Shortform: (usually on Fridays)
fun and fast-paced improvised theatre, filled with scenes, songs, games, and lots of audience participation and suggestions.


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Longform: (usually on Saturdays)
full-length, narrative, genre-driven, completely improvised stories based on audience suggestions.


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Foundation 4 – Scenework & Acting Skills

Online Sessions 
Prerequisite: Foundation 3
Schedule: 8 sessions (once a week for 8 weeks) 
Class length: 2 hours (16 hours total) 
Class size: 12 students maximum
Tuition: $299

Building on the improv foundational skills learned in F1-F3, now the improvisers will learn scene structure and acting skills that will help them create story on the spot.

In Foundation 4 improvisers will learn:

  • Identifying the basic information of the scene.  Who are these characters, how do they know each other, where are they and why are they there?
  • How to effectively start scenes, build them in the middle, and successfully “land the plane.”
  • How to embody the basic information of the scene.  How can we as actors, shift our body, face, voice and imagination to establish and support the world we are creating. 
  • Basic acting skills that lend themselves to believeable storytelling. 

At the end of F4, the coach will make a recommendation for each student about what the next step is best — repeating F4, going to the Improv Gym to hone specific skills, or moving to F5: Longform Narrative.

Upcoming Classes:

In-Person: Foundation 4 with Rez Graham Tuesdays, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM PST

July 5 - August 9 Ft. Mason Center Schedule: 6 sessions Class dates: July 5, 12, 19, 26, August 2 & 9 Class length: 3 hours (18 hours total instruction) Class size: 12 students maximum Tuition: $349 Prerequisites: Foundation 3 or equivalent **This class requires Head of School or Coach approval. Email bats@improv.org with a concise list of your improv experience to determine eligibility

Building on the improv foundational skills learned in F1-F3, now the improvisers will learn scene structure and acting skills that will help them create story on the spot.

In Foundation 4 improvisers will learn:

  • Identifying the basic information of the scene. Who are these characters, how do they know each other, where are they and why are they there?
  • How to effectively start scenes, build them in the middle, and successfully “land the plane.”
  • How to embody the basic information of the scene. How can we as actors, shift our body, face, voice and imagination to establish and support the world we are creating.
  • Basic acting skills that lend themselves to believeable storytelling.

At the end of F4, the coach will make a recommendation for each student about what the next step is best — repeating F4, going to the Improv Gym to hone specific skills, or moving to F5: Longform Narrative.

In-Person: Foundation 4 in Palo Alto with Derek Yee Wednesdays, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM PST

August 10 - September 14 Cubberley Community Center Schedule: 6 sessions Class dates: August 10, 17, 24, 31, September 7 & 14 Class length: 3 hours (18 hours total instruction) Class size: 12 students maximum Tuition: $349 Prerequisites: Foundation 3 or equivalent **This class requires Head of School or Coach approval. Email bats@improv.org with a concise list of your improv experience to determine eligibility

Building on the improv foundational skills learned in F1-F3, now the improvisers will learn scene structure and acting skills that will help them create story on the spot.

In Foundation 4 improvisers will learn:

  • Identifying the basic information of the scene. Who are these characters, how do they know each other, where are they and why are they there?
  • How to effectively start scenes, build them in the middle, and successfully “land the plane.”
  • How to embody the basic information of the scene. How can we as actors, shift our body, face, voice and imagination to establish and support the world we are creating.
  • Basic acting skills that lend themselves to believeable storytelling.

At the end of F4, the coach will make a recommendation for each student about what the next step is best — repeating F4, going to the Improv Gym to hone specific skills, or moving to F5: Longform Narrative.