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.

April/May

  • Level 1 – Sundays – April 5-26 – 11-1:30pm
  • Level 2 – Sundays – April 5-26 – 2-4:30pm
  • Level 3 – Tuesdays – April 7-28 – 7-9:30pm – *You must have permission from your Level 2 instructor to register.*
  • Level 4A – Wednesdays – April 8-May 27 – 7-9:30pm – Register Now – *You must have permission from your Level 3 instructor to register.*

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

  • 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

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