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Who should take improv classes?
“Anyone! People take improv for a variety of reasons: to gain confidence, to improve public-speaking skills, to “get out of your head,” to meet new people, to become a better actor, for work, or even just for the heck of it. If you want to challenge yourself, laugh, and have fun for a couple of hours a week, improv is a great way to do just that! “- Kelly Turner [Foundations 2 student 2013]
About the Bad Dog Academy:
For over 20 years, our basic improv program has helped people from all walks of life improve their confidence, their public speaking, and their creativity. From CEOs to truck drivers, from sales people to ballet dancers, we’ve taught thousands of students the simple joy of improv as an art, business and life skill.
Whether you’re trying to break into the performing arts, hone a creative edge, or simply become more comfortable in front of new people, the Bad Dog Academy’s improv workshops are for you. They’re FUN, the people are supportive and there’s never any pressure to do things you’re uncomfortable with. Just take our introductory improv course and we’re sure you won’t regret it. Thousands of satisfied students, students just like you, can’t be wrong.
Who are we? Well the Bad Dog Theatre Company is the home of Theatresports Toronto, the city’s longest continuously running improv show! We’ve been a commanding presence in the Toronto comedy community since 1982. Some of our award-winning alumni have gone on to work in stage, film, radio and television on shows like Saturday Night Live, Anne of Green Gables, The Road to Avonlea, History Bites, The Red Green Show, This Hour has 22 Minutes, Train 48, Air Farce, Sketchcom, MadTV and more!
Our faculty – all working actors – have been nominees or winners of Geminis, Doras, and Canadian Comedy Awards. As teachers and performers, they have toured across North America, Europe, Australia & the Caribbean, and they bring their unique perspective to every class.
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No experience? No problem! Feeling rusty? We’ve got you covered. Check out our FOUNDATION SERIES.
NARRATIVE STUDIO SERIESLooking for an opportunity to develop new improvised work (with a strong narrative emphasis) in an ensemble environment? The performance-oriented NARRATIVE STUDIO SERIES for experienced improvisers is for you!
ADVANCED PLAY SERIESWant to brush up, work out and get a feel for our instructors & approach? Try the ADVANCED PLAY SERIES.
Where are your adult classes held?
Our adult classes are held at Comedy Bar (945 Bloor St. W.).
Do you have gift certificates?
Yes! Drop us an email for more information.
What if I have previous improv experience?
For anyone who has previous improv or performing experience and wants to gain entry into a Foundation class other than Level 1 or one of our Power-Up, Performance or Narrative Studio Series classes, we strongly recommend joining us at Academy Tuesday/Wheel of Improv or participating in one of our Advanced Play classes. These are opportunities to meet & work with our faculty who can then make placement recommendations for you.
Wondering where to begin?
Check out our Foundation Series — our Foundation 1 class (formerly Level 100) is the perfect introduction to improvisation. And remember, if you have any questions at all , don’t hesitate to drop us a line.
How long are your classes and how many weeks is a session?
Classes are usually 2 hours long and last 4 or 8 weeks. We do not have classes during Easter, Victoria Day, Canada Day, Labour Day, or Thanksgiving.
How much do your classes cost?
Please see individual class registration pages for pricing details.
Is there a discount for taking two classes?
Yep. If you take a second class in the same session, you get a discount off the second class. Some restrictions apply. Discount cannot be used with half-price Foundation classes. See the upcoming classes page for the amount of the discount.
What are your teachers’ backgrounds?
Our teachers are all highly experienced professionals, many have been involved in improv for well over a decade. Our permanent faculty includes several Canadian Comedy Award winners and nominees. We are also a member of TAAS, an organisation dedicated to “responsible, ethical, accountable, accessible, high-quality training”.
I have experience, do I have to start at the beginning?
No. Send us an email and outline your experience. Requests to start at various levels are dealt with on a case by case basis.
Do I get to perform?
We have a number of performance opportunities available at all levels of student development… starting at Academy Tuesday and Wheel of Improv.
I’m not an actor, and I have no experience. Is that okay?
Yes. The people who take classes with us come from all backgrounds. Some are working actors but most are not. People also take our classes to help with their work, gain confidence, to meet new people, to try something new and fun…
Are course fees refundable?
Course fees are non-refundable and non-transferable except in the following case. If, after the FIRST class of your 8-week cycle you choose not to continue, you can receive a refund less a $25 administration fee. After the second class there are no refunds under any circumstances. Payment is due IN FULL ON or BEFORE the 1st day your classes begin.
How can I register and/or pay for classes?
Before attending a class at Bad Dog, you must REGISTER with the Workshop Director. Please see the upcoming classes page for details on how to register. After you’ve received registration confirmation from the workshop director, you must make aPAYMENT IN FULL BEFORE or ON the 1st day classes begin.
I still have a question.
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How do I register?
You can register for classes online by clicking the register link for the class you’re interested in. If no link appears, drop us a line.