Rebecca Poretsky

BATS Company member since: 2012

Rebecca Poretsky hails from Flatbush, Brooklyn, NY. She began improvising over 10 years ago as a SIKO (Smith Improv Komedy Organization of Smith) at Smith College in Northampton, MA. She credits improv with keeping her sane there amidst the sheer overwhelm of all the Government and International Relations classes she took in an attempt to learn how to Solve The World’s Problems. Rebecca has since determined that improv might just be the way to solve the world’s problems. At the least, it provides a great approach to moving through the world and embracing all of its uncertainty, absurdity, humor, and beauty. She is delighted to be able to live and share that philosophy as a BATS player and coach.

In the Bay Area she's played and directed with improv groups Big City Improv, Crisis Hopkins, and The Un-Scripted Theater Company. Rebecca has performed live and video sketch comedy (Crisis Hopkins, the Kasper Hauser Comedy Group), original solo performance (I Left My Heart in Brooklyn – The Marsh), and other scripted performance. Recently, she starred as Señorita Panochista in Spring Break: The Musical, an original production written and produced by the Mortified team. She has also performed with Brava in SF and the Bread and Puppet Theater in Vermont and in NYC. On the small (and smaller) screens, she is thrilled to be a part of the cast of Flummox and Friends, an independently-produced television show that teaches social and emotional skills to quirky kids and families. She also co-wrote and co-starred in Catlandia, a PSA/loving homage to Portlandia. (Spay and neuter your pets, people!)

Rebecca loves both teaching and taking improv classes and workshops, and is privileged to have studied with and continue to learn from so many amazing BATS company members and coaches. She’s also taken classes from improv legends Charna Halpern and Armando Diaz, and spent a glorious ten days studying improv at the Annoyance Theater in Chicago. In addition to teaching improv to adults, she has taught theater to teens through the San Francisco Mime Troupe's Youth Theater Project and the "I Have A Dream" program in NYC, taught grades pre-K through 8 as a substiuite teacher at the East-Bay French-American school, and has worked as a reading, writing, and literacy teacher and tutor for elementary through college-aged students at various schools and non-profit organizations on the East and West coasts. As a member of the BATS On-The-Go team, the Applied Improvisation Network, and independently, Rebecca conducts and facilitates trainings that apply improvisational principles to help teams in businesses and organizations work better together, let go, and HAVE FUN.

Ideally, if not performing or teaching improv, you can find Rebecca on her trusty orange bicycle or working on her handstands. Rebecca lives in San Francisco with her spotty dog Pebbles, and spends too much time listening to podcasts.

Rebecca 's Upcoming Performances:

4/26/2014 (8:00 PM) - Spring Musical Buy Tickets...

Rebecca 's Upcoming Classes:

5/14/2014 (7:00 PM) - Foundation 1
6/21/2014 (11:00 AM) - Foundation 2