about The Antic Witties
FALL 2017 - Please note: the Antic Witties are currently on hiatus.
The Antic Witties is a popular improv troupe featuring eight women ages 65 to 80. It is based at Stagebridge Senior Theatre in Oakland, the longest-running senior theater company in the US.
The Antic Witties perform at luncheons, conferences, fundraisers, senior residences, and private parties, with performances from 20 minutes to one hour. One popular portion of the longer program is a spoof of the Antiques Roadshow. Audience members bring random items and The Witties improvise unique descriptions and appraisals.
Our director, Barbara Scott, has been improvising for 35 years with Bay Area groups, and has been a member of the BATS (Bay Area Theater Sports) Company and coaching staff since its first year. She is a founding member of True Fiction Magazine Improvisational Theater, with whom she's performed internationally. Besides instructing at Stagebridge, Barbara teaches improv at BATS, American Conservatory Theater, the San Francisco Opera Center, and Bay Area high schools. She has led master improv classes at Stanford University, Dell'Arte School of Physical Theater, the Funny Women Fest in Chicago, ImproLabo in Tokyo, and at international improv festivals. In 2010 Barbara received the 2010 Outstanding Contribution to the Improv Community award from the SF Improv Festival.
Our accompanist, Daniel Savio, is a pianist-composer-lyricist who has accompanied several improv troupes. He is a musical director for Berkeley Playhouse and San Rafael Young Performers, has toured with the SF Mime Troupe and co-wrote music and lyrics for a recent play with music about Berkeley's Free Speech Movement that was produced by Stagebridge and performed at Berkeley Rep.
“The troupe was a smash hit!" - Jenefer Duane, Founder & CEO, Elder Financial Protection Network
"What an astonishing, spunky, feisty performance! Quick thinking, a great sense of humor!" --Francine Toder, Huffington Post
"Your performance was very entertaining, funny and unique. The attendees really enjoyed themselves and thought your group was amazing and very talented. --Jen Tibbetts Hayward Area Recreation and Park District
Time: 15–60+ minutes – material can be theme/event specific. Great for workshops & conferences. Fun, effective staff training & team building.