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fun and fast-paced improvised theatre, filled with scenes, songs, games, and lots of audience participation and suggestions.


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full-length, narrative, genre-driven, completely improvised stories based on audience suggestions.


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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.

 

Emotional Consequences
Wednesday, 7:00 - 10:00 PM

Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Cubberley Community Center, Palo Alto

Schedule: One session
Class date: 7-10 pm on Wednesday, June 20
Class length: 3 hours
Tuition: $55
Prerequisite: Foundation 3 and above

In this workshop, students will learn to create rich, sustainable stories by focusing the emotional Consequences of their choices. This is a night of active work on being decisive, being changed, and being a generous improviser.

Coach
Kasey Klemm

Kasey Klemm

Movement for Improvisers & Other Performers

Saturday, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Saturday, July 14, 2018
Bayfront Theater, San Francisco 

Schedule: One session
Class date: July 14, 10:00am - 2:00pm
Class length: 4 hours
Tuition: $89
Prerequisite: Foundation 3 and above

When we get physical onstage, we make surprising choices we wouldn’t have “thought” of, and we become more dynamic, energized and interesting. We give our scene partners more to play with, and we have more fun ourselves. In this class, we are going to move, move, move! We will use a variety of movement techniques including Viewpoints, Contact Improv, Space Work (Mime), Dance and Commedia del Arte to get out of our heads and into our bodies.

Guest Coach

Tracy Burns

Let the Character Tell the Story
Sunday, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Sunday, July 15, 2018
Bayfront Theater, San Francisco 

Schedule: One session
Class date: July 15, 10:00a - 2:00p
Class length: 4 hours
Tuition: $89
Prerequisite: Foundation 3 and above

Have you ever been in an improv scene and half way through you realize you don’t know who your character is? In fact, you don’t really have much of a character at all? But, you sure have laid out a lot of plot points! Wouldn’t it be great to create real people onstage with wants, desires, opinions and points of view, and let them tell the story? In this class, we’ll not only focus on creating three-dimensional characters that are fun to play, but also on developing meaningful relationships between those characters. Stories become rich and compelling to be in as well as to watch.

Guest Coach

Tracy Burns

Improvised Song 101/102
Tuesdays, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

July 17th and 24th, 2018
Bayfront Theater, San Francisco 

Schedule: Two sessions, Tuesdays 7:00 - 10:00pm
Class date: July 17 and/or 24
Class length: 3 or 6 hours
Tuition: $45 for Song 101, $60 for Song 102, or $100 for both
Prerequisite: Foundation 1 and above

This 6 hour intensive workshop is designed to teach the essential principles of how to create improvised solos, duets, and choruses. Song Improv 101 covers the fundamentals, breaking down the challenge of singing a song into its most basic components - breathing, ear and voice training, rhyme and rhythm exercises - and showing how to put them together into complete songs. Song Improv 102 builds on that foundation to go into other song performances — duets, group numbers, and how songs function in scene work.

Freestyle
Tuesdays, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

August 14 - September 4, 2018
Bayfront Theater, San Francisco

Class schedule: 4 sessions
Class dates and time: 7-10 pm Tuesdays, August 14, 21, 28, and September 4
Class size: 10 students maximum
Class length: 3 each, 12 hours total
Prerequisite: None! Open to all adults 18 and over!

Have you ever seen the classic film about freestyling "8Mile"? This movie is ideal for anyone trying to learn more about the art of Improvised Poetry/Rap. However, it will only show you how it looks when a professional does it, not necessarily how to develop the craft.

In this workshop, we will specialize in rhyming & flowing, and gaining a deeper understanding of this musical art form. Your Hip Hop questions will be answered, you will soon dazzle crowds, and impress significant others. We are all human beings- so if I can do it, so can you!

Guest Coach

Larry Dorsey Jr.

The Art of Making Things Happen

Thursdays, 7:00 - 10:00 PM

September 6 - September 27, 2018
Cubberley Community Center, Palo Alto

Schedule: 4 sessions (once a week for 4 weeks)
Class dates: September 6, 13, 20, and 27
Class length: 3 hours (12 hours total instruction)
Class size: 12 students maximum
Tuition: $219
Prerequisite: Foundation 3 and above

Coach
Kasey Klemm

Kasey Klemm

Genres
Tuesdays, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

September 11 - October 2, 2018
Bayfront Theater, San Francisco

Class schedule: 4 sessions
Class dates and time: 7-10 pm Tuesdays, September 11, 18, 25, and October 2
Class size: 12 students maximum
Class length: 12 hours total
Prerequisite: Foundation 3 and above

 

This is a great opportunity to build your scene skills while a playing a variety of genres. You'll get individualized attention and direct feedback to enrich your character, narrative, and space object skills. You'll explore popular improv genres of playwrights such as Shakespeare and Williams as well as film genres including western and noir. We'll examine the basics of these genres, but also dive deeper to discover fresh approaches rather than just cliche.

Coach

John Remak

The Secret Relationship Between Stand Up Comedy and Improv
Mondays, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

September 17 - October 22, 2018
Bayfront Theater, San Francisco

Class schedule: 6 sessions (6 classes + 1 performance)
Class dates and time: 7-10 pm Mondays, September 17, 24, October 1, 8, 15, and 22
Performance: Sunday 6pm , Date TBD
Class size: 8 students maximum
Class length: 3 hours each, 18 hours total
Prerequisite: None!

Have people always told you that you should be a comedian? Or have you secretly wanted to become one? Well this class is for you! Students will be introduced to the open mic scene, impromptu public speaking, and it will be supported by the Bay Areas premiere Stand-up comedy troupe "#HellaFunny".

In this workshop, we will break the barrier between improvisers & stand up comics, and we will focus on finding the funny in your life. From story telling to crowd work (or riffing), we will lay the foundation for students to have a better understanding of the art of making people laugh. Remember, there are multitudes of unique styles & perspectives, it is all up to each individual's process of discovery (everyone will write differently). We are all humans- if I can do it, so can you!

Note: Very few people start off hilarious, so even if you don't think you're funny, many of the professionals weren't even the class clown!

Guest Coach

Larry Dorsey Jr.

“A benchmark for improv all over the world”

Bay Area Critic

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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