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 Show.
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 2:30-5:00pm | January 13th-March 3rd
THIS CLASS IS AUDITION ONLY (AUDITIONS FOR THIS CLASS ARE CLOSED UNTIL FALL 2019)
Price: $250 (+HST)/level
PLEASE NOTE: Selected participants will need to commit to all three levels of the course as the work is cumulative. In addition to the in-class hours, students will be required to participate in two performance showcases per term (these are held on Tuesday evenings).
Primary Focus: Getting the greatest impact out of the shortest amount of time.
Duration: 8 weeks.
- Advanced platforms
- Emotional investment
- Strong, grounded choices
- Starting in the middle
- Making decisions
- Creating/breaking routines
- Advancing & expanding
- Game of the scene
- Using silence
- Getting into trouble
***IMPORTANT: STUDENTS MUST MEET SKILL REQUIREMENT TO ADVANCE FURTHER IN THIS PROGRAM. IF STUDENT STILL REQUIRES MORE TRAINING, ALTERNATIVE RECOMMENDATIONS WILL BE MADE.***
WANT TO KNOW MORE?
If you have any questions regarding our classes, please don't hesitate to contact our Academy Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.