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Whether you’re trying to break into the performing arts or hone a creative edge, the Bad Dog Academy’s improv workshops are for you. Bad Dog Theatre has taught improv workshops in Toronto for over 20 years…  Our introductory improv programs have helped people from all walks of life improve their confidence, their public speaking, and their creativity. Our advanced classes offer unique challenges to seasoned improviser looking to broaden their abilities. Join us at our new space at 875 Bloor Street West!

Drop-In Classes:Tuesdays at 7pm
Can’t commit to a weekly class? Check out our $5 Drop-In options, they’re flexible, affordable, and a great way to get to know our faculty!

Foundation Series
At the core of Bad Dog’s improv training program is our three-level Foundation Series. These classes are where we tackle the basics… the meat and potatoes of improvising… the bricks and mortar of building scenes. Our Foundation Series sets the table for our intermediate, advanced and performance-oriented workshops & classes.

Foundation Level 1:  BEGINNINGS

Basic terminology & skills of improvisation

Who it’s for: people with absolutely no prior improv or performance experience / improvisers who want to return to the basics to refresh their game
Price: $245.CAD (+HST)
Duration: 8 weeks, 2hrs/class
Price: $245 (+HST)
Dates & Times:

  • Saturdays: 4-6pm-January 24th- March 21st (no class on February 14th family day
  • Thursdays: 6-8pm- January 8th-February 26th
  • Sunday 10-12pm- February 1st-March 29th (No class on Feb 15th Family Day)
  • Sunday 2-4pm- January 11th- March 8th (No class on Feb 15th family day)

Foundation Level 2: MIDDLES
Builds on the skills introduced in Foundation 1, but with particular focus on action & stakes

Who it’s for: improvisers who have completed Foundation 1 or have the recommendation of the Academy Director, Jess Bryson,

Duration: 8 weeks, 2hrs/class
Price: $245 (+HST)
Dates & Times:

  • Saturdays 12-2pm-January 18th-March 15th (No class February 15th Family Day)
  • Fridays 6-8pm- January 9th-March 9th (No class February 13th Family Day)
  • Mondays 6-8pm- January 12th-March 9th (No Class February 16th Family Day)

Foundation Level 3: (ODDS &) ENDS
Builds further on the ideas introduced in previous two levels, but with a focus on scenework

Who it’s for: improvisers who have completed Foundation 2 or equivalent
Duration: 8 weeks, 2hrs/class
Price: $245 (+HST)
Dates & Times:

  • Saturdays 2-4pm- January 17th-March 14th (No class February 14th Family Day)
  • Tuesdays 6-8pm-January 13th-March 3rd

Intermediate Classes


What it covers: Using the fundamentals of improv as a basis, students will learn acting basics to perform grounded and committed scripted scene work. Learn how to make use of tactics, break down a scene, prepare a monologue and work with scene partners to create honest and compelling pieces of theatre. If you’d like to become a more fully-rounded performer, this is the class for you.

Where: The Bad Dog Comedy Theatre (875 Bloor St W)
When: Mondays 1-4pm February 23rd – March 30th
Duration: 6 weeks.
Cost: $245
Experience Level: Actor with minimum improv experience.  

Peter Stevens’ Four Core Skills Of Improv
Peter Stevens has developed his own approach to teaching improv. His workshop focuses on being active and running drills to build good habits. Peter builds up your ability to excel at improv in four different ways: be fast, clever, emotional, and/or a storyteller. He excels at identifying where you are at as a performer and works hard to give you specific feedback and customized instruction for you to reach the next level. Peter has over twelve years of experience teaching and performing improv with the Canadian Improv Games, The Second City, Catch 23, Bad Dog Theatre, TIFF, and Theatre Ste. Catherine in Montreal.

When: Wednesdays 6-8pm January 14th – March 4th
Where: The Bad Dog Comedy Theatre (875 Bloor St W)
Duration: 8 weeks
Cost:  $245
Experience Level: Foundation Level 3+ recommended

About Bad Dog Theatre Company
The Bad Dog Theatre Company is the home of Theatresports Toronto, the city’s longest continuously running improv show, We’ve been a commanding presence in the Toronto comedy community since 1982. Some of our award-winning alumni have gone on to work in stage, film, radio and television on shows like Saturday Night Live, Anne of Green Gables, The Road to Avonlea, History Bites, The Red Green Show, This Hour has 22 Minutes, Train 48, Air Farce, Sketchcom, MadTV and more!

We offer a variety of classes for adults and youth and provide a safe, welcoming environment for both new and veteran improvisors. To register for our adult and youth classes, please go to or email our Academy Coordinators at for more information.

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