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Foundation Level Classes

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This is the place to start for almost all new students, whether they're interested in becoming improv performers or just want to enjoy learning the skills used in improvisation.

Foundation 1 Classes

A fun introduction to the joys and thrills of improvisation and the BATS Improv style. No prior experience necessary! Students are introduced to the basics of improv through games and exercises in a safe, friendly atmosphere. Concepts include spontaneity, listening, storytelling, status, and making one’s partner look good.

Prerequisite: None
Six-week series / 16 student maximum / Tuition: $299

Upcoming Foundation 1 Classes:

3-Day Foundation 1 Intensive with Laura Derry | 4/25/2014 10:00 AM | Bayfront Theater
Foundation 1 in Palo Alto with John Remak | 4/29/2014 7:00 PM | Cubberley Community Center
Foundation 1 with Rebecca Stockley | 5/3/2014 11:00 AM | Bayfront Theater
Foundation 1 with Rebecca Poretsky | 5/14/2014 7:00 PM | Bayfront Theater
Foundation 1 with Lisa Safran | 6/1/2014 11:00 AM | Bayfront Theater
Foundation 1 with Ben Johnson | 6/17/2014 7:00 PM | Studio 210
Foundation 1 in Palo Alto with Andy Sarouhan | 6/26/2014 7:00 PM | Bayfront Theater

Foundation 2 Classes

Continue the exploration of improvisation while refining improv knowledge and skills in this six-week course. At the conclusion of Foundation 2, students are welcome to focus even more on scenework by moving on to Foundation 3, or repeat Foundation 2 as many times as they wish to keep playing and cementing the Foundation 2 skills.

Prerequisite: Foundation 1
Six-week series / 14 student maximum / Tuition: $299

Upcoming Foundation 2 Classes:

Foundation 2 in Palo Alto with John Remak | 5/15/2014 7:00 PM | Cubberley Community Center
Foundation 2 with John Remak | 5/21/2014 7:00 PM | Bayfront Theater
Foundation 2 with Rebecca Poretsky | 6/21/2014 11:00 AM | Bayfront Theater
Foundation 2 in Palo Alto with Chris Sams | 6/24/2014 7:00 PM | Cubberley Community Center
Foundation 2 with Chris Sams | 6/25/2014 7:00 PM | Bayfront Theater

Improv Off-Stage Classes

Improv has wide relevance and we embrace all of the ways that it can be applied to life—both personal and professional. Improv Off-Stage courses may include classes for shy people, or for singles, caregivers, teachers or facilitators. In fact, if you have your own idea for a workshop concentration, be sure to let us know and we may just put it on the schedule! Tuition varies by class type and duration.

Prerequisite: None
Duration and tuition vary by class / 16 student maximum

Upcoming Improv Off-Stage Classes:

Improv for Shy People with Ken Robertson | 4/19/2014 11:00 AM | Bayfront Theater

Foundation Specialty Classes

Foundation Specialty classes are designed to give our Foundation students more opportunities to play and have fun while broadening their improv knowledge. Classes range from one to four weeks and will explore a particular improv skill i.e. status, games, genre, narrative, or spontaneity. Foundation Specialties are open to anyone who has completed Foundation 2, and are a great place to explore more facets of improv before entering our performance-track Studio Level.

Prerequisite: Foundation 1-3
Duration and tuition vary by class / 15 student maximum

Upcoming Foundation Specialty Classes:

Intro to Improv with Ben Johnson | 6/16/2014 7:00 PM | Bayfront Theater
Improv Singing: Rhythm and Style with David Norfleet (Music) | 6/21/2014 2:30 PM | Bayfront Theater

Foundation 3 Classes

This six-session workshop is designed to help improvisers work on specific skill development through scene work.

The focus in Foundation 3 is on continuing study of scene work, ensemble, character, acting, and other advanced improv skills. The smaller class size gives students more opportunity to work in class and gives coaches a chance to provide more detailed evaluation and feedback. Since the there is a focus on your individual work, Foundation 3 is a great tune-up class for students of all levels and can be taken multiple times.

At the end of Foundation 3, the coach will make a recommendation for each student about what next step is best for them - repeating Foundation 3 or moving to Studio Scenework, a more performance-oriented scene study class.

