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Improv Foundations Drop-in Tuesday

Ideal for first-timers or folks who have been away from improv for a while. You “adult” all the time—make time for play. Courage is provided. 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, insights, good feedback and creative skills that you can use every day. Go with your gut and grab your spot now!


WHO: Adults 18+. 16 students max.

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

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

YESSER MEMBERSHIP: $60 per month—take 1 class per week!

RSVP: CLICK HERE. Use code "CASH" if you’re a member or to pay at the door.


COACH: Drew Merit or special guest coach

Adventure is worthwhile in itself.
— Amelia Earhart

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; being changed; where work; space-object work; vulnerability; starting scenes; theater skills; and much more!

Register for 1 night…

…or become a member and get a deal!



WHO: Adults 18+. 16 students max.

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

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

YESANDER MEMBERSHIP: (all Wednesdays in the month): $60
YESANDER MEMBERSHIP: $70 per month—take 1 class per week. Plus, perform in the monthly community show!

RSVP: CLICK HERE. Use code "CASH" if you’re a member or to pay at the door.


COACH: Drew Merit or special guest coach

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: Adults 18+. 3 students max.

WHEN: Sunday, Feb. 17th,  1:00-4:00p

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


RSVP: email

COACH: Drew Merit

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



Drew Merit is an improvisational artist, facilitator, and coach. 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, Meanwhile in Marin, and 5-speed Overdrive. 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, YouTube, Blackrock, UCSF Medical School, Stanford University, Kaiser, and Hastings School of Law.

In addition to his theatrical improvisation, Drew is an improvisational illustrator. Through his company, Merit Illustration, Drew captures content from speakers, meetings, conversations and ideation sessions in real time through illustrations and text.

Drew's approach to teaching improv is focused on empowering you to feel safe to take risks. There's more to say on this subject, but Drew tries to avoid over-explaining things. Usually, experiential learning is more enjoyable and more impactful.


Melissa Jones Briggs is a performer, educator, and coach with a specialization in theatre as a tool for social change. In her work, she combines research from the fields of social science and the practical application of performance techniques. 

On Faculty at Stanford University’s GSB she works as a Lecturer in Organizational Behavior teaching Acting with Power. She has taught at London Business School in the UK, Aalto University in Helsinki, Finland, and the United States Naval Academy.

Jones Briggs also designs, directs & deploys global leadership and inclusion programs as an independent consultant. Client sectors range from the corporate (Intel, Twitter, Cisco, eBay, Ubisoft, Lyft, Mozilla, Dechert LLP) and academic (Clayman Institute for Gender Research, Singularity University, Stanford’s School of Medicine and School of Law), to healthcare (Lorraine Packard Children’s Hospital, Stanford Hospitals & Clinics, The Public Health Institute), and nonprofit (Clinton Global Initiative, Watermark, Invoking the Pause Foundation, 52nd Street Project, Williamstown Theatre Festival) among others. 

Melissa serves on the Board of Directors at Youth in Arts, an arts education non-profit with a focus on social justice. An honors graduate of Wake Forest University, Jones Briggs also studied at the Coaches Training Institute, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, and the Actors Center Conservatory in New York.


Joël Micucci co-founded Secret Improv Society in San Francisco in 2009. The picture to the left is NOT Joel-it’s his brother. Joel didn’t send us a photo in time, but we had a picture of his brother. They aren’t twins, but they do look like brothers. Joel has been performing, coaching, directing, and producing improv since 1995-ish. Not sure exactly because Joel didn’t send us his bio in time. I know Joel well, so I’m doing my best. He’s performed with Flash Family, BATS Improv, Big City Improv, Secret Improv Society and more! It’s impossible not to like Joel, I hear.


Judith Asséo is a performer, educator, and coach. She has been improvising on stage for 25 years (and improvising in life for a few additional ones). She is currently a company member with the Secret Improv Society - San Francisco’s award-winning improvisational comedy troupe. Judy's performance credits also include Big City Improv (Best of the Bay Winner), The Oakland Playhouse, Exxit Only, and The Skits.

Judy is not only an accomplished improviser but she is a veteran of the veterinary medical industry; a graduate of Cornell University; and a Certified Veterinary Practice Manager. When not improvising on stage, she provides play-based communication training and team-building for veterinary hospitals and other organizations. Judy is a public speaker and trainer. She regularly presents a “De-Escalation Training for Veterinary Hospital Teams” program that she developed at various regional conferences in the United States.

Judy knows the importance of laughter, lightness and humor in life and hopes to inspire some shared cathartic guffawing in her performances, workshops and classes.


Alex Lerman founded Berkeley Improv in 2008, with the vision that students enjoy greater mastery with a gentler learning curve. He now travels abroad to grow improv literacy and community worldwide. Alex has introduced improv to thousands of students. He had the honor of training and mentoring Berkeley Improv instructors. He founded and directed The Berkeley Players performance ensemble. Alex created the unique class “Improv for Real Life” to help students get the most from improv, on and off stage. In 2010 he founded to offer organizations the benefits of applied improv. He has led workshops at many Bay Area companies and organizations, including UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco.