Speechless LIVE @ Public Works
Jul
18
7:00 PM19:00

Speechless LIVE @ Public Works

Come see the show that the Wall Street Journal calls “Comedic Gold.” A presenter gets up, gets a presentation topic from the audience and then proceeds to deliver a power point talk with a deck of slides she’s never seen before. YOU vote on who does best. Lisa will join other Bay Area comedians and improvisors to compete for your favor!

For more info and tickets, click HERE.

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Bechdel Test Intensive @ BATS Improv
Aug
15
to Aug 18

Bechdel Test Intensive @ BATS Improv

The Bechdel Test is a non-linear storytelling format which seeks to highlight the lives of three different multi-dimensional and nuanced female characters. Through a series of scenes from their lives, we explore the pockets of their lives in which they are tender, fierce, vulnerable, badass, successful and sweet.

This workshop is for experienced improvisors with performance experience.

Contact me to confirm your eligibility and then visit https://www.improv.org/school/summer-sessions/ to enroll.

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The Bechdel Test in VANCOUVER!
Oct
14
to Oct 20

The Bechdel Test in VANCOUVER!

  • Vancouver Theatresports (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The International Theatresports Institute conference is a collection of teachers and performers coming together to explore new improv formats and techniques, share and learn with one another. Lisa will be teaching The Bechdel Test as well as performing the show with an international cast!

For more info and tickets, click here.

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The Naked Stage @ Impro en Seine in Paris
Jun
30
3:00 PM15:00

The Naked Stage @ Impro en Seine in Paris

Improv Playhouse of San Francisco takes the stage as one of the only English shows of this enormous improv festival in beautiful Paris! Tim Orr, Regina Saisi and Lisa will be representing bay area style narrative long-form in The Naked Stage - a three-person, one-act stage play set on a single location decided by the audience.

For more info and tickets, click here.

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The Bechdel Test @ BATS Improv
May
25
8:00 PM20:00

The Bechdel Test @ BATS Improv

The Bechdel Test asks three questions:

1)   Are there two women in this story?

2)   Do they have a conversation with one another?

3)   About something other than a man?

On average, half of American films do not pass this test.  20% of stories in  Hollywood have female leads or co-leads.  30% of speaking roles are women.  The movies we watch simply value men’s stories more than women’s stories.

 As improvisors, we are constant story-creators.  It means we are making choices all the time about what kinds of stories to tell, and that gives us a wonderful opportunity to intentionally challenge some of the typical patterns that shape narratives. 

In this show, we will create stories that center around women.  Some of those stories will involve men!  Some may not.

For more info and tickets, visit www.improv.org/shows

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Objet d'art @ BATS Improv
May
24
8:00 PM20:00

Objet d'art @ BATS Improv

Partnering with the San Francisco International Arts Festival, BATS Improv will invite guest performing and visual artists to create works of art that inspire improvised scenes. An exciting partnership of cross-pollination and artistic collaboration, this show is brand new to BATS Improv and sure to be inspiring!

For more info and tickets visit www.improv.org/shows

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The Bechdel Test @ BATS Improv
May
18
8:00 PM20:00

The Bechdel Test @ BATS Improv

The Bechdel Test asks three questions:

1)   Are there two women in this story?

2)   Do they have a conversation with one another?

3)   About something other than a man?

On average, half of American films do not pass this test.  20% of stories in  Hollywood have female leads or co-leads.  30% of speaking roles are women.  The movies we watch simply value men’s stories more than women’s stories.

 As improvisors, we are constant story-creators.  It means we are making choices all the time about what kinds of stories to tell, and that gives us a wonderful opportunity to intentionally challenge some of the typical patterns that shape narratives. 

In this show, we will create stories that center around women.  Some of those stories will involve men!  Some may not.

For more info and tickets, visit www.improv.org/shows

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Objet d'art @ BATS Improv
May
17
8:00 PM20:00

Objet d'art @ BATS Improv

Partnering with the San Francisco International Arts Festival, BATS Improv will invite guest performing and visual artists to create works of art that inspire improvised scenes. An exciting partnership of cross-pollination and artistic collaboration, this show is brand new to BATS Improv and sure to be inspiring!

