State of The Scene Panel

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We’ve brought back our yearly check in to see what various San Francisco improv-based schools and businesses are doing, planning and facing as challenges in developing the thriving improv scene here in SF.

The first half hour will be devoted to this topic, with guests including Rachel Hamilton from Rachel Hamilton Improv, Ken Robertson from BATS Improv, Scott Meyer from Endgames Improv, Kimberly MacLean from Speechless, Jill Eickmann from Leela, Marcus Sams from Moment Improv Theatre, and Melissa Holman-Kursky from Un-Scripted Theater Company.

The second half of our State of the Scene panel will deal with an exciting national development in the science of improvisation, based here in San Francisco. Dr. Charles Limb (hot off his appearance at The Kennedy Center with Speechless’ Anthony Veneziale) will talk about the latest developments in the national study he and his staff at UCSF are conducting on brain activity during comedic improvisation. Dr. Limb is popularly known for his TED Talk “Your Brain On Improv” where he spoke on his research with freestyle rappers and jazz musicians, but is known in the scientific community for his cutting-edge work around the brain science of creativity. Dr. Limb’s study is being conducted in partnership with Speechless, The Second City, and UCB Theater and has studied the brains of dozens of improvisors nationally. Ever wondered why it feels so good to improvise?? Get some of the science fact on that in this session.

**NOTE**: This talk is free, but be sure to register so you have a place in the room – we’re getting a lot of interest for this event…!

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