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 Monday, May 28, 2018, and run for six weeks (skipping the Monday following Canada Day and ending on July 9).  Each class begins at 7 pm, and typically ends at 9 pm or slightly later. The classes will be held at a location in Waterloo, and the cost is $90. This class is now full.

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 begin on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 and run for six weeks. Each class begins at 7 pm and typically ends between 9 and 9:30. The classes will be held at a location in Kitchener, and the cost is $90.

This class is now full. If you wish to be placed on a waiting list, email us at

Improv Master Class

By popular demand, we’ve added a new six-week Improv Master Class. The format will be different from our regular courses, with half the classes consisting of scene work while the other half focuses on topics such as Stagecraft, Non-verbal Communication and Musical Improv.

The course will only be open to those who have completed our Improv Level 2 course or higher. The classes will be held on Sunday afternoons (approximately 3:30 to 5:30), starting May 6, 2018, and will run for a total of six non-consecutive weeks (May 6, 13, 27 and June 3, 10 and 24). They will be held at the Button Factory Arts Building in Waterloo and will cost $90 for the six-week course.\

Here’s a list of which topics will be covered in each class:

May 6, 4:00 to 6:00 — Gibberish and Nonverbal Communication (Sam)
May 13, 3:30 to 5:30 — Musical Improv (Adam Benjamin)
May 27, 3:30 to 5:30 — Stagecraft (Bernie)
June 3, 4:00 to 6:00 — Scene work with notes (Andrea)
June 10, 3:30 to 5:30 — Scene work with notes (Bernie)
June 24, 3:30 to 5:30 — Scene work with notes (Nike)

This class is now full.

If you have any questions about any of our classes, email us at

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