For more info and tickets visit www.improv.org/shows

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The Bechdel Test @ BATS Improv
May
4
8:00 PM20:00

The Bechdel Test @ BATS Improv

The Bechdel Test asks three questions:

1)   Are there two women in this story?

2)   Do they have a conversation with one another?

3)   About something other than a man?

On average, half of American films do not pass this test.  20% of stories in  Hollywood have female leads or co-leads.  30% of speaking roles are women.  The movies we watch simply value men’s stories more than women’s stories.

 As improvisors, we are constant story-creators.  It means we are making choices all the time about what kinds of stories to tell, and that gives us a wonderful opportunity to intentionally challenge some of the typical patterns that shape narratives. 

In this show, we will create stories that center around women.  Some of those stories will involve men!  Some may not.

For more info and tickets, visit www.improv.org/shows

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Objet d'art @ BATS Improv
May
3
8:00 PM20:00

Objet d'art @ BATS Improv

Partnering with the San Francisco International Arts Festival, BATS Improv will invite guest performing and visual artists to create works of art that inspire improvised scenes. An exciting partnership of cross-pollination and artistic collaboration, this show is brand new to BATS Improv and sure to be inspiring!

For more info and tickets visit www.improv.org/shows

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Improvised Musicals @ BATS Improv
Mar
16
8:00 PM20:00

Improvised Musicals @ BATS Improv

Give us a genre, a motivation, where it starts, and if the first words are spoken or sung.  On the count of four, watch your musical come to life.  And then, we’ll do it again with a new genre, motivation and starting location. Two uniquely improvised musicals, in two different genres, back-to-back.

And it all takes place in the same magical musical show!

For info and tickets, click HERE.

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Improvised Musicals @ BATS Improv
Mar
9
8:00 PM20:00

Improvised Musicals @ BATS Improv

Give us a genre, a motivation, where it starts, and if the first words are spoken or sung.  On the count of four, watch your musical come to life.  And then, we’ll do it again with a new genre, motivation and starting location. Two uniquely improvised musicals, in two different genres, back-to-back.

And it all takes place in the same magical musical show!

For info and tickets, click HERE.

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Improvised Musicals @ BATS Improv
Mar
2
8:00 PM20:00

Improvised Musicals @ BATS Improv

Give us a genre, a motivation, where it starts, and if the first words are spoken or sung.  On the count of four, watch your musical come to life.  And then, we’ll do it again with a new genre, motivation and starting location. Two uniquely improvised musicals, in two different genres, back-to-back.

And it all takes place in the same magical musical show!

For info and tickets, click HERE.

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Director's Cut @ BATS Improv
Feb
22
8:00 PM20:00

Director's Cut @ BATS Improv

Five directors - each trying to bring their own vision to life, spontaneously right before your eyes.  YOU ARE THE ACADEMY - you decide their fate! Reward them if it's a hit, or punish them if it's a flop. At the end of the show, one director will stand above the rest.  It's the way the Oscar's should be!

For more info and tickets, click HERE.

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Director's Cut @ BATS Improv
Feb
8
8:00 PM20:00

Director's Cut @ BATS Improv

Five directors - each trying to bring their own vision to life, spontaneously right before your eyes.  YOU ARE THE ACADEMY - you decide their fate! Reward them if it's a hit, or punish them if it's a flop. At the end of the show, one director will stand above the rest.  It's the way the Oscar's should be!

For more info and tickets, click HERE.

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IPSF @ BATS Improv
Feb
2
4:30 PM16:30

IPSF @ BATS Improv

Improv Playhouse of San Francisco takes the Bayfront Stage to perform a one-act stage play in a location of the audience’s choosing! This performance is part of a special fundraiser for Light Up BATS - an effort to raise money to upgrade an antiquated lighting system and keep BATS going strong to support the next generation of improvisors. Tickets to this show will include two other AMAZING groups performing in the same block and so are more expensive than usual. The extra money is well worth it and goes to an excellent cause!

For more information, click HERE.

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Double Feature in the North Bay
Jan
19
8:00 PM20:00

Double Feature in the North Bay

  • Spreckels Performing Arts Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

A cast of four players - two men and two women - create two complete long stories simultaneously over the course of the night. Jumping back and forth between realities and enacting every character in both stories, the four improvisors are on their toes creating magic right in front of your very eyes.

