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 Spring Classes meet from April 3-June 16, 2017. Our Summer Classes meet from June 19-August 25, and our Performing Arts Camp meets July 10-14. Registration for Summer Classes and Camp opens on May 1 at 9:30am. If you are interested in sitting in on one of our current classes, or would like more information, give us a call at 510-444-4755 or email info@stagebridge.org

Stagebridge's current improv instructors include Martin Holtz, Clara Kamunde, Barbara Scott, and Trish Tillman.

For summer, we're offering the following improv classes:


Improv with Reid Davis at our Performing Arts Camp; 9:30-11 and 11:15-12:45 

Learn the basics of improvisation with humor and fun in games and exercises that emphasize spontaneity, cooperation and storytelling. Embrace the unplanned and unscripted with instructor Reid Davis! Improvisational techniques are helpful for actors and other performers as preparation and training and to develop communication skills, creative problem solving, and supportive collaborative work. 

Advanced ImprovWednesdays 11:35-1:00    

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. With Barbara Scott and Daniel Savio on piano. $169/$150 with Beginning for 11 weeks

Playback Theatre with Martin Holtz; Tuesday, 2:00PM-4:00PM July 18-August 29

Playback Theatre transforms audience members’ stories into theatre pieces right on the spot through spoken improvisation, movement and ritual. In this summer class, led by Martin Holtz,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! Maximum 12 students. $125

Guerilla Theatre with Martin Holtz; Wednesday, 2:00PM-4:00PM July 19-August 30

Be an Artist activist! Utilizing improvization, singable parodies, short prose and activist methods derived from Boal's Theatre of the Oppressed, the group will create, quick satire/protest performances in public places that speak out on socio-political issues. Surprise instant theatre to encourage, inspire and protest. Speak out for the world you long for. Put the mock in Democracy. Limit to 10 participants. 

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.