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 5 – Narrative

Online Sessions
Prerequisite:
 Foundation 4
Schedule: 8 sessions (once a week for 8 weeks)
Class length: 2 hours (16 hours total)
Class size: 12 students maximum
Tuition: $299 

Foundation 5 uses all skills in F1-4 to build longer, sustained stories in rich varied worlds which come alive as you create them with your improv partners.

In this focus on narrative, improvisers  will learn:

  • The basic structure of a traditional narrative.
  • How to identify and create the beginning, middle, and end of a longer story so it feels satisfying and cohesive.  
  • Identifying the protagonist, raising the stakes, the circle of possibilities, leaning into consequences and supporting a fleshed out improvised reality in which to create a world with its own logic and consistency.  Students will also explore the concepts through the specific lens of genre and start to tell stories in different styles.  
  • All of these skills contribute to improvising rich stories that can cover all tones, from comedy to tragedy and everything in between.

At the end of F5, the coach will make a recommendation for each student about what the next step is best — repeating F5, going to the Improv Gym to hone specific skills, or moving to F6: The Performance Showcase.

Upcoming Classes:

Online: Foundation 5 with Zoe Galvez Tuesdays, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM PST

July 12 - August 30 Ft. Mason Center Schedule: 8 sessions Class dates: July 12, 19, 26, August 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 Class length: 2 hours (16 hours total instruction) Class size: 12 students maximum Tuition: $299 Prerequisites: Foundation 4 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

Foundation 5 uses all skills in F1-4 to build longer, sustained stories in rich varied worlds which come alive as you create them with your improv partners.

In this focus on narrative, improvisers will learn:

  • The basic structure of a traditional narrative.
  • How to identify and create the beginning, middle, and end of a longer story so it feels satisfying and cohesive.
  • Identifying the protagonist, raising the stakes, the circle of possibilities, leaning into consequences and supporting a fleshed out improvised reality in which to create a world with its own logic and consistency. Students will also explore the concepts through the specific lens of genre and start to tell stories in different styles.

All of these skills contribute to improvising rich stories that can cover all tones, from comedy to tragedy and everything in between.

At the end of F5, the coach will make a recommendation for each student about what the next step is best — repeating F5, going to the Improv Gym to hone specific skills, or moving to F6: The Performance Showcase.