Prerequisite: Foundation 2
Six-week series / 12 student maximum / Tuition: $299

Upcoming Foundation 3 Classes:

Foundation 3 with Laura Derry | 5/6/2014 7:00 PM | Studio 210
Foundation 3 with Dave Dennison | 6/24/2014 7:00 PM | Bayfront Theater

 
 
 

Improv Classes

Young Improvisers' Ensemble (Teens) with Laura Derry 
Friday, 4/18/2014 4:00 PM

Improv for Shy People with Ken Robertson 
Saturday, 4/19/2014 11:00 AM

3-Day Foundation 1 Intensive with Laura Derry 
Friday, 4/25/2014 10:00 AM

Foundation 1 in Palo Alto with John Remak 
Tuesday, 4/29/2014 7:00 PM

Studio Scenework with Regina Saisi 
Thursday, 5/1/2014 7:00 PM

Foundation 1 with Rebecca Stockley 
Saturday, 5/3/2014 11:00 AM

Performing Improvised Star Trek with Laura Derry 
Sunday, 5/4/2014 2:30 PM

Foundation 3 with Laura Derry 
Tuesday, 5/6/2014 7:00 PM

Studio Scenework in Palo Alto with Kasey Klemm 
Thursday, 5/8/2014 7:00 PM

Performing Improvised Plays with Ben Johnson 
Tuesday, 5/13/2014 7:00 PM

Foundation 1 with Rebecca Poretsky 
Wednesday, 5/14/2014 7:00 PM

Foundation 2 in Palo Alto with John Remak 
Thursday, 5/15/2014 7:00 PM

Foundation 2 with John Remak 
Wednesday, 5/21/2014 7:00 PM

Studio Scenework with Dave Dennison 
Thursday, 5/29/2014 7:00 PM

Foundation 1 with Lisa Safran 
Sunday, 6/1/2014 11:00 AM

Intro to Improv with Ben Johnson 
Monday, 6/16/2014 7:00 PM

Foundation 1 with Ben Johnson 
Tuesday, 6/17/2014 7:00 PM

Foundation 2 with Rebecca Poretsky 
Saturday, 6/21/2014 11:00 AM

Improv Singing: Rhythm and Style with David Norfleet (Music) 
Saturday, 6/21/2014 2:30 PM

Performing Theatresports with Ken Robertson 
Sunday, 6/22/2014 2:30 PM

Foundation 2 in Palo Alto with Chris Sams 
Tuesday, 6/24/2014 7:00 PM

Foundation 3 with Dave Dennison 
Tuesday, 6/24/2014 7:00 PM

Foundation 2 with Chris Sams 
Wednesday, 6/25/2014 7:00 PM

Studio Scenework with John Remak 
Thursday, 6/26/2014 7:00 PM

Foundation 1 in Palo Alto with Andy Sarouhan 
Thursday, 6/26/2014 7:00 PM

Youth Summer School, Session 1 with Laura Derry 
Monday, 7/7/2014 9:00 AM

Youth Summer School, Session 2 with Laura Derry 
Monday, 7/14/2014 9:00 AM

Teen Summer School: Improv Ensemble Session 1 with Laura Derry 
Monday, 7/21/2014 9:00 AM

Teen Summer School: Improv Ensemble Session 2 with Laura Derry 
Monday, 7/28/2014 9:00 AM

Effortless Story with William Hall 
Thursday, 7/31/2014 6:00 PM

Improv for Everybody: the Ethics of Playing Together with Patricia Ryan Madson
Thursday, 8/7/2014 2:00 PM

The Truth with Zoe Galvez 
Friday, 8/8/2014 10:00 AM

3-Day Intensive - Foundation 1 with Chris Sams 
Friday, 8/15/2014 10:00 AM

3-Day Intensive - Elements of Long Form with Dave Dennison 
Friday, 8/15/2014 10:00 AM

Exploring Emotion with Rafe Chase 
Thursday, 8/21/2014 10:00 AM

Playing the Lead with Tim Orr 
Friday, 8/22/2014 10:00 AM

Special Effects with Ben Johnson 
Saturday, 8/23/2014 10:00 AM

Stage Combat and Intimacy with Diane Rachel 
Sunday, 8/24/2014 10:00 AM

Music Bootcamp with Lisa Rowland 
Friday, 8/29/2014 10:00 AM

Improvising Brecht's Epic Theatre with Maria Sommer & T.J. Weiss
Friday, 8/29/2014 10:00 AM

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