SODA School Of Dramatic Acting aims to bridge the divide between theatre and improvised comedy. We provide entertainment that is honest, funny, and significant to our immediate audience.
SODA School Of Dramatic Acting is dedicated to solidifying the art of unscripted theatre as a key pillar of live performance in the perpetuation of live theatre as an essential part of our cultural diet.
SODA School Of Dramatic Acting was created in January 2016 for Bad Dog Theatre's Globehead Tournament as an outlet for former students of David Razowsky to experiment with Viewpoints as they are applied to improvised comedy & theatre. We've been featured at iO West in Los Angeles, the Detroit Improv Festival, and a multitude of shows around Toronto including Big City Improv Festival, Hat Trick Comedy, SODA Theatre, and SODA Underground
We were pleasantly surprised ... A fun/different sort of improvised #TheaTO show
- Steve Fisher (Torontoist)
Fantastic improvisors, innovative concept, incredibly executed.
- Anna Douglas
A grounded, hilarious, beautiful time and you will leave feeling satiated and smart and beautiful
- Hana Holubec
inspirationally amazing show put on by #SODATheatre last night
Oliver is an actor and comedian based in Los Angeles. He is the Founder & Producer of SODA, as well as a Co-Founder and Collaborative Artist of Loose Leaf Theatre with which he created and starred in the critically acclaimed Me With You.
Oliver's improv & solo sketch comedy has delighted audiences in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Detroit, and Toronto, including the shows Catch23, CATSBY, Rapp Battlez, Rude Mondays, and Ron Lynch's Tomorrow!. He is an alumni of Second City Toronto House Co, and can be found on iTunes in Caverns & Comedians, an actual-play Dungeons & Dragons podcast that was nominated in the 2017 NOW Toronto Readers' Choice Awards for Best Podcast.
Oliver is a graduate of St Clair College's School of Performing Arts for Music Theatre Performance. He has since trained with Susan Messing, Mick Napier, Mark Sutton, Rebecca Sohn, Rich Sohn, David Razowsky, Second City, Jet Eveleth & Holly Laurent, The National Theatre Of The World, Impatient Theatre Co, and many more. Internationally he has trained with with Feña Ortalli of Global Impro (Buenos Aires), Matthieu Loos & Marko Mayerl of Combats Absurdes (Lyon), and in the Seidenstein Method for Acting & Clown with Ira Seidenstein of I.S.A.A.C. (Brisbane) and Caspar Schjelbred of Impro Academy (Paris).
Photo Credit: Olivia Lecomte
Lara is an improviser, actor, writer, producer and director from Toronto. She’s an alumni of two Second City conservatories and has trained in NYC and Chicago at UCB, iO, Stella Adler Studio, Annoyance and Black Box Studio. She has been a guest of multiple local and international comedy festivals such as The Chicago Womens Funny Festival, Big City Improv Festival, SheDot, Del Close Marathon and Toronto Fringe Festival.
It was at the Toronto Fringe that two of her productions both have won Best of Fringe -Tales of Whoa! and Lost and Found, She has also directed the wildly successful Fringe show Life Records, performed in Second City’s summer production of Vampire Campfire, and is currently a proud member of SODA School of Dramatic Acting.
Isaac Kessler is an award winning comedian, actor, improviser, teacher, producer, and writer. He is a multiple Canadian Comedy Award nominee and has most recently been nominated as Best Male Improviser at the 2015 CCAs.
As one half of improv/sketch sensation 2-MAN NO-SHOW, Isaac and Ken Hall have wowed audiences and critics at North America’s top Comedy Festivals, and performed a full run at the 2010 Edinburgh Comedy Festival. They were nominated for two CCAs as Best Improv Troupe and Best Comedic Show, as well as Toronto’s Best Improv Troupe of 2013 & 2014 by NOW Magazine. Isaac’s second comedy mistress is Standards & Practices. S&P perform cutting edge longform improv comedy, and were selected as one of the top five improv troupes in North America by the acclaimed NYC Friars Comedy Club.
While in Los Angeles, Isaac performs monthly in the improv/clown hybrid experience, DEEP SQUEEZE, as part of Wet The Hippo Collective, and at The Pack Theater with the joyful chaos that is SPEEDFACE. Isaac's TV credits include Man Seeking Woman (FX) and Satisfaction (CTV). Isaac studied Clown and Physical Theatre under the world-renowned Philippe Gaulier, Paola Coletto, and John Gilkey.
Linda Julia Paolucci
Nick Di Gaetano (music)
Lisa Emmons (choreography)
Marcia Johnson (playwright)
Justis Krar (music)
Elliott Loran (music)
Kate McGrann (set & art)
Jordan Paul (music)
Matthew Reid (music)
Julia Salerno (letters project)
Jeremy Voltz (music)
Phoebe Wang (poetry)