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!

Improvaganza 2017 Public Workshops

During Rapid Fire Theatre’s Improvaganza: Edmonton’s International Improv and Sketch Comedy Festival, we are thrilled to offer a rare opportunity for our workshop students to train with our festival guests in four unique workshops. Workshops are $70 each.

Full Improvaganza festival details at rapidfiretheatre.com/improvaganza


TALK PRETTY with Nicole Passmore (Toronto)
Saturday, June 17, Noon-2:30
David Bentley Salon “A”, 3rd floor, Foote Theatre School, Citadel Theatre

It’s never just WHAT we say that matters, but HOW we say it. With a focus on different styles of narration, and the different tools to execute them, this workshop by Nicole Passmore (Bad Dog Theatre Company, Second City HouseCo) will help you find variety in shaping your narrative work. Whether it’s strange, beautiful, epic, or anything in between, you’ll learn how to say it with style.

Basic improv experience required.

Check availability and register here.


DANCING FOR DUMMIES with Laura Doorneweerd (Amsterdam)

Sunday June 18, 5:00-7:30
David Bentley Salon, 3rd floor, Foote Theatre School, Citadel Theatre

In this workshop Laura uses her background as an improv and dance teacher to teach you how to bluff your way in ballet. Or in hiphop, Bollywood, country, disco, tango and many more styles. You will learn the most important tricks and steps to make it look like you are a dancer. The audience can shout out any style in music or dance: you will know what to do. And what games you can play using your moves.

Laura has taught this workshop since 2009 to many Dutch, German, Swiss and Finnish improv groups and it is the most fun you will have in using your body on stage. Stiff as a board? No sense for rhythm? Perfect, then sign up for this workshop now!

“Laura is one of the most enthusiastic trainers I know. She is committed, social, sweet and energetic. In the training ‘Dancing for Dummies’ she is giving everything and takes you on the hand to dance styles you never heard of. My group still remembers everything and likes to practice them all, including the ‘cries’/instructions that Laura made while teaching us. We do that on stage or even in the bar. Hilarious!”
— Frouke de Groot (Improfessioneel, The Netherlands)

No experience necessary.

Check availability and register here.


INTRO TO GAME OF THE SCENE with Matt Folliott (Toronto)
Saturday, June 24, 11:00-1:30
Classroom C, 2nd floor, Foote Theatre School, Citadel Theatre

Games are fun. So why not play them on stage? Familiarize yourself with the fundamentals of game and tap into the funny bone of each of your scenes. Game of the scene is a widely used tool of improvisation, and this unique look at a highly effective approach to comedy will highlight the joy and hilarity in your scene work. It’s no wonder that everyone from TV’s Key and Peele to your favourite improvisers use game to create funny, memorable moments.

Basic improv experience required.

Check availability and register here.

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 2A: Scenework – The World of the Scene

You must have permission from your Level 1 instructor to register. Level 2 is split into two classes: 2A & 2B. 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.

Upcoming Sessions:

  • No currently scheduled sessions. Workshops resume in September.

Level 2B: Scenework – Focus on Character

You must have permission from your Level 1 instructor to register. Level 2 is split into two classes: 2A & 2B. 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 3: Advanced Shortform

You must have permission from your Level 2A & 2B 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 4A: Intro to Narrative Longform

You must have permission from your Level 3 instructor to register. You may register for 4A or 4B 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.

Upcoming Sessions:

  • No sessions currently scheduled. Workshops resume in September.

Level 4B: Intro to Thematic Longform

You must have permission from your Level 3 instructor to register. You may register for 4A or 4B 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.

Upcoming Sessions:

  • Stay tuned for more details soon!

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.

Upcoming Sessions:

 No sessions currently scheduled

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.

Upcoming Sessions:

  • No session currently scheduled. Workshops resume in September. Stay tuned for more details!

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: