The following are three very different comedy workshops. Please call or email through the Contact form for more details and pricing.
1. Improvisation & Play: The Sandbox
This workshop is ideal for integrating improvisation within the workplace and your local community.
“Creativity is intelligence having fun.” – Anonymous
Play and improvisation go hand in hand. To improvise we need to reach agreement and choose to say ‘yes’, and then find in ourselves a willingness to play. In this class we will observe how the two forms are related and agree to collectively dive into the sandbox and play.
With solo and ensemble play we learn to empathize, socialize, adapt to new situations, problem solve, innovate and play. Play also helps us see that success can come from failure, and this is how we learn. There is a reason why companies like Google have installed fireman’s poles, sandboxes, and slides in their work spaces. Play equals creativity and innovation, and is more necessary than ever for work and building our communities. In this 2.5-hour workshop. We will focus on play and improvisatory theatre games that allow for both movement and relaxation, and ask of participants a collective curiosity, and willingness to explore, as we once did in the sandboxes and colouring books of our youth.
-Vocal, physical warm up, focus on breath and articulation
-Agreement, Making & Accepting Offers
-Ensemble Play: Spontaneity & Fun
2. Making Funny
In this three hour workshop students will study classic comedic sketches from Abbot & Costello, Nichols & May to contemporary Second City scenes and sketches. Students will identify jokes within the sketch, action the script, discuss comedic points of view, and be encouraged to make the strongest physical and vocal choices possible to lift the funny off the page. Depending on time available, a second session may be added to host a mini sketch presentation where family and friends are invited to laugh along at the fruits of our comedic excavation. *Scripts will be made available for student use.
3.Improv A Go Go! (Young adults & teens)
Want to create fun, comic characters and scenes by making them up on your feet? Then this workshop could be for you.
In this 2.5 hour Improv class, (ages 12-18), we will play a series of group improvisatory exercises and games with the end goal of creating an original scene or two with unique, comic characters. Our primary focus will be working and playing towards a set list of favourite improvisational games.
Our improv will involve movement so be sure to wear loose, comfy clothing, and bring a water bottle along with a willingness to explore and create new stories. Our time together will involve:
Vocal, physical warm up
Making & Accepting Offers
Creating character, scenes, and set list.
Your Improvisation Instructor:
Melody has been touring her new show Person of Interest all over the country (most recently Festival Players, and the Edmonton Fringe). Last winter she directed Cottagers & Indians for its' Ontario tour and Tarragon Theatre remount where she also premiered her Dora nominated, Miss Caledonia, co created Mimi, A Poisoner’s Comedy, with Rick Roberts and Allen Cole. She won the Toronto Dora award for her work as the titular character in Morwyn Brebner’s Little Mercy’s First Murder/Tarragon-Shaw Festival, and originated roles in It’s All True and Well. Most recently Melody has begun touring her new comedy/drama Person of Interest. Other favourite theatrical credits include: Assassins/MTC, 7 Stories/ Theatre Calgary/CanStage (Betty Mitchell award nomination), Trout Stanley/Factory Theatre, I Think I Can YPT/NAC, Our Town/Two Planks, (Merrit nomination), Blithe Spirit/Soulpepper, An Awkward Evening with Martin & Johnson with Bob Martin, (The Drowsy Chaperone).
An alumna of The Toronto Second City, Melody has also directed both the Mainstage and Touring Companies, comedyturged Chicago Second City’s #DateMe (currently off Broadway) and directed the Dora award winning One Night Only musical improv show. When not in the theatre, Melody voices cartoons (Pets of the Universe on Treehouse TV now), teaches and directs at the Humber School of Comedy and enjoys family time. www.melodyjohnson.ca