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Hello!  And welcome to the BATS School of Improv. Interested in taking improv classes? You've come to the right place. BATS School of Improv has been showing students a good time since 1986 and we've got just the class for you. 

Students start taking classes for all sorts of reasons - they heard it was fun, want to come out of their shell, are looking to meet new people or want to reconnect with an old hobby. Starting out, they begin at the Foundation Level to learn the basics of BATS-style improv—listening, paying attention, storytelling and spontaneity—in a fun, safe environment. For those of you who get bitten by the bug and want to continue, you’ll move on to the Studio Level where you’ll, dive deeper into scenes, focus and hone your skills, and get up on stage to show the world what you’ve got. 

If you already have some improv experience and don't think you need to start at the beginning, just email the BATS School at registrar@improv.org and we’ll help you figure out where you should jump in.

All in all, it goes a little something like this.
So, what makes studying at BATS School of Improv so great?
  • The world-class coaching faculty. Our coaching staff is made up of 20 experienced coaches who perform regularly, many of whom were around in the very early stages of Bay Area improv, making the scene what it is today. Come learn with the best!
  • We tell stories, not jokes. Instead of learning how to "find the funny" in the scene, or develop our quick wit, we put our focus on learning how to connect with your partner, pay attention and do what comes next. We find that the funny makes its own way in.
  • BATS has a rich curriculum for all levels of study, and many areas of interest. Over the years, we’ve served thousands of students from the very beginning levels (which some students like to repeat over and over again) to advanced performance classes.  These include short- and long-form formats and individual skills like acting, accents, status, physicality and singing.  The breadth of our offerings means that we’ve got something for everyone, and our classes can focus on the areas that you find most interesting and valuable.
Have any additional questions?  Let us know at registrar@improv.org.
We hope to see you at BATS soon!

Improv Classes

3-Day Foundation 1 Intensive with Laura Derry 
Friday, 4/25/2014 10:00 AM

Foundation 1 in Palo Alto with John Remak 
Tuesday, 4/29/2014 7:00 PM

Stage Combat with Real Swords with Guest Coach Joe Lucas
Tuesday, 4/29/2014 7:00 PM

Studio Scenework with Regina Saisi 
Thursday, 5/1/2014 7:00 PM

Foundation 1 with Rebecca Stockley 
Saturday, 5/3/2014 11:00 AM

Performing Improvised Star Trek with Laura Derry 
Sunday, 5/4/2014 2:30 PM

Foundation 3 with Laura Derry 
Tuesday, 5/6/2014 7:00 PM

Studio Scenework in Palo Alto with Kasey Klemm 
Thursday, 5/8/2014 7:00 PM

Performing Improvised Downton Abbey with John Remak 
Saturday, 5/10/2014 2:30 PM

Performing Improvised Plays with Ben Johnson 
Tuesday, 5/13/2014 7:00 PM

Foundation 1 with Rebecca Poretsky 
Wednesday, 5/14/2014 7:00 PM

Foundation 2 in Palo Alto with John Remak 
Thursday, 5/15/2014 7:00 PM

Sketch Pad: Improv and Sketch Comedy Writing with Ken Robertson 
Thursday, 5/15/2014 7:00 PM

Meisner for Improv with Kasey Klemm 
Wednesday, 5/21/2014 7:00 PM

Foundation 2 with John Remak 
Wednesday, 5/21/2014 7:00 PM

Studio Scenework with Dave Dennison 
Thursday, 5/29/2014 7:00 PM

3-Day Foundation 2 Intensive with Ben Johnson 
Friday, 5/30/2014 10:00 AM

Foundation 1 with Lisa Safran 
Sunday, 6/1/2014 11:00 AM

Intro to Improv with Ben Johnson 
Monday, 6/16/2014 7:00 PM

Foundation 1 with Ben Johnson 
Tuesday, 6/17/2014 7:00 PM

Foundation 2 with Rebecca Poretsky 
Saturday, 6/21/2014 11:00 AM

Improv Singing: Rhythm and Style with David Norfleet (Music) 
Saturday, 6/21/2014 2:30 PM

Performing Theatresports with Ken Robertson 
Sunday, 6/22/2014 2:30 PM

Foundation 2 in Palo Alto with Chris Sams 
Tuesday, 6/24/2014 7:00 PM

Foundation 3 with Dave Dennison 
Tuesday, 6/24/2014 7:00 PM

Foundation 2 with Chris Sams 
Wednesday, 6/25/2014 7:00 PM

Studio Scenework with John Remak 
Thursday, 6/26/2014 7:00 PM

Foundation 1 in Palo Alto with Andy Sarouhan 
Thursday, 6/26/2014 7:00 PM

Youth Summer School, Session 1 with Laura Derry 
Monday, 7/7/2014 9:00 AM

Youth Summer School, Session 2 with Laura Derry 
Monday, 7/14/2014 9:00 AM

Teen Summer School: Improv Ensemble Session 1 with Laura Derry 
Monday, 7/21/2014 9:00 AM

Teen Summer School: Improv Ensemble Session 2 with Laura Derry 
Monday, 7/28/2014 9:00 AM

Effortless Story with William Hall 
Thursday, 7/31/2014 6:00 PM

Improv for Everybody: the Ethics of Playing Together with Patricia Ryan Madson
Thursday, 8/7/2014 2:00 PM

The Truth with Zoe Galvez 
Friday, 8/8/2014 10:00 AM

3-Day Intensive - Elements of Long Form with Dave Dennison 
Friday, 8/15/2014 10:00 AM

3-Day Intensive - Foundation 1 with Chris Sams 
Friday, 8/15/2014 10:00 AM

Exploring Emotion with Rafe Chase 
Thursday, 8/21/2014 10:00 AM

Playing the Lead with Tim Orr 
Friday, 8/22/2014 10:00 AM

Special Effects with Ben Johnson 
Saturday, 8/23/2014 10:00 AM

Stage Combat and Intimacy with Diane Rachel 
Sunday, 8/24/2014 10:00 AM

Music Bootcamp with Lisa Rowland 
Friday, 8/29/2014 10:00 AM

Improvising Brecht's Epic Theatre with Maria Sommer & T.J. Weiss
Friday, 8/29/2014 10:00 AM

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