Barbara Scott


Barbara Scott has been improvising for more than 25 years, and has been a member of the BATS Company and coaching staff since its first year. She's played Theatresports in many U.S. cities, as well as in Calgary, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Leuven, and as part of a national touring company in New Zealand.

Barbara is a founding member of True Fiction Magazine Improvisational Theatre, with whom she's performed internationally. She is also a working actor in industrials, trade shows and voiceover.

Barbara teaches at BATS, American Conservatory Theatre, the San Francisco Opera Center, and Stagebridge Senior Theater (where she directs their improv group The Antic Witties). She has led master improv classes at Stanford University, Dell'Arte School of Physical Theatre, the Funny Women Fest in Chicago, and at international improv festivals.

She also teaches song improvisation with BATS as well as in many U.S. and European cities, and in Japan with Joshua Brody.

In 2010 Barbara was awarded the 1st Annual Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Improv Community by the SF Improv Festival. 


Barbara's Upcoming Performances:

4/26/2014 (8:00 PM) - Spring Musical Buy Tickets...

Q & A with Barbara Scott

First BATS Show: 

In the audience for the very first public performance by BATS, November 10, 1986, at the New Conservatory Theater.

Favorite Formats: 

Musicals, genre Long-Forms, and regulation Theatresports

Best Moment on the BATS Stage: 

A scene where I was lamenting the death of my child, saying I felt him near me. Just then, a baby in the audience began to cry. I said "I hear him!" and walked into the audience. When I got to the child it stopped crying and reached out for me. The father, without hesitation, handed it to me, and I took it onstage to complete the scene.

Improv Advice: 

Slow down and trust your instincts.

Artistic Influences: 

Keith Johnstone, Carol Burnett, Mike Nichols and Elaine May, Jonathan Winters, Gilda Radner, the Beatles, my parents

Favorite Movies: 

Singin' in the Rain, West Side Story, Shawshank Redemption

Favorite Music: 

Beatles, Bach, King Sunny Ade, R&B

Favorite Play/Theatre: 

Classics to experimental