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).
4 week classes cost $175 and include a performance opportunity. 8 week classes cost $350 and include a performance opportunity. Our Mile Zero classes are priced differently (as marked).
Specialty Series – Sundays, May 29 – June 19, 11-1:30 – Register Now
Level 1 – Sundays, May 29 – June 19, 2-4:30 – Register Now
Level 2A – Tuesdays, May 31 – June 21, 7-9:30 – Register Now
Level 3 – Wednesdays, June 1-22, 7-9:30 – Register Now
Workshop Showcase Thursday June 23 – 7:30
Improvaganza Public Workshops
In conjunction with our biggest event of the year – IMPROVAGANZA, Edmonton’s International Improv and Sketch Comedy Festival, we are presenting 4 unique workshop opportunities with some of the visiting artists. All Improvaganza edition workshops are only $70! All workshops take place in Classroom C in the Foote Theatre School in the Citadel Theatre.
“Characters” with Inbal Lori (Tel Aviv)
Tuesday, June 21 | 3:00-6:00 – Register Now
This workshop will explore the joy of finding truth in characters, and the ability to change in a believable way. We will do so by trying out different body languages, statuses, personal rhythms and psychological states. We will explore realistic characters along side with expressive and extreme ones. By using improv scenes and long forms, we will search the ways each character has to express it self while using its motivation, action, relationships and more. No experience required.
“Song on the Spot” with Chase Padgett (Portland, OR)
Wednesday, June 22 | 3:00-6:00 – Register Now
This workshop demystifies one of the most daunting yet rewarding feats in all of performance: musical improv. Topics covered include target rhyming, song structure, solo songs, group numbers and more. The best part? You don’t need to be a good singer to do this class! For real. All levels of experience are welcome. Chase Padgett is one half of the duo “Joyride”,
“Improvised Shakespeare” with Adam Meggido (London, UK)
Thursday, June 23 | 3:00-6:00 – Register Now
Unleash your poetic side and enjoy the language of the bard in this Elizabethan poetry-slam! Explore the importance of poetry and meter and discover what they unlock in your work. This workshop will investigate key areas of Shakespeare’s language, imagery and dramatic context – including flyting, quibbling, wit, wordplay and even iambic pentameter! You don’t need to be a Shakespearean scholar but a familiarity with some of the plays is useful. Adam Meggido has improvised Shakespeare at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, The National Theatre, on BBC Radio and in eleven countries.
“The Matterhorn Multi-pack” with Matterhorn (Vancouver)
Saturday, June 25 | 11:00-2:00 – Register Now
4 instructors for the price of one!
Object work, when done correctly, can fuel and be the highlight of an improvised scene. In this lesson improvisors will create interesting objects out of thin air, feel their weight, and find their importance within the scene. Object work can anchor your character, define an environment and become more than just a set piece. You will learn how to see past the mandatory nature of object work and instead see them as creative tools for discovery.
This lesson focuses on creating compelling and prominent characters. Improvisors will exercise physicality, voice, facial expression and motivation to find what makes their character interesting and unique. The class will learn to break down character traits and types to find ways to put their characters in the most optimal dynamic. Students will learn to improvise more effortlessly while sitting deeper into the feelings and world of their original characters.
The power of patience, finding stillness in silence. Often times in improv, we find the need to say something fast, fill dead air. When one takes the time to allow silence to fill space, one finds the pace of the scene so much easier – from approaching scenes to finding an ending. Environments become more utilized, and characters more developed. In a one hour workshop, we work on the key aspects of becoming a patient improvisor – solo openings, letting dialogue breathe and connecting with your scene partner without words.
Film & TV has been around for almost 100 years. Needless to say they’re running out of ideas, it’s always fun to bring something fresh into the audition room. Utilizing your improv skills for auditions in Film & Television can separate you from the rest of the pack. Many Directors, Producers and Casting are open to allowing you to be creative and expand your character. Students will be given sides from actual Film & TV auditions and shown how improv can be a useful tool in this setting.
Elective: Specialty Series
Each of the 4 classes in this course will be spent with a different instructor. Each instructor will focus on their own unique specialty, something that they are especially strong at.
May 29 – Joleen Ballendine: Finding the heart in improvised scenes
June 5 – Matt Schuurman: Cinematic storytelling techniques in live improv
June 12 – Ben Gorodetsky: Physical Improvisation
June 19 – Caitlin Howden (Special Improvaganza guest from The Sunday Service!)
*You must have completed Level 3 to register.
The Kidprovisors (Ages 6-12) – A co-production of Rapid Fire Theatre and Foote Theatre School
Saying yes, being positive and listening to others is the name of the game. 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 8 week course will lead to a performance starring your child and the cast of Rapid Fire; fun for the whole family! No experience needed! (No class May 22 / Victoria Day Weekend) Performance: Sunday May 29 Zeidler Theatre $195
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. Performance is encouraged, but not mandatory.
Level 2A – Scenework: The World of the Scene
Level 2 is split in to two classes: 2A & 2B. They can be completed in any order, but both classes must be completed to advance to Level 3. This workshop combines all we’ve worked on in Level I, with a focus on 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 (dates below). Performance is encouraged, but not mandatory. *You must have permission from your Level 1 instructor to register.*
Level 2B – Scenework: Focus on Character
Level 2 is split in to two classes: 2A & 2B. They can be completed in any order, but both classes must be completed to advance to Level 3. This workshop combines all we’ve worked on in Level I, with a focus on 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 (dates below). Performance is encouraged, but not mandatory. *You must have permission from your Level 1 instructor 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 2A & 2B instructors 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.*
Elective: Improv Diagnostic
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 4-week 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. *You must have completed Level 3 or 4 to register.
Intensive: Intro to Improvising Music
Rhythm, melody, and rhyme, in all their simplicity and complexity. This three-day intensive will be an excellent space to build your musical skills, no matter what level you’re at. In addition to basic techniques, we’ll focus on listening, jamming with the group, and finding your own personal musical expression.
No previous improv experience required. 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
Elective: PHYSICAL IMPROVISATION 2: Site-Specific Play
Additional Workshop, in partnership with Mile Zero Dance.
Building upon the diverse physical practice of “Physical Improvisation 1” this workshop series blows open the doors of the studio (literally) and takes your embodied physicality into the great outdoors. We will look at how we can be inspired by the world around us for gestures, characters, narratives, and more. As well, we will learn etiquette around performing in non-traditional spaces. The workshop culminates in a performance of a site-specific, improvised form that will employ your physical intelligence and spontaneity. All skill levels welcome, Physical Improvisation 1 not a pre-requisite for this class.
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 here for more info.