Online: Improvised Shakespeare with Lisa Rowland (#20-07-3221)

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Improvised Shakespeare: Advanced Performance Ensemble

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Class Time/Date: 7-9pm / Thursdays, July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and August 6

Schedule: 6 sessions plus 2 performances at 7:00pm on July 25 and August 7!

Class size: 6 students maximum

Class length: 2 hours (12 hours total) +2 performances

Prerequisites: Improv performance experience and coach approval (not sure if you meet the requirements? Email us at

Tuition: $350

This six-week course will plunge you into the wonderful, vibrant, emotional, colorful and bold world of improvising Shakespeare. Don't be afraid! The class will name, demystify, and practice the devices and tools often used by the worlds' best known playwright, making them accessible for improvisation. This class is happening over zoom and will utilize the unique affordances of that platform to deepen our acting, lean into intimacy, and create cinematic affects in our long-form storytelling. Join us to enter a world of high-flying emotion, drama and hi-jinks. The small class size is designed to create a strong ensemble and players will get lots of playtime. This class culminates in a performance.

About Lisa

Lisa Rowland is a Bay Area native, growing up in the East Bay and getting her improv training at Stanford University with the wise and wonderful Patricia Ryan Madson (author of Improv Wisdom: Don’t Prepare, Just Show Up) before joining the BATS Company in 2006. She teaches and coaches locally and travels the world teaching and performing and connecting with improv friends from Saudi Arabia to Germany to Mexico and New Zealand. When here in the Bay Area, Lisa works as a lecturer at her alma mater, offering improv classes in the Theatre and Performance Studies department at Stanford.

A founding member of two renowned Bay Area improv groups, Awkward Dinner Party and Improv Playhouse of San Francisco, Lisa is also the creator of the improv format The Bechdel Test, which aims to put multi-dimensional women at the center of stories.

A strong believer in the ways that improvisation can help make people healthier and happier, Lisa co-produces a podcast called Monster Baby which explores the intersection of mindfulness and improv (and is available on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts!). She also uses improvisation in design thinking workshops, encouraging creativity and innovation.

Refund Policy:

BATS Improv Class Refund Policy: 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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