Stand Up Comedy
Have you ever wondered if you could stand on stage with a mic, and make people laugh? It's a huge high when you pull it off, but the fear of bombing can be nerve-wracking. Or maybe you have no idea how to begin. This workshop is a great way to get started. It's challenging but will probably become your favourite night of the week. In less than two months, you will create strong material and gain the confidence it takes years to build by doing Open Mics alone.
Instructor: Kirsten Van Ritzen is acclaimed for her unique curriculum and supportive style of teaching. She has been teaching for many years and has taught hundreds of 'regular' people from all walks of life. Many have continued on their path to become comics - performing regularly, hosting shows, appearing on radio and television, even winning comedy competitions. For others, it is a bucket list item - and we are cool with that too!
Each week you will get the chance to perform, receive constructive feedback, and be given creative assignments for the next class. The group will also discuss topics in comedy, get insider tips, and generally laugh a lot. The session wraps with a comedy show - you will have the option of performing or just kick back and enjoy the show.
No experience is required, just bring a sense of humour, a pen and a large old-school notebook. Allow 30 to 60 minutes per week of creative homework outside of class. Open to adults 19+.
REFUND POLICY: cancel up to one week before the session begins and get a full refund. After session begins, no refunds for missed classes or dropping out - then it is too late for someone on the wait list to take your spot. Seats are limited so that everyone gets the time and attention they deserve. Unsure? By request, you are welcome to AUDIT a class in advance of a future session.
2018 FALL STAND UP LEVEL 1 (Nov/Dec. session)
7-9pm Thursdays Nov. 1 to Dec. 13 plus show Sat. Dec. 15
James Bay New Horizons 234 Menzies (see map below right)
$195 + gst
Registration now OPEN!
- by credit card at Eventbrite.ca (service fee applies)
- etransfer 204.75 to broadtheatrics at yahoo.ca (include full name in the message)
- cheque 204.75 contact first for info/mailing address
- cash by arrangement
Please direct any questions about the workshop to Broad Theatrics . We kindly request not contacting the staff or volunteers at James Bay New Horizons . JBNH is fully accessible. Free street parking nearby.
STANDUP LEVEL 2 - Spring 2019
Level 2 explores new topics, new forms/styles of stand up, crowd work, heckling and more. It is open those who have taken Level 1 with Kirsten in the past few years and is typically offered only once per year.
STANDUP FOR THIS ABILITY/LEVEL 1 Combo class
This 2018 Spring Session was open to people of all abilities, and participants performed on May 26. Watch the TV story below!
SHAW TV and CHEK TV stories
“one of the best teachers I’ve ever had in any subject”
"non-stop encouraging, supportive style of coaching - very inspiring"
"A great experience all around"
"thanks to Kirsten for being a kind, fun and helpful teacher"
"I built confidence."
" a scheduled night of laughter every week"
" Great! I never imagined I would be able to do it!"
"Gave me the kick I needed to get started. Freakin' awesome. "
"This has to be the most fun class I've ever taken"
Are you a fan of "Whose Line is it Anyway" or SIN CITY IMPROV... and wondered how they come up with brilliant ideas on the spot?
Improv Comedy is a great skill for actors, comics, and anyone who wants to unleash their spontaneity and creativity. A structured series of warm-up games and exercises teach the basics of improv technique. In this active class you will laugh really hard while learning how to let go, be silly and play well with others.
Instructor: Kirsten has taught improv for the legendary Second City Toronto, Vancouver Theatresports, Randolph Academy, The Improv Studio, Kaleidoscope Performing Arts, Victoria Academy of Dramatic Arts and more. She has performed hundreds of improv shows across North America, and is a founding member of Edmonton's Canadian Comedy Award-winning Die-Nasty Improvised Soap Opera, Toronto's Sin City Improv Soap and co-creator/performer of 7 seasons of Victoria's acclaimed SIN CITY IMPROV SERIAL ~ 145 episodes, two 'M' Award nominations!
Acting on Camera with Ian Ferguson
For those with some training and experience in theatre - make the transition to Acting on Camera! Ian is an experienced acting coach and Film/TV director with a unique and effective curriculum to bring depth to On Camera performance. Acting assignments will be performed for the camera every class, and participants get to watch playback. Next dates TBA.