The Bad Dog Theatre Shortform Studio Series is a 3-level professional conservatory-style program for experienced improvisers, focusing on finessing and elevating their shortform scenework and gameplay in Toronto.
What is it? The Shortform Studio Series is a 3-level (8-weeks per level, 24 wks total, 2.5hrs/wk) professional conservatory-style program for experienced improvisers, focusing on finessing and elevating their shortform scenework and gameplay.
Bad Dog’s flagship show, Theatresports, is perhaps the best-known shortform improv format and is performed all over the world. Shortform is also prominently featured in our programming in shows like Micetro & The Early Match.
What’s the difference between longform & shortform improvisation?
Simply put: time.
While longform improv generally involves continuous unscripted performance of 20 minutes or more, shortform improvisation may involve scenes, games or handles that last only a few minutes (or even less!). We should be clear: there is no magic number that determines the cutoff point between something being described as shortform or longform. The focus of this program, however, is on getting the most out the decidedly shorter amounts of stage time. Quick, high-impact, short-burst scenes and games are a staple of commercial/corporate improvisation and can sometimes get a bad rap for pandering to gimmicks, but in the right hands, they are also incredible opportunities to create rich, creatively satisfying moments… huge art in tiny packages.
How does the program work?
The levels work as follows:
- Level 1 - efficient/impactful scenework: getting the most quality out of the shortest amount of time
- Level 2 – gameplay: tackling traditional and not-so-traditional handles and game types
- Level 3 – showmanship: audience handling, setting up scenes, hosting and flair
Duration: 8 weeks, 2.5hrs/week
When: Sundays 2:30-5pm | January 8th - March 5th (no class Feb 19th Family Day)
Price: $250 (+HST)/level
The cast(s) of the Shortform Studio Series will have regular scheduled performance opportunities at our Academy Tuesday student shows and at our Saturday-night Micetro shows. The ideal graduate of the program would make a great addition to the Theatresports roster.
PLEASE NOTE: live performance & subsequent feedback is a key component of the Shortform Studio. Participants must commit to availability for showcase dates at Academy Tuesday.
WANT TO KNOW MORE?
If you have any questions regarding our classes, please don't hesitate to contact our Academy Director, Jess Bryson, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All classes take place at The Bad Dog Comedy Theatre (875 Bloor St West) or Comedy Bar (945 Bloor St West).