Pan Theater has been offering improv classes, training and performances since February of 2002. We got started at the 21 Grand Art Space in Oakland.
If you are ready to jump start your improv Pan’s 101, 201 and performing troupes are the path. For those looking for a more casual approach or wanting more practice we recommend the Improv Dojo series. The Dojos are drop-
Pan Theater offers classes in Oakland (the East Bay), San Francisco and in Tokyo, Japan (Shinjuku area). Pan’s style combines Spolin based theater games, Meisner Technique, long form style and our own unique training methods. Our style is organic and we strive to create improv that will make audiences laugh, cry or sit on the edge of their seats.
Our work focuses on creating live improvised theater without a script. The work is often funny, sometimes dramatic and other times -
We encourage risk taking, learning through experience, and balancing action with mindfulness (silence) and emotion. Comedy is the by product of good improv not the first focus but the result of playing to the top of your intelligence with honest emotion.
Ours style fosters humble performers that are strong team players and strong actors. Pal alumni can be found throughout the Bay Area, in Los Angeles, in NYC and also in Tokyo.
We were one of the first improv theaters to develop rules to help beginners (see the Rules of Improv I and the Rules of Improv II)
(Tokyo Home Page)
(2017 classes listed)’
*201 or prior long form experience required 30
Sunday Scene Dojo
Focus on Scenes and More Scenes
2017 Improv Dojo Pass
Best value. Dojo I, II, jams for you and a friend.
SPECIAL Oakland Classes
the 4th Rule of Improv
workshop with Joe Spence and Robert Long at Pan Theater, March 18th.
Improv from the heart™ Intensive
A one day improv workshop focusing on finding both the truth and the emotion of the scene by following. We give up the need to try to be funny or exciting and focus on finding and using what is already present. This class combines Meisner Technique and Spolin Theater Games. Taught by Pan Theater founder: David Alger
Oakland, CA 94612
(19th Street BART)
Improv Training Center
2390 Mission Street #8
San Francisco, CA 94110
(24th Street BART)