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Foundation SpecialtyFoundation Specialty

Prerequisite: Varies by class
Schedule and class length: Varies by class
Class size: 16 students maximum
Tuition: Varies by class

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Foundation Specialty classes give you more opportunities to play and have fun while deepening your improv knowledge in a specific area. Classes range from one to four weeks and explore a particular improv skill, such as status, character, games, singing, genre, narrative, or spontaneity.

These classes are a great place for Foundation-level students to explore a distinct element of improv in more depth, working with coaches who are skilled in that particular area.

 

DO IT: Improvising Wheres and Action
Wednesdays, 7:00 - 10:00 PM

December 6 - December 13, 2017
Bayfront Theater, San Francisco

Schedule: 2 sessions (once a week for 2 weeks)
Class dates: December 6 and 13
Class length: 3 hours (6 hours total of instruction)
Tuition: $90
Prerequisite: Foundation 3 or above

 

As improvisers, one of our ongoing and most challenging tasks is to create wheres and action. But if we don’t have those skills, then we just stand (or sit) there and talk, and our ability to portray the full range of human experience is severely limited. Remember, we can actually make an audience see things and places that aren't there on stage, if only we have the skills and commitment to make it happen. It is the truly magical part of improvisation!


In this course, we’ll have fun with techniques which give you the all the skills you need to create dynamic environments in any improv format.


Be anywhere and everywhere! Do anything and everything!

Coach

Tim Orr

Clowning for Improvisers

Saturday and Sunday, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM


December 9 and 10, 2017
Bayfront Theater, San Francisco 

Schedule: 2 sessions
Class dates: December 9 and 10
Class length: 3 hours (6 hours total)
Class size: 12 students maximum
Tuition: $90
Prerequisite: Foundation 1 and above

 
This fun workshop is for all levels of improvisers to get more comfortable with physicality and playfulness onstage. Clowns generally aren't big talkers so much of the art of clowning is about using your entire body to convey meaning. If you are an improviser who feels disconnected from your body, this 6-hour intensive will dive into ways to bridge that gap in your performance. NOTE: There will be a lot of movement in this workshop so please wear clothes you can sweat in and bring water.
 
About Shara: Shara Tonn is an improviser, actor, clown and teacher. An alumna of the Stanford Improvisors and San Francisco Circus Center’s Clown Conservatory, Shara performs with Un-Scripted Theater Company, Minerva, Mona and Shara Do Improv, Bay Area Children’s Theater and Bay Area circus shows. This fall, she was invited to clown at the 2017 AEMI International Comedy Festival in Shanghai. She teaches improv at Collective Capital, Un-Scripted Theater Company and Aragon High School.
Guest Coach

Shara Tonn

Burn Your Fear 
Saturday, 2:30 - 5:30 PM

December 23, 2017
Bayfront Theater, San Francisco 

One session: Class held on Saturday, December 23 from 2:30-5:30pm
Class size: 16 students maximum
Class length: 3 hours
Prerequisite: Foundation 2 and above! If you have any questions, email regina@improv.org

 

This class aims to light your improvisation on fire. It will help remind you what you love about improv, slap you out of whatever fear is holding you back, and cut out the naysaying voices in your head that cloud your inspiration. We will look at how we sometimes censor or bail on our choices out of a need to make the “right choice" when improvising. Instead, let's agree that there is no right or wrong choice, only a weak or strong one, and see what happens when we give ourselves the freedom to simply trust and commit to whatever comes up. We will marry a sense of playful abandonment with actionable techniques to start scenes boldly, heighten them via specific and surprising choices, and employ context (who, what, where, when, why, etc.) without getting in our heads about it. This class will move quickly, keep you on your feet, and challenge you with personal feedback.

 

About Guest Coach Philip Markle: https://philipmarkle.com/about

 

 

Guest Coach

Philip Markel

One of “20 Best Improv Comedy Schools Around the World”

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Class Locations

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BATS Improv
Center for Improvised Theatre

Bayfront Theater
B350 Fort Mason Center
San Francisco

 

Studio 210
3435 Cesar Chavez Street
San Francisco

 

Cubberley Community Center
4000 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto

 

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