Upcoming Improv Classes at the SoCap

Socap Improv Core Program
Core Program caters to non-performers and performers.

The biggest myth about improv is that you need to be funny. What you need to be is yourself. Not the self you project to the world but who you truly are. For most of our students  – whether comedians, actors, or real people – improv is a journey of self discovery.  And, it’s a lot of fun.

The Social Capital style of improvisation is rooted in character, truth and human connection. Burgeoning artists, as well as most of us, share two common traits. One is we don’t truly listen. We hear the words people say but we don’t hear their meaning. The second is we’re self conscious. We worry that people will see the REAL us and discover that we’re not as confident, or smart, or as interesting as we project.  So we developed strategies to hide who we really are. We help you break through that as both an artist and a human being. The result is very empowering.

Whether you’re an improviser wondering why you’ve hit a plateau, an actor who wants to get better at being in the moment and listening, a manager who wants to be a more effective communicator, someone who wants to get better at human interaction, or if you’re just interested in human beings, this program is for you.

Core 1: Find Your Joy 
Core I focuses on dealing with overcoming our fears/anxiety/doubts. It’s about communication with other people. It’s about letting go of judgement. It’s about finding the joy of existing in the moment. The same skills that makes great improvisers, makes great people.

Core 1 with TBA
Saturdays 2:30pm-4:30pm
8 weeks starting September 14th
$225+HST
EARLY BIRD price of $200 if you book by September 7th
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Core II: Artist Voice 
Core II continues the work in Core I – finding context and subtext, agreement, raising the stakes, and introduces the idea a character and developing your own voice.  What are your experiences, biases, expertise, etc. We look at such things as status, point of view, emotional life, wants and needs. We look at playing characters that agree with your point of view, and those that don’t. We look at how engaging in ‘good natured misbehaviour’ can develop your breadth and empathy as an artist and human being.

Core II with Lisa Merchant
Sundays 12pm-2pm
8 weeks starting September 8th
$250+HST
EARLY BIRD price of $225 if you book by September 1st
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Core III: The Duo Scene
Core III focuses on putting everything together to tell short stories. Creating a context, finding agreement, developing subtext out of that, identifying character wants and needs, raising stakes, playing your role, and finding the ending. We continue to stress the important of bold choices, the internal the logic of the scene, how playing bad people make great drama, and more. Let’s make some magic.

Core III with Kerry Griffin
Mondays 7pm-pm
8 weeks starting Sept 9th
$250+HST
EARLY BIRD price of $225 if you book by Sept 2nd
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Advanced Classes

Students need Core II or permission from course director for advanced classes. Email ralph@socap.ca if you’re unsure of whether you have the qualifications.

How to Teach Good Improv with Ralph MacLeod

The class will cover all aspects of teaching adults improv. We will cover class and course planning, classroom management, how to give notes and what notes to give, dealing with problematic issues/themes/students, and of course, improv philosophy.

This will be a very active class with the bulk of your time observing scenes, looking for common problems and how to address them, in short, how to teach good improv.

Wednesdays 7pm-9pm starting September 11th
Ten Weeks – Includes 20 hours class time, observing Ralph teach, an opportunity to teach with feedback, mentoring throughout
$400 plus HST
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Play the Moment: Advanced Scenework with Ken Hall

Play the Moment is an unique workshop designed to go deeper into scene work. Discover how your unique style and sense of play can be channeled to create greater connections and more satisfying scenes. We will explore many facets of scene work, characters, emotion, physicality, presence and play. Each participant will also receive detailed notes, direction and feedback. Playing the Moment will help put a new perspective on your improv and supercharge your senses.

Tuesdays from 7pm-9pm
8 weeks starting September 17th
$250+HST
EARLY BIRD price of $225 if you book by Sept 10th
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Musical Improv with Devon Hyland
Learn musical improv from Second City alumnus and musician Devon Hyland. Starting with rhyming exercises and beginner-level musical improv games, learn how to create entire songs off the top of your head. The class will also focus on how to quickly identify your song’s premise, creating memorable choruses, and when to end your song. It will also include a final performance.  

Thursdays from 7pm-9pm
6 weeks starting September 12th
$190+HST
EARLY BIRD price of $165 if you book by September 5th
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The Social Capital is committed to making our teachings available regardless of a student’s financial situation. Depending on class size and registration levels, The Social Capital will make course time available via a barter system. Please contact admin@socap.ca for details.

Students can make up a maximum of two missed classes in a drop in or similar class. To find a suitable class talk to your teacher or contactralph@socap.ca