All Our Events Are on Zoom – Except the Sunday Jam

The Sunday Jam is now in-person 12:30pm at Snow Park in Oakland (on Zoom if rain is due).
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About Us

About Us

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.

We seek the joy in co-creation. When fellow players listen to each other, adjust to each other, build onto what the other is giving them, magic happens.

We endeavor to embody real people in real situations. Though we seek to arrive at it in a real way, our goal is comedy, remembering our own sense of humor and playfulness.

Yet we teach that you don’t have to be funny. “Humor is an ideal byproduct of a good show”, says TJ Jagodowski in his book with David Pasquesi Improvisation at the Speed of Life. Humor is a often a natural side-effect of human beings making surprising 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. Besides being more able to express yourself, you may also grow to be more at ease in groups of people and be less overwhelmed by 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 way of improv, so they can discover their own joy and find the value of improv for themselves.

Monthly Improv Jam & Show

Every 2nd Saturday

Jam at 6:30pm • Show at 8pm

Next date: October 14, 2023



Sunday Jam In Park (on Zoom if rain is due)
Designated Sundays 12:30 to 2:30pm (see our scheduled events)
Open to improvisors of all levels!
Sunday Drop-In Improv Class (on Zoom)
Ongoing on Sundays from 3 to 5pm
All are welcome.
Wednesday Drop-In Improv Class (on Zoom)
Ongoing on Wednesdays from 7:30 to 9:30pm
All are welcome.

Friday Night Games Jam (on Zoom)
Ongoing on Fridays from 8 to 10pm
All are welcome.
Monthly Improv Show and Jam (on Zoom)
Every Second Saturday 8pm
The jam before the show starts at 6:30pm. It is open to all, and you can stay and watch the show for free!

Quarterly Open Troupe Jam (on Zoom)
On the 4th Saturday of March, June, September and December at 6pm
All are welcome.
Jam: $10
Performer’s Jam: $10 (includes show!)
Monthly Show: $10
Class drop-in: $20
Monthly dues – one class: $80 (includes one class per week, all jams, the show and one comp for the show!)
Monthly dues – two classes: $140 (includes two classes per week, all jams, the show and one comp for the show!)
Our in-person events take place outdoors at Snow Park, Harrison St. at 19th St., Oakland, CA. We have a sign, and are usually located between the children’s playground and the lake.

Through spontaneity we are re-formed into ourselves. — Viola Spolin



Alice & Bonny perform a scene
Improv Show (and Jam)
Saturday, October 14, 2023, 8-9:30pm
This also gets you admission into the performer’s jam from 6:30-7:55pm. Come for the jam, the show, or both!
General admission $10
Tervell & player perform a scene
Sunday Improv Jam
Designated Sundays 12:30–2:30pm
We warm up with improv games, then do improvised scenes with various partners. This is a fun and supportive environment open to all.
Date (optional):
Samantha & Frederic perform a scene
Class Drop-In
Ongoing, Sundays 3-5pm & Wednesdays 7:30-9:30pm
These classes are for those that have had an introduction to long-form improv and are ready to take their scenework skills to the next level. We warm up with short-form 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.
Date (optional):
Lise holding her head during scene
Friday Night Games Jam
Ongoing, Fridays 8–10pm
In this jam, we play improv games and do improvised short-form scenes with various partners. This is a fun and supportive environment open to all.
Date (optional):

Discovery is a quest to uncover what is already there. — TJ & Dave


Ben Yates - improv coach
Ben Yates

Ben began improvising in 1993. He has performed with various groups in the Bay Area, including The Clean Comedy Company, Pan Theater, BATS Sunday Players, 'Trapped in a Rumor', and his own 'Zen Improv'. Ben began teaching improv with Under the Sun Studios in 2008 and with Magic Jester Theater in 2010. His teaching style encourages players to bring authenticity into their characters, so that everyone can learn and be affected by human truth and emotional honesty. This is built, however, on remembering the joy that is the base of improvisation. It is play, after all!

Ben Yates
Timothy Duryea
Timothy Duryea

Timothy has performed as a troupe player in his hometown of Spokane, at the collegiate level with Southern Oregon University's ‘Next Best Thing’, and is a member of Oaktown Improv's ‘Offsides’. Tim has infused comedy into many other forms of performance including sketch teams, radio programs, and his live musical acts. His improv heroes include Ben Schwarts, Paul F. Tompkins and Andy Daly. At the Sunday open jams, Tim serves as a guide to help players create scenes with real emotions and real stakes.

Timothy Duryea
Heather Williamson - improv coach
Heather Williamson

Heather bounded onto the improv stage in 2016 with Oaktown Improv and, being a quick study, soon became a member of the in-house troupe ‘Fun Size’. With her bubbly enthusiasm and AI-like memory, Heather was a natural to start leading jams and classes in 2017. Heather's current claim-to-fame is that during a show, watching one of her favorite groups, ‘3 For All’, she was invited onto the stage where she summarily rocked it with song. Heather's improv philosophy is, “Bring it, pay attention, and kill it!”

Heather Williamson
Andy Edmonds - improv coach
Andy Edmonds

Andy originally hails from the East Midlands in the U.K. He discovered Oaktown Improv in 2015, and gradually removed his cloak of invisibility to become a member of the in-house troupe ‘Fun Size’. Along with being a nice break from the intricacies of particle physics, Andy finds improv to be a fun way to get out of his own head. "After all," he says, "you can't spend all day in the pub!" When coaching improv, Andy finds it best to refrain from judgment, allowing players to find their own style, as he did.

Andy Edmonds
Stephanie Singer - improv coach
Stephanie Singer

Stephanie began studying with Oaktown Improv in 2017. Coinciding with her time at Oaktown, she has done storytelling as part of StorySlam Oakland and Spontaneous Storytelling Oakland.

In pre-Oaktown days, Stephanie had acted in numerous regional theater productions in the East Bay and Off-Geary in San Francisco. She studied with the acting teacher and coach Jean Shelton for five years in the 1990’s.

As an actor, Stephanie strives to be present to listen and react to the circumstances at any given moment and to allow herself to draw from past experiences. As a teacher, she strives to create a friendly, inviting, non-critical atmosphere and to encourage spontaneity, creativity and joy.

Stephanie Singer
Tezz Yancey - improv coach
Tezz Yancey

Tezz Yancey is a professional Los Angeles based Improviser (Second City, UCB, IO, Comedy Central) actor, singer, dancer, musician, writer, producer and director with over 20 years of performing and teaching experience. He made his Broadway debut at age 14, headlined his own shows in Las Vegas, produced multiple recording and film score projects and is a working film and television actor in Hollywood (Showtime, Disney, NBC, Vet-TV). He trained at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee in musical theater and production and has been blessed to travel the world teaching master classes and workshops. Tezz firmly believes in equality and fairness for all, and brings excellent communication skills to his coaching.

Tezz Yancey

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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