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Foundation 2 – Movement & Story

Online Sessions
Prerequisite:
 Foundation 1
Schedule: 8 sessions (once a week for 8 weeks)
Class length: 2 hours (16 hours total)
Class size: 14 students maximum
Tuition: $299 

Foundation 2 moves further down the path to fully improvised scenes and stories by putting the mindsets from Foundation 1 into a scene structure while staying present physically in the moment and with your partner.

In F2 you will learn how to: 

  • Put the building blocks of improvised worlds together and learn the skills that will enable you to create in a relaxed state of play. 
  • Improvise from a grounded physical state that will be your touchstone when you don’t know what to say. 
  • See and respond to what is already present, allowing you access to the creative part of your mind that intuitively knows what comes next. 
  • Inhabit character and story throughout the body while creating fully realized environments out of thin air. 
  • Identify the basic information of the scene.  Who are these characters, how do they know each other, where are they and why are they there? 

Students that complete F2 are eligible to perform in the weekly Sunday Student Jams.

At the end of Foundation 2, the coach will make a recommendation for each student about what the next step is best — repeating F2 to strengthen the improviser’s physical awareness or moving to F3: Character & Relationship.

Upcoming Classes:

In-Person: Foundation 2: Movement & Story in Palo Alto with Derek Yee

Cubberley Community Center Class Time/Dates: 7:00pm-10:00pm PDT on Tuesdays // May 28, June 4, 11, 18, 25, July 2 Schedule: 6 sessions Class length: 3 hours Class size: 14 students maximum Prerequisite: Foundation 1 or equivalent *Email bats@improv.org for the access code and other and eligiblity questions* Tuition: $349 Foundation 2 moves further down the path to fully improvised scenes and stories by putting the mindsets from Foundation 1 into a scene structure while staying present physically in the moment and with your partner. In F2 you will learn how to:
  • Put the building blocks of improvised worlds together and learn the skills that will enable you to create in a relaxed state of play.
  • Improvise from a grounded physical state that will be your touchstone when you don’t know what to say.
  • See and respond to what is already present, allowing you access to the creative part of your mind that intuitively knows what comes next.
  • Inhabit character and story throughout the body while creating fully realized environments out of thin air.
  • Identify the basic information of the scene. Who are these characters, how do they know each other, where are they and why are they there?
At the end of Foundation 2, the coach will make a recommendation for each student about what the next step is best — repeating F2 to strengthen the improviser’s physical awareness or moving to F3: Character & Relationship.

In-Person: Foundation 2: Movement & Story with John Remak

Ft. Mason - BATS Annex Class Time/Dates: 7:00pm - 10:00pm PDT on Thursdays // June 17, 24, July 1, 8, 15, 22 Schedule: 6 sessions; once a week for six weeks Class length: 3 hours (18 hours total) Class size: 16 students maximum Prerequisite: Foundation 1 or equivalent. Email bats@improv.org for access code and other eligibility questions. Tuition: $349 Foundation 2 moves further down the path to fully improvised scenes and stories by putting the mindsets from Foundation 1 into a scene structure while staying present physically in the moment and with your partner. In F2 you will learn how to:
  • Put the building blocks of improvised worlds together and learn the skills that will enable you to create in a relaxed state of play.
  • Improvise from a grounded physical state that will be your touchstone when you don’t know what to say.
  • See and respond to what is already present, allowing you access to the creative part of your mind that intuitively knows what comes next.
  • Inhabit character and story throughout the body while creating fully realized environments out of thin air.
  • Identify the basic information of the scene. Who are these characters, how do they know each other, where are they and why are they there?
At the end of Foundation 2, the coach will make a recommendation for each student about what the next step is best — repeating F2 to strengthen the improviser’s physical awareness or moving to F3: Character & Relationship.

Online: Foundation 2: Movement and Story with Andy Sarouhan

On Zoom Class Time/Date: 7:00pm - 9:00pm // June 17, 24, July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, August 5 Schedule: 8 sessions Class size: 14 students maximum Class length: 2 hours Prerequisites: F1 or coach approval. Email bats@improv.org for eligibility and access questions. Tuition: $299 Foundation 2 moves further down the path to fully improvised scenes and stories by putting the mindsets from Foundation 1 into a scene structure while staying present physically in the moment and with your partner. In F2 you will learn how to:
  • Put the building blocks of improvised worlds together and learn the skills that will enable you to create in a relaxed state of play.
  • Improvise from a grounded physical state that will be your touchstone when you don’t know what to say.
  • See and respond to what is already present, allowing you access to the creative part of your mind that intuitively knows what comes next.
  • Inhabit character and story throughout the body while creating fully realized environments out of thin air.
  • Identify the basic information of the scene. Who are these characters, how do they know each other, where are they and why are they there?
At the end of Foundation 2, the coach will make a recommendation for each student about what the next step is best — repeating F2 to strengthen the improviser’s physical awareness or moving to F3: Character & Relationship.

