Whether you're new to improv or an advanced performer, we have a class for you. All classes are taught in a fun supportive environment with one on one feedback. Our curriculum has been constructed by our director, who has combined the theories and exercises from the best improv teachers in the world, coming from Second City, I.O. Theater, Annoyance Theater, and Comedy Sportz.
Operavised! are classically-trained singers/improvisers, performing long-form, fully-sung, improvised musicals in different styles, based on audience-suggestions, the whims of our accompanist, and each other's offers.
Why Operavised? "Opera" means different things to different people, but to us, it's musical-theater with the emphasis on the music. We avoid spoken dialog, instead using the traditional recitative/aria format, where the recit moves the story along and the catchy, melodic, arias highlight our characters' emotions. We learned this format by studying the classics: from Mozart to Puccini to Sondheim to Rent. We don't know which genre we'll sing until we're singing it, but once we start singing, we know we're at our best.
Our current cast features Rebecca Castelli, Michael Fleming, and Liz Garfinkle, along with guest singer/improvisers. You can see our shows with guests, Laura Hall (Whose Line Is it Anyway) and Lisa Rowland (BATS), on our Youtube channel, here. We're excited to have Joshua "Raul" Brody as our accompanist for our All Out Comedy Shows!
Improv 101 "Fundamentals"
Sundays 2:00pm-4:30pm - January 7-February 25: Register
Thursdays 7:00pm-9:30pm - January 11-March 1: Register
Improv 201 "Scenework"
Mondays 7:00pm-9:30pm - January 8-February 26: Register
Improv 301 "Characters & Relationships"
Tuesdays 7:00pm-9:30pm - January 9-February 27:
Holiday Drop In Classes (For any experience)
November 20 - 7:00pm-8:30pm
November 27 - 7:00pm-8:30pm
Decemeber 11 - 7:00pm-8:30pm
December 18 - 7:00pm-8:30pm
Try Improv For Free
December 17 - 2:00pm-3:30pm: Register
January 4 - 7:00pm-8:30pm: Register
Looking for several people to join a rotating cast on Friday and Saturday nights in short form improv at All Out Comedy Theater. There are no dues for our professional cast. Typically you would work about three dates in a two-month schedule. Rehearsals are every 2nd Wednesday of the month from 7:30pm-10:00pm
Audition slots are every half hour:
Saturday December 2nd from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Sunday December 3rd from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Callbacks on December 4th between 7:00 and 9:30pm
Auditions and Callbacks are at All Out Comedy Theater, 2525 Telegraph Ave., Suite B, Oakland, CA 94612.
You don't have to prepare anything. Please dress in show clothes and arrive 15 minutes in advance
of your time slot. Bring a headshot and resume.
If you are cast, you will be expected to attend the following rehearsals for training:
Sunday December 10th, 1:00pm – 3:30pm
Sunday December 17th, 1:00pm – 3:30pm
Sunday January 7th, 1:00pm – 3:30pm
Wednesday January 10th, 7:30 – 10:00 (Regular AOC rehearsal)
Sunday January 14th, 1:00pm-3:30pm
Requirements: Completion of a credible improv training center.
The two day Harold workshop will focus on giving gifts, strong choices, emotional connection, character-based games, utilizing environment to create rich scene work that players can organically discover game moves within. We also will explore eight different types of group game. We will also practice different styles and types of openings. This workshop is open to students that have a basic understanding of improvisational concepts as well as advanced Harold performers. The workshop will culminate in a showcase on Sunday.
Annie Barry is an improviser that has been performing and teaching for nine years. She started her training at the Upright Citizen's Brigade Theatre in New York City. She studied under Will Hines, Christian Capozzoli, Chelsea Clark, Erik Tanoye, Jordan Klepper, Chris Gethard, Michael Delaney, Shaun Diston, Brandon Gardener, and Kevin Hines. After completing the curriculum at UCB, Annie was placed on the Lloyd team Graceland. Graceland was the first team to be promoted from the Lloyd system to the Harold system as a complete entity. Annie was also a cast member on the Take it Personal hip-hop improv show at UCB east.
Along with Graceland and their coach Sean Diston they created a new Harold opening entitled mob mentality which is a combination of flocking and pattern game.
After moving to Washington DC Annie became a faculty member at the Washington Improv Theater. She has taught every level in the curriculum as well as workshops focusing on game of the scene, environment, and gift giving. she is also a coach for the Harold team Diviligio. Currently she performs on the Weekend ensemble Nox! As well as the indie powerhouse NIXON.
Dates: November 11 & November 12: 11:00am-4:00pm
Improv 101 The Science Of Play
Improv 201 Scenework
Improv 301 Characters and Relationships
A couple of New Events up and coming here at All Out Comedy Theater in September & early October:
Friday, September 15th brings a trio of talented Bay Area performers to our theater space! Come check out local troupes Soft Family, SOMETHING, and Vicksburg for one low price at our Bay Area Improv Fam Jam!
Then on Sunday & Monday September 17 & 18, come Try Improv for Free! We'll get together in a fun, inclusive and supportive environment and give a preview of the kinds of workshops and exercises you can expect in our classes. It's a great way to check out the theater and meet some folks, not to mention dip your toes in the waters of improv and maybe sign up for a class!
And lastly, we've added a just-for-fun game night for improvisors & friends! We want to get improvisers from all over the Bay Area to connect and have fun through a fun night of board games. Bring any food, drinks, and especially your favorite board/card/etc... game to have with other improvisers and friends. All are invited. Come and go as you please. Facebook Event Page Here.
What an exciting time! We opened our doors at 2525b Telegraph Ave., Oakland just 3 months ago and in that time we've added so much! Thanks for your support, and check out all the new happenings at All Out Comedy Theater.
Not sure if you're ready to commit? No worries! We've scheduled two FREE drop in sessions where you can try out the class before enrolling!
Oh... and are you kickin' it on Telegraph Ave. on First Fridays? Well, you should... drop by for FREE improv and stand up acts, plus an OPEN MIC where you can show off your stuff.
Improv isn't just fun, it's a great tool that encourages teamwork and thinking outside the box.
Using improvisation skills in a workplace or team setting can help improve your rapport with your coworkers and give you the freedom and flexibility to tackle unexpected challenges in real life!
All Out Comedy Theater founder Colleen Breen offers customizable curriculum in team building workshops tailored to the needs of unique individuals in corporate or team scenarios. Shoot us a line and we'll get you a competitive quote and timeframe in a jiffy!