Oaktown Improv performs monthly improv shows, hosts a weekly improv jam, and teaches ongoing improv classes to students of all levels.
Oaktown Improv is passionate about long-form improv. We emphasize things like strong characters in everyday situations, normal people in extreme situations, and stories that involve characters on a journey of exploration, both outer and inner.
We teach that you don’t have to be funny. The last thing an improvisor needs is the burden of being funny. “Humor is an ideal product of a good show”, say TJ Jagodowski and David Pasquesi in their book Improvisation at the Speed of Life. Humor is a often a natural side-effect of human beings making unconventional choices on stage. It’s more important to focus on the reality and the relationship of these human beings than it is to be comedic.
Improv has benefits that go beyond the stage and into normal life. These benefits include being more able to express yourself, being more at ease in groups of people, and helping to overcome fears of public speaking. Some even report the principles of improv help them be more successful in business! Because of this, Oaktown Improv is committed to teaching others the skill of improv, so they can discover their own joy and find the value of improv for themselves.
Weekly Improv Jam
Sundays 1pm – 3pm
Monthly Improv Show
Every Second Saturday 8pm
Next show: October 14, 2017
Through spontaneity we are re-formed into ourselves. – Viola Spolin
Discovery is a quest to uncover what is already there. – TJ & Dave
The teeny weeniest emotional discovery that's real beats the hell out of the biggest one that's phony. – Del Close
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