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

The BATS Main Stage Company performs in the Bayfront Theater at Fort Mason every Friday and Saturday at 8 PM. Student shows are on Sunday. 

Every show is a one-of-a-kind theatre experience created on the spot by our highly skilled actors and inspired by your suggestions. Come see why BATS has been SF’s home for improv for 27 years.

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Take a Class

The BATS School of Improvised Theatre offers a wide variety of improv classes year-round for adults and youth, from beginning to advanced.

Improv skills are life skills. Explore your inherent creativity in a fun, safe, and supportive environment. The BATS community is here and ready to play!

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Bring Us to Work

BATS On-the-Go provides unique group training and custom entertainment, your place or ours.

Corporate clients have used us to improve team effectiveness, unlock creativity, and build morale. And for special events or parties, no entertainment is more customized and engaging than improv.

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Coming Soon to BATS

August & September
Every Friday & Saturday
Ten shows in eight weeks!
August 1-2
Summer Improv Festival
Secrets, Rivalries, Romance!
August 8-9
Summer Improv Festival
The 25th Anniversary of Improvised Shakespeare in SF!

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


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Give to BATS

BATS Improv is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, so not only will your gift help BATS Improv continue to cultivate and innovate the craft of improvised theatre, it will help you at tax time.