Want to add more to your tabletop roleplaying, game mastering, or live-action gaming skills?

Then Improv for Gamers is for you! This workshop series explores how the same skills used in improvisational acting can apply to roleplaying, and will bring your gaming group to a new level. No improv experience required!

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Check out our workbook of exercises, available through Evil Hat Productions!

About the Workshops

As a gamer you may have heard that improv is very applicable to roleplaying. It’s true! Improvisational acting teaches many skills that can make your game rock, like enthusiastic collaboration, creating dynamic characters, and taking risks. Our workshops highlight those skills (and more!) as they apply to roleplaying games through fun and easy improv exercises. Beginners to improv are welcome and encouraged! We’ve been running these workshops since 2012 at conventions and in game stores all over the country. You might have seen us at Go Play Northwest, KublaCon, Big Bad Con, Origins, or Living Games!

Improv for Gamers

This introduction to improv looks at its core values (the “Yes, And” rule) and its crossover with roleplay gaming. Participants will practice foundational skills—listening, collaborating, making interesting choices, and fearless risk-taking—that will enhance your gaming experience.

Improv for Game Masters

We designed this workshop with game masters in mindhow to keep the story dynamic, full of energy, and on time. Participants will practice world building, pacing and cutting scenes, and working together as an ensemble to share focus.

Improv for Larpers

Participants will explore improv skills that are specifically applicable to larpingshifting status, creating compelling relationships, managing scenes with more than three people, and working with invisible objects.

Customized Workshops

We also offer private workshops tailored to specific skill sets. If you are interested in bringing us to you, email us at improvforgamers@gmail.com!

About Us

These dual-classed improv gamers do it all!
Karen Twelves

Karen Twelves

Developer, Facilitator, author

Karen took her first improv class in 2008 and has been gaming since high school. She has performed with multiple troupes in the Bay Area (most notably the all-women troupe Chick Flick) and gamed at cons from coast to coast. In addition to developing Improv for Gamers, she also teaches at All Out Comedy Theater in Oakland.

She loves playing one-shot narrative games with epic wins and disastrous fails, and will tell you all about her Duelist character from a truly epic "Kingmaker" Pathfinder campaign.

Mia Blankensop

Mia Blankensop

Developer and Co-Facilitator

Mia has performed improv for over a decade, taught since 2010, and studied under instructors from Gotham City Improv and IO, and is an Upright Citizens Brigade graduate. She was one of the founders of Oakland’s fierce, all-women troupe Chick Flick and an ensemble member of Un-Scripted Theater Company. You can find Mia guest performing at local theaters all around her new sunny home of Los Angeles.

Mia was introduced to gaming by Karen in 2010 with her first RPG ever: Burning Wheel. She has loved playing ever since and you can find her attending local cons with her very own dice bag. She enjoys Apocalypse World, Monsterhearts, Fate, Pathfinder, and is always, always up for a good game of Fiasco.

Matthew Klein

Matthew Klein

Developer and Co-Facilitator

Matthew arrived at improv via roleplaying games. In 2008 he saw his beloved RPG hobby in a whole new light after experiencing story games at Go Play Northwest in Seattle. Humbled by the scene-setting and characterization skills on display, he enrolled at BATS Improv to learn the craft and was instantly hooked. He has performed on stage a few times but mostly uses improv on the job with teams (and comes running to co-facilitate Improv for Gamers when Karen whistles).

Matthew loves Apocalypse World and its various spin-offs, and any game John Harper or Bully Pulpit produces.

Jennifer B. Warner

Jennifer B. Warner

Co-Facilitator

Jennifer is from Tennessee and came to California for a theater internship in 2006. She has worked with Pan Theater in Oakland where she was a member of Awkward Face, and with Endgames Improv and the Mitch Green Show in San Francisco. She has also appeared as a guest performer in the Un-Scripted Theater Company and is a founding member of Chick Flick.

Jennifer got into gaming a few years ago with a game of Fiasco and hasn't looked back, and is particularly fond of Monsterhearts.

What People Are Saying

Lovely feedback from lovely participants!

"It was a ton of fun and can only benefit everyone’s future play experiences."

"I totally recommend this!!! This was SO much fun in addition to being highly educational!"

"My gaming will be so much better now. Thank you!"

"It was fabulous! The teachers, game-facilitators and everyone involved did a great job. They made at least this n00b feel comfortable and even have fun pushing her boundaries."

"Such a blast & I learned stuff too. I’m now a 2nd level Improv GM. Beware, y’all."

"One of the best gaming experiences ever."

"Excellent workshop, highly recommended for GMs and players alike. It changed my approach to gaming."

"I loved how positive the space was. Wonderful to be surrounded by nothing but mutual appreciation."

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