Acting classes teach students how to cry on command—a skill that's especially useful when stopped by a traffic cop or when pretending to whittle an onion. Put on a winning performance with today's Groupon to Pan Theater in Oakland. Choose between the following options:
- For $19, you get two drop-in improv classes (up to a $60 value).
- For $29, you get four drop-in improv classes (up to a $120 value).
These classes are scheduled every Tuesday night from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Pan Theater welcomes guests to beginner-friendly yet veteran-welcoming Intro to Improv classes and has doled out spontaneous scenes fresh squeezed from head tops since 2002. Students learn to play theater games, develop stage confidence, and plumb the depths of their coinspirers' minds without donning a restrictive psyche-diving helmet. Students can peruse the act-robats' online rules of improv (versions one and two, containing valuable pointers on saying “yes,” coping with silence and self-consciousness, and making craft projects from disused teleprompters. Pan Theater’s pedagogues of smile eliciting guarantee students will laugh at least once during class; if they do not, it will refund their class tuition or sit them in front of a television for 200 consecutive viewings of Shrek.
The Pan Theater is an East Bay improv theater and acting school that hosts gut-busting shows from teams culled from its professional training center. Performers entreat audiences for the evening’s theme during shows on Friday and Saturday nights, inciting laugh riots with unscripted scenes that will never be seen again.
The theater's improv acting classes cycle through intense scene work and the emotion-based exercises of Sanford Meisner, a revered acting instructor and forgettable squash player. Four times a year, a free sample improv class shepherds students through the basics of improv with introductory games including Sound Ball and Zip Zap Zop.