Improv Classes San Francisco

Unlock your creativity and unleash your comedic genius with improv classes in San Francisco. Learn to think on your feet, collaborate with others, and gain confidence while having a blast in these interactive and engaging classes.

Unfortunately, no classes in-person in San Francisco have spots left, but 7 classes live online are available.

Online Improv

Actor's Improv Studio @ Virtual Classroom

Our Tuesday night online class focuses on Improv as a tool for people to learn to trust their creative instincts, be spontaneous and make strong choices, whether auditioning on camera, in the v.o. booth, on stage, or tv. These are great classes for people who want to learn how to improvise and access their creativity.

Tuesday Oct 10th, 7–9pm Pacific Time

Tuesday Improv - Daytime Special (Class + Coaching)

Kissin Improv

One of this country's most experienced and well-reviewed improv performers -- a veteran of over 4000 shows with Chicago CIty Limits -- can teach anyone to improvise! You do not need to be "fast on your feet" or "funny" or an extrovert, just someone who is willing to play. This class will help you at work with presentations and public speaking, socially, or simply provide laughs.  All levels welcome as Carl Kissin, whom the NY Times called,...

Tuesday Oct 10th, 11am–1pm Eastern Time

ONLINE Fun with Improv class

Fun w Improv. Improv Now. @ Online Classroom, New York, NY 00000

This is for everybody, whether your a newbie or novice (experienced) improvisers, actor, people who have fear in public speaking and for anyone who is looking for (((FUN))). This will help actors and improvisers, to be ready on stage and to always be prepared to do different characters. It is great for those who are shy or just nervous. It is great if you have a fear in public speaking. This is great to do by yourself, with friends, family, or even...

Thursday Oct 5th, 8–10pm Eastern Time

3-Hour Group Evaluation Class - Zoom Class

Edge Studio Voice Over

Edge Studio’s 3-hour Group Evaluation Class is the first step in your voiceover education. In this interactive, three-hour long class you will work in a small group setting with one of our Edge Studio Instructors to: Get a brief overview of the modern voice over industry Read for a coach and receive live feedback Receive a follow-up call with a member of our team to discuss the areas of voice over where we think you would be most marketable,...

Thursday Oct 5th, 6–9pm Eastern Time


Acting as a Craft (AAAC)

Chicago Actors Studio @ Online Classroom

The “Acting As A Craft” (AAAC) workshops are uniquely designed master class workshops incorporating a broad range of basic skills that an actor absolutely needs. Students will be given scene assignments from various film and stage plays and then paired up to work that particular scene as a homework assignment which will then be performed at the next scheduled class. These assignments are carefully designed to address whatever the students need...

Monday Nov 6th, 7–10pm Central Time

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4 sessions

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Level 2 Advanced Animation Voice-Over with Ned Lott

Actors Connection New York @ Online Classroom

Level 2 Advanced Animation Voice-Over 3 Weeks Online Class: Casting Exercises and Direct Yourself Techniques with Ned Lott, Casting Director, Voice Director and Producer Ned has a wide range of producing, voice directing and casting experience for animation. He was a Producer, Voice Director, and Casting Director with the Walt Disney Studios on seven Studio Ghibli titles, including Hayao Miyazaki’s Oscar™ nominated theatrical release “Howl’s...

Wednesday Oct 4th, 7–8:30pm Eastern Time

 (3 sessions)


3 sessions

Online 2-Week VO & On-Camera Intensive with Top NYC Casting Director Barry Shapiro

Acting & Voice Studios @ Virtual Classroom

Join us for our 2-Week ONLINE VO & On-Camera Intensive with Casting Director Barry Shapiro! This will be a live, interactive class with a Q&A and the opportunity to perform for and get feedback from Barry. You will be able to download the recordings of your performances for educational purposes only. You will also be able to send us your headshot, resume, acting reel and anything else you would want Barry to see. This class will be held...

