Pan Theater is an Oakland, California based improv troupe focusing on scene work and long form improvisational theater. We perform in Oakland at 2135 Broadway, one block away from BART. We are the East Bay's largest improv theater training center. We have been performing, practicing and offering workshops in improv continuously since February of 2002.
Troupe Auditions and Troupe Training Improv Classes
Hundreds of students begin or further their performance training with us every year through our Troupe Training program. Many performers launch their acting careers by becoming part of our improv community. Our main performing troupe actively recruits from our Troupe Training program. Students can learn and practice short form comedy, and long form improv. Alumni groups have regular performance opportunities. Most of our directors have begun with either our Improv Basics class in Oakland, or our Troupe Improv Theater Training program.
Improv Jams (East Bay, Oakland, San Francisco- one block from SF BART)
We offer monthly improv jams open to the public and to local and visiting improv performers. Jams are $10 to watch, play, or both. Our improv acting classes provide training for those exploring improv for the first time and our troupe training program provides performance opportunities for those with prior experience or seeking to perform.
Improv Shows (East Bay, Oakland, San Francisco- one block from SF BART)
Our main performing troupe: Awkward Face performs most Saturday nights at 8pm. For current show times visit the show links. Student groups perform monthly and Alumni groups perform on a regular basis. Our shows, classes and improv theater jams are convenient to the entire Bay Area including: San Francisco, Berkeley, Oakland, Alameda and the East Bay. Most show tickets are $10 for the evening.
Improv Classes and Acting Classes
Our style is a mix of Spolin based improv technique heavily influenced by Meisner technique. Our classes, workshops, and classes provide solid training in improv acting technique. We offer classes at every level and also offer advanced workshops for those with prior training. Our Improv Basics class provides a solid introduction to our style of acting. Our Intro to Improv Class is a fun way to explore Improv. Our monthly drop in class provides scene training, and long form practice.