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Online Teen Camp 5: Pulp Playhouse (#20-07-3212)

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Improv for Teens! Pulp Playhouse with Regina Saisi and Shara Tonn

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Class time / date: 10am - 3PM / Monday, July 20, 2020 - Friday, July 24, 2020

Schedule: 5 daily sessions, Monday thru Friday, for one week


Class size: 16 students maximum 


Class length: 5 hours with a break from Noon - 1PM (20 class hours total)


Pre-Requisites: Ages 14-17yo (rising high school students)



Tuition: $350

In Pulp Playhouse, players will have the chance to explore the extremes of their imaginations, and we are hoping that it gets real weird!

A little background: in the early 20th century, magazines published wild and fantastical stories on cheaply printed "pulp" paper. These stories were eventually called "pulp fiction." In the freedom provided by the magazine space, the authors plumbed their imaginations and ended up creating new genres like science fiction and hard-boiled detective stories. In this class, we will transfer that genre alchemy from the page to the screen. At the beginning, students will create their own wacky character who will become a narrator for one of the stories. Students will write short monologues for these characters, and then after that, it's all improvised. There will be give and take between the narrator and the other players, and while we will look at some genre conventions, in the end, it's all up to your imagination! This format was created by BATS alumnus Brian Lohmann

About Regina Saisi:

Regina Saisi, a San Francisco native, has been a fixture in the Bay Area theatre community, both as an actor and improviser, for the past 40 years (including teaching improv to teens for over 20 years.) She is a guest artist at CTE, TAM High Schools student-run theatre, where she also directs improvised performances. She has taught improv at Leadership, Redwood, Aragon, San Mateo High Schools, Oklahoma Arts Institute and San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Regina has been a BATS performing company member since 1988, and has served as BATS Artistic Director and Dean at BATS School of Improv for over 8 years. During that time, she created the Cave Match, which inspired students to create their own improv teams.

The main focus of her work throughout her career has been improvised theatre. She has been deeply involved in the growth of San Francisco Bay Area’s fertile improvisation community, helping to start several improv companies including Improv Theatre, Pulp Playhouse, True Fiction Magazine, and Improv Playhouse of San Francisco. Over the years, she has taught improvisational theatre to literally thousands of improvisers of all ages both nationally and internationally.

About Shara Tonn:

Shara Tonn (she/they) is an improviser, actor, clown, and teacher based in San Francisco. Shara has performed with BATS Improv, Un-Scripted Theater, Endgames, Moment Theater, and a variety of other Bay Area shows. Shara has performed and taught with their improv partner, Mona Thompson, with their improv duo, Mona and Shara Do Improv, throughout the United States and Europe. Shara has also taught improv to a variety of ages with a number of organizations including Stagebridge, Circus of Smiles, Aragon High School, and BATS Improv. In addition to improv, Shara has pursued training in clowning and physical theater. With their clown-duo, MOSH, Shara co-wrote and co-produced a clown show about mental illness with their creative partner, Molly Kate Holsinger.

As a recent alumna of Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theater, Shara is passionate about exploring theater from a variety of angles, pushing the boundaries of what is possible on-stage (or on Zoom), and making room for conversations about the choices we make in storytelling. No matter what the form, Shara has found that her true interest in theater is in developing real characters with strong relationships in a specific world, and they hope to bring that perspective to teaching this summer!

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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.

All cancellation and refund requests must be emailed to registrar@improv.org, 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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