Tuesday Dec 12th, 6:30–8:30pm Eastern Time

 (4 sessions)


4 sessions

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Pitch Lab: Deliver A Killer Presentation

General Assembly @ Online Class Livestream, San Francisco, CA 00000

Pitch Lab: Deliver A Killer Presentation Like A Stand-Up Comedian! Due to the current health concerns, all GA short-form events, workshops & bootcamps will temporarily be held online - including this one. Registered students will be notified 24 hours in advance of this program with information on how to log in to the Zoom Meeting Room and other tools you'll need for the session. Registration for this class will close 2 hours prior to the...

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Improv 101

Berkeley Improv @ 6501 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

Taking improv for the first time? This is a great place to start. Play fun improv games that unleash your imagination, confidence, and spontaneity. Amaze yourself as you create stories and scenes on the spot. Play together with fun people who like to laugh. Enjoy a supportive environment that promotes cooperation and positive thinking. Discover how improvisation can feel natural and effortless. Learn how improv can improve people skills. Shy people...

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Intro to Improv

BATS Improv @ B350 Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, CA 94123

If you’ve ever been intrigued by improv and want to see what it’s all about, this one-time, fun introduction to improv is just for you! In this 3-hour workshop you’ll learn the basics of improvised theatre — spontaneity, playfulness, creativity, listening, storytelling, and more — through fun games and exercises. Our coaches create a safe, inviting environment for trying new things and taking a few risks. You’ll stretch your boundaries...

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Improv 201

Berkeley Improv @ 6501 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

Ready to dive deeper into improv? Learn principles and skills to unleash your creativity, connect with your scene partners, and create scenes people care about.  Laugh and learn with people who want to have fun in a safe and supportive environment.  

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Improv for the Professional

Berkeley Repertory Theatre @ 2025 Addison St, Berkeley, CA 94704

We’ve all heard the buzz: Improv is no longer just for actors. Theatre artists possess many of the skills regularly sought after in today’s economy—creativity, resiliency, agility, courage, collaborative awareness, and high levels of emotional intelligence. “The Master of Fine Arts is the new MBA.” So argued author Daniel Pink in his seminal New York Times story about the new creative economy. While this is an extreme statement,...

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5 sessions

Improv for Shy People

BATS Improv @ 2 Marina Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94123

Signing up for an improv class may be the last thing on your mind if you consider yourself shy, but at BATS, learning improv is extremely safe and supportive. And shy folks can especially benefit from improv skills such as spontaneity, flexibility, and social/emotional risk taking. Taught by coaches experienced in creating a comfortable, safe environment, this class introduces the basic concepts and skills of improvised theatre — spontaneity, playfulness,...

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Improv for Real Life

Berkeley Improv @ 6501 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

Can improv really change your life?  You bet!  In this series of workshops, you’ll learn improv skills and values that can enhance your joy and self confidence in all kinds of real world situations: casual conversations, dating, interviews, presentations and more.  Gain poise and presence, improve body language awareness, and enhance your capacity for spontaneity, teamwork and meaningful connection.  Fun and supportive...

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3 sessions

Monday Night Drop-In Improv

Leela @ 901 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Come play, bring a friend, and meet new people in Leela's weekly drop-in improv class: The Art of Improvisation! In this on-going class you'll be introduced to Leela's signature style of improvisation: joyful play, expressing your authentic self, truthful scenework, ensemble building, group mind, character development, detailed space object work, multiple forms, and "Yes, and!" This class is a valuable opportunity for experienced actors/improvisors...

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Discover the Best Improv Classes in San Francisco

Improv, short for improvisational theater, is a form of ensemble theater that relies on spontaneity. Improv relies on quick thinking and collaboration to develop a scene. Actors will work off each other to create dialogue, characters, and the setting of the scene. Nothing is prepared beforehand, although some improvisational games may suggest a scenario or basic setting. Different styles of improv developed throughout the years: improv games (short form), improv scenes (long form), and improvised plays (narrative form). 

Improv was used as a form of entertainment in ancient Greece. Actors would don masks and perform improvised farces. Street performers later utilized improv to earn money. It was then in the 20th century that improv took a professional turn: improv comedy clubs opened, and improv television shows began to air. Today, improv is considered an essential acting skill, but it’s also done casually thanks to its low barriers to entry. 

Why You Should Learn Improv in San Francisco

Improv can help you get over stage fright or your fear of performing and speaking in front of an audience. If you suffer from these issues, improv can be anxiety-inducing. However, it’s been shown that actively engaging in an improv class for at least 20 minutes can reduce anxiety. Your uncertainty intolerance, a measure of how uncomfortable you feel in uncertain situations, will decrease, making you more comfortable with uncertainty. 

Improv will also make you more comfortable experiencing failure. The potential to fail when starting improv is high. There’s a chance you won’t know how to continue a scene; you might get stuck on dialogue, you might be unable to develop your character, or you might not know how to develop the scene and be mindful of your physical movements. The great thing about this though is that the more experience you have failing at improv, the more comfortable you’ll get participating in it in the future. Your failed experiences are something you can draw upon in future scenes to ensure that you don’t continue to fail. 

In-Person Improv Classes in San Francisco

In-person improv classes are offered in the San Francisco area. In-person classes are taught by professionals who will provide you with in-depth demonstrations and walk you through the fundamentals of improv. Classes are offered for beginner, intermediate, and advanced-level players. Beginner-level classes and classes open to all skill levels can also be taken by those with a casual interest in improv. 

You can find new and returning improv classes in the San Francisco area on CourseHorse. There, you’ll learn about the class content, schedule, and any additional fees. Introductory classes have been taught at various schools and theaters as have intermediate and advanced-level classes. Classes focusing on the fundamentals can be found as well as ones that focus on scene work, character development, and improvisational stage blocking. 

Virtual Improv Classes 

If you can’t attend an in-person improv class or if there are none offered in your area, consider signing up for a virtual improv class on CourseHorse. 

Online improv classes can be taken from any interruption-free environment with a stable internet connection, including your home or office. Like in-person classes, virtual classes are taught by a live instructor who can answer your questions and provide you with constructive feedback. 

Actor’s Improv Studio’s Online Improv class is open to all skill levels. This class stresses trusting your creative instincts to guide you through your acting. You’ll use improv as a tool to make strong and spontaneous choices. What you learn in this class should help you access your creativity in your personal and professional life. 

Tuesday Improv is an online improv class offered by Kissin Improv. This class is ideal for beginners who are interested in one-on-one coaching. Participants will receive private or small group coaching in the fundamentals of improv for 50 minutes before the start of the class. Through this coaching, you’ll become more comfortable and familiar with improv before moving on to improv in a larger class setting. 

Private Group Improv Classes in San Francisco

Is your business or organization interested in booking a private group improv class to help improve communication and teamwork? If so, CourseHorse has classes that they can deliver to you. 

CourseHorse offers a virtual Team-Building Improv Workshop for groups of up to 40 people. In this class, your group will participate in improv games and exercises that are centered around improving listening, collaborating, and problem-solving. The goal is to take what you’ve learned in this class and transfer it to interactions and collaborations within a work setting. 

Smaller groups can take CourseHorse’s Corporate Improv Workshop. This 60-minute class can accommodate up to 20 people. Like the team-building workshop, this class focuses on collaboration and problem-solving among small groups. This class stresses listening to others and learning how to go with the flow. 

CourseHorse has a contact form on its website that you can use to reach out about other private improv classes they can offer you. You’ll be able to tell them about your group’s needs and interests to determine what type of improv class would best suit your group. CourseHorse also offers 20-minute demos for the price of $100. A demo will give you a rundown of how a class will go before you commit to it. 

CourseHorse can accommodate small and large group sizes depending on the class. A class size limit will be stated on the class page. If you don’t know your group’s size at the time of booking, that’s okay. CourseHorse will let you book a class with the minimum class size, so long as you update your final headcount later. Once your final headcount has been provided, CourseHorse will collect your final payment. 

CourseHorse does not charge booking fees and allows free cancellations up to two weeks before your class is scheduled. CourseHorse accommodates several online video platforms. They recommend using Zoom; however, if you provide the meeting details, your class may be taken using Microsoft Teams, Google Meets, or WebEx.