Classes

Learn The Art of Improv

The Calgary Improv School offers improv classes to take you from beginner to expert! Engage your creativity and fun in a supportive environment. Train to become a performer, or just improve your work, relationships, and well-being with the best brain training on the planet. Email christine@kinkonauts.com for more info!

Sunday December 1, 6:00 PM-8:00 PM

Improv can be a difficult space for people of colour. The challenges are many and often subtle. This workshop will explore what it means to do improv as a visible minority. You will develop your own authentic voice, celebrate your identity, and learn tools to deal with the tricky situations that often arise when culture and cliché collide.

There will be plenty of room for the open and honest discussion of your experiences which will also guide our workshop exercises. Learn to play and have fun with anyone while being being fully yourself!

Scholarships are available! Please email Sara for more information.

Taught by Vinny Francois

Vinny Francois has over 20 years of experience as a professional improviser in both English and French and is an award-winning instructor. A founding director of the Montreal Improv Theatre, he has performed in more shows and venues across Canada than he can count. He was the Executive Producer of Mprov: The Montreal Improv Festival, runs Camp Zipzap, an improv camp for adults in Quebec and has been published in McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. He currently performs with Kevin Pinkoski in the duo “Classic”, recently appearing at the Big Pond Improv Festival in Burlington, VT.

He has co-produced four improv shows for the Montreal Fringe Festival and directed the tragic improv show “It’s Not You, It’s Me” in Canada, the US and the UK. He has appeared in improv festivals in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Austin, Ottawa, Toronto, Victoria, Winnipeg & Vancouver (Best Workshop, 2016) and was the inaugural Ensemble Director for the Improvised Play Festival in 2017 (Austin, TX). Vinny has also performed and held workshops across Europe, North America, and Australia/New Zealand.

Thursday November 28, 7:00 PM-10:00 PM

Ever find yourself wondering: “What the heck is happening in this scene?!” This workshop explores the idea that scenes can often be broken down into one of two categories: one weirdo or two weirdos. We will cover how to recognize which kind of scene you’re in and what you can do in either case.

One Weirdo, Two Weirdos teaches you to listen carefully so you can identify and build your scenes from a strong position. This way you can develop an instinctive awareness of exactly what the heck is happening in your scene.

This is an intermediate level class. You should have at least 50 hours of improv training and experience before taking this class. If you have questions about your level, email Jess: jess@kinkonauts.com 

Taught by Vinny Francois

Vinny Francois has over 20 years of experience as a professional improviser in both English and French and is an award-winning instructor. A founding director of the Montreal Improv Theatre, he has performed in more shows and venues across Canada than he can count. He was the Executive Producer of Mprov: The Montreal Improv Festival, runs Camp Zipzap, an improv camp for adults in Quebec and has been published in McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. He currently performs with Kevin Pinkoski in the duo “Classic”, recently appearing at the Big Pond Improv Festival in Burlington, VT.

He has co-produced four improv shows for the Montreal Fringe Festival and directed the tragic improv show “It’s Not You, It’s Me” in Canada, the US and the UK. He has appeared in improv festivals in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Austin, Ottawa, Toronto, Victoria, Winnipeg & Vancouver (Best Workshop, 2016) and was the inaugural Ensemble Director for the Improvised Play Festival in 2017 (Austin, TX). Vinny has also performed and held workshops across Europe, North America, and Australia/New Zealand.

Vinny is excited to share the thrill of doing improv with anyone willing to learn.

Monday December 2, 7:00 PM-10:00 PM

How to Teach Improv

Sharing the magic of improv with new students is one of the most rewarding aspects of improv. But it can also be one of the most daunting. This workshop covers how to prepare for a class, design the workshop, run exercises, watch a scene, and how to give notes kindly but directly.

Students will: teach each other exercises and get feedback on their teaching, develop a workshop outline and learn to revise it. The class will also discuss how to handle difficult situations, the difference between teaching a workshop and coaching a group and close with a Q&A session.

Students are expected to be experienced improvisers (>60 hours of classes and performing) and bring pen/pencil and a notebook.

Taught by Vinny Francois

Vinny Francois has over 20 years of experience as a professional improviser in both English and French and is an award-winning instructor. A founding director of the Montreal Improv Theatre, he has performed in more shows and venues across Canada than he cares to count. He was the Executive Producer of Mprov: The Montreal Improv Festival, runs Camp Zipzap, an improv camp for adults in Quebec and has been published in McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. He currently performs with Kevin Pinkoski in the duo “Classic”, recently appearing at the Big Pond Improv Festival in Burlington, VT.

He has co-produced four improv shows for the Montreal Fringe Festival and directed the tragic improv show “It’s Not You, It’s Me” in Canada, the US and the UK. He has appeared in improv festivals in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Austin, Ottawa, Toronto, Victoria, Winnipeg & Vancouver (Best Workshop, 2016) and was the inaugural Ensemble Director for the Improvised Play Festival in 2017 (Austin, TX). Vinny has also performed and held workshops across Europe, North America, and Australia/New Zealand.

Vinny is excited to share the thrill of doing improv with anyone willing to learn.