AUGUST 23, 2017

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Learn the fundamentals of improv in a safe and supportive environment!If you have been wanting to try Improv but have been too scared, here’s your chance. In this class there are no mistakes, just the fun of embracing your most spontaneous and creative self amidst other wonderful people who are also scared.

Still scared? Perfect. Sign up now.

If you are an experienced Improviser and feel like coming for a brush-up of your fundamentals, please join us!

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Improv Drop-ins with Rachel Hamilton

My Improv Drop-In classes are for experienced Improvisers looking to learn, practice and play in an easy-going, process-oriented environment. This class attracts Improvisers from all over the Bay Area and beyond, which creates a new dynamic ensemble each weeks and provides for a valuable cross-pollination of styles and experience.

Each week I bring in an Improv idea that we explore together. The atmosphere is experimental – I am frequently creating improv exercises on the spot – while simultaneously reinforcing the fundamental skills that are at the core of all great Improv: Presence, Listening, Courage, Connection an Support.

No two Drop-ins are ever the same, however, they are consistently wonderful.

Hope to see you there!

Prerequisite: This is a class for experienced improvisers. If you not sure if that means you, please drop me an email at and we can figure it out together.


“Thank you for your exquisite manner of giving feedback without shame.”

“Rachel was the perfect way to help us embrace failure as the opportunity to learn, laugh and live a little deeper. “

“Rachel’s a super-star and inspires us to grow into more of who we are!”


Price: $50 per class

Time: All classes are from 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM – doors open at 6:30 for hanging out together in the Groove Lounge.

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SEPTEMBER 16, 2017

Power Improvisation Workshop with Michael Davenport

Inspired by the bold style of improvisation developed at The Annoyance Theater in Chicago, this workshop explores the power of making strong choices at the top of your scene. The focus will be on experimenting with what it means to support your partner by taking care of yourself first.


In this workshop you will:

  • Play with making strong choices right out of the gate; bold characters, clear points of view, specific emotional and physical choices
  • Hold on to your bold initiation and let it become your roadmap for your scene
  • Increase your awareness of the choices you make and expand your repertoire
  • Build more skills to discover your own voice and shape your personal style as an improviser

“..the times I’ve felt most supported in an Improv scene is when my partner took care of herself first. When my fellow player selfishly makes a choice, any choice, at the top of the scene, I feel very supported. I feel supported because now I’m on stage with a powerful , playful person who isn’t afraid to take a chance. I’m on stage with a fearless individual, and not someone in her head, rendered speechless by fear, and waiting for me to do something.”

Mick Napier, Founder of The Annoyance Theater, Author of ImproviseScene from the Inside Out

This workshop is for experienced improvisers

Class is limited to 18 people

Michael Davenport teaches and performs Chicago-style long form improvisational theater in the Bay Area, focusing on creating strong characters and deep connections between scene partners. As the founder and director of Magic Jester Theater in Oakland and Morpho Theater in Sacramento, Michael has directed multiple improv ensembles and produced a wide variety of improv shows. He has also studied Meisner acting technique with Kathy Scambiatterra at The Artistic Home in Chicago, and has studied bringing physicality to scripted work with James Wagner at Berkeley Rep School of Theatre.

“Such a tremendous diversity of group activities and two person scenes. Physicality, Meissner, hooks into character by character tropes, emotions, and physical prompts. Plus, the seamless flow from activity to activity and maximizing the number of people everyone played with. I didn’t know four of the people present and I did the majority of the exercises with them. Many of the Facebook posts have already spoken about how comfortable Michael was able to make everyone, and I certainly agree. Power Improvisation delivered in a low key and supportive way that got everyone on board.” – One happy student from our last Power Improv workshop

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SEPTEMBER 18, 25 & OCTOBER 2 2017

Improv Lab with Mike Dempsey

Looking for tools to become a more confident Improviser?Want to expand your improv repertoire?

Ready to Learn some new moves for your Improv toolkit?

This class will be a laboratory that offers experienced improvisors a chance to experiment with theatrical conventions, intentions, objectives and tactics resulting in extraordinary scenes, monologues, dream sequences and other mad creations.

Students will leave better prepared to reveal the truth of the moment and to play the space with confidence.

Taught by the one and only Mike Dempsey.

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 ImprovBostonAnnex Improv (Seattle) and The Brody Theatre(Portland). Locally, he has worked with Pan Theatre (Oakland), The Milkman’s Other Kids (Berkeley), and BATS (San Francisco). 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.

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OCTOBER 7&8 2017

Improv & the Enneagram

 The Enneagram is:

  • a personality typing system that describes nine essential ways of being human
  • a wildly accurate and intricate roadmap of human behavior
  • a lens through which to see how other people see the world
  • a booster rocket for your self-awareness
  • a fast track to doing better Improv

In this class, you will use the magic of Improv to explore and fully embody each of the Enneagram types, expanding and expressing your range as Improvisers and as humans.

The format of this class will be varied and fun and is open to Improvisers of all levels, from beginners to advanced. You will leave the weekend with a deeper understanding of and compassion for the various ways we wacky humans are wired.

Taught by Rachel Hamilton

Rachel Hamilton

Rachel Hamilton was born and raised in Washington, DC. She is a graduate of Northwestern University, an alumna of The Second City, Chicago, and an Emmy-nominated writer. Rachel cut her teeth in the Chicago Improv scene, sharing the stage with geniuses like Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Rachel Dratch, and many other Improv luminaries and has been smitten with Improv ever since.

Rachel has a great depth of experience teaching Improv to all kinds of people; newbies and experts, actors and civilians, the confident and the terrified. She teaches, directs and performs Improv all over the country and makes her home in the San Francisco Bay Area with her ridiculously adorable Cockapoo, Marty, who is the best Improviser she knows.

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Classes are not refundable, but they are entirely transferable. If you’ve purchased a class and you cannot attend, you are welcome to sell your spot to another Improviser, provided they meet the prerequisite requirements as stated on the website. People seem to have good luck listing their classes for sale on Facebook. If you do sell your spot to someone else, I would appreciate you letting me know via email at  Thank you!