Stand Up Comedy
Have you ever wondered if you could stand alone with a mic on stage and make people laugh? It's a huge high when you pull it off - but the fear of bombing can be nerve-wracking. This workshop is a great way to get started. It's challenging but fun - in 8 weeks participants come up with strong material and the kind of confidence it takes a year or more to build just by doing Open Mics.
Instructor: Kirsten Van Ritzen is acclaimed for her unique curriculum and supportive style of teaching. Each week you will get the chance to perform and 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.
No previous experience of any kind is required, just bring a sense of humour, a pen and a large old-fashioned paper notebook. Make time to do 30 to 60 minutes per week of comedy 'homework' outside of class. Open to adults 19+.
2017 STAND UP LEVEL 1
7:00 - 9:00 pm Mondays Oct. 16 to Dec. 4 + Fri. Dec. 8 SOLD OUT
7:00 -9:00 Thursdays Oct. 19 to Dec. 7 + Sat. Dec. 9 SOLD OUT
James Bay New Horizons 234 Menzies $175 + gst
Payment options: - credit card at Eventbrite (fee), etransfer, cheque or cash
These fall intro workshops are 8 weeks and included classes, a field trip and the opportunity to perform in a showcase! (or just watch if you want)
*contact us at BROAD THEATRICS to be notified for 2018 workshops. Dates to be announced soon!
note: we kindly request that you do not contact James Bay New Horizons
LEVEL 2 STANDUP 2018 dates to be announced soon!
Level 2 explores new topics, new approaches to comedy, crowd work and more. It is open those who have taken Level 1 with Kirsten any time previously and is typically offered only once per year.
(video below) Profile by Gordie Tupper on Chek News
“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!
INTRO TO IMPROV
2-4pm Sundays Sept. 17 - Oct. 8 (4 weeks) $99 + gst
A fun introduction to the basic skills- let loose and have some laughs in this active class! Open to age 15+ .
* SOLD OUT - REGISTRATION CLOSED *.
IMPROV LEVEL 1
2-4pm Sundays Nov. 12 - Dec. 3 (4 weeks) $99 + gst
Picks up where INTRO left off - review and practise basic skills, learn new games, open scenes and more. Also open to anyone with a bit of previous acting or improv experience. Age 15 +
James Bay New Horizons 234 Menzies
Register now SPOTS STILL OPEN:
- by credit card at Eventbrite (fee applies)
- e transfer 103.95 to kvritzen at yahoo.ca
- cash or mail a cheque (please contact us for details)
IMPROV FOR COMICS - TBA
Comics work on spontaneity and being 'in the moment'. Learn improv skills by playing group games; a series of solo exercises to practise crowd work, responding to hecklers/interruptions, act-outs, and making your set come alive. Suitable for both comics and improvisors.