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The Naked Stage with Tim – 17-09-2606

The Naked Stage

September 9 – 23, 2017
Bayfront Theater, San Francisco

Class Time/Dates: Saturdays, September 9 and 23, 10am – 5pm 
Schedule: 2 Sessions (one a week for 2 weeks, skipping a week in between) from 10am – 5pm, with a 1-hour lunch break
Class size: 10 students maximum
Class length: 12 hours total of instruction
Tuition: $239
Prerequisite: Studio Scene Work. If you have any questions about eligibility, please contact


In this intensive, we’ll explore the elements that make The Naked Stage such an exciting improv format, and equip you with the skills to play it successfully. 

Some of the things we’ll focus on:

– playing characters who get along and enjoy each other’s company
– creating energy through entrances and exits
– leaving room for monologues and silences
– creating “plot” through what characters want and their efforts to get it
– stage picture and opportunities for physical engagement


Here’s a description of the format, for those of you who aren’t familiar with it:

“The Naked Stage takes place on a single set, in traditional stage-play style. The improvisers play one character each, there are no location changes, and the only built-in transitions are between the Acts. All the actors have is the bare stage, simple suggestions from the audience, and each other.

The Naked Stage combines San Francisco’s tradition of narrative longform improvisation with the demands and surprises of traditional theater. In a sense, the actors are “trapped” on stage with only each other. Without the usual exit options (lights, time and location jumps, and other scene-enders), they are left to fully confront the characters and situations which they have created.”


The Naked Stage is playing at BATS every Saturday in September, and a comp for each night is included in the tuition fee. It is highly recommended (think of it as a course requirement) that everyone attend the Naked Stage show on Saturday, September 2nd at BATS prior to the first date of the intensive, especially if you haven’t already seen the format.



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