Classes

Throughout its 37 year history, Theatre on the Edge has always taught improv workshops for the general public. Hundreds and hundreds of people have taken our classes, 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, September 11 and 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 n in Kitchener (across Gaukel Street from the bus terminal), and the cost is $90. To register, click here.  You must pay in advance (see https://toteimprov.ca/course-payments for details).

This class is now sold out. If you wish to be notified when the next Level 1 is offered, please email registration@tote.ca.


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).

    • Our next set of Level 2 classes will be announced soon. To be notified, send email to registration@tote.ca.

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.

Our next set of Level 3 classes will begin on Sunday, September 16 and run for six weeks. We’ll skip the Thanksgiving weekend, so the course will end on October 28. Each class begins at 4 pm and typically ends between 6 and 6:30. The classes will be held in our regular performance space, the Button Factory Arts building in Waterloo, and the cost is $90.  To register, click here. You must pay in advance (see https://toteimprov.ca/course-payments for details).

This class is now sold out. If you wish to be added to the waiting list, please email registration@tote.ca.


Other Classes

We also plan to offer Master Classes on specific topics. In addition, we plan to bring in outside instructors as part of our Continuing Education series. For information on any of these more advanced classes, email us at registration@tote.ca

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