What we're about

Oaktown Improv is about truly expressing ourselves. It’s an outlet for expressing our inner promptings. It’s a place to learn to express ourselves more authentically, more consistently, and more powerfully.

Practicing following our inner voice and acting things out onstage is so much fun that we can always be where we are in the moment. Gains in authenticity and power often take place over time, and we can let those unfold as we are ready.

"Everyone can act. Everyone can improvise. Anyone who wishes to can play in the theater and learn to become stageworthy. We learn through experience and experiencing, and no one teaches anyone anything." – Viola Spolin

The greatest joys in improv usually come through co-creation. When fellow players listen to each other, adjust to each other, build onto what the other is giving them, magic happens.

"... you are not the most important person in the scene. Everybody else is. And if they are the most important people in the scene, you will naturally pay attention to them and serve them. But the good news is you’re in the scene too. So hopefully to them you’re the most important person, and they will serve you. No one is leading, you’re all following the follower, serving the servant. You cannot win improv." – Stephen Colbert

Whether you're new to improv, or have been improvising for years, we invite you to play with us!

Upcoming events (4+)

Drop-In Improv Class on Zoom

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RSVP in advance to see the Zoom registration link in the sidebar, or register through the link near the top of the page up to 30 minutes before at:
http://oaktownimprov.com/

$20 suggested donation. Please pay what you are able.

This is a drop-in class for those motivated to take their scenework skills to higher levels.

We focus on different improv skills over time, like getting into flow, practicing troupe thinking and support and playing the game of the scene. We also practice our usual exercises for helping us be more succinct and powerful.

This event happens every Wednesday.

Improv Games Jam on Zoom

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RSVP in advance to see the Zoom registration link in the sidebar, or register through the link near the top of the page up to 30 minutes before at:
https://oaktownimprov.com/

$10 suggested donation. Please pay what you are able.

This is a jam that will focus on playing short-form improv games.

This event happens every Friday.

Improv Jam in Park (on Zoom if rain is due)

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We warm up with improv games, then do improvised scenes with various partners. This is a fun and supportive environment open to all.

This jam takes place at Snow Park in Oakland. We are usually located between the children's play area and the lake. Please look for our sign. (One corner of the park is located at Harrison St. and 19th St. We are normally set up on the other side of the playground.) There is street parking in the area. The bathrooms are clean. It may be sunny, so hat and sunscreen may be required. Bring your own beach chair, if you don't want to sit on the grass.

If rain is due during the scheduled time, the jam will be held on Zoom. The Zoom registration link can be found before the event near the top of the page at: https://oaktownimprov.com/. Exact status of the jam can be found 24 hours in advance in the same location.

This event happens every Sunday, and has a $10 requested donation.

Drop-In Improv Class on Zoom

Link visible for attendees

RSVP in advance to see the Zoom registration link in the sidebar, or register through the link near the top of the page up to 30 minutes before at:
http://oaktownimprov.com/

$20 suggested donation. Please pay what you are able.

This is a drop-in class for those motivated to take their scenework skills to higher levels.

We warm up with improv games and group-mind exercises, then engage in specific scene types designed to strengthen your ability to perform in scenes with varying tempo, emotion and character.

This event happens every Sunday.

Past events (1,185)

Drop-In Improv Class on Zoom

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