Improv Theatre Co. & Training Center

Doug Kassel


Doug has over 30 years’ experience in improvisational theater. A native Chicagoan, Doug began workshops with the creator of Theater Games, Viola Spolin, during the writing of her groundbreaking book, “Improvisation For The Theater”. He later performed with Spolin’s Playmakers, The Game Theater (with Peter Boyle) and Paul Sills’ Story Theater. Doug later studied with some of Del Close’s associates from “The Committee” in SF, soon after the development of the classic long-form, “The Harold.” He was Creative Director and a founding member of San Francisco’s longest-running 100% improvisational theater company, Flash Family, beginning in 1978. Flash Family received the SF Improv Festival’s 2012 Award for “Outstanding Contribution to the Improv Community”. Doug was also Workshop Director for two improvised episodic long-form cult hits, Liquid Soap and Emotional Hospital and performed with Washington D.C.’s satirical group, Gross National Product. He has directed and taught thousands of students at ImprovWorks, Pan Theater, Cliff Osmond Actor’s Studio, Drama Studio London/USA, The American Music Theater of San Jose’s Theatre Arts Conservatory, and San Quentin Prison.  He also has numerous regional and national acting credits, including TV, commercials, industrial films and voiceovers.  Doug has led a double life as part of the Bay Area music and improvisational theater scenes since 1972. His got his initial love of Jazz from both his grandfather, Chicago Jazz cornetist Jimmy McPartland and legendary pianist and Piano Jazz host, Marian McPartland. He also began studying drums at a young age with his mentor, drummer Joe Morello (The Dave Brubeck Quartet).

Classes Taught/Teaching
Improv II: Commitment To Craft™

Leela Improv Training Center – Classes

EXIT Theatre – Shows