In-Person: Foundation 2: Movement & Story with Rebecca Stockley

Ft. Mason - BATS Annex Class Time/Dates: 2:00pm - 5:00pm PST on Sundays // June 23, 30, July 7, 14, 21, 28 Schedule: 6 sessions; once a week for six weeks Class length: 3 hours (18 hours total) Class size: 16 students maximum Prerequisite: Foundation 1 or equivalent. Email bats@improv.org for access code and other eligibility questions. Tuition: $349 Foundation 2 moves further down the path to fully improvised scenes and stories by putting the mindsets from Foundation 1 into a scene structure while staying present physically in the moment and with your partner. In F2 you will learn how to:
  • Put the building blocks of improvised worlds together and learn the skills that will enable you to create in a relaxed state of play.
  • Improvise from a grounded physical state that will be your touchstone when you don’t know what to say.
  • See and respond to what is already present, allowing you access to the creative part of your mind that intuitively knows what comes next.
  • Inhabit character and story throughout the body while creating fully realized environments out of thin air.
  • Identify the basic information of the scene. Who are these characters, how do they know each other, where are they and why are they there?
At the end of Foundation 2, the coach will make a recommendation for each student about what the next step is best — repeating F2 to strengthen the improviser’s physical awareness or moving to F3: Character & Relationship.

In-Person: Foundation 2: Movement & Story in the Mission w/Will Gutzman

Studio 210 Class Time/Dates: 7:00pm-10:00pm PST on Thursday // July 11, 18, 25, August 1, 8, 15 Schedule: 6 sessions; once a week for six weeks Class length: 3 hours (18 hours total) Class size: 14 students maximum Prerequisite: Foundation 1 or equivalent *Email bats@improv.org for access code and other eligibility questions* Tuition: $349 Foundation 2 moves further down the path to fully improvised scenes and stories by putting the mindsets from Foundation 1 into a scene structure while staying present physically in the moment and with your partner. In F2 you will learn how to:
  • Put the building blocks of improvised worlds together and learn the skills that will enable you to create in a relaxed state of play.
  • Improvise from a grounded physical state that will be your touchstone when you don’t know what to say.
  • See and respond to what is already present, allowing you access to the creative part of your mind that intuitively knows what comes next.
  • Inhabit character and story throughout the body while creating fully realized environments out of thin air.
  • Identify the basic information of the scene. Who are these characters, how do they know each other, where are they and why are they there?
At the end of Foundation 2, the coach will make a recommendation for each student about what the next step is best — repeating F2 to strengthen the improviser’s physical awareness or moving to F3: Character & Relationship.

In-Person: Foundation 2: Movement & Story in Palo Alto with Derek Yee

Cubberley Community Center Class Time/Dates: 7:00pm-10:00pm PDT on Tuesdays // July 24, 31, August 7, 14, 21, 28 Schedule: 6 sessions Class length: 3 hours Class size: 14 students maximum Prerequisite: Foundation 1 or equivalent *Email bats@improv.org for the access code and other and eligiblity questions* Tuition: $349 Foundation 2 moves further down the path to fully improvised scenes and stories by putting the mindsets from Foundation 1 into a scene structure while staying present physically in the moment and with your partner. In F2 you will learn how to:
  • Put the building blocks of improvised worlds together and learn the skills that will enable you to create in a relaxed state of play.
  • Improvise from a grounded physical state that will be your touchstone when you don’t know what to say.
  • See and respond to what is already present, allowing you access to the creative part of your mind that intuitively knows what comes next.
  • Inhabit character and story throughout the body while creating fully realized environments out of thin air.
  • Identify the basic information of the scene. Who are these characters, how do they know each other, where are they and why are they there?
At the end of Foundation 2, the coach will make a recommendation for each student about what the next step is best — repeating F2 to strengthen the improviser’s physical awareness or moving to F3: Character & Relationship.