Current classes

Beginning Improv Drop-in Tuesday

Ideal for first-timers or folks who have been away from improv for a while. Take a chance...with other people who are taking a chance. If you are new, we'll ease you in. Or maybe you did improv years ago and you want to shake out the cobwebs.

Improv is a great way to get courageous and have fun making stuff up with other people. You don't need to be a fast thinker to do improv; doing improv will help you think fast!

Don't miss out on all the laughs, good feedback and creative skills that you can use every day. Go with your gut and grab your spot now!

 

WHO: Adults18+ | 16 students max

WHEN: Tues 7:30-9:30p ongoing

WHERE: West End Studio Theatre, San Rafael-map HERE.

TUITION: $20

RSVP: to pam@improvmarin.com and pay cash at the door or click the "REGISTER NOW" button.

COACH: Drew Merit

Those who say ‘yes’ are rewarded by the adventures they have.
— Keith Johnstone

Level Up Drop-in Wednesday

Ideal for improvisers who ready and eager to go a little deeper into the practice of improv. Come discover something new and get your weekly workout.

We'll cover character; where work; space object work; vulnerability; starting scenes; theater skills; and much more!

 

WHO: Adults18+ | 16 students max

WHEN: Wed 7:30-9:30p (ongoing)

WHERE: West End Studio Theatre, San Rafael-map HERE.

TUITION: $20

RSVP: to pam@improvmarin.com and pay cash at the door or click the "REGISTER NOW" button.

COACH: Drew Merit

You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.
— Robin Willams

3 Students Max Intensive

Ideal for improvisers who want to go deeper with lots of opportunities to play with lots of direct feedback. Come learn to trust new tools and start new habits.

This class is personalized to each player. We'll go where the work and the play take us!

As you may have guessed, this class is limited to 3 students. Reserve your spot NOW.

 

WHO: Adults18+ | 3 students max

WHEN: Sunday, August 19th,  1:00-4:00p

WHERE: West End Studio Theatre, San Rafael-map HERE.

TUITION: $100

RSVP: SOLD OUT

COACH: Drew Merit

The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.
— Dorothy Parker

 

Coaches

 
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Drew Merit is a performer, illustrator, facilitator, and teaching artist. He's the co-founder and an original cast-member of Secret Improv Society, now in it's 9th year (winner of SF Magazine's Best Comedy in 2016). Drew's performance credits also include BATS Improv, Big City Improv, The Reactors, and 5-speed Overdrive. Drew developed an improvised murder mystery format that has become a consistently sold-out show at BATS Improv. He's currently developing a competitive improv format at Improv Marin.

Drew loves theatrical improvisation--improvisation that is free to go deeper than jokes and explore emotions and themes that are grounded in human truth, of course, raw hilarity is great too!

He has taught applied improvisation and used improv-based training at Google, Barclays Global Investors, UCSF Medical School, Stanford University, Kaiser, and Hastings School of Law.

Drew's approach to teaching improv is built on positive feedback. Even though the rules of improv are made to be broken, it's nice to know what they are--sometimes they can be very helpful. And, of course, it's important to get out of the way and let you make your own discoveries about your creative process and your creative self.