Pan's Improv Dojo: The Laugh Gym - Improv Comedy Acting Class
The Improv Dojo is Pan’s drop-in improv class
The Improv Dojo is a two hour class focusing on improv scene work and games. In two hours you’ll play, have fun, and sharpen your skills without having to committ to a longer class. You can attend once or come every week. OFFERED on Tuesdays. The Improv Dojo II Scene Lab is offered on Mondays. Tickets are non-transferrable (Improv Dojo I tickets are not transferrable to Improv Dojo II).
Why the Improv Dojo?
Improv is an art. It is an approach to creating theater without a script and in the moment. A Dojo is a place where you can study the way - in this case the way of improv (or creating theater minus the script). The Improv Dojo gives you a space to play, explore and have fun in a safe and supportive environment.
All Experience Levels
Whether you’re a complete beginner or a more seasoned player you’ll get the chance to practice and learn. You’ll walk away with stronger skills. We consider this serious play or focused fun. Each session you’ll have a ton fun and make new friends.
Improv Dojo is super flexible
It’s a drop-in class. You sign-up and pay by the class. So you can try it once and never look back. Or you might just find yourself becoming a regular. Come to a single session or come and play every week the choice is yours.
Trying something new can be scary enough. The last thing you want to do is to commit to something long term before trying it out. The Improv Dojo is a super cheap way to try improv or to do it on a regular basis without breaking the bank. Class is $11.24 if you register online (register by midnight the day before class) or only $20 if pay the day of class ($20 cash at the door).
Meet the Pan Community
You never know who you’re going to meet when you attend a drop-in class. Sometimes it helps to learn by playing with more experienced players. The Improv Dojo is a mixed level class. The class is a mix of members from Pan’s Playground Troupes, performing troupes, and others new to improv. You’ll get to play and practice with a wide range of people. If you want to talk more improv with your new friends - Luca’s is a block away.
Learn from Experienced Teachers
Learning can be tough. It helps to know your teach can not only teach but also knows what it is like to practice and perform. All of Pan’s teachers perform monthly.
Free Show Tickets
See the same skills you're practicing in class in action. Each week you can sign-up for the show comp list. You get a free ticket to that week's improv shows (A $10 value). Note: Comp list available for improv shows not special shows or the Play Festival.
Fun Is Guaranteed
Paying for a class you don’t enjoy is icky. Icky isn’t fun. We don’t want you to feel icky. If you don’t like the class we’ll gladly refund your class fee. Email us after class and we’ll happily refund your class fee. No questions asked.
Being creative takes courage. Being creative and doing something new with new people takes more courage. We remember what it was like to be a beginner. The Improv Dojo sessions are designed to let you warm-up, get to know other players and to explore without feeling pressured. You’ll be treated with respect.
Sharpen Your Skills
Learning in a hyper competitive environment is tough. It takes the fun out of improv. If you’re new to improv or new to the Pan approach you’ll find the Improv Dojo comfortable place. We focus on teamwork, support and making your partner look like “a poet, artist and genius”. We also ask you do the same for your scene partners.
The Improv Dojo Meets on Monday Nights from 7pm to 9pm. Class cost is $10 registered and paid in advance or $20 at the door. Note advance registration for each week closes at midnight on Sunday night. Please arrive ten to fifteen minutes before class begins to sign-in. Pan is one block from the 19th Street BART between 21st and 22nd Street at 2135 Broadway.
Some Reasons To Take the Class
- You Want to Explore Acting and Improv
- You Want to Have Some Fun and Play
- You Miss Playing Make Believe
- You Want to Lighten Up
- You Want to Think Faster on Your Feet
- You Want to Let Go of Judgement
Some Things You’ll Learn in the Improv Dojo
- The One Phrase That Starts A Scene and Can Transform Your Life
- Why Good Improv Doesn’t Require Fast Talking
- How You Can Easily Come Up with Dialogue On the Spot
- 3 Things You Can Do For Your Partner That Make Improv Easier For You
- Why Trying To Be Funny Makes Improv More Difficult
- Why You Already Know What to Say
- Why Speaking First Is Easier Than Speaking Second
- One Quick Trick to Feel More Confident in a Scene (or When Giving a Presentation)
There is generally street parking available if there isn’t an event at the Paramount Theater. In the event the Paramount is having an event give extra time for parking or take BART.
Ready to Sign Up?
Use the Eventbrite Ticket Form to Sign-up for Class.
Online tickets available until Midnight one day before class.
Online class tickets $11.24. Class tickets at the door $20 cash only.
Register early and save $$$.
Doors close at 7:10pm prompt. No exceptions.
We suggest arriving by 6:50.
If you sign-up and then decide not to take the class we'll gladly refund the class fee. Refund option good for two weeks from date of class purchase. You have two weeks to ask for a refund.
Going to Miss Your Class?
You can transfer your class ticket to a future session if you miss a class. You can also give your ticket to a friend or family member if you can't take the class. Email us with your class ticket info and we'll hold your credit for up to one year.
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When & Where
Oakland's Improv Theater.
Founded by improvisors from the four corners of the globe at a secret meeting in Oakland. Pan was launched in February of 2002, as a place to study, practice and perform improv theater.
It has since grown into a community theater focusing on a style that blends theater games and elements of Meisner Technique together to create confident, fun loving and risk taking actors.
Pan Alumni can be found throughout the Bay Area, and in NYC and L.A.