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 Winter Classes meet from January 9, 2017-March 24, 2017. Registration is now closed, but if you are interested in sitting in on one of our classes, or would like more information, give us a call at 510-444-4755 or email info@stagebridge.org. Our Spring classes will meet April 3, 2017-June 16, 2017, and registration will open on March 1.

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

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

Playback Theater: Tuesdays 3:20PM-5:20PM
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 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 visiting artist for 5 years.

Beginning Improv: Wednesdays 10AM-11:25AM
Learn the basics of improvisation with humor and fun in games and sometimes songs that emphasize spontaneity, cooperation and storytelling. With Barbara Scott and Daniel Savio on piano.

Advanced ImprovWednesdays 11:35-1:00PM
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.


To ensure that you receive personal attention, we’ve limited class sizes. To guarantee your space or for more information contact us today.