Improv - Detailed Scene Work - with a The Second City Senior Faculty Member Lisa Merchant - Class 1

07/05/20 12:00


Lisa is a highly sought after improvisation instructor/facilitator/performer. She has been studying, performing and teaching the art of improvisation for 30+ years.

Lisa delivered workshops to some of the Canadian Olympic Team hopefuls for the London 2012 Summer Games as well as Sochi 2014 Winter Games. 

She is a multiple nominee and winner of 4 Canadian Comedy Awards, 3 for Best Female Improvisor. Lisa was a cast member of the Gemini nominated Joe Blow Show. Some television credits include: Murdoch Mysteries, American Gods, Degrassi XV, Train 48... 

In addition to performing numerous improv shows around Toronto and across Canada, she performs monthly in Monkey Toast, the live improvised talk show, now in its 17th year.


Recent credits:

Platinum Winner of The Toronto Star 2019 Reader's Choice Award - category of Best Theatre Instructor

Awarded  the 2019 Frank McAnulty Faculty Award

With Marcel St. Pierre won the 2019 World's Biggest Improv Tournament surviving 126 teams

"...a week of unbridled improv - at which she's peerless." NOW Magazine 

 “Taking improv with Lisa Merchant was a game changer for me. It not only helped me be a better communicator, it made me a better person.  I learned fundamental ideas that I still apply to this day.  Over ten years after taking that original class, I invited Lisa to come and speak to the 2012 Canadian Olympic team to give them a competitive advantage.  Such is the value of what she has to teach.”

Mark Tewksbury, Olympic Champion and 2012 Canadian Olympic Team Chef de mission