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Pan Theater
120 Frank Ogawa Plaza
Oakland, CA 94612

200 feet from BART

Oakland - San Francisco - Tokyo Improv Shows and Classes

Improv from the heart™

Improv from the heart™

Takes your acting skills and talent to a new place. You’ll learn to listen fully and respond truthfully on stage. This is an improv class for those serious about acting.

The class will focus on:

Meisner Technique, and Spolin Mirror and Space work , and open scene work with feedback.

Throughout the class you will be asked, pushed, and encouraged to listen fully. You will be asked to give up the internal judge. We ask that you not judge yourself or your partner. We will work on responding from a place of emotional truth. Your acting will become more grounded and you will become a more confident performer and person.

The class will hone two of the most important on stage skills (and life skills) listening and responding truthfully. We'll explore exercises that will sharpen your listening skills and help you explore your feelings and the emotions of the scene. People will love performing with you. You’ll become a more giving performer.

This is not a class in quick wit, fast theater games or competing for attention. You’ll be pushed throughout the class with exercises that explore vulnerability, emotion and connection.

We ask that your heart be open and your ego on hold during the class.

The beginning sessions will focus on creating a safe space free of judgement where the work can be explored without attachment. The self critic and judge will be asked to step out of the room so we can work at getting to the truth of the individual moments.

This class isn’t for everyone.

This class is for those that want to experience the depth and range of their characters. It is for performers that want to live truthfully in the given circumstances of the scene. The scenes explored will be organically dramatic or comedic (or both). It is for performers that want to grow emotionally and feel more alive both on stage and off.

If you need to be funny or the star this class won’t be for you - unless you are willing to let go of these needs and learn to work from the heart rather than the head (ego).

There will be outside work required. You must also be willing to meet with a practice partner at least once per week to sharpen the work we do in class.

Throughout the class we will be listening for the message our partner gives us rather than just the words they use. Think about it as improvising from the heart rather than the head.

The exercises will make it easy to make your partner "look like a poet, artist or genius" on stage and help your partner do the same for you.  You will learn to be a team player on stage or as we say at Pan, a humble star.

I will be flying back to Oakland and will be teaching the class personally. All Improv from the Heart classes are taught directly by me (David Alger - the Founder of Pan Theater).

We suggest registering early. This class will sellout.

We are limiting enrollment in this class to 20 performers.

Class Details:
Pan Theater
120 Frank Ogawa Plaza
Oakland (200 feet from BART)

Date: Sundays starting February 4th
2/4, 2/11, 2/18, 2/25, 3/4, 3/11, & 3/18 (optional scene performance)
4pm to 6:45pm
Cost: $259
Tickets: refundable until 1/28. Non-refundable after 1/28

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