Improv 301 - Advanced Improv

Ten-to-Twenty Minutes in Paradise. This class focuses on close collaboration, deep listening and mindful intention. The result will be ten-to-twenty-minute one-act plays. Students will follow less a set improv format (Harold, Deconstruction, etc.) and more a set of actions (verbs) and theatrical conventions (narration, dream sequences, musical numbers, etc.). The whole shmegegge will be grounded in a rigorous application of ensemble skills. Students and teacher alike will opt for candor, character, humor and well-being. Everyone will be pushed beyond their comfort zones, and no one will regret it.

Everyone will be pushed beyond their comfort zones, and no one will regret it.
Mike Dempsey

Instructor for our September Improv 301

"Mike Dempsey has been acting, directing and improvising for more than thirty years. He holds an M.A. in Directing from U.C. Berkeley, and has directed dozens of productions and coached numerous improv ensembles across the country, including ImprovBoston, Annex Improv (Seattle) and The Brody Theatre (Portland). Locally, he has worked with BATS Improv and The Milkman’s Other Kids (Berkeley). Mike has taught acting and improv at Cal, St. Mary’s College and the California College of the Arts. His focus is ensemble work and developing improvisors as actors


 • Single and group moments

 • Grounding your scene work

 • Playing and committing fully

 • Living moment to moment on stage

Class Take Away

 • You’ll explore new formats

 • You’ll learn new ways of viewing long form and connecting the pieces

 • You’ll let go to the dynamic of the group more easily

 • You’ll understand the organic nature of the form


Class meets for 5 weeks with an optional performance         
Scene Study for Improvisers
Note: register early - this class will sell out

September 2017 Class
Registration Details

Class day: Tuesdays 16 spots | 2 spots open
Class dates: 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17 , 10/24 + show
Class time:7pm to 10pm* note class meets for 3 hours per session
Class cost: $249
Registration: Via PayPal below

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Refund Policy
Full refunds given if requested up to 24 hours before class starts. Reserve your spot with no risk. No refunds given after class starts.  Class credit can be transferred to future sessions or to friends/family for a complete cycle - if you can’t complete the class for any reason.

Prior classes
March Class |
Registration Details

Class day: Mondays 14 spots | SOLD OUT
Class dates: 3/27, 4/3, 4/10, 4/17 , 4/24, 5/1, 5/8 and 5/15 + show
Class time:7:30pm to 10pm

Michael Dempsey

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