The Writer’s Craft Series

The Monologue  

In this class writers of all levels will develop the skills and habits to write an impelling monologue for the stage and screen. Each class starts with exercises which help writers remove stubborn “writers blocks” and dive right into the writers process. Exercises in “dialogue, inner monologue, characterization, action words and alliteration are just a few of those reviewed. Writers read their work aloud for comment or get actors to, and are given a weekly assignment. The final class is a presentation of the writers best monologue read in character.
Deborah Smith is a writer, producer and actor.  She is the founder of the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival and Scripted Toronto, a Festival of new play readings. Deborah has taught Monologues for 6 years in Chicago and is currently teaching for The Firecracker Club Internationally.
Weekly: Via Zoom teleconferencing Wednesday April 15 until Wednesday May 20 7:00- 9:00 pm
Cost: $90


The Mad & Noisy Improv Company corporate training sessions are customized to meet the needs of our clients.

We will work with you to learn about your business and your employees. We can help you create an engaging session to create an exciting learning experience with long-term, impacting results.

We share the skills that make us successful on stage, and bring them to you in the corporate world. Our specialized training will give you the tools that allow you to think and perform with spontaneity, make you more comfortable with presentation skills, and establish connection with your teammates. Contact us. We would love to help you with your Event.

CLASSES AND WORKSHOPSPostponed until June 27-28 2020

Specialty Workshop: weekend Intensive with Michael j Gellman

“Michael Gellman taught me at The Second City in Chicago. He is a true artist who, with the adeptness of a brain surgeon, ferreted out the artist in me. Any skill I have today was honed by Gellman. Plus, He’s F’in hysterical”

Scott Adsit, 30 Rock

Michael J Gellman is an alum of the Chicago Second City mainstage and was a Resident Director for Second City in Canada and the USA for over 25 years. As Artistic Director of the Second City Toronto his shows were nominated for 7 Dora Mavor Moore Awards including twice for Outstanding Direction. He was a Senior Faculty and Founding Member of the Second City Training Center where he was a Program Head and Director of the NYC Training Center. He was also a Founding Faculty Member at Improv Olympic with Del Close, ten years Adjunct Faculty Member at Columbia College in the Film Directing and Comedy Studies Programs, Co-Founder and Company Member of Rendition Theatre, Artistic Associate at Organic Theatre, Founder and Artistic Director of both Theatre Works and Windy City Workshop and Co-Artistic Director of Wavelength. He is currently Co-Artistic Director of Process Theatre.

He has taught and designed classes and workshops in directing, acting and improvisation at such notable institutions as: Actors Centre London, The Audition Centre, Victory Gardens Training Centre, Act One Conservatory and Loyola Law School as well as master workshops for hundreds of Universities, festivals, theatre companies and improv groups around the world. He is credited with originating “Long Form” Improvisation and the book “Process: An Improvisers Journey” (Northwestern University Press) he co-authored with Mary Scruggs is a summary of his approach on improvisational training and Improvised Acting.

Over the past 40 years some of the people Mr. Gellman has directed, taught, and acted with are: Dan Aykroyd, John Candy, Gilda Radner, Chris Farley, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Tina Fey, George Wendt, Del Close, Dan Castellaneta, Charna Halpern, Mick Napier, Jimmy Carrane, David Pasquesi, Keegan-Michael Key, Linda Kash, Pat McKenna, Joel Murray, David Razowsky, Susan Messing, Bruce Pirrie, Kathryn Greenwood, Ron James, Joe Bill and many others.

Michael continues to teach, direct and act in Toronto and around the world


This Weekend Workshop will focus on techniques for creating exciting performance with and without a text. It is designed to bridge Improvised Acting with our traditional training and experience. Participants are encouraged to expand their potential for creating inspired performance and explore as an ensemble and discover ways to:

-Play and be truly present in the moment

-Get out of our own way

-Gain confidence in auditions and performance

-Find our potential for creating unique characters with emotional and physical truth.

-Trust ourselves and our characters in rehearsal and performance

– Find the freedom to react and make discoveries in performance and script development.

-Develop ideas for creating original scripts and how to approach devised theatre projects and theatre from literary source.

-be a truly great ensemble member

Exciting and inspired performance comes from the courage to work outside of our comfort zones. Come – Lets find the play inside the play.

