Unique Access Workshops

Learn OnLine Winter 2021

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Unique Access Workshop

Genre Improv with Lisa Merchant

Unique Access Workshop

Auditioning the song with Steve Ross and special guest Michael Walters

Unique Access Workshop

Making the Pitch with Wendy Hopkins and special guest Brent Haynes

Start Me Up Series

Start Me Up: Improv with Linda Kash and friends

Start Me Up Series

Start Me Up: Singing with Kate Suhr

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Genre Improv with Lisa Merchant

Lisa Merchant

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Join multi-award winning instructor LISA MERCHANT in the steamy salons of Tennessee Williams and concrete jungles of film noir. A hilarious and essential building block for actors and improvisors for character development and those moments when the audience asks for “film noir,” you can deliver the classic clichés like a natural. “What do you know about anything? You probably had your bread buttered on both sides since the day you were born.” (Raw Deal 1948) A workshop not to be missed.

$339 (tax incl.)
Dates and Times (6 classes):
• Tuesdays, 7pm – 8:30 pm EDT
• January 19, 2020 to February 23, 2020 (6 weeks)
• Online via Zoom
• 12 students per class, max.
• Age 18+
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5 + 2 =

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Auditioning the song with Steve Ross and special guest Michael Walters

Steve Ross

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Do auditions make you nervous? Tired of hearing “thank you” three bars into your tune? Singing well is one thing. Choosing the right song is everything. Learn performance, style and delivery techniques from two industry giants of stage and casting. Students will come prepared with one musical theatre number ready to polish. Then, based on your particular vocal range and tonal quality, Stratford veteran STEVE ROSS will personally select a second song for you to add to your repertoire. In the final class, you’ll perform a simulated audition with one of Canada’s top musical theatre casting agents, MICHAEL WALTERS.

$425 (tax incl.)
Dates and Times (6 classes):
• Mondays 7pm – 9 pm EDT
January 18, 2021 to February 22, 2021 (6 weeks)
• Online via Zoom
• 8 students per class, max.
• Age 18+ (Consideration given to teens based on referral.)
Name
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2 + 8 =

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Michael Walters

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Steve Ross

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Michael Walters

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Do auditions make you nervous? Tired of hearing “thank you” three bars into your tune? Singing well is one thing. Choosing the right song is everything. Learn performance, style and delivery techniques from two industry giants of stage and casting. Students will come prepared with one musical theatre number ready to polish. Then, based on your particular vocal range and tonal quality, Stratford veteran STEVE ROSS will personally select a second song for you to add to your repertoire. In the final class, you’ll perform a simulated audition with one of Canada’s top musical theatre casting agents, MICHAEL WALTERS.

$425 (tax incl.)
Dates and Times (6 classes):
• Mondays 7pm – 9 pm EDT
January 18, 2021 to February 22, 2021 (6 weeks)
• Online via Zoom
• 8 students per class, max.
• Age 18+ (Consideration given to teens based on referral.)
Name
Email

Or…

Can’t make this session? Sign up to be put on our waiting list for the next session.

11 + 9 =

Space is limited. Register now!

Unique Access Workshop

Making the Pitch with Wendy Hopkins and special guest Brent Haynes

Wendy Hopkins

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Develop the elements necessary to pitch your Web/TV series idea with writer, director and pitch pro WENDY HOPKINS. From log lines to pitch structure and story arcs, the goal of this class is to produce a succinct, compelling pitch that will help sell your series to producers, crowd-funders, and network executives. Learn how to shape your idea to tell compelling stories, for not just a few episodes, but for several seasons. In the final class, each creator will present a simulated pitch of their series idea to BRENT HAYNES, Head of Television Development, at Shout! Factory Entertainment in Los Angeles, California.    

$425 (tax incl.)
Dates and Times (6 classes):
• Wednesdays, 7 pm – 9pm EDT
• January 20, 2021 to February 24, 2021 (6 weeks)
• Online via Zoom
• 8 students per class, max.
• Age 18+
Name
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12 + 2 =

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Brent Haynes

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Wendy Hopkins

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Brent Haynes

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Brent Haynes

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Develop the elements necessary to pitch your Web/TV series idea with writer, director and pitch pro WENDY HOPKINS. From log lines to pitch structure and story arcs, the goal of this class is to produce a succinct, compelling pitch that will help sell your series to producers, crowd-funders, and network executives. Learn how to shape your idea to tell compelling stories, for not just a few episodes, but for several seasons. In the final class, each creator will present a simulated pitch of their series idea to BRENT HAYNES, Head of Television Development, at Shout! Factory Entertainment in Los Angeles, California.    

$425 (tax incl.)
Dates and Times (6 classes):
• Wednesdays, 7 pm – 9pm EDT
• January 20, 2021 to February 24, 2021 (6 weeks)
• Online via Zoom
• 8 students per class, max.
• Age 18+
Name
Email

Or…

Can’t make this session? Sign up to be put on our waiting list for the next session.

9 + 1 =

Space is limited. Register now!

Start Me Up Series

Learn OnLine Winter 2021

Warning: If we start you up, you may never stop.

