"I've been thinking of getting a nose job. What? I just want to look more Jewish." -Alicia Dattner
Have you ever wanted to get on stage and be funny? Or profound? Or both? Whether you want to write a standup routine about kittens, a TED Talk about the plastic bag island in the Pacific, or you're not sure yet what you want to say, the supportive atmosphere and the high caliber of students here will bring your piece to life.
If you’ve never been on stage in your life, or you’ve been performing since you were six, this workshop is for you. Prior experience will not be held against you.
It’s time to get real before we die. Life is short. Let’s bring It.
Solo Showdown is an epic 8-week journey into the mystery of YOU, that culminates in a final performance of your solo work, standup, or monologue. In an intimate group, you'll be discovering your unique voice, finding and honing your story, and bringing your work to life to move people in a way you may never have imagined possible.
Each week, the workshop includes things like improv exercises, supportive discussion about your piece and time on stage to create. It’s one part comedy, one part group therapy, one part alchemy. All parts good.
Come for the knock-down, drag-out, full self-expression with the full range of human emotion. Stay for the fun and connection. Leave with a 15 minute piece you can perform anywhere. Your Hero’s Journey begins here.
What Students are Saying
- "This class has been a game-changer."
- "Sometimes the lessons she teaches are so profound, that I'm a bit amazed at what just happened."
- "I love what she brings and the space she holds. She CARES so deeply. All the time, bringing out the best in us."
- “I’m blown away. She sees the potential and very eloquently and gracefully guides students. I just love her approach. She's created a beautiful container for the essence of who we are to emerge.”
- “Alicia is a brilliant facilitator. I'm grateful for her for her skill, her care, her gentleness, her power and her wisdom.”
About Alicia's Students
People who have worked with Alicia have appeared Off-Broadway, on Late Night with Jimmy Kimmel, headlined The Improv in LA, started theatre companies, been featured on TED Talks that have gone viral, led troupes dancing in Carnaval, performed on musical stages internationally, acted in SF theatre productions, The Moth NYC, and been featured artists on NPR. Her students have incorporated standup comedy, storytelling, poetry, singing, dancing, and performance art into their work.
Details for Solo Showdown Autumn!
TUESDAYS, 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm (please arrive 6:15 pm, begin 6:30 pm)
Oct 13 - Dec 5 (8 Tuesdays)
Final Performances December 4 & 5
- 8 Weeks of Classes
- 1 Private Session with Alicia for extra attention to work on your piece
- 1 Final Performance
- 1 Video of Your Piece
- 1 Crazy Ride
Located a few blocks from Rockridge BART
Space is limited to 12, and the class is expected to fill quickly. [Every workshop sells out.]
When I see a concert, a play, a speaker, or a comedian, I want to be moved. I want to leave different than when I came in. For the better. Whether that's having laughed my head off or crying out that hard-to-reach tear. To me, brilliant performers, not only share what they're authentically thinking, they share what they're really, truly feeling. And now, more than any time in human evolution, it's vital we bring all of who we are. Turns out, any human who is dedicated to the truth and who shows up fully, can do this, and I can show you how.
When & Where
Voted "Best Comedian" in both the SF Bay Guardian and SF Weekly, Alicia Dattner coaches people in standup comedy, comic monologue, storytelling, and solo performance.
She's performed standup comedy for over a dozen years, first at clubs and now mainly gigging in theatres, from New York to London to San Francisco to Bombay to Hollywood, sharing the stage with Maria Bamford, Moshe Kasher, Arj Barker, and W. Kamau Bell to name a few.
Her solo shows, The Oy of Sex and Eat, Pray Laugh! toured the world and won a slew of awards, including "Best Storyteller" in the Off-Broadway NY United Solo Festival and "Best of the Fringe" (twice) in the SF Fringe Fest.