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).

UPCOMING SESSIONS

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).

January

Level 1 – Sundays, January 10-31, 11-1:30 – Register Now
Level 2B – Tuesdays, January 12-February 2, 7-9:30 – Register Now
Level 3 – Wednesdays, January 13 – February 3, 7-9:30 – Register Now
Level 4B – Sundays, January 10 – February 28, 2-4:30 – Register Now
Workshop Showcase Thursday February 4, 7:30

February

Improv Diagnostic – Sundays, February 7-28, 11-1:30 – Register Now
Level 1 – Tuesdays, February 9 – March 1, 7-9:30 – Register Now
Level 2A – Wednesdays, February 10 – March 2, 7-9:30 – Register Now
Workshop Showcase Thursday March 3, 7:30

March

Level 1 – Sundays, March 6-27, 2-4:30 – Register Now
Level 1 – Wednesdays, March 9-30, 7-9:30 – Register Now
Level 2B – Tuesdays, March 8-29, 7-9:30 – Register Now
Level 3 – Sundays, March 6-27, 11-1:30 – Register Now
Workshop Showcase Thursday March 31, 7:30

Elective: Physical Improvisation 2: Site-Specific Play (more details below) – Register Now
7-8:30 – March 13, March 20, March 27, April 3 at the Spazio Performativo (10816 95st)

April

Level 1 – Sundays, April 3-24, 11-1:30 – Register Now
Level 2A – Sundays, April 3-24, 2-4:30 – Register Now
Level 3 – Tuesdays, April 5-26, 7-9:30 – Register Now
Level 4A – Wednesdays, April 6 – May 25, 7-9:30 – Register Now
Workshop Showcase Thursday April 28, 7:30

May

Improvised Songs – Sundays, May 1-22, 11-1:30 – Register Now
Level 1 – Tuesdays, May 3-24, 7-9:30 – Register Now
Level 2B – Sundays, May 1-22, 2-4:30 – Register Now
Workshop Showcase Thursday May 26, 7:30

June

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

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 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.