These workshops are dedicated to those wanting to try something new or just shake off the isolation dust. It’s a great way to ignite your creativity and get your feet wet. It’s safe, supportive and FUN!

You deserve this!

Start Me Up Series

Start Me Up: Improv with Linda Kash and friends

Linda Kash

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Come experience the fun of improvising. This workshop is for first timers and those wanting to refresh their improv skills. It’s all about jumping in and having fun. Over six weeks you’ll explore the basics of improvisation through games in our safe, no pressure, supportive klusterfork ZOOM-room. It will leave you feeling energized with a new found confidence. In short…this is an improv class for everyone!

$339 (tax incl.)
Dates and Times (6 classes):
• Mondays, 7 pm – 8:30 pm EDT
• January 18, 2020 to February 22, 2020 (6 weeks)
• Online via Zoom
• 12 students per class, max. Additional classes will be added as needed.
• Age 18+
Name
Email

Or…

Can’t make this session? Sign up to be put on our waiting list for the next session.

9 + 2 =

Space is limited. Register now!

Start Me Up Series

Start Me Up: Singing with Kate Suhr

Kate Suhr

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“The only thing better than singing is more singing” – Ella Fitzgerald

Are you a shower crooner, or perhaps a driving diva? Have you always wanted to gain the confidence to share your voice with others? Let Canadian recording artist and actor KATE SUHR guide you to your voice through the rudiments of sound and vocalization to sing with confidence in our supportive group setting. All that’s required is your willingness to try and two popular songs from any genre with pre-recorded accompaniment.

$339 (tax incl.)
Dates and Times (6 classes):
• Tuesdays, 7 pm – 8:30 pm EDT
• January 19, 2020 to February 23, 2020 (6 weeks)
• Online via Zoom
• 8 students per class, max.
• Age 18+
Name
Email

Or…

Can’t make this session? Sign up to be put on our waiting list for the next session.

6 + 4 =

Space is limited. Register now!

Unique Access

Party Primer

Q: Want more fun in your screen time?

A: Invite an Improv Comedy Specialist to your next video-conferencing event.

Hold the awkward and double the awesome. We break the ice and get everyone laughing so you can move on with your meet-up. Cocktail hours and office parties, reunions and birthdays, book clubs and girls’ nights. We’ll catapult your online event into the stratosphere of fun.

Our Improv Comedy Specialists (your Party Primers) are improv pros: seasoned teachers and alumni from the world-famous Second City Mainstage. You’ll be playing games and learning improv fundamentals before Aunt Ursula can say “can you hear me?” When your Primer guest leaves, your event carries on with new energy and a lot more laugh lines.

If you have a group of six or more who want to learn improv in private, weekly classes, contact us to set up a session. Primer visits can be 30-45 minutes long and host 6 to 50 participants. Pricing is based on duration and number of participants.

Why people love LOL Workshops!

Intimate classes

(12 participants max.)

Live and Interactive

(not recorded or packaged for masses)

Students engage with and get feedback from instructors and special guests.

For students aged 18+

Check out the LOL FAQs!

We bring

Unique access to improv and stand-up comedians, actors, singers, voice and monologue coaches, writers, directors and casting agents

Courses designed for all skill levels

A safe, intimate space to learn from encouraging and supportive instructors delivered online through Zoom video conferencing

Our instructors bring

• 10,000plus hours of professional industry experience and exceptional teaching skills

Practical, applicable techniques and sometimes homework between classes

A supportive, welcoming and encouraging learning environment

You get UNIQUE ACCESS to the industry’s best talent sharing their wealth of skills and experience. 

Beginner, intermediate and professional level courses available.

Upcoming UNIQUE ACCESS workshops

klusterfork Workshops

Unique Access to PROS at the top of their game.

Learn, practise, play. Repeat.

DON’T MISS THIS!

Only klusterfork (and a global pandemic) gives you unique access  to some of the most highly-sought-after talents in the working arts.

These may be one-time opportunities.

You can find improv, comedy and singing classes anywhere but you won’t get talent of THIS stature in one room.

GET IT WHILE YOU CAN!

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LOL FAQs

What do I need to LOL?

You need a strong Internet connection and a device with working microphone and camera. You want a quiet place without interruptions. You don’t want to be near blenders and chainsaws. Nor do you want to wake sleeping babies with your uncontrollable laughter.

How many people can join on one screen?

Two people can share a device if they have both enrolled and will get equal playing time. No more than two per screen please.

What if I’ve paid but can’t make a class or my Internet is down?

Since each class happens only once, sadly, we can’t make do-overs happen. Lock it in your calendar, check your tech status early and come ready to play!

How does a newbie prepare for improv?

Same way we all do, just show up, bring your best self and be in the moment. Some instructors encourage people being on their feet but otherwise, whatever is comfortable for you is best. Even the pros are a bit nervous before performing – use it as fuel to energize you! We create a safe place for everyone to feel comfortable. Since students mostly playing games in pairs of two or three, there’s plenty of time to watch, listen and learn. After all, we’re here to have fun.

What else do I need to know?

Visit our about and archives pages to learn more about the folks behind klusterfork entertainment and past live shows.

klusterfork supports and encourages diversity. Bring your best self and you’re already a perfect fit.

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