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For anyone who's completed the Tightrope Foundations courses, or any experienced improvisor or performer with relevant experience.
Tightrope's signature Drop-In Impro class!
For anyone who's completed our Foundations course or equivalent. A mix of high-energy games, impossible risks, thoughtful investigation, thrilling action, boisterous romance, deep truths & ridiculous hats. Bring an idea, or a character, just yourself, a couple friends, explore new ideas and be surprised!
IBPOC Scholarships available email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
Oct 1 - Cassie Barradas - WHAT'S YOUR TYPE?
Oct 8 - Tess Degenstein - DEEPEN & SHARPEN
Oct 15 & 22 - Jeff Gladstone - STATUS
Oct 29 - Jen Tong - KEEP IT SIMPLE
Nov 5 - Ashlee Ferral - CHARACTER LAB
Nov 12 - Lili Beaudoin - PLAYING WITH EMOTIONS
Nov 19 - Ali Froggatt - AUDIENCE SUGGESTIONS
Nov 26 - Jen Tong - ITS IN THE DETAILS
Dec 3 - Tess Degenstein - SCENE INITIATIONS
Dec 10 - Brent Hirose - JUSTIFICATION BOOTCAMP
Dec 17 - Syd Campbell - EMBODIMENT
Dec 31 - Erin Purghart - NEW YEAR GOALS & PARTY!
Single Drop in $25 +GST: Register at the link below or pay at the door
5 Class Pass $100 +GST: Register for 5 Drop-In's and use code 5CLASSPASS at checkout
In this one-day intensive, we will explore approaches to sketch comedy writing through improvisation, structure, message and more! The day will simulate parts of the process of being in a professional television writer's room (but a nice one). We will tackle pitching, premise generation and refinement, group writing, format, shape, style and exercises to flesh out participants' unique comedic voices. Leave with potential material to get your sketch writing package together or at least some new tools to attack it!
BECKY JOHNSON is a Canadian Screen Award winning writer and comedian. An alumna of the Toronto Second City Mainstage, Becky has performed internationally with her influential improv projects including Catch23 Improv, The Sufferettes and IRON COBRA. As a writer, Becky has contributed to Baroness von Sketch Show, The Hour Has 22 Minutes and CBC’s Because News. Becky has also been a panelist for Canadian pitches at JFL Comedy Pro’s Stand Up and Pitch competition. As an actor, Becky has been featured on Baroness von Sketch Show (CBC/IFC), What We Do in the Shadows (FX) , Odd Squad (PBS/TVOKids), Workin’ Moms (CBC/Netflix), Space Riders: Division Earth (Funny or Die) and more. Becky has won two Canadian Comedy Awards for her work in improvisation and two Canadian Screen Awards for writing on Baroness von Sketch Show. She is currently commissioned to write the book for a 90’s Grrrl Rock Musical in collaboration with songwriter Hank Pine for Atomic Vaudeville in Victoria.
For any improvisor or performer who's looking to add to their toolkit. Each month we focus on a different skill set and it all wraps up with a live performance at our new Sunday Student Showcase: Sideshow!
Tuesday Oct 3
Sci-Fi with Ali Froggatt
Leap into the final frontier! Discover your personal relationship with the stars, gain confidence with science fiction terminology and explore stranger worlds.
Tuesday Oct 10
Horror with Tess Degenstein
Examine different ways to deepen and embody period genre, from Victorian gothic horror to the psychological thrillers of the 60s and 70s. Focus will be on finding individual connection to the scene, and rich world building.
Tuesday Oct 17
Transformation with Jeff Gladstone
A normal house. On a quiet street. But when the moon is full, something inside you begins to change. Using classic Tilts and drawing inspiration from Monster Movies, transform yourself, your scene partner, and the audience.
Tuesday Oct 24
Campy Horror with guest instructor Becky Johnson
The essence of Camp is its love of the unnatural: of artifice and exaggeration.” Susan Sontag. Explore longform storytelling that is intentionally odd, & beautiful bizarre.
Date: Tuesday October 3rd, 10th, 17th, & 24th
Final Performance: Tuesday October 31st aka HALLOWEEN!
With Instructors Jeff Gladstone & Blue Chu
Find your voice and move together as you challenge yourself with improv musical games, compelling scenes, and weave them together into a long-form narrative. Bring an instrument or your dancing shoes. No singing experience required, just a love of music and a willingness to try something new!
Dates: Tuesday November 7th, 14th, & 21st
Final Performance: Tuesday November 28th 7pm
Date: Sunday September 17th - October 15th
Time: 11AM - 1:30PM
Studying “Le Jeu”, students will learn to play, develop complicity, gain sensitivity and embrace taking risks. As clowns, students will learn how to break down the fourth wall and connect with their audience. They will learn to embrace the “flop” and find the freedom to fail.
Inspired by the pedagogy of the French clown master Philippe Gaulier, this workshop is for all types of performers: actors, clowns, comedians, improvisers… Anyone who wants to get out of their head and follow their impulses.
Date: Sunday October 29th - November 26th
Time: 11AM - 1:30PM
Over this 5 week course, the students will further utilize the clowning skills and the characters that they discovered in the Clown 1 - “Le Jeu” workshop series, to focus on and develop their
very own original clown act...aka “Turn”. While broadening their comedic horizons through the exploration of improv, slapstick humour, and mime technique, these students will create a
physical comedy act that really works, and at the end of this course, will get to present it as a performance piece to the enjoyment of a live audience!
Prerequisite: Le Jeu Workshop with Chloe Payne or any other intro clown workshop. If you have questions email email@example.com
Conservatory is for improvisors who have trained with us for over one year. Over three months, you will receive vocal and physical training, ensemble development, regular weekly scene study practises, work on short-form, long-form and impro theatre, and once a month, will perform together at our new monthly Sunday evening student performance series SIDESHOW. Next intake will be Fall 2024.
All of our In-Studio classes take place at the Tightrope Theatre 2343 Main Street. Our theatre space, designed specifically for improvisation training and performance, has lights and sound, as well as props, costumes & set pieces to bring your scenes to life. Come visit us to watch a show and say hi!
2343 Main Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V5T 3C9, Canada