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BATS School of Improv (#21-04-3366)

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Class Date/Time: 10:00am-12:00pm PST/ Saturday, April 10, 17 & 24

Prerequisite: Foundation 1 or Higher

**The class required Head of School Approval. .Please email us at with a concise list of improv experience to determine eligibility.

Schedule: 3 sessions

Class length: 6 hours total

Class size: 19 students maximum

Tuition: $150

Improvising from Stillness, Silence, and Spaciousness

As performers and as storytellers, restrictive habits of mind can disconnect us in ways that limit our expression. Each week, this workshop will focus on a different aspect of connecting to your authentic presence: alone, connecting to another performer, and connecting to an audience. In conjunction, you will learn new models and storytelling aspects that offer alternatives to conventional narrative structures. Specific guided meditation practices and engagement with alternative narrative structures will lead to on-your-feet improvisational exercises.

About Juanita Rockwell

Juanita Rockwell is a writer and director with over one hundred works of theatre, opera, radio, multimedia, puppetry, music theater, dance theater, and site-specific projects presented on five continents. Recent projects include the opera libretto for Backwards from Winter (composer Douglas Knehans, at Ablaze Records) which premiered at Symphony Space in 2018, produced by The Center for Contemporary Opera; followed by a second production by IHOS Foundation Amsterdam at the Dark MOFO festival in Tasmania, AU. In 2019, Rockwell wrote the libretto for The Suitcase/Der Koffer (composer Ljiljana Jovanović) and directed the premiere mini-tour including performances at An die Musik LIVE (Baltimore), Rep Stage/Horowitz Center for the Arts (Columbia, MD), and Howard University (DC).

Other produced writing includes the play with songs Between Trains with composer Chas Marsh (Blue Moon Plays); libretto and direction for The World is Round, from Gertrude Stein with composer James Sellars (Hog River Music); the translation/adaptation of Playing Dead from Bros. Presnyakov (Center for International Theatre Development digital publication); and the site-specific audio promenade performance The Circle (

In the 1990’s she was artistic director of Hartford’s Company One Theater, directing professional premieres of early work by Suzan-Lori Parks, Paula Vogel, Donna DiNovelli, Erik Ehn, and Rachel Sheinkin. She has also directed in venues from NYC to Budapest to São Paolo.

As founding director of Towson University’s M.F.A. in Theatre Program, Juanita created a rigorous multidisciplinary laboratory environment training the self-generative artist, where she is now Professor Emerita. She is also faculty in the low-residency MFA in Creative Writing at Wilkes University, and a Presenter with The 3 Doors, an international educational organization dedicated to transforming lives through meditation practices grounded in the Tibetan Bön Buddhist tradition. Awards include a Marion Fellowship in the Visual and Performing Arts; a Rubys Artist Project Grant; a Fulbright in Costa Rica, and funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and National Public Radio. Writing residencies include Ucross (WY), The Studios at Key West (FL), Virginia Center for the Creative Arts/VCCA (VA), Playa (OR), and a Scientific Delirium Madness residency at Djerassi (CA).


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Class cancellation policy:

  • If you cancel more than 96 hours (4 days) before a class begins, we will refund your tuition less a 15% processing fee. 
  • If you cancel within 96 hours (4 days) of your first class, your tuition will be forfeit.

    Summer Youth and Adult Sessions cancellation policy:

  • If you cancel more than 14 days (2 weeks) before your first class, we will refund your tuition less a 15% processing fee.
  • If you cancel within 14 days (2 weeks) of your first class, your tuition will be forfeit.


All cancellation and refund requests must be emailed to, and include the title and start date of your class.

In the event that we cancel a class due to insufficient enrollment, we’ll refund your tuition in full.

Please note: In the past, we have offered class credit in lieu of refunds. We are no longer able to offer this option. Each class tuition payment will stand on its own, and is non-transferable.

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