Longform IntensivesBBCF 2012
* Register for the Longform Intensive and receive a free All Access Pass to all BBCF Shows.
** Register for the Advanced Longform Intensive and receive a free Saturday Workshop Package and All Access
     Pass to all BBCF Shows.
Intensive Students may take advantage of their discounts using our handy passes. More Info.

Before October 10th

After October 10th

Longform Intensive (1 day)


Advanced Longform Intensive (3 days)


Both Intensives



Longform Intensive

Learn how to perform sustained, improvised stories in any style or genre! This course offers an introduction to the core elements that make Improv Playhouse of San Francisco-style longform successful ― Ensemble, Narrative, Acting, and Genres/Characters/Wheres. This all-day intensive is for both improvisers with previous experience who want to step up to the next level and improvisers who are just starting to do long-form stories. This is an exciting and unique opportunity to study with all 4 of the Improv Playhouse of San Francisco actors who have headlined the festival in 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012!
INSTRUCTORS: Dave Dennison, Tim Orr, John Remak, Lisa Rowland, and Regina Saisi
DATES/TIME: FRI 10/12 from 12-6pm (6hrs.)
CLASS SIZE: 18 students (at least 14)
PRICING: $80 (Includes free access to all BBCF shows!)
LOCATION: Relapse Theatre 380 14th St. Atlanta, GA (map)


Longform Intensive

Tim Orr and Regina Saisi from Improv Playhouse of San Francisco are your instructors for this 3-day Advanced Longform Intensive. These internationally renowned instructors have been innovative forces in improvisational theatre for more than 20 years. The Advanced Intensive, in addition to exploring longform in general, will focus on the exciting and challenging "Naked Stage" format that Improv Playhouse has performed at the festival to audience acclaim for the past several years. This format requires great commitment to character and relationship, timing between the performers, simplicity of story, and focus on acting and emotion. This is an opportunity for improvisers to develop advanced patience, confidence and listening skills which translate to any improv format. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to study with two of the most experienced and accomplished long-form improvisers in the world.
INSTRUCTOR: Tim Orr and Regina Saisi
DATES/TIME: SUN 10/14 from 2-6pm; MON 10/15 and TUE 10/16 from 10am-6pm (18hrs.)
CLASS SIZE: 12 students (at least 8)
PRICING: $240 (Includes free access to all BBCF shows and Saturday workshops!)
LOCATION: Relapse Theatre 380 14th St. Atlanta, GA (map)


DaveDennison.pngDave Dennision
Dave's love affair with improvisational theater began at BATS Improv in 1993. He has been a member of the Mainstage Company at BATS since 1998 and served as the Artistic Director from 2005-2008. Dave has played with a number of improv troupes including Scratch Theater, The Particulars and Start Trekkin and as a guest with True Fiction Magazine and the Secret Improv Society to name a few. In 2003, he developed the Family Drama 3 act stage play format at BATS. Dave and Lisa Rowland developed the Awkward Dinner Party format in 2008. He has been teaching Improv for five years at BATS and Stanford University, working with beginning, intermediate and advanced students.

TimOrr.pngTim Orr
Tim has improvised since 1988 with many San Francisco-based groups, including BATS Improv, Rafe Chase's groundbreaking longform troupe Improv Theatre, the renowned True Fiction Magazine, and with the acclaimed troupe 3 For All. In 2009, he founded a new improv group, the Improv Playhouse of San Francisco. He has appeared in numerous plays in the San Francisco Bay Area, and received critical acclaim for his leading roles in the improvised feature films, Suckerfish and Security. With Stephen Kearin, Tim co-wrote, and originated the role of Dirk Manly in, An Evening with Dirk & Blaine. Tim has performed (and taught) improvisation at the American Conservatory Theatre, BATS Improv, Stanford University, and many other venues nationally (Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Austin, Louisville, Atlanta, etc.) and internationally (Amsterdam, Beirut, Helsinki, Leuven, London, Paris, Stockholm). He is currently the Director of the BATS Improv Long-Form Intensive.

JohnRemak.pngJOHN REMAK
John's a current Company Player and former Artistic Director of San Francisco's BATS Improv. He has also performed with notable troupes such as Flash Family, SNAFU, Those Improv Guys, and True Fiction Magazine. He's appeared in numerous long-form hits, including the daytime drama parodies Liquid Soap and Emotional Hospital (also as director and producer), the semi-scripted murder mystery Bar None, and the improvised sports hero send-up Underdog. John's also a pretty good etch-a-sketch artist and a practicing California attorney in his spare time.

LisaRowland.pngLisa Rowland
Lisa began improvising in The Devil Mountain Improv League at her high school in Walnut Creek, CA in 1997. She moved on to become an active member of the Stanford Improvisers at Stanford University and then joined San Francisco's BATS Improv Company in 2005. At BATS, she has directed shows, taught improv classes in dialect and Shakespeare, as well as leading corporate improv trainings. She coaches high school improv teams and is also a regular guest improv coach at Stanford University. She and Dave Dennison developed Awkward Dinner Party in 2008.

ReginaSaisi.pngRegina Saisa
Regina Saisi has been a professional actor/improvisor and teacher for 25 years. Her theatrical experience includes work with such directors as Maria Irene Fornes, Jose Rivera, Darrah Cloud and Gary Leon Hill. The focus of her work throughout her career has been improvisational theatre. She has been deeply involved in the fertile San Francisco improvisation community, helping to start several improv companies including Riot Squad, Improv Theatre, Pulp Playhouse, and her current company True Fiction Magazine. She is currently the Dean of the BATS School of Improv.


  • We've taken classes in San Diego, LA, Chicago from some very well known people, but these truly were the best teachers I've ever encountered.
  • Great experience and vacation…my spirit and energy has been higher than it's been in the past year.
  • Taking this Long-Form Program offers you training with the best.
  • Transformational
  • Very inexpensively priced relative to the value received.
  • I view the world differently now…A new journey has just begun.


  • Your class tuition includes a non-refundable deposit of 20%.
  • If you have registered for the intensive and decide you want to drop out AT LEAST 10 DAYS BEFORE THE FIRST CLASS, you may choose to receive a refund for the amount of the class minus your non-refundable deposit.
  • Students dropping out within 10 days of the first class are not eligible for any refund.