on February 4 and March 18 at 3:30 – Check Availability & Register

 

FREE IMPROV JAMS

This jam session is an opportunity for anyone to come and try some improv for FREE!
Maybe you are in a class that month and you are looking for an extra chance to improvise before your Improv Showcase performance?
Maybe you took a class before and are looking for a place to shake some rust off before your next workshop?
Maybe you’ve never taken a class before and you want to know what improv is all about?
Maybe you’ve taken a class, but you’ve got that friend that you think should give it a shot?
ALL ARE WELCOME.

No need to sign up in advance, just show up the day of.

The jam takes place on Sunday evenings from 5PM-7PM in the Foote Theatre School, classroom C.

Jam Sessions:

  • October 1st
  • October 29th
  • November 26th
  • December 17th
  • January 28th
  • February 25th
  • March 25th
  • April 22nd
  • May 20th
  • June 17th