adult CLASSES (18+) 

COMMUNITY PRODUCTION

 

 

This class offers an exciting opportunity to be a part of a FULL theatrical production! Classes will take place twice a week for 8 weeks, and conclude in three public performances. Each class will be a rehearsal of the play, chosen by the director/instructor. Students that are cast in the show will have completed Grindstone’s 100 and 200 level acting courses or equivalent experience elsewhere.  The production will be directed by Amanda Bergen, the former Artistic Director of the Capitol Theatre and graduate of the MFA Directing program at the University of Alberta.

The class will require an audition. Auditions will be held on August 25 from 6:00pm - 9:00pm and August 28 from 1:00pm - 4:00pm. Auditions close on August 23rd.

 

These auditions will consist of 1-2 short scenes (sent to you ahead of time) read in an easy-going atmosphere. Auditions are often uncomfortable and pressurized. We will do our best to create a relaxed environment for our auditioners. The registration form is below.

If you have any questions regarding this class, please email jpepin@grindstonetheatre.ca

 

  DATES: Sept 20 - Nov 10  |  Tuesday & Thursday  |  6:00 - 9:00 pm 

  SHOWCASE:  This class will end with three performances over the course of a weekend. Dates are TBD.

  LOCATION:  Sewing Machine Factory  (Tues)  |  Studio  (Thursday)  | 9562 82 Ave 

  INSTRUCTOR:   Amanda Bergen 

  PREREQUISITE: Acting 101 and 201 or equivalent 

  COST: TBD  

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ACTING 101  

 

 

This class is designed to get you feeling confident and comfortable being on stage, expressing yourself, and collaborating with other actors. It has the essential tools you need to start working on text, responding creatively to impulse, and sharing the action with the audience. Join Danielle LaRose, an experienced theatre maker with a passion for empowering performers. 

 

  DATES:  September 17 - November 12  |  Saturdays from 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm  

  SHOWCASE:  The showcase will take place 7 - 14 days after the last day of classes.

  LOCATION:  The Grindstone Theatre  |  10019 81 Ave  

  INSTRUCTOR:  Benjamin Blyth  

  PREREQUISITE:  None -- Perfect for beginners! 

  COST:  $310 - Early Bird  |  $360 - Lazy Bird  

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ACTING 102:

ALONE ON STAGE

 

 

Being alone on stage can be nerve-wracking! In this class, you will explore the power of the monologue in the context of auditions and a full production. In order to perform with clear intention and presence, Amanda Bergen will provide feedback and lead you through acting exercises as you prepare your monologue. We will cover audition etiquette through role play and performance and you will have ample opportunity to perform your monologue in front of your classmates and at the end of term, share the piece in a public showcase. 

 

It is encouraged to come to the first class with monologues to choose from.

 

  DATES:  September 18 - November 13  |  Sundays  from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm  

  SHOWCASE:  The showcase will take place 7 - 14 days after the last day of classes.

  LOCATION:  The Grindstone Studio | 9562 82 Ave 

  INSTRUCTOR:   Amanda Bergen  

  PREREQUISITE:  Acting 101 or equivalent 

  COST:  $310 - Early Bird  |  $360 - Lazy Bird  

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INTRO TO LYRICAL HIP HOP

 

 

This BRAND NEW class is your opportunity to explore the world of hip hop performance with veteran freestyler/rapper, Beautiful Beast. You will learn the basics of lyrical hip hop while developing confidence in its performance and creation. Find your personal style  and develop the technical and creative skills to perform your original work in front of a live audience during the end of term showcase. 

 

  DATES:  September 18 - November 13  |  Sundays from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm  

  SHOWCASE:  The showcase will take place 7 - 14 days after the last day of classes.

  LOCATION:  Sewing Machine Factory |  9562 82 Ave  

  INSTRUCTOR:   Darren Peacock / "Beautiful Beast" 

  PREREQUISITE:  None -- Perfect for beginners! 

  COST:  $310 - Early Bird  |  $360 - Lazy Bird  

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IMPROV 101

 

 

Learn the fundamentals of improv in a fun and supportive environment. Students will build a strong foundation of self-acceptance, spontaneity, and playfulness as they learn to make up scenes on the spot. This class will focus on the basics of improv and how to get started as a performer. Join long-practicing improviser and teacher John Battye for an engaging and high-energy experience.

 

  DATES:  September 19 - November 14  |  Mondays 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm  

  SHOWCASE:  The showcase will take place 7 - 14 days after the last day of classes.