Cast: Laura Wachtel, Rafe Chase, Lisa Rowland, Dave Dennison

For tickets, click HERE.

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Improv Playhouse of San Francisco @ Stagewerx
Jan
5
8:00 PM20:00

Improv Playhouse of San Francisco @ Stagewerx

The IPSF players present short scenes in the first half of this show, showcasing variety and completely unpredictable short stories, followed by a single narrative improvised “movie” in the second half. IPSF will be joined for this show by special guest and founding IPSF member, Ben Johnson back for one night only from New York City!

For more info and tickets, click HERE.

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Jackpot @ BATS Improv
Jan
4
8:00 PM20:00

Jackpot @ BATS Improv

You provide the suggestions, and the Jackpot supercomputer randomly decides the scene type, who will start the scene, and which of your suggestions to use. It’s a wild, fast-paced night of improvised scenes. And YOUR suggestion just might win you a prize!

For more info and tickets, click HERE.

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The Gather @ BATS Improv
Dec
28
8:00 PM20:00

The Gather @ BATS Improv

True Stories....Made Up Scenes
BATS player create stories in all different genres, time periods and starting from all kinds of different suggestions. In December we taking storytelling to a whole new level, because we're starting from TRUE stories Each week we'll have all new special guest storytellers joining us from The Moth and the Stanford Storytelling Project, standing up and sharing their own true personal narratives. We'll take it from there, and create improvised scenes based on themes, settings and ideas in those stories.  

For more info and tickets, click HERE.

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Improv Playhouse of San Francisco @ Stagewerx
Dec
22
8:00 PM20:00

Improv Playhouse of San Francisco @ Stagewerx

In this completely improvised 3-act stage play, the IPSF players will each play only one character in a play that takes place in one single location chosen by YOU, the audience. Joined by special guests Jason Leal (BATS Improv, Killing My Lobster) and visiting Chicago improvisor, Joe Bill (The Annoyance Theater, Improv Olympic, Second City), IPSF will create a play never seen before, and never to be seen again.

For more info and tickets, click HERE.

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The Gather @ BATS Improv
Dec
21
8:00 PM20:00

The Gather @ BATS Improv

True Stories....Made Up Scenes
BATS player create stories in all different genres, time periods and starting from all kinds of different suggestions. In December we taking storytelling to a whole new level, because we're starting from TRUE stories Each week we'll have all new special guest storytellers joining us from The Moth and the Stanford Storytelling Project, standing up and sharing their own true personal narratives. We'll take it from there, and create improvised scenes based on themes, settings and ideas in those stories.  

For more info and tickets, click HERE.

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The Gather @ BATS Improv
Dec
14
8:00 PM20:00

The Gather @ BATS Improv

True Stories....Made Up Scenes
BATS player create stories in all different genres, time periods and starting from all kinds of different suggestions. In December we taking storytelling to a whole new level, because we're starting from TRUE stories Each week we'll have all new special guest storytellers joining us from The Moth and the Stanford Storytelling Project, standing up and sharing their own true personal narratives. We'll take it from there, and create improvised scenes based on themes, settings and ideas in those stories.  

For more info and tickets, click HERE.

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Awkward Dinner Party @ Theatre of Yugen
Sep
16
8:00 PM20:00

Awkward Dinner Party @ Theatre of Yugen

A couple throws a dinner party, but only one person shows up.  Explore what happens when the gathering doesn't go quite as planned.  An innovative mix of short- and long-form improvisation, Awkward Dinner Party, celebrating its ninth year in San Francisco, is a three-person improv show featuring Dave Dennison and Lisa Rowland, joined by a different guest each time it's performed.  

Ticket link will be posted here when available.

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Awkward Dinner Party @ Theatre of Yugen
Sep
15
8:00 PM20:00

Awkward Dinner Party @ Theatre of Yugen

A couple throws a dinner party, but only one person shows up.  Explore what happens when the gathering doesn't go quite as planned.  An innovative mix of short- and long-form improvisation, Awkward Dinner Party, celebrating its ninth year in San Francisco, is a three-person improv show featuring Dave Dennison and Lisa Rowland, joined by a different guest each time it's performed.  

Ticket link will be posted here when available.

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