Throughout its 37 year history, Theatre on the Edge has always taught improv classes for the general public. Hundreds and hundreds of people have taken our courses, and we hear over and over again how much fun they are and how learning improv has helped people in their workplace and in their social life.
Even if you’re never planning to perform, these courses are great for boosting your self-confidence, opening up your creativity, and improving your ability to think and react spontaneously.
The classes are designed to be relaxing, stimulating and always supportive. We create an environment where you feel safe taking risks and trying new things. Above all, they’re a lot of fun!
As a bonus, any students registered in one of our improv courses get to attend Theatre on the Edge performances for free! Watching improv is a great way to enhance the learning experience.
Please note that these classes are designed for adults (18 years of age and over). We may do youth or children’s classes at some point in the future, depending on the demand.
Level 1 — Intro to Improv
Our Level 1 classes are designed to introduce you to the basics of improvisation. The focus is on creativity, cooperation and having fun. They’re designed to give you confidence, and teach you to trust your instincts and work together as a team.
Level 1 provides you with all the core skills you need to do improv. Even if you’re never planning to perform, the course will help you with public speaking, teaching, and interacting in social situations.
Our next set of Level 1 classes will begin on Tuesday, June 18th and will run for six consecutive weeks. Each class begins at 7 pm, and typically ends at 9 pm or slightly later. The classes will be held at at 44 Gaukel Street in Kitchener (across Gaukel Street from the bus terminal), and the cost is $100. To register, click here.
Level 2 — Improv Scene Work
Level 2 is designed to build on the material covered in Level 1. Each class will focus on a different aspect of improv (such as Characters, Narrative and so on), and each will be a mix of theory, exercises and games. By the end of Level 2, you should have the skills and confidence to perform in front of an audience, and you’ll have the opportunity to be part of an actual showcase performance at Theatre on the Edge.
Note that Level 2 classes are only open to people who have previous improv training (e.g. our Level 1 course or equivalent).
Level 3 — Advanced Improv Skills
Level 3 is designed to build on all the material covered in the previous levels. More advanced improv techniques will be covered such as different show formats and scene structures, handling larger multi-person group scenes, scene editing and introduction to long form. The focus will be primarily on scene work. By the end of Level 3, you should have all the skills needed to perform in front of an audience in a variety of improv styles and formats.
Note that Level 3 classes are only open to people who have taken our Level 2 course or have equivalent training elsewhere, or have approval of the instructors.
Our next set of Level 3 classes will begin on Tuesday, May 7th and will run for six consecutive weeks. Each class begins at 7 pm, and typically ends at 9 pm or slightly later. The classes will be held at at 44 Gaukel Street in Kitchener (across Gaukel Street from the bus terminal), and the cost is $100. To register, click here.
We also plan to offer Continuing Education Classes on specific topics. For information on any of these more advanced classes, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Students who have completed level 2 or higher may be invited to join the cast by the Creative Team. More details can be found here.