Welcome to our Improv Theatre Class,
Classes are offered on a dana (generosity) basis and meet on Saturdays from 10am-1pm in the Parish Hall behind the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church on 9th Street at Hearst in Berkeley, CA.
Newcomers are welcome to attend any class.
Please contact Mike Dempsey with any questions or concerns.
Until Saturday, I leave you with the following food for thought:“It is important to build our scenes one brick at a time. If someone sets down a brick to get started, the best place to put our brick is next to theirs, so that we can build together and relate to each other immediately. If we start making disparate moves in which we don’t acknowledge or invest in each other — one sets down a brick, another stabs bamboo into a corner, then we staple some cardboard up — we’re going to end up in a house or scene that no one wants to live in. Look at the first move. Put care into giving that brick texture and weight, … get a true read, and then offer a brick of the same quality — one with the same tone and style and the same aesthetic schema that would exist in the same environment.” — Christian Capozzoli“There are no mistakes! Some of the best improvisation scenes come from miscommunications. Audiences love seeing actors fight their way out of a confusing, messy scene. For instance, if an actor is clearly on a baseball field holding a bat and chewing tobacco, and the other actor says, ‘Stop spitting on my hew hardwood floors, and what’s that in your hand?’ the audience is instantly hooked to see how the ‘baseball player’ will justify his behavior without breaking the scene. … Many times I beat myself up over ‘mistakes’ that turn out better than expected. When you’re scared to take a chance, ask yourself, ‘What’s the worst that could happen?’ Often times, you’ll find it’s not as bad as your thought, so push yourself in order to reach your full potential.” — Tina Fey