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Improvised Family Drama with Dave (#17-10-2641)

Improvised Family Drama

2 Saturdays, 2:30 – 5:30 PM

1 Saturday, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM


October 28 – November 11, 2017
Bayfront Theater, San Francisco

Schedule: 3 sessions (once a week for 3 weeks, with two performances)
Class dates: Saturdays October 28, November 4, and 11 (2:30-5:30PM on 10/28 and 11/11, 10:00am-5:00pm on 11/4)
Performance date: Sunday, November 12 at 6pm and 8pm (each student performs in 1 showcase)
Class length: 3 hours (12 hours total instruction)
Class size: 10 students maximum
Tuition: $239
Prerequisite: Coach and Dean approval is needed to register for this class. In order to get Dean approval, please email Regina Saisi at to confirm eligibility before you register.


Family Drama uniquely blends the compelling narrative of a three-act stage play with the excitement and surprise of improvisation.  Like many traditional American plays, the story unfolds in real time, on a single set, and with each actor portraying only one character.  


Family Drama has entertained audiences and challenged improvisers since 2003 at BATS. The format requires improvisers to slow down, be simple, listen, as well as explore the depth of characters and the history of long-term relationships.  


This course is recommended for improvisers with experience in long-form performance. 


Family Drama is playing at BATS every Saturday in November, and a comp for each night is included in the tuition fee.

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