  LOCATION:  The Grindstone Studio |  9562 82 Ave 

  INSTRUCTOR:   John Battye  

  PREREQUISITE:  None -- Perfect for beginners! 

  COST:  $310 - Early Bird  |  $360 - Lazy Bird  

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IMPROV 202:

CHARACTERS

 

 

Students will learn to create strong characters and further their improv story-telling skills through narration and scene work.

  DATES:  September 17 - November 12  |  Saturdays from 3:00 - 5:00 pm  

  SHOWCASE:  The showcase will take place 7 - 14 days after the last day of classes.

  LOCATION:  Sewing Machine Factory |  9562 82 Ave  

  INSTRUCTOR:   Kelly Turner  

  PREREQUISITE:  Improv 101 or equivalent is a prerequisite for this course  

  COST:  $310 - Early Bird |  $360 - Lazy Bird  

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STAND UP 101

 

 

In this class, you’ll learn the basic structure of a short joke, how it works, and how you can write your own. Next, you’ll learn how that very same structure is applied to long-form jokes and comedic storytelling. This class is a good blend of the theoretical (how to write for stand-up), and the practical (how to perform it). Join Simon Gorsak, experienced comedian and instructor for an engaging introduction into stand up comedy.

  DATES:  September 19 - November 14  |  Mondays from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm  

  SHOWCASE:  The showcase will take place 7 - 14 days after the last day of classes.

  LOCATION:  Sewing Machine Factory |  9562 82 Ave  

  INSTRUCTOR:   Simon Gorsak  

  PREREQUISITE:  None -- Perfect for beginners! 

  COST:  $310 - Early Bird $360 - Lazy Bird 

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STAND UP 201

In this advanced program, rookie comics and Stand-Up Level 1 graduates can expect a class that's focused on feedback on their writing. Got a joke that's not connecting? A premise you want to flesh out? Let's work on it together! Heads up, this program is more of a joke laboratory than a traditional class! Strengthen your skills and get quality feedback from experienced comedian and instructor, Simon Gorsak. 

  DATES:  September 22 - November 10  |  Thursdays from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm  

  SHOWCASE:  The showcase will take place 7 - 14 days after the last day of classes.

  LOCATION:  Sewing Machine Factory |  9562 82 Ave

  INSTRUCTOR:   Simon Gorsak  

  PREREQUISITE:  Stand Up 101 or equivalent 

  COST:  $310 - Early Bird $360 - Lazy Bird  

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MUSICAL IMPROV 101

 

 

Class description coming soon!

 

  DATES:  September 17 - November 12  |  Saturdays from 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm 

  SHOWCASE:  The showcase will take place 7 - 14 days after the last day of classes.

  LOCATION:  The Grindstone Studio |  9562 82 Ave 

  INSTRUCTOR:   Abby Vandenberghe and Graeme Pate  

  PREREQUISITE:  Singing or musical theatre experience required 

  COST:  $310 - Early Bird $360 - Lazy Bird  

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SKETCH WRITING 101

 

 

In this class you'll learn about some of the different styles of sketch writing, from pen and paper to improvisational. We will also focus on building a strong character point of view, writing from your experiences, and the art of the double P's (pitch and premise). At the end of this class, you'll leave with a new set of tools to help you craft your own sketches! Join Mike Robertson, experienced comedian and filmmaker, part of the sketch troupe, Marv n’ Berry.

 

  DATES:  September 21 - November 9  |  Wednesdays from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm 

  SHOWCASE:  The showcase will take place 7 - 14 days after the last day of classes.

  LOCATION:  The Grindstone Studio |  9562 82 Ave

  INSTRUCTOR:   Mike Robertson  

  PREREQUISITE:  None - perfect for beginners! 

  COST:  $310 - Early Bird $360 - Lazy Bird

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SKETCH WRITING 201

 

 

Take your skills further in Sketch Writing Level 2. With a focus on character and script development, the techniques and class exercises will build up your confidence in creation and performance. Students will go in-depth to create their own sketch troupes and begin to build a longform sketch comedy performance exploring character, premise and game! You'll be in great hands with actor-writer Derrick Johnson, the co-creator of Blackout Sketch Comedy and the Jason Kenny & Hinshaw digital shorts.

 

  DATES:  September 21 - November 9  |  Wednesdays from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm  

  SHOWCASE:  The showcase will take place 7 - 14 days after the last day of classes.

  LOCATION:  Sewing Machine Factory |  9562 82 Ave

  INSTRUCTOR:  Derrick Johnson 

  PREREQUISITE:  Sketch Writing 101 or equivalent  

  COST:  $310 - Early Bird $360 - Lazy Bird 

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