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).

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Rapid Fire Theatre’s world-class instructors also lead workshops in improv at The Citadel’s Foote Theatre School.

Rapid Fire Theatre Workshops

Details on each level and electives are below the schedule. All workshops are non-refundable.

May

  • Level 1 – Tuesdays – May 5-26 – 7-9:30pm – Register Now
  • Level 2 – Sundays – May 3-24 – 2-4:30pm – Register Now
  • Elective: Improvised Songs – Sundays – May 3-May 24 – 11am-1:30pm – Register Now – *You must have completed Level 3 or 4 to register.*

Workshop Show: Thursday May 28, 7:30pm in Zeidler Hall – Buy Tickets

June

  • Level 1 – Sundays – May 31- June 21 – 2-4:30pm – Register Now
  • Level 2 – Tuesdays – June 2-23 – 7-9:30pm – Register Now
  • Level 3 – Wednesdays – June 3-24 – 7-9:30pm – Register Now – *You must have permission from your Level 2 instructor to register.*
  • Elective: Improv Diagnostics – Sundays – May 31-June 21- 11-1:30pm (June 21 class in Zeidler Hall) – Register Now *You must have completed Level 3 or 4 to register.*

Workshop Show: Thursday June 25, 7:30pm in Zeidler Hall – Buy Tickets

GANZA PUBLIC WORKSHOPS:

AUDIENCE INTERACTION with Torsten Voller from Stiefe Brise (Hamburg, Germany)

Tuesday June 231-4pm, Foote Classroom C – Register Now
How can you help people to be brave and trusting enough to join you on stage?  What can you do to create a feeling of togetherness without stepping into the stand-up-trap of making fun of them? Which games and scenes can be played together with members of the audience? How can you do a great scene with someone who has never been on stage before?
This workshop will explore how improvisors interact with the audience.

STAGECRAFT with Adam Meggido from Showstopper (London, UK)

Wednesday June 241-4pm, Foote Classroom C – Register Now
Adam Meggido has been an acting coach and theatre director for 25 years. This session will help you hone your stagecraft techniques – how to use the stage and how your body always tells the story – from the old theatre tricks of the nineteenth century through to contemporary acting and status interplay, giving you greater confidence and polish in your presentation. You will need a notebook for this workshop.

START YOUR SCENE with Kristin Jess Rodin from Det Andre Teatret (Oslo, Norway)

Thursday June 25Noon-3pm, Foote Classroom C – Register Now
All scenes have a beginning, and there are so many ways to get a story going! This workshop will focus on how to kickstart your scenes to inspire yourself and others.

CHARACTER with Andrew Barber, Brian Cook & Scott Patey from VTSL (Vancouver, Canada)

Saturday June 27Noon-3pm, Foote Classroom C – Register Now
This class 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.

 

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.

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.*

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: Improv Diagnostics with Kory Mathewson

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