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The Writers Room

With Rich Talarico

Peabody Award winning and 4-time Emmy nominated writer and producer, Rich Talarico shares insights from working 15+ years in late night TV (SNL, MADtv, Key & Peele, The Tonight Show) and from his experiences having co-written five resident company shows for The Second City in Chicago. 
This class is open to beginner and intermediate writers seeking a hands-on workshop where students will learn a variety of TV writing devices and techniques. From brainstorming and idea development, to how to write a joke, the different types of scenes, how to riff on an idea and write a scene, and how to develop character. Class will include homework and study of formatting and actual TV scripts. Students will learn how to contribute to others’ ideas and pitches and scenes, a valuable writer’s room skill.

Classes will be held online via closed Zoom connection. Students are responsible for establishing internet connection

When Tuesday Evenings 7:00pm-10:00pm EST or 4:00pm-7:00pm PT

Dates October 13, 20, 27 November 3, 10, 17

Cost $620 CND


All classes are final sale. No refund, No exchange

This Workshop is designed for the student who is serious about pursuing a career in television writing. The workshop will consist of 18 hours direct classroom time via Zoom, and students will be given weekly assignments that will be turned in on the Sunday before each class.

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: The Drop-In class is postponed until further notice

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

Postponed 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

IMPROVISED ACTING – AN ACTORS JOURNEY

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

COST $150 PLUS TAX

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

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

To register for this class call Peter at (705) 994-3008 or email

Running time for each class is 2 hours.

Where: 74 Hurontario St. suite 213 Collingwood Ont.