B.A.T.S is a San Francisco’n improv institution. Here, its first ever AD, Paul Killam speaks of lessons learnt over twenty-five years of improvised theatre. Of stories told, shows spun and the ever-present challenge of igniting imaginations in a room full of primal regard.
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Also, long-form is put under the microscope. Is it really the arts end of the form? And what of the delicate bond between shyness and imagination?What does introspection deliver to an active, up and at ‘em form and just how do you teach non-competitiveness when you yourself bear a competitive streak? A candid and forthright chat with a textured, articulate mind.
Paul was born in Stanford, California, and grew up in Davis where he obtained a a degree in Dramatic Arts from UC Davis. After graduating he moved to Seattle, where he became involved in Theatresports, and played his first match just before BATS Improv was created in 1986.
He moved to San Francisco in 1989, became a member of the BATS Main Stage Company (then called “The Varsity”), Pulp Playhouse, and helped form True Fiction Magazine. He has gone on tour with the San Francisco Mime Troupe, participated on The Weber Family Christmas and is a film and commercial actor.
Paul served as the first Artistic Director of BATS from 1996 to 1998 and has played Theatresports in Seattle, Toronto, Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver, New York, Los Angeles, Orlando, Palm Springs, Stanford, and Sydney, Australia.
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“New Segment” will be in Ep 19. “You Really Oughta See This!” was ready to go, but system crash corrupted data on the cusp of publication.
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