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


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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 Intensive with Susie Sargent and Laura Wachtel

December 16 - 18

Ft. Mason

Class Time/Dates: Friday, December 16 | 6:00pm - 10:00pm PST; Saturday, Sunday, December 17 and 18 | 10:00am - 5:00pm PST

Schedule: 3 sessions

Class length: 18 hours total

Class size: 16 students maximum

Prerequisite: F1 or equivalent experience. 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.

 *Attendance at all sessions is strongly encouraged because this intensive is only 3 days long.*

In-Person: Foundation 2 with Lisa Wang Wednesdays, 7:00pm - 10:00pm PST

January 4th - February 8th Ft. Mason Center Class Time/Dates: 7:00pm-10:00pm PST on Wednesdays // January 4, 11, 18, 25, February 1 and 8 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?
Students that complete F2 are eligible to perform in the BATS Improv Gyms 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 in the Mission with Dave Dennison Tuesdays, 7:00pm - 10:00pm PST

January 10 - February 21 Studio 210

Class Time/Dates: 7:00pm-10:00pm PST on Tuesdays // January 10, 17, 24, 31, February 7, 21

~ Note: No class on February 14th! ~

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?

Students that complete F2 are eligible to perform in the BATS Improv Gyms

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 in Palo Alto with Derek Yee Wednesdays, 7:00 - 10:00 pm PST

January 11th - February 15th Cubberley Community Center Class Time/Dates: 7:00pm-10:00pm PST on Wednesdays// January 11, 18, 25, February 1, 8, 15 Class size: 16 students maximum Class length: 3 hours (18 hours total instruction) Tuition: $349 Prerequisites: Foundation 1 **Email bats@improv.org for eligibility code and other access questions**

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 BATS Improv Gyms

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.