Welcome to BATS Improv, Center for Improvised Theatre, the most highly acclaimed and longest-running improv company and school in San Francisco.
Feed your imagination. Be surprised. Bust a gut. Share in the delight of creation as completely improvised stories unfold before your eyes.
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.
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!
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.
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