Shortform: (usually on Fridays)
fun and fast-paced improvised theatre, filled with scenes, songs, games, and lots of audience participation and suggestions.

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Longform: (usually on Saturdays)
full-length, narrative, genre-driven, completely improvised stories based on audience suggestions.

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See a Show

Every show is a one-of-a-kind theatre experience created on the spot by our highly skilled actors and inspired by your suggestions.

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Take a Class

Improv skills are life skills. Explore your inherent creativity in a fun, safe, and supportive environment. New classes start every week!

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Improv @ Work

Improve team effectiveness, unlock creativity, and build morale with customized trainings and performances from BATS Improv.

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Coming Soon to BATS

Every Friday
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Our signature improv theatre competition
Saturdays, Jan. - Feb.
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Get thee to the theatre for a two-act play in the style and language of The Bard
Saturdays, Mar. - Apr.
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Featuring an entirely new approach to our improvised musicals!

BATS Gives Back!

Improv Lesson #1: You’re not in it alone. As a nonprofit San Francisco institution, we feel strongly about giving back to the broader community that sustains us as we build an improvised theatre community from the grassroots.

Through our Community Outreach Programs, like Laughing Stock, which offers free improv classes to people living with chronic and life-threatening illness, BATS brings the skills and delight of improvised theatre to people throughout the Bay Area and beyond.


“The gold standard for improv in the San Francisco Bay Area”

– Shawn B, Yelp review

Paris Café (4:25)
Improvised live at BATS


We are non-profit theatre company

BATS Improv is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to cultivating and innovating the craft of improvised theatre.  Your gift helps us make professional live theatre accessible to everyone, and it will help you at tax time too!