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Combining San Francisco’s tradition of narrative longform improvisation with the demands and surprises of traditional theater, these stories take place on a single set, in traditional stage-play style.  The actors have just a bare stage, a few simple suggestions from the audience, and each other.  What results is a night of completely improvised theater -- a spontaneous and unique 3-act play,  with the audience and the actors alike discovering the story as it unfolds.

“An improv supergroup……see what magic happens.”

- Contra Costa Times

Please noteThe Naked Stage is a festival seating performance. Seats are on a first-come, first-served basis when you arrive at the theatre. Doors open one half hour before the performance.

Should you wish to have an assigned seat to The Naked Stage, please choose a VIP Reserved Seat when you purchase your tickets.

General Admission tickets: $28
VIP Reserved seating: $32
Aurora Subscribers receive $2 off the ticket price.


Member of *Actors' Equity Association, +Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, **United Scenic Artists
KATHRYN ZDAN A Bay Area native, as an actor, creator, singer, mover, teacher, and director Kathryn has worked extensively around the Bay Area with Theatreworks, Marin Theatre Company, Shotgun Players, Crowded Fire, CenterREP, Magic Theatre, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, CalShakes, Livermore Shakes, CentralWorks, and Berkeley Playhouse, among others. She received her B.F.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and her M.F.A. in Ensemble Based Physical Theatre from the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre. After graduate school, she performed and toured Europe with the internationally acclaimed, Amsterdam-based street theatre and performance art group, Warner & Consorten.
LISA ROWLAND Based in beautiful San Francisco, Lisa Rowland has traveled all over the country and world performing and teaching improvisation.  A mainstage company member at SF's BATS Improv since 2006, and a founding member of Improv Playhouse of San Francisco and Awkward Dinner Party, she was voted Best Actress by the SF Bay Guardian newspaper in 2012. Lisa is a lecturer in the Theater Department at Stanford University (of which she is also a graduate) and is the coach of the Stanford Improvisors. She also is the co-host of a podcast entitled Monster Baby: A Curious Romp Through The Worlds of Mindfulness and Improvisation. Learn more at www.lisarowland.com
REGINA SAISI Regina Saisi is a San Francisco-based actor and improviser. She has taught and performed at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, ACT, and internationally in Amsterdam, Beirut, Berlin, Florence, Helsinki, Jeddah, Leuven, London, Paris and Stockholm. She is a founding member of the improvisational theatre companies True Fiction Magazine and Pulp Playhouse and a Company member of BATS Improv for 30 years. Stage credits include Sirens, Watch Your Back, Oscar and Bertha and The Promise at the Magic Theatre, The Hot House and Italian American Reconciliation at the Actor’s Theater.
TIM ORR Tim founded Improv Playhouse of San Francisco in 2009. He is a founding member of the acclaimed improv troupe 3 For All , and has been a Companymember of BATS Improv since 1989. He received widespread praise for his leading roles in the improvised feature films, Suckerfish and Security. Tim has performed and taught at ACT, Stanford University, and many other venues nationally (Chicago, New York, Austin, Atlanta, Minneapolis, etc.) and internationally (Amsterdam, Barcelona, Beirut, Belgium, Berlin, Bucharest, Hamburg, Helsinki, Lisbon, London, Oslo, Paris, Saudi Arabia, Stockholm, and Tel Aviv).
Member of *Actors' Equity Association, +Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, **United Scenic Artists

Dear Friends –

I’d like to let you know about a special group of artists who’ll be performing at Aurora for a limited engagement, Improv Playhouse of San Francisco.  

I have known the excellent work of some of this troupe as actors in traditionally scripted plays. So I was immediately intrigued when our colleague Michael Butler, Artistic Director of Centre Rep in Walnut Creek, called to tell me how much his audiences loved Improv Playhouse, and that the troupe were hoping to create their original, on-the-fly, improvised plays in Berkeley.  

That’s right folks, these performers don’t improvise mere skits or scenes. With some audience suggestion, they create full length plays before your very eyes, with special attention to character, emotion, and storytelling.

I hope you’ll join us for what promises to be some of the most adventurous theatrical magic Aurora has produced. And as we're offering a completely different world premiere every night, perhaps you’ll want to attend more than once!

Tom Ross




--Tom Ross
Artistic Director

P.S. Click here to read an interview with Tim Orr, Improv Playhouse of San Francisco's founder.

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*Member of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers
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