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
Absolutely one of the most thrilling five minutes of improv I’ve ever seen.
- Jules Forde
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
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 alumnus of Second City Toronto House Co, and can be found on iTunes in Caverns & Comedians, which won Best Gaming Podcast in PodCamp Toronto's 2018 Canadian Podcast Awards.
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
Kat Letwin is an actor, writer, and comedian from Brantford, ON, with work ranging from television (MTV’s Losing It, international Emmy nominee The Amazing Gayl Pile, CMT Canada’s Almost Genius) to film (Diamond Tongues, Saturn Devours) to stage (VideoCabaret’s Confederation Pts. 1 & 2, Dora winner Chasse Galerie, Broadway World “Breakout Performance” winning Dance Animal) to live comedy (JFL42, NXNE, Sirius XM Sketch-Off, Vancouver/Toronto/Montreal Sketchfest) to podcasts (The Crimson Wave, Canadian Podcast Award winner Caverns & Comedians, Austin Film Fest’s Best Narrative Fiction winner How To Build A Fire). She currently curates and performs 1623 at The Social Capital Theatre, co-hosts Sing For Your Supper at Tarragon Theatre, plays Harry Potter in Comedy Bar’s PotterProv, and once saw her brother catch a duck with his bare hands. He should have won an award for that.
Photo Credit: Nicolas Melo
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 might be a Canadian scooter-riding Jewish boy based in Los Angeles, but that shouldn't take away from the fact that he is also an award winning comedian, actor, improviser, teacher, basketballer, producer, writer, lover, and fighter. He is a multiple Canadian Comedy Award nominee most recently nominated as Best Male Improviser in 2015.
A lover of the digital screen AKA the boob tube, Isaac's TV credits include Man Seeking Woman (FX), Satisfaction (CTV) and a bunch of funny Canadian national commercials as well.
In the world of live comedy, Isaac performs regularly in Los Angeles showcasing his weird but dope (how the kids talk) characters at The Lyric Hyperion Theatre, The Second City, The Clubhouse, and a smorgasbord of other Hollywood haunts. You can also see him monthly in the improv/clown hybrid experience, DEEP SQUEEZE, as part of the ground-breaking Wet The Hippo Collective by John Gilkey. Who knows, maybe you’ll even recognize Isaac at The Pack Theater in the joyful chaos that is SPEEDFACE, or at the Lyric Hyperion Theatre creating absurdly awesome work under the eye of Dr. Brown AKA Phil Burgers.
But where did Isaac come from? Thanks for asking. For the last ten years, Isaac has been producing and performing with two of the hottest North American acts around.
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. 2-MAN NO-SHOW attack every stage with their signature hyperphysical, hilarious and fourth-wall-breaking “ClownProv”-style that is unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. They were nominated for two Canadian Comedy Awards as Best Improv Troupe and Best Comedic Show, as well as Toronto’s Best Improv Troupe of 2013 & 2014 by NOW Magazine. Check them out every month at Bad Dog Theatre in their power packed duo show PARTY HARD HARD PARTY.
Isaac’s second comedy mistress is the fabulous foursome, S&P -- 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. They were invited to perform at the UCB Theatre in New York alongside four other amazing improv troupes.
Isaac studied Clown and Physical Theatre with the world-renowned Philippe Gaulier (mentor of Sacha Baron Cohen), Paola Coletto, John Gilkey (Cirque du Soleil), Dr. Brown (Philip Burgers), and Aitor Basauri of Spymonkey fame. He teaches improv at Second City and The Social Capital Theatre, and has produced workshops for some of North America's finest theatrical instructors. He has recently completed a 5-month Lecoq-based Physical Theatre Acting Conservatory in Los Angeles under the tutelage of the incredible Paola Coletto.
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)