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. 

Winter Classes coming soon!

Our Fall classes meet Monday-Friday, September 25-December 8; there are no classes the week of November 20-24. Registration for Fall 2017 classes is now open through the end of first week of classes, September 29. 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 fall session, we're offering the following improv classes:

Advanced Playback Theatre with Martin Holtz; Tuesday, 3:20pm-5:20pm Sept. 26-Dec. 5

Playback Theatre transforms audience members’ stories into theatre pieces right on the spot through spoken improvisation, movement and ritual. In this class, led by Martin Holtz, participants will experience warm-up games, short forms and story improvisation techniques that capture the essence of thisinteractive 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 and has been a Storybridge artist-in-residence for 7 years. Registration priority for advanced students who have taken Playback Theatre in the Winter, Spring, or Summer 2017 class sessions at Stagebridge. If you have questions about eligibility, please contact our office at info@stagebridge.org or 510-444-4755. Max. 12 students. $179.00

Beginning Improv with Mona Thompson; Wednesday, 10:00am-11:30am Sept. 27-Oct. 25

Advanced Improv with Mona Thompson; Wednesday, 11:45am-1:00pm Sept. 27-Oct. 25

Beginning: Learn the basics of improvisation with humor and fun in games and sometimes songs that emphasize spontaneity, cooperation and storytelling. Max 16 students/class

Advanced: Expanded scenes and games work for people with more experience and skill in improvisation. Learn with one of the Bay Area’s best improv performers and teachers! Barbara is a long-time member of San Francisco’s BATS Company and founding member of True Fiction Magazine improv company. Max 14 students/class. $100.00/class or $175.00/both classes

Long-Form Improv with Reid Davis; Wednesday, 1:30pm-3:30pm Sept. 27-Dec. 6 Intergenerational Family Drama (or, make your own AUGUST, OSAGE COUNTY!)

From hidden secrets to buried conflicts, nothing is more dramatic than the Family. Through a series of games, exercises, and character/plot development workshops, students will create their own long-form improv of a Classic American Family Drama. We will explore examples of the genre from writers such as August Wilson, Arthur Miller, Paula Vogel, Tennessee Williams and more, and then create characters and 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 improv material, the intergenerational family drama! It will be a family dinner party to remember. Max 14 students $179.00

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.