about Improv

“Fun! It’s fun and collegial. You meet so many interesting and vibrant people… you look around and say we’re not old, we just have old bodies.” - Marcia, 68, performing arts student

Some of life’s best moments are unplanned. The same is true on the stage: the spontaneous power of improv has been known to unleash some serious joy. Put down your cliff notes and take a chance. Jumping off the deep end is easier with a group of supportive, giggling cohorts surrounding you. Improv classes are designed to help beginning and advanced students explore a range of characters, scenarios and emotions. Experience improv’s giddy and unpredictable energy in a supportive, yet challenging environment.

Our Fall classes meet Monday-Friday, September 25-December 8; there are no classes the week of November 20-24. Registration for Winter 2018 classes is now open through the end of first week of classes, January 12. You can register online HERE. To register over the phone or if you have any questions, please give us a call at 510-444-4755 or email info@stagebridge.org

Stagebridge's current improv instructors include Reid Davis, Martin Holtz, and Mona Thompson.

For winter session, we're offering the following improv classes:

Playback Theatre for Beginners and Advanced Beginners with Martin Holtz; Monday, 2pm-4pm Jan. 8-March 12

By popular demand—we’ve added a second session of Playback Theater. This class is designed for beginners, advanced beginners, and advanced students to act as mentors to newcomers in a smaller class size. Playback Theatre transforms audience members’ stories into theatre pieces right on the spot through spoken improvisation, movement and ritual. In this class participants will experience warm-up games, short forms and story improvisation techniques that capture the essence of this interactive art form. Fun, challenging and meaningful! Martin Holtz is a founding member and associate director of the Bay Area Playback Theatre and has been a Storybridge artist-in-residence for 7 years.

Max 10 students $200

Advanced Playback Theatre with Martin Holtz; Tuesday, 3:20pm-5:20pm Jan. 9-March 13

Playback Theatre transforms audience members’ stories into theater pieces right on the spot through spoken improvisation, movement and ritual. Participants will experience warm-up games, short forms and  improvisation techniques that capture the essence of this interactive art form. This advanced class gives students possibilities to perform throughout the community. Martin Holtz is a founding member and associate director of the Bay Area Playback Theatre. Registration priority for advanced students who have previously taken Playback Theatre at Stagebridge.

Max. 12 students $200

Improv Games & Skills with Mona Thompson; Wednesday, 10:00am-11:30am Jan. 10-March 14

Improv Performance Skills with Mona Thompson; Wednesday, 11:45am-1:00pm Jan. 10-March 14

Games & Skills (Beginning): Build your muscles of spontaneity, character-work, attention, and storytelling in this fun course. This class is great for students who have never improvised as well as seasoned improvisers who want to keep playing games and improving their skills.

Max 16 students/class $175

Performance Skills (Advanced): This class is for students with an improvisation background who are looking to take their performance skills to the next level. In this class, you'll expand your scene work skills, get more individualized feedback, and experiment with new improv performance formats.

Max 14 students/class $175

$300 for both Games & Skills and Performance Skills.

Long-Form Improv: Courtroom Drama with Reid Davis; Wednesday, 1:30pm-3:30pm Jan 10-March 13 

CAN YOU HANDLE THE TRUTH?  Heat up this Winter by creating a delicious long-form improvised play, based on the eccentric characters, social conflicts, personal intrigue, bizarre twists, and dangerous situations of classic courtroom dramas! Through a series of games, exercises, and character/plot development workshops, students will create their own long-form improv based on plays like Witness for the Prosecution, To Kill a Mockingbird, or Inherit the Wind. Students will explore character development, create comic scenarios, practice physical improvisation, and more and then map the plot of their own play. The class will culminate in an invited performance of their work, performed live as long-form improv. Come feast on the juiciest, twistiest, most high-stakes improv material, the Courtroom Drama! 

Max 14 students $200

 

To ensure that you receive personal attention, we’ve limited class size, which means that some classes do fill. If a class you're interested in has a waitlist, we encourage you to sign up and attend the first day of class, as we often have spots open up in the first week. For more information about classes or registrations, contact us today.