Actors will explore methods developed by Mr. Gellman in his 35 years of directing theater including Resident and Artistic Director of Second City and explored in the book – Process: An improvisers Journey. The workshop experience will apply to auditions, text work, play development and improvisational performance.

This highly sought after workshop will be filling up fast. Contact info@manicimprov.com to pre-book your spot. Limited space available.

The Weekend Workshop will be held at the Simcoe Street Theatre. 65 Simcoe Street, Collingwood, Ontario


Limited Space Available. All Classes are final sale. No Refund, No Exchange. 


Never tried improv before? Perfect! Our drop in class is the best place to begin your journey. Your willingness to let loose and have fun will make your experience with us, one that you won’t soon forget. Meet new people, try something that scares you and find out that anyone can do this!

Where: 87B Hurontario St. aka Creator’s Cafe

Cost: $10

When: Every Monday Night! 7:30-9:00pm

February 10

February 24

March 2

March 9

To Register or learn more contact Peter @ (705) 994-3008 or email info@manicimprov.com


Improv For Anxiety

Mondays beginning October 7,  5:30-7:00pm

Combining improv theatre and relational group work, this class will help you to let go of inhibitions, diminish the impact of judgements,  be more emotionally expressive, live in the moment, be witnessed and valued by others, and expand your perspectives about relationships. This program is best suited for students who are looking for a powerful and non threatening way to relieve stress, build connections with peers, develop self awareness, find an outlet to express feelings in community, reduce social anxiety and/or isolation and to have fun. Students don’t need to have any experience to take this class, however,  experienced improvisors will also benefit from the unique format. There is no expectation that students are funny, just that they are willing to open themselves up in authentic ways in the supportive class setting. The funny will extend from this sincerity.

Cost $175

To register for this class please contact Peter directly at 705-994-3008

Improv Step 1: The Foundation

This class is for anyone who wants to learn how to improvise, including people who want to improvise for fun, to develop their professional skills, or to meet with new friends. This 8 week session immerses students in the MANIC brand of improvisation. The Foundation classes stress the importance of active listening and accepting of our teammates ideas to develop scene work, and group play that is dynamic and compelling. Improvisors will work to discover, explore and create their story together in a fun and lively environment. Simple, Honest, Truthful, and Hilarious. No experience necessary. Students will perform at the conclusion of the class.

Cost $175

*Classes are limited to 12 participants

Running time for each class is 2 hours.

Where: 74 Hurontario St. suite 213 Collingwood Ont.

To register for this class call Peter at (705) 994-3008 or email info@manicimprov.com  

Improv Step 2: The Frame

Pre-requist Step 1: The Foundation.

Improvisors become Architects! Now We’re Building! We are using all the tools and skills that we learned in The Foundation to create The Frame. We work within narrative structures to explore and challenge the conventional wisdom of literary Physics. Anything goes. We focus on group dynamics. We discover the Pillar that is each player, and we develop our strengths to build a solid house. Students will perform at the conclusion of the class.

When: TBD

Teens Improv Class

This 8 week class is for teens who want to learn how to improvise in a fun, high-energy, low pressure environment. Students get up and play various games and exercises that focus on introducing the students to the core concepts and principles of improv: building ensemble, giving and taking focus, and embracing the concept of “YES, AND”. Students will leave the class with a a sense of  Acceptance, Team Bonding, and Communication.

*Class is limited to 12 participants

Classes run for 2 hours.


The Mad & Noisy Improv Company has been established. We are auditioning actors of all experience levels to form our first ensemble of players.
It is our mandate to create original content through Improvisational Theatre. Experience is an asset but not required. Workshops will be offered and members are encouraged to participate. We will meet weekly on Monday Evenings in Collingwood Ontario. Reach us at info@manicimprov.com

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Peter Madore

Peter founded the Mad & Noisy Improv Company in 2013. He has studied extensively with the Impatient Theatre Co. The Second City and The Bad Dog Theatre in Toronto and, the renowned iO Theater in Chicago Ill.

What students are saying

A Hoot! Thanks to all of you! Hope to see you again.
– BL

Yes, yes, yes it was an absolute blast!! Thanks again to Peter and the rest of the Mad & Noisy Improv Company
– MM

I absolutely loved my improv nights.  A fun, great group! I was able to ‘let my hair down’ and feel great doing it.  Peter you challenged us to do things that we would never have done otherwise and that was wonderful.  Thank you so very much!!